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Doctor Who pair claim TV accolades

There was double delight for Doctor Who when its stars Matt Smith and Karen Gillan both picked up prizes at the National Television Awards.

Smith, who plays the timelord, won the gong for best Male Drama Performance, while Gillan, who plays his sidekick Amy Pond, picked up the female equivalent.

There was also a victory for ITV1's hit Downton Abbey with the country house show picking up the best Drama award and Coronation Street which won the Serial Drama prize.

Gillan, whose exit was announced recently, told reporters she had enjoyed the "time of my life" on the show. She said: "I will never have as much fun again." Her co-star Smith said he had no idea who would replace Gillan when she leaves, but added he was in no hurry to join her in exiting the show. He said: "I sort of always knew that me and Karen would have slightly different journeys in the show."

Coronation Street picked up two awards compared to one for its BBC rival EastEnders. Katherine Kelly, who recently left the show, picking up the award for Serial Drama Performance for her role as fiery Becky McDonald and the show won the overall award for best soap. Meanwhile, EastEnders star Jacqueline Jossa picked up the Newcomer award for her performance as Walford's troubled teen Lauren Branning.

There were awards for Celebrity Juice, which picked up the Comedy Panel Show prize, and Ant and Dec. The Geordie pair are regular winners of the Entertainment Presenter award.

The award for the best Talent Show went to The X Factor, while This Morning won the Factual Programme award. Alan Carr triumphed in the Talk Show category for his show Alan Carr Chatty Man, beating Graham Norton, Jonathan Ross and the ladies from Loose Women.

Ant and Dec took to the stage for a second time to pick up the award in the Reality Programme category for I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here. They were joined on stage by contestants from the most recent series including Fatima Whitbread, Mark Wright and winner Dougie Poynter.

The Outstanding Contribution award went to Take That star and XFactor judge Gary Barlow, who presenter Chris Moyles referred to as the nation's new "sweetheart".

The Special Recognition award went to Jonathan Ross who was sat next to his wife Jane Goldman in the star studded audience. A video outlining the career of the presenter and funnyman was played before veteran presenter Bruce Forsyth handed over his gong.


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