Former professional tennis player and award-winning broadcaster, Sue Barker CBE, was honoured with The EON Productions Lifetime Achievement Award at today’s Women in Film & TV (UK) Awards.
The WFTV Awards features fourteen categories covering all aspects of the industry including directing, performance, producing, business and project management. Hosted for the first time by comedian, writer, presenter, and actress Katherine Ryan, the celebrates the achievements of the UK’s most talented women in front and behind the camera.
Sue Barker’s extensive career as a broadcaster has seen her present an array of sports over the last 30-years including the Olympic Games, since 1996, the Winter Olympics, the Commonwealth Games, Queen’s tennis, Ice Skating World Championships, the London Marathon, Royal Ascot, the Derby, Grand National, as well as fronting coverage of Wimbledon for the last three decades. In addition, Sue anchored Sports Personality of the Year for 19 years, and was quizmaster on A Question of Sport for 24 years. In 2001 she became the first woman to win the Royal Television Society’s Best Sports Presenter Award, and in 2020, she won The Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award.
Sue Barker joins a list of previous winners of the Women in Film & TV Lifetime Achievement award including Floella Benjamin, Judi Dench, Sheila Hancock, Katherine Hepburn, Glenda Jackson, Helen Mirren, Joanna Lumley, Esther Rantzen, Vanessa Redgrave, and Maggie Smith.
Speaking of her Lifetime Achievement Award Sue Barker CBE said “I’m truly honoured to have received Women in Film & TV’s Lifetime Achievement Award today. Being here and celebrating the fantastic work of so many brilliant and inspiring women has been such a joy. What Women in Film & TV do support and champion women in the industry is invaluable and makes receiving this award today very special indeed.”
Davina McCall was awarded with The Eikon Presenter Award, presented, and collected on her behalf by Dermot O’Leary, while actress Claire Rushbrook won The Argonon Best Performance Award, handed to her by Magpie Murders and Temple co-star Daniel Mays.
Writer, actor, and singer-songwriter Nicôle Lecky won The Netflix New Talent Award, presented by her Mood co-star Jessica Hynes. Lecky wrote, executive produced, and starred the BBC 3 six-part television series Mood, an adaptation of her critically acclaimed stage monologue Superhoe. Abi Morgan handed The ScreenSkills Writing Award to the 2019 BAFTA Breakthrough winner and creator of the critically acclaimed comedy drama series In My Skin, Kayleigh Llewellyn.
Nida Manzoor won The Company 3 Director Award presented to her by We Are Lady Parts cast members Sarah Kameela Impey, Lucie Shorthouse and Juliette Motamed, while Anne-Marie Duff handed The BBC News and Factual Award to journalist, documentary maker, and author Ramita Navai, who has reported from over forty countries and made over thirty documentaries.
Akua Gyamfi, founder of The British Blacklist, a platform that celebrates the talents of British Black creatives across screen, stage and literature, was awarded with The Mercury Studios Business Award by actress Adjoa Andoh, with Surian Fletcher-Jones winning The Envy Producer Award, which was presented to her by Dolly Alderton, whom she collaborated with on Alderton’s BBC drama Everything I Know About Love.
AJ Odudu presented dubbing mixer Emma Butt with The ITV Studios Achievement of the Year Award, while Christopher Eccleston handed The Gravity Media Creative Technology Award to Emmy and RTS award-winning composer Nainita Desai.
Nicola Daley took home The MBS Equipment Co Craft Award presented by Madeline Brewer, with Tamzin Outhwaite handing The IMDb Project Management Award to TV and Film location Manager Claire Newton; and the accolade for The Disney+ Contribution to the Medium Award was awarded to Greenacre Film’s Nadine Marsh-Edwards by actress Sharon Duncan Brewster.
Speaking at the Women in Film & TV Awards, ceo Katie Bailiff said “What our WFTV Awards have continued to highlight over the last 31 years is the huge number of talented and brilliant women working in film and TV in the UK. We’re delighted to recognise the work of women both in front of and behind the camera – today is our chance to shout about their incredible achievements.”
WFTV Awards presenter Katherine Ryan added “I have had such a fantastic day hosting the Women in Film and TV Awards for the first time. It’s an honour to be part of a celebration of so many talented and creative women working across such a variety of areas in the TV and Film industry, their dedication to each of their crafts is inspiring. Congratulations to all the worthy winners and thank you to Women in Film and TV for inviting me to part of this fabulous day!”
Please see the full list of winners further below.
The ENVY Producer Award
The EIKON Presenter Award
The ITV Studios Achievement of the Year Award
The Company 3 Director Award
The ScreenSkills Writing Award
The Argonon Best Performance Award
The BBC News and Factual Award
The EON Productions Lifetime Achievement Award
Sue Barker CBE
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