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Friday, 31 May, 2002, 06:42 GMT 07:42 UK
BBC triumphs at Emma awards
EastEnders' Rudolph Walker (right)
EastEnders' Rudolph Walker (right) won best actor
The BBC has scooped a string of awards at a prestigious ceremony recognising the best of black and Asian talent.

The annual Ethnic Multicultural Media Awards, nicknamed the Emmas, saw comedy chatshow The Kumars at No 42 named best TV entertainment.

Samantha Mumba
Samantha Mumba was among celebrity guests
Rudolph Walker, who plays Patrick in EastEnders was voted best actor, while Diane Parish won best TV actress for her role in the drama Babyfather, which was nominated in three categories.

BBC News picked up several awards, with Rageh Omaar named best TV news journalist and Radio 4's Zubeida Malik best radio journalist.

Newsreader Moira Stuart shared media personality of the year with Ahmed Rashid.

Other winners included Garage act So Solid Crew, who were named best British music act at the lavish ceremony, while Alicia Keys picked up best international music act.

Lifetime achievement

Oscar winners Halle Berry and Denzel Washington, triumphed in the acting categories.

Washington's triumph saw his role in Training Day judged better than that of Will Smith in Ali.

Paul Boateng
Britain's first black minister Paul Boateng was at the ceremony
Swordfish actress Berry was competing against Monsoon Wedding star Naseeruddin Shah.

Two lifetime achievement awards were given out during the event, including one for the legendary Ray Charles for excellence in the music industry.

Acclaimed writer Dr Maya Angelou was similarly honoured, with a prize presented by newsreader Jon Snow.

TGWU leader Bill Morris was named Public Figure of the Year and England cricket captain Nasser Hussain was Sporting Personality of the Year.


The awards ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel on London's Park Lane was hosted by Cutting It star Angela Griffin and comedian Sanjeev Bhaskar.

Presenters included Eamonn Holmes, Linford Christie, Denise Lewis, Audley Harrison, Shiulie Ghosh and Bend it Like Beckham stars Parminda Nagra, Juliet Stevenson.

Celebrities guests were in abundance, including singer Samantha Mumba, TV presenter Gaby Roslin and newly appointed secretary to the treasury Paul Boateng.

Live music on the night came from Mis-Teeq, Lighthouse Family and a performance from the musical Umoja.

The full list of winners:

  • Best British music act - So Solid Crew
  • Best international music act - Alicia Keys
  • Best world music act - Nitin Sawhney
  • Best film - Ali
  • Best film actor - Denzel Washington (Training Day)
  • Best film actress - Halle Berry (Swordfish)
  • Best TV entertainment - The Kumars at No 42
  • Best TV actor - Rudolph Walker (EastEnders)
  • Best TV actress - Diane Parish (Babyfather)
  • Best play - The Island (Royal National Theatre)
  • Best book - The Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy Tan
  • Best comedian - Omid Djalili
  • Best print newspaper journalist - Gary Younge (The Guardian)
  • Best radio journalist - Zubeida Malik (Radio 4)
  • Best TV news journalist - Rageh Omaar (BBC News & Current Affairs)
  • Best TV documentary - Islam UK: Islamophobia (BBC)
  • Public figure of the year - Bill Morris
  • Media personality of the year - Moira Stuart/Ahmed Rashid
  • Sporting personality of the year - Nasser Hussain
  • Lifetime achievement award for excellence in the music industry - Ray Charles
  • Lifetime achievement 2002 - Maya Angelou
  • Mahatma Gandhi legacy honour - Mahatma Gandhi (presented to his great- grandson Tushar)
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