Celia Imrie ‘delighted’ to receive the WFTV award

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Celia Imrie has said that it is “exciting” to honor at this year’s Women in Film and Television Awards – such as women can be “often very critical”.

“They don’t take prisoners and are very particular about what they like,” the actress said of her sex.

“It’s very flattering to be praised by your own. I’m delighted, really.”

Imrie, known for her work with Victoria Wood, received a lifetime achievement award at this year’s event, held at the Hilton Park Lane in central London.

The 65-year-old has appeared in Absolutely Fabulous and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and recently put his hand to novel-writing.

Among the previous winners of WFTV’s lifetime achievement award include Joanna Lumley, Angela Rippon, Sheila Hancock and Dame Helen Mirren.

“When I see who else has won in the past, I couldn’t be more proud,” said Imrie. “I find it hard to believe.”

Speaking to the BBC before the ceremony, though, the actress shrugged off any suggestion, the price can be seen as a kiss off.

“I’m just starting out so there is no chance to stop here,” she insisted. “They have seen nothing yet, I can tell you.”

Other winners include Game of Thrones actress Gemma Whelan, 2015 Cook winner Nadiya Hussain and waad al-Kateab, a “citizen journalist” in Syria.

The event also saw four scholarships to women behind the BBC, One of the Three Girls, among them the writer Nicole Taylor and director Philippa Lowthorpe.

Release in May, the hard-hitting drama is based on the real life stories of victims of grooming and abuse in Rochdale.

Now in its 27th year, the awards are “to celebrate the year’s most inspiring women” in the world of film and television.

Kate Kinninmont, the price of ” chief executive, has described the winners of this year’s “strong, talented women including our industry can be justifiably proud”.

A complete list of winners
The Barclays Business Award – Jane Root
The Technicolor Creative Technology Award – Una Nor DiHongaile
The Panalux Craft Award – Susan Stein
The Envy Producer Award – Susan Hogg
The Eikon Presenter Price – Nadiya Hussain
The Film Finances Project Management Award – The Marianne Jenkins
The FremantleMedia UK New Talent Award – Daisy May Cooper
The ITV Studios Achievement of the Year – waad al-Kateab
The Director Of Luxury – Price Philippa Lowthorpe
The Creative Skills Writing Award – Nicole Taylor
The MAC Best Performance – Price Gemma Whelan
The BBC News and factual Award – Elhum Shakerifar
The Argonon Contribution to the Medium Award Nicola Shindler
The EON Productions Lifetime Achievement Award – Celia Imrie

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