02 December 2017

And The Winners Are… The 2017 Women in Film and Television Awards Supported by Sky

Actress Celia Imrie was today (Friday 1 December) awarded The EON Productions Lifetime Achievement Award at the 27th annual Women in Film & Television (UK) Awards, which took place at the London Hilton on Park Lane. Imrie was presented her Award by fellow-actor and long-time friend, Timothy Spall (Harry Potter, Sweeny Todd, Secrets & Lies).

Hosted by broadcaster Sandi Toksvig and supported by Sky, the prestigious event saw film and television’s finest gather to celebrate the year’s most inspiring women.

“Thank you very much to everyone at Women in Film Television for tirelessly campaigning to improve opportunities for the outstanding women across the industry behind, and in front of the camera” – Celia Imrie

Award winning actress and comedienne, Celia’s 45 year career has spanned TV, film and theatre and has seen her cast in Dinnerladies, Acorn Antiques, Calendar Girls, Titanic, Absolutely Fabulous, Bridget Jones’ Diary, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and King Lear, to name just a few. On receiving her award, Celia Imrie said; ‘“I am completely thrilled to be told of this EON Productions Lifetime Achievement Award and excited to be amongst such incredible talent. Thank you very much to everyone at Women in Film Television for tirelessly campaigning to improve opportunities for the outstanding women across the industry behind, and in front of the camera”

For the first time in 27 years of the WFTV Awards, 4 winners were recognised for their work on a single programme – Three Girls.

In an unprecedented coup, the BBC One and Studio Lambert production, Three Girls won four awards for the women responsible for the critically acclaimed drama. Lesley Sharp presented Susan Hogg with the The ENVY Producer Award, screenwriter and movie director Gurinder Chadha awarded Nicole Taylor the The Creative Skillset Writing Award and The Technicolor Creative Technology Award went to Una Ni Dhonghaile presented to her by actor Pip Torrens (Star Wars, Poldark, The Crown).  Molly Windsor, the heart-breaking young star of the series, presented ‘The Deluxe Director Award’ to Philippa Lowthorpe for her work directing Three Girls.

Nicola Shindler, Founder and Executive Producer of Red Production Company which has produced hit shows such as Queer As Folk, Happy Valley, Last Tango in Halifax, Ordinary Lies and Trust Me,  won The Argonon Contribution to the Medium Award. Greg Dyke presented Nutopia Founder Jane Root with The Barclays Business Award, and Kate Adie presented The Panalux Craft Award to the pioneering camerawoman, Susan Stein.

Kim Cattrall presented This Country Writer and Actress, Daisy May Cooper with The Fremantle Media UK New Talent Award, whilst Game of Thrones actress Gemma Whelan took home The MAC Best Performance Award for her role in BBC One drama, The Moorside, which was presented to her by Wunmi Mosaku. 2015 The Great British Bake-Off Champion, Nadiya Hussain won The EIKON Presenter Award for The Chronicles of Nadiya.

Winner of The Film Finances Project Management Award Marianna Jenkins, with presenter Henry Cavill.

Superman, Henry Cavill, presented The Film Finances Project Management Award to Marianne Jenkins for her outstanding contribution to many blockbuster films – including his own recent Justice League. The ITV Studios Achievement of the Year Award went to Waad Al Kateab – a citizen journalist who picked up a camera to record the carnage all around her in Syria. Her moving reports resonated around the world. Elhum Shakerifar won The BBC News and Factual Award for films shot in Syria and Nepal.

WFTV CEO Kate Kinninmont said: “Every year I’m incredibly moved by the courage and fortitude of our winners. They film in some of the world’s most dangerous places and bring an unflinching gaze to the horrors to which they bear witness. They persevere to tell stories – such as the abuse of young girls in Rochdale by British Pakistani men – which others would prefer to avoid.  And they find comedy and pathos in the everyday events which they experience here in the UK. These are strong, talented women of whom our industry can be justifiably proud. More power to them!”
View a gallery of winners images here.
 

Full list of winners:

The Barclays Business Award
Jane Root

The Technicolor Creative Technology Award

Úna Ní Dhonghaíle

The Panalux Craft Award

Susan Stein

The ENVY Producer Award
Susan Hogg

The EIKON Presenter Award
Nadiya Hussain

The Film Finances Project Management Award
Marianne Jenkins

The FremantleMedia UK New Talent Award
Daisy May Cooper

The ITV Studios Achievement of the Year Award
Waad Al Kateab

The Deluxe Director Award
Philippa Lowthorpe

The Creative Skillset Writing Award
Nicole Taylor

The M·A·C Best Performance Award
Gemma Whelan

The BBC News and Factual Award
Elhum Shakerifar

The Argonon Contribution to the Medium Award
Nicola Shindler

The EON Productions Lifetime Achievement Award
Celia Imrie