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Variety award for TV judge Cowell
Simon Cowell
Simon Cowell has made his name on TV talent shows
X Factor judge Simon Cowell has been named showbusiness personality of the year by the Variety Club.

The music mogul took the prize at the showbusiness charity's annual awards show in central London.

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay won terrestrial TV personality of the year for his shows including Hell's Kitchen and Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares.

Actor and comic Stephen Fry was given an award for his outstanding contribution to showbusiness.

Presenter Gail Porter - who recently lost her hair to alopecia - won multichannel TV personality of the year for her work on Living TV's Dead Famous.

Katie Melua won recording artist of the year at the event, hosted by singer Myleene Klass.

Catherine Tate won the comedy award, while actors Imelda Staunton and Richard Griffiths were honoured for their work on film and stage respectively.

James Lomas, the 15-year-old Sheffield schoolboy whose performance in the London stage performance of Billy Elliot has won rave reviews, took the outstanding new talent award.

Another West End stage show, Mary Poppins, won the musical theatre award.




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