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Award recognises Redgrave's career

Vanessa Redgrave has picked up a lifetime achievement award for more than 60 years on screen at an industry bash attended by familiar faces from film and TV.

The actress, whose haul of awards already includes an Emmy, a Tony and an Oscar, was presented with the gong at the Women in Film and TV Awards in central London by playwright Sir David Hare.

Other winners at the ceremony included Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, who were named best presenters and picked up their award from their Great British Bake Off co-star Mary Berry.

Gone Girl star Rosamund Pike won the best performance award but missed out on the ceremony, having given birth to a son earlier this week.

The event, sponsored by Sky, was hosted by Sandi Toksvig at Park Lane's Hilton Hotel and also saw wins for BBC journalist Lyse Doucet - who was praised for her reporting from the war-torn Middle East - and playwright Lucy Kirkwood who recently moved into TV to pen firefighting drama The Smoke.

Kate Kinninmont, the CEO of Women in Film and TV, said: "Year after year these awards celebrate the talented women in film and television, and this year's winners are a superb group of creative and outstanding women. We are particularly thrilled to honour Vanessa Redgrave's remarkable career with The EON Lifetime Achievement award.

"Our BBC News and Factual Award goes this year to producers Sara Hardy and Blue Ryan for their documentary The Unspeakable Crime: Rape, which documents the effects of this terrible crime in a way never seen before on British television. This film is so powerful that it's now being used to train people working with victims of rape and sexual crimes.

"The calibre of nominees is always very high in every category and we are privileged to recognise each of the winner's remarkable achievements."

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