Brits bag five International Emmys
Published 22/11/2011 | 05:32
Lady Gaga put in a surprise appearance to present a special gong to Nigel Lythgoe at the International Emmys in New York.
And American Idol executive producer Nigel wasn't the only Brit celebrating, as Christopher Eccleston and Julie Walters took the main acting awards and British TV productions won five awards at the event.
Among the winners was Accused, written and created by Jimmy McGovern, which received the Emmy for best drama series at the 39th Annual International Emmy Awards ceremony at the Hilton New York Hotel.
The ceremony kicked off with a surprise as Gaga, wearing a tattooed thigh-revealing, floor-length black gown and oversize sunglasses, presented the honorary International Emmy Founders Award to Nigel, for his work on hit shows Idol and So You Think You Can Dance?
X Factor boss Simon Cowell picked up the Founders Award last year, and was the butt of Nigel's jokes this time around.
"I now call Simon Lord Voldemort because he must not be named because every time I name him the press say that we're enemies and we're fighting each other," he said.
"That's not true at all. Simon has no enemies whatsoever in the world. He just has a lot of friends who hate him," he quipped.
Former Doctor Who star Christopher won the best actor award for his role in Accused, in which he played a financially stressed, lapsed Catholic plumber who's struggling with an adulterous relationship and coming up with the money to pay for his daughter's wedding.
Julie, who earlier won a Bafta for the same role, was chosen best actress for the TV film Mo, in which she portrayed the late Mo Mowlam.
Forty nominees from a record 20 countries were competing in 10 categories for International Emmys, honouring excellence in television programming outside the US.