The world is becoming more misogynist, Sherlock star Mark Gatiss has said.
The actor - who plays Sherlock Holmes's brother Mycroft in the hit BBC series that he co-created - called on people to stand up and fight what he called growing levels of sexism.
Speaking on the red carpet at the Women in Film and Television Awards, Gatiss said such events recognising women were "increasingly important".
He added: "The world is darkening by the moment because the contribution of women is becoming sort of disputed - which is probably the mildest term I could choose to go on camera with - by people who are just determined to denigrate and belittle women - w omen in general and professional women, women in all kinds of industries, women in television as well.
"There are so many incredible women, most of them are channel controllers in this country and it's a fantastic thing to celebrate.
"There is creeping misogyny everywhere, so much of it about."
"(It's) really nasty stuff so we just have to fight," he said.
Gatiss was at the annual ceremony to hand an award to actress, writer and comedian Julia Davis, who he called a "genius".
Davis picked up the creative skillset writing award for her hit Sky Atlantic series Camping.