Joanna Lumley tells National Television Awards: 'I'm so glad you got to see me kissing Leonardo DiCaprio'

view gallery VIEW GALLERY

The Absolutely Fabulous actress picked up a special recognition prize at last night's NTAs

Joanna Lumley was given a special recognition gong at last night's National Television Awards.

Tributes were paid to the actress by her Absolutely Fabulous co-star Jennifer Saunders, Prime Minister David Cameron and film director Martin Scorsese - who cast her in this year's Wolf Of Wall Street.

A film of tributes was played that included clips from her career in shows including Coronation Street, The New Avengers and Absolutely Fabulous, as well as a scene from the Scorsese film where she kissed Leonardo DiCaprio.

Click here or on "View Images" for red carpet pictures

Accepting her award, she wiped back tears and said: "I love you so much.

"This is so strange to see my life played out in front of me, I'm so touched by those things all those people said, I'm so thrilled you saw me kissing Leo."

Among the stars at last night's event, at the 02 in Greenwich, south-east London, were X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos, Downton Abbey's Hugh Bonneville and Olympian Sir Chris Hoy.

EastEnders stars Jacqueline Jossa and Shona McGarty and the cast of The Only Way Is Essex also posed for photographers as they arrived on the red carpet.

The first award, for entertainment programme went to I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

The second went to Sir David Attenborough's BBC natural history show Frozen Planet which won best documentary series.

QI was named the best comedy panel show, beating competition including Have I Got News For You and Mock The Week.

The first big surprise of the night saw Merlin star Colin Morgan win the award for the best male drama performance, beating much-fancied rivals in Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch and Dr Who's Matt Smith.

Downton Abbey was named best drama, beating shows including Sherlock and Doctor Who.

Phyllis Logan, who plays housekeeper Mrs Hughes in the show, paid tribute to writer Julian Fellowes, saying: "His imagination has captured the imagination of a lot of you all around the world."

Strictly Come Dancing was named best talent show, beating ITV rival The X Factor and This Morning was named best daytime programme, with hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby accepting the award and the award for best female drama performance went to Call The Midwife star Miranda Hart.

A landmark award for coverage of London 2012 was presented to Lord Coe, Sir Chris Hoy and David Weir.

The award for best entertainment presenter went to Ant and Dec for the 12th year running, but the Geordie duo were filming Britain's Got Talent so accepted the gong via a live link.

Accepting the award from Simon Cowell, Ant said: "This is just ridiculous, 12 in a row."

The award for factual entertainment went to Paul O'Grady: For The Love Of Dogs.

EastEnders actor David Witts, who plays Joey Branning in the BBC soap, won the newcomer award and told off members of the audience who booed when he mentioned his girlfriend in his speech, saying: "You can't boo her, she's beautiful."

The audience also saw a performance by X Factor finalist Ella Henderson who sang a cover version of Cher's Believe, before the award for situation comedy went to Mrs Brown's Boys.

The show's writer and star Brendan O'Carroll thanked fans of the show, which stars many of his real-life family including his wife, his sister and his daughter, and joked: "The only person that's not in the show is my mother and that's because she is dead."

Here is the full list of winners at the National Television Awards:

Drama - Downton Abbey.

Drama performance male - Colin Morgan, Merlin.

Drama performance female - Miranda Hart, Call The Midwife.

Landmark Award - London 2012.

Factual entertainment - Paul O'Grady, For The Love Of Dogs.

Situation comedy - Mrs Brown's Boys.

Talent show - Strictly Come Dancing.

Comedy panel show - QI.

Entertainment presenter - Ant & Dec.

Entertainment programme - I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!.

Special Recognition - Joanna Lumley.

Serial drama performance - Alan Halsall, Coronation Street.

Documentary series - Frozen Planet.

Daytime programme - This Morning.

Newcomer - David Witts, EastEnders

PA

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment

ebooksNow available in paperback
Arts and Entertainment

ebooks
Arts and Entertainment
Taylor Swift won Best International Solo Female (Getty)

Brits 2015
Arts and Entertainment
Shining star: Maika Monroe, with Jake Weary, in ‘It Follows’
film review
Arts and Entertainment

Brits 2015
Arts and Entertainment
Paloma Faith arrives at the Brit Awards (Getty)

Brits 2015
Arts and Entertainment
Anne Boleyn's beheading in BBC Two's Wolf Hall

TV review
Arts and Entertainment
Follow every rainbow: Julie Andrews in 'The Sound of Music'
film Elizabeth Von Trapp reveals why the musical is so timeless
Arts and Entertainment
Bytes, camera, action: Leehom Wang in ‘Blackhat’
film
Arts and Entertainment
The Libertines will headline this year's festival
music
Arts and Entertainment
Richard Dean Anderson in the original TV series, which ran for seven seasons from 1985-1992
tv
Arts and Entertainment
Muscling in: Noah Stewart and Julia Bullock in 'The Indian Queen'

opera
Arts and Entertainment
Olivia Colman and David Tennant star in 'Broadchurch'

TVViewers predict what will happen to Miller and Hardy
Arts and Entertainment
Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright in season two of the series

Watch the new House of Cards series three trailer

TV
Arts and Entertainment
An extract from the sequel to Fight Club

books
Arts and Entertainment
David Tennant, Eve Myles and Olivia Colman in Broadchurch series two

TV Review
Arts and Entertainment
Old dogs are still learning in 'New Tricks'

TV
Arts and Entertainment
'Tonight we honour Hollywood’s best and whitest – sorry, brightest' - and other Neil Patrick Harris Oscars jokes

Oscars 2015It was the first time Barney has compered the Academy Awards

Arts and Entertainment
Patricia Arquette making her acceptance speech for winning Best Actress Award

Oscars 2015 From Meryl Streep whooping Patricia Arquette's equality speech to Chris Pine in tears

Arts and Entertainment

Oscars 2015 Mexican filmmaker uses speech to urge 'respect' for immigrants

Arts and Entertainment
Lloyd-Hughes takes the leading role as Ralph Whelan in Channel 4's epic new 10-part drama, Indian Summers

TV Review

The intrigue deepens as we delve further but don't expect any answers just yet
Arts and Entertainment
Jason Segal and Cameron Diaz star in Sex Tape

Razzies 2015 Golden Raspberry Awards 'honours' Cameron Diaz and Kirk Cameron

Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

ES Rentals

    Independent Dating
    and  

    By clicking 'Search' you
    are agreeing to our
    Terms of Use.

    Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

    Climate change key in Syrian conflict

    And it will trigger more war in future
    How I outwitted the Gestapo

    How I outwitted the Gestapo

    My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
    The nation's favourite animal revealed

    The nation's favourite animal revealed

    Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
    Is this the way to get young people to vote?

    Getting young people to vote

    From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
    Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

    Poldark star Heida Reed

    'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
    The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

    The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

    Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
    Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

    Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

    Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
    Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

    David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

    The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
    Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

    Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

    Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
    With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

    Money, corruption and drugs

    The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
    America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

    150 years after it was outlawed...

    ... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
    Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

    Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

    The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
    Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

    You won't believe your eyes

    Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
    Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

    Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

    The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
    War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

    The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

    Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn