TV star, Brenda Blethyn who has graced our screens for more than a decade as DCI Vera Stanhope will be honoured with a lifetime achievement, it has been announced.

Blethyn, who has become a household name in the North East, will get the coveted prize at the Rose d'Or Awards later this month.

In previous years, the awards have been given to the likes of Sir David Attenborough,  Joanna Lumley, Dame Angela Lansbury and German actress Maren Kroymann.

Blethyn will be celebrated for her starring role as DCI Stanhope, ITV’s longest running female detective, at the annual ceremony.

The Northern Echo:

The awards recognises excellence in entertainment programming and is marking its 60th anniversary and is being hosted virtually by Sue Perkins.

Reacting to the news, Blethyn, who has also starred in Outside Edge, Between The Sheets and Chance In A Million, said: “A very happy 60th birthday to the Rose d’Or Awards and thank you so much for this very prestigious award.

“I’m humbled to walk in the footsteps of previous winners. I’m over the moon!”

French actor Omar Sy will be given the performance of the year award for the Netflix drama Lupin, which has been an international hit, while writer Nida Manzoor will be given the emerging talent award for the Channel 4 comedy We Are Lady Parts, about a Muslim female punk band.

Mark Rowland, chair of the Rose d’Or awards, added: “Huge congratulations to Brenda, Omar and Nida.

The Northern Echo:

“The Rose d’Or is all about recognising great talent and each of these awards marks a special achievement for a different stage of an important TV career.

“The strength and breadth of performance and production skills we’ve seen in the 2021 nominations has been truly outstanding.”

It was previously announced that Bridgerton, Squid Game and Strictly Come Dancing are among the nominees for the awards this year.

HBO’s Mare Of Easttown – which starred Kate Winslet as a small town detective – is nominated in the drama category alongside Aids drama It’s A Sin and Jimmy McGovern’s prison series Time, as well as Help, featuring Jodie Comer and Stephen Graham and Netflix juggernauts Bridgerton and Squid Game.

The comedy nominees include the BBC’s Famalam, Netflix special Bo Burnham: Inside and Motherland, another BBC show.

Strictly Come Dancing is up for the studio entertainment award alongside America’s Got Talent, A League Of Their Own and The Masked Singer UK.

The Rose d’Or Awards will take place on November 29.


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