BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific
BBCi NEWS   SPORT   WEATHER   WORLD SERVICE   A-Z INDEX     

BBC News World Edition
 You are in: Entertainment  
News Front Page
Africa
Americas
Asia-Pacific
Europe
Middle East
South Asia
UK
Business
Entertainment
Science/Nature
Technology
Health
-------------
Talking Point
-------------
Country Profiles
In Depth
-------------
Programmes
-------------
BBC Sport
BBC Weather
SERVICES
-------------
EDITIONS
Monday, 9 September, 2002, 21:23 GMT 22:23 UK
Black talent honoured at awards
Pam Grier
Lifetime achievement winner: Grier in Jackie Brown
The UK's leading black TV and film stars have been honoured at an awards ceremony in London.

The first ever BFM Film and Television Awards, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, aim to promote black British talent across the industry.

Hollywood stars were also recognised - Angela Bassett collected the best female screen personality and Denzel Washington won the male prize.

But the emphasis was firmly on home-grown talent.

Marsha Thomason, who first made her name in BBC drama Playing The Field, won best female performance in film for her parts in Long Time Dead and comedy Black Knight.

Marsha Thomason
Marsha Thomason in Black Knight
The male prize was taken by 24 Hour Party People star Lennie James.

Babyfather actress Diane Parish won the best female performance in television prize for her part as DC Eva Sharpe in ITV1's The Bill.

Eamonn Walker, who starred in ITV1's Othello, took the male award.

CBBC presenter Angellica Bell won best presenter, while comedian Lenny Henry won the Edric Connor Inspiration Award.

Jackie Brown and Foxy Brown star Pam Grier won the lifetime achievement prize, and her award was collected for her by ER actor Eriq LaSalle, who also collected Denzel Washington's prize.

Awards founder Charles Thomson said: "I am delighted that for the first time ever, black British film-makers and actors will have a real opportunity to show the world their talent.

"This unique ceremony is a timely recognition of their contribution to the film and television industry."

Organisers said despite the recent Oscar success of Halle Berry, Denzel Washington and Sidney Poitier, the chances for British actors and actresses remained limited.

No black British actor has ever won a Bafta for a leading role.

Main winners:

Male screen personality - Denzel Washington

Female screen personality - Angela Bassett

Best film - Training Day

Best soundtrack - Ali

Best female performance in film - Marsha Thomason (Long Time Dead, Black Knight)

Best female performance in television - Diane Parish (Babyfather, The Bill)

Best male performance in film - Lennie James (24 Hour Party People)

Best male performance in television - Eamonn Walker (Othello)

Emerging talent - Zak Ove

Best presenter - Angellica Bell

Edric Connor Inspiration Award - Lenny Henry

Lifetime Achievement Award - Pam Grier


Click here to go to BBC London Online
See also:

09 Sep 02 | Entertainment
07 Sep 01 | Entertainment
20 Oct 00 | Entertainment
31 Aug 99 | Tom Brook
14 Jul 00 | Entertainment
05 Apr 99 | Entertainment
07 Feb 00 | Entertainment
15 Jan 00 | Tom Brook
13 Oct 00 | Entertainment
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more Entertainment stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Entertainment stories

© BBC ^^ Back to top

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East |
South Asia | UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature |
Technology | Health | Talking Point | Country Profiles | In Depth |
Programmes