Sir Lenny Henry jokes David Beckham is ‘still queuing outside’ while poking fun at the ‘long ceremony’ as he collects his Special Recognition gong at the NTAs
- Sir Lenny Henry made light of the Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield’s ‘queue-gate’ while collecting his special recognition prize at the National Television Awards on Thursday
- The comedian, 64, was presented with the prize for his long-running and varied career in UK television
- He made reference to the criticism This Morning host’s Phil and Holly received over their alleged queue-jumping to film as the Queen lie in state in London
- Referring to footballer David, 47, who waited for 13 hours with other members of the public to pay is respects to the late monarch, Sir Lenny joked: ‘This show is so long that David Beckham is still queuing outside.’
Sir Lenny Henry joked David Beckham was still waiting in line to get into the National Television Awards as he took to the stage to accept his special recognition prize on Thursday.
The comedian, 64, was presented with the prize for his long-running and varied career in UK television.
Referring to former footballer David, 47, who waited for 13 hours with other members of the public to pay his respects to the late monarch, Sir Lenny joked during the ceremony: ‘This show is so long that David Beckham is still queuing outside.’
Joker: Sir Lenny Henry joked David Beckham was still waiting in line to get into the National Television Awards as he took to the stage to accept his special recognition prize on Thursday
Actor Sir Lenny received the Special Recognition Award at the National Television Awards on Thursday.
The Comic Relief icon took home the top prize at the ceremony which was held at London’s OVO Arena Wembley, after a showbiz career spanning six decades.
He said after collecting his gong: ‘To actually be acknowledged by one’s peers in a moment like this was huge because awards are a conversation you have with you. Of the people that you work with.
Patient: David, 47, waited for 13 hours with other members of the public to pay his respects to the late monarch as she lay in state in London last month (pictured in the queue at Westminster Hall)
Laugh: Sir Lenny joked during the ceremony on Thursday: ‘This show is so long that David Beckham is still queuing outside’ (David pictured queuing outside Westminster Hall last month)
‘My mum always said that I was blessed… I never had a Plan B. So to just stop being a welder and an engineer and to go straight into doing this, when I was 16, was a massive step because we came from poverty.
‘Our house had a hairline crack down the middle of it, which we used to go through instead of the front door.
‘So I just wanted to make sure that people understood that if you’re black in the Midlands in the 70s, this isn’t where you think you’re going.
‘So to everybody in this room, to everybody who kind of said Lenny should get something… I can barely speak.’
Celebrity fans paid tribute to the comedian and fundraising Comic Relief frontman when the awards were broadcasted live on ITV from the OVO Arena, Wembley.
Sir Lenny has been a mainstay on TV for nearly 50 years, starting with his 1975 victory on New Faces at the age of 16 which led to further acclaim on such era-defining shows as Tiswas and Three of a Kind.
Winner: Actor Sir Lenny received the Special Recognition Award at the National Television Awards on Thursday.
Breaking new ground for black talent, he went on to experience huge success with his own sketch comedy series before playing a key role in the formation of Comic Relief.
More recent projects have seen him diversify into acting, most notably on stage as Othello and on screen in the big-budget Amazon Prime series, Lord of the Rings: the Rings of Power.
Among those congratulating Sir Lenny for his achievements as a writer, campaigner, comedian and presenter was Hollywood superstar Whoopi Goldberg, who said, ‘If you want to know what a superhero looks like, take a look at Sir Lenny Henry.’
Notable winners at the ceremony – held at the OVO Arena in Wembley, London – included Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly for Best Presenter, Anton Du Beke for TV Judge, Peaky Blinders for Returning Drama and Emmerdale for Serial Drama.
Achievement: The Comic Relief icon took home the top prize at the ceremony which was held at London’s OVO Arena Wembley, after a showbiz career spanning six decades
This Morning took home the Daytime gong, with host Phillip Schofield saying the award means ‘so much to us every year, especially this year’.
Taking to the stage after the win, Phillip said: ‘Please don’t think we ever get complacement and please don’ tthink we ever take it for granted. This means so much to us every year, especially this year. We have the best boss.’
Holly added: ‘This Morning has a very special relationship with you, you make our show for us, you really do. All these guys on the stage here, Alison [Hammond] and Dermot [O’Leary], Rochelle [Humes] and Vernon [Kay], Josie [Gibson], everyone. Thank you for all your support.’
Financial advisor Martin Lewis scooped the first Expert gong at the 2022 National Television Awards as the cost of living crisis intensifies .
Recognised: Celebrity fans paid tribute to the comedian and fundraising Comic Relief frontman when the awards were broadcasted live on ITV from the OVO Arena, Wembley
He said he didn’t expect to win as one of his fellow nominees in the new category was Sir David Attenborough, along with Jay Blades and Kaleb Cooper.
The finance journalist turned Moneysupermarket.com founder told the crowd at London’s Wembley Area on Thursday when picking up his trophy: ‘When you’re up against a treasure like David Attenborough, you don’t expect to win. Whoever said we’ve had enough of experts, we haven’t. We need them more than ever.
‘It’s been a pretty horrible year financially. I’m afraid the next year, with the mortgage problem and the knock on to rents, is going to be pretty bad and we need someone to get a grip on the economy and put things better.
‘I’ll leave that to my show which is back on next Tuesday – tonight this nerd is going to party.’
Other big winners at the ceremony included Anton Du Beke for TV Judge, Peaky Blinders for Returning Drama, Lenny Henry for the Special Recognition Award and ITV’s Thriller Point for Best New Drama, accepted by actress Vicky McClure.
Long career: Sir Lenny has been a mainstay on TV for nearly 50 years, starting with his 1975 victory on New Faces at the age of 16
She said: ‘What’s incredible about the NTAs – it’s the fans and viewers and that’s what matters in television.
‘I want to say thank you to Jed Mercurio (show writer) and to our wonderful directors and everyone who worked on this.’
Thanking his wife Hannah Summers and executive producer Sarah James for his win, Strictly Come Dancing judge Anton said when picking up his award: ‘Thank you to everyone who voted, who’s watching the show. Thank you to my wife.
‘Sarah James… let me tell you about Sarah James. I love this woman, she’s the great thing to happen to television, thank you for giving me the job. That’s why I love her, I won’t deny. Thank you so much.’
Members of the England lionesses football squad presented Peaky Blinders with Returning Drama, with show creator and screenwriter Steven Knight saying in his acceptance speech about plans to turn it into a film.
He said: ‘Thank you to all our fans. It’s been a great journey. It’s become a global thing and the most important thing is the British fans who spotted it early, made it what it is and that’s what this is all about.
Big names: Among those congratulating Sir Lenny for his achievements as a writer, campaigner, comedian and presenter was Hollywood superstar Whoopi Goldberg (Sir Lenny pictured with his partner Lisa Makin)
‘We’re going to keep going, we’re going to make a film, we start shooting in spring.’
Matt Lucas presented the Comedy Award, which went to Ricky Gervais’ After Life.
Ricky – who has previously advised award winners when presenting the Golden Globes to keep their victory speeches short and devoid of political and ‘woke’ statements – said: ‘Thank you so much – a genuine surprise.
‘I’ll keep It brief – my feet are killing me. Thank you to the amazing cast and crew. Thank you to Netflix and thank you to everyone who voted.’
Emmerdale took best Serial Drama over shows including EastEnders and Neighbours, which was nominated after its 37 years on TV ended in July.
Late The Wanted singer Tom Parker, who died aged 33 in March following a battle with brain cancer, was honoured a posthumous nomination for his documentary, Inside My Head.
Winner of the category was ITV host Kate Garraway’s documentary about caring for her Covid-stricken husband Derek, believed to be Britain’s longest suffering patient with the disease.
THE 2022 NATIONAL TELEVISION AWARDS WINNERS
This Is Going To Hurt
Trigger Point – WINNER
Britain’s Got Talent
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK
Strictly Come Dancing – WINNER
The Masked Singer
Julia Bradbury: Breast Cancer and Me
Kate Garraway: Caring for Derek – WINNER
Katie Price: What Harvey Did Next
Paddy and Christine McGuinness: Our Family and Autism
Tom Parker: Inside My Head
Call the Midwife
Peaky Blinders – WINNER
Ant & Dec – WINNER
Gogglebox – WINNER
Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs
The Great British Bake Off
Cillian Murphy, Thomas Shelby, Peaky Blinders – WINNER
Jonathan Bailey, Anthony Bridgerton, Bridgerton
Nicola Walker, Hannah, The Split
Vicky McClure, Lana Washington, Trigger Point
THE BRUCE FOSRYTH ENTERTAINMENT AWARD
Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway
I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! – WINNER
The Graham Norton Show
Emmerdale – WINNER
Martin Lewis – WINNER
Sir David Attenborough
SERIAL DRAMA PERFORMANCE
Mark Charnock, Marlon Dingle, Emmerdale – WINNER
Paige Sandhu, Meena Jutla, Emmerdale
Rose Ayling-Ellis, Frankie Lewis, EastEnders
QUIZ GAME SHOW
Beat the Chasers – WINNER
In for a Penny
Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel
The 1% Club
Charithra Chandran, Edwina Sharma, Bridgerton
Joe Locke, Charlie Spring, Heartstopper
Kit Connor, Nick Nelson, Heartstopper
Paddy Bever, Max Turner, Coronation Street – WINNER
The Repair Shop
This Morning – WINNER
After Life- WINNER
Not Going Out
TALENT SHOW JUDGE
Anton Du Beke – WINNER
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