Town’s famous son triumphs at Baftas
COMEDIAN Steve Coogan was amongst the stars to triumph at the Weekend Bafta TV awards.
The Middleton-born actor won best male performance in a comedy programme.
The Cardinal Langley High School old boy scooped the coveted prize for his performance as his most famous comedy creation in Alan Partridge’s Scissored Isle.
Meanwhile Oldham‘s Sarah Lancashire took the leading actress prize for her starring role in the police drama Happy Valley.
The drama series, which is set in Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire, also snatched the best drama series prize.
And the supporting actress prize was scooped by Wunmi Mosaku for Damilola, Our Loved Boy.
The 30-year-old, who grew up in Chorlton, won the award over The Crown’s Vanessa Kirby.
The drama, which detailed the story of murdered schoolboy Damilola Taylor, was also recognised with the Bafta single drama.
Netflix produced royal drama The Crown left empty handed despite for racking up the most nominations with five nods.
But Lancashire was quick to mention how much she enjoyed the show during her acceptance speech.
Addressing a tearful Claire Foy, who played a young Queen Elizabeth II in the series, Lancashire said: “Claire Foy, you have given me the best 10 hours under a duvet that I have ever had, thank you.”
The Crown also missed out on the best supporting actor gong, despite both Jared Harris and John Lithgow being nominated.
The prize instead went to The Night Manager star Tom Hollander.
The Bafta Fellowship was presented to Joanna Lumley by her Absolutely Fabulous co-star Jennifer Saunders, who said: “In 1990 I handed her some scrappy lines and unformed ideas and she alone created Patsy Stone, a creation that has at least kept me laughing for 27 years.
“She’s a comic genius and a brilliant clown who never forgets how hard it’s been to get where she is.”
Lumley said it was “paradise” to receive the honour before she adopted Patsy’s famous drawl to add: “I just want to say actually to you all, thanks sweeties, thanks a lot.”
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Steve Coogan recently as Alan Partridge in Manchester