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Mrs Brown's joys as Brendan bags himself a Bafta

WE might have failed to hit the top spot in Eurovision -- but Ireland had much to celebrate at this weekend's Bafta Awards.

Mrs Brown's Boys star Brendan O'Carroll led celebrations last night as his hit show won a coveted award.

The Dubliner's BBC and RTE show won Best Sitcom.

"All we wanted to do was make people laugh and it seems to have worked," he said upon collecting his award on stage.

Cork man Graham Norton pipped Bray native Dara O Briain, who was hosting the awards, to the post for Best Entertainment Performance.

Norton was unable to attend, however, as he had fronted the BBC's coverage of Eurovision the previous night.

"He has spent the last 24 hours comforting Engelbert Humperdinck," joked Dara.

Dublin actor Andrew Scott picked up Best Supporting Actor for his thrilling portrayal of Moriarty, Sherlock Holmes' nemesis in the hit BBC drama.

He beat fellow Sherlock star Martin Freeman.

A delighted Andrew thanked his parents, and all the cast and crew of Sherlock, including Martin Freeman and star Benedict Cumberbatch.

Andrew was a former drama student at Trinity College before leaving to join the Abbey Theatre. He had a small role in Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan and won a coveted Olivier Award for theatre in 2005.

Monica Dolan, whose parents hail from Ireland, won the Best Supporting Actress gong for her performance as Rose West in ITV's Appropriate Adult.

Dominic West won Best Leading Actor for his role as serial killer Fred West in the same drama, while actress Emily Watson picked up Best Leading Actress for her role in the drama.

A host of household names attended last night's awards including Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Saunders, Ade Edmondson, Alan Sugar, Holly Willoughby, Fearne Cotton, Benedict Cumberbatch and Dominic West.


Saunders picked up a gong for Absolutely Fabulous, while Mr Sugar secured a gong for The Junior Apprentice following a bizarre awards presentation from former TOWIE stars Amy Childs and Harry Derbridge.

Channel 4 news received an award for its coverage of the Japanese earthquake, while the BBC picked up another gong for their coverage of the royal wedding.

Rolf Harris was given a Bafta fellowship.

Describing himself as humbled, he said: "How amazing is it to discover what you love doing most can become your career, if you've been as lucky as I've been."