Scottish Daily Mail

Where’s Ken? Star of The Miss­ing is no-show at glitzy Bafta cer­e­mony

- By Laura Lambert

WHEN the Scot­tish Bafta for best ac­tor went to Ken Stott for his role in BBC drama The Miss­ing, it was per­haps ap­pro­pri­ate that the ac­tor was a no-show.

It was left to fel­low Scots thespian Julie Gra­ham to ex­plain to those who braved tor­ren­tial rain to at­tend last night’s glitzy cer­e­mony that Stott was un­able to col­lect his gong af­ter com­ing down with a last-minute bug.

‘It is not se­ri­ous,’ said a source later. ‘He was hop­ing to come but had to call off at the last mo­ment.’

Vet­eran ac­tor Bill Pater­son, mean­while, was hon­oured with a life­time achieve­ment award at the event, held at Glas­gow’s Radis­son Blu ho­tel.

The 70-year-old Glaswe­gian, who has ap­peared in a host of hit films and TV shows in­clud­ing The Killing Fields and Auf Wieder­se­hen, Pet, said he was ‘thrilled’ to re­ceive the Out­stand­ing Con­tri­bu­tion to Film and TV award, whose for­mer re­cip­i­ents in­clude Billy Connolly, Rob­bie Coltrane and film­maker Bill Forsyth.

Speak­ing on the red car­pet, he said: ‘It’s beyond a fan­tas­tic hon­our be­cause it’s from the peo­ple I’ve worked among for decades.’ When asked for his high­lights in Scot­tish TV and film this year, Pater­son joked that he is eye­ing up a role in a BBC Scot­land sit­com.

‘I love Scot Squad, I think it’s just fan­tas­tic and if there’s a part in Scot Squad then I’m ready,’ he said.

Still Game stars Ford Kier­nan and Greg Hem­phill paid trib­ute to Pater­son as they ar­rived at the cer­e­mony, as did ac­tor David Hayman.

For­mer Tag­gart and Pi­rates of the Caribbean ac­tor Alex Nor­ton joked: ‘I’m ob­vi­ously con­sumed by jeal­ousy but I can’t think of any­one who de­serves it more.’

Kier­nan and Hem­phill also gave the big­gest hint yet that the pop­u­lar com­edy could make a re­turn to our screens fol­low­ing ex­ten­sive talks with the BBC. Kier­nan said: ‘It will prob­a­bly be back sooner than you’d imag­ine.

‘We owe the peo­ple an­other se­ries,’ added Hem­phill, who was nom­i­nated for best short film for Gasp­ing.

Ra­dio and tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter Edith Bow­man, who fronted the cer­e­mony, said: ‘This is my fourth time host­ing and I love cel­e­brat­ing what Scot­land has to of­fer.’

 ??  ?? Red car­pet: Edith Bow­man hosted the cer­e­mony
Red car­pet: Edith Bow­man hosted the cer­e­mony
 ??  ?? Life­time award: Ac­tor Bill Pater­son last night with his wife Hilde­gard Bechtler
Life­time award: Ac­tor Bill Pater­son last night with his wife Hilde­gard Bechtler

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