Normal People star Daisy Edgar-Jones and comedian James Corden were among the winners at the prestigious Rose D’Or 2020 Awards on Wednesday.
The actress, 22, was handed the Emerging Talent prize for her portrayal of lovestruck teenager Marianne Sheridan in Normal People after the BBC One drama became a lockdown favourite earlier this year.
Daisy wore a Peter-Pan collar denim shirt teamed with gold earrings and a berry lip as she accepted her prize, describing the role as a ‘dream job’.
All smiles: Normal People star Daisy Edgar-Jones (pictured) and comedian James Corden were among the winners at the prestigious Rose D’Or 2020 Awards on Wednesday
Normal People: Daisy is best known for her role in the BBC drama playing Marianne who falls in love with the brooding Connell when they meet in a small town in Ireland
She said: ‘Normal People really was a dream job. I just feel so lucky to have played Marianne and it’s done so much for me.
‘To be acknowledged as an Emerging Talent by Rose d’Or for it is so special. Thank you so, so much. I’m very proud and very chuffed.’
Produced by Element Pictures and based on Sally Rooney’s best-selling novel, Normal People follows the love of two people who changed each other’s lives.
The adaptation aired as a 12-part series on BBC and Hulu, propelling Daisy and her co-star Paul Mescal onto television screens across the globe.
Winner: Corden, 42, accepted his golden award for the new Rose D’Or category: Innovation In The Time of Covid for for Homefest: James Corden’s Late Late Show Special
Late show: The comedy showman is best known for hosting the late-night television show where he engages in hilarious conversations with a variety of famous faces
Corden, 42, looked dapper in a plum two-piece suit as he accepted his golden award for the new Rose D’Or category: Innovation In The Time of Covid for for Homefest: James Corden’s Late Late Show Special.
The awards were held in a socially-distanced virtual ceremony, hosted by British comedian Nish Kumar, 35.
He said: ‘In a year like no other and where the dress code is evening wear on the top, undies and slippers on the bot, it was a huge honour to be invited to host this incredibly special ceremony.
‘The fact that all our entrants have done something extraordinary and have entertained and educated audiences during an extremely difficult year, is incredible. A massive congratulations to all of the nominees and winners!’
An honour: Ncuti Gatwa, 28, also took home an award for the Performance Of The Year for his portrayal as Eric in the highly acclaimed popular Netflix show, Sex Education
Ncuti Gatwa, 28, also took home an award for the Performance Of The Year for his portrayal as Eric in the highly acclaimed popular Netflix show, Sex Education.
Sex Education follows a socially awkward student who lives with his sex therapist mother and sets up a sex clinic at school to capitalise on his intuitive talent for giving advice.
The critically acclaimed series won over audiences of all ages with its inclusive storylines and refreshing approach to real life experiences.
Sir David Attenborough, 94, was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award, honouring his exceptional contribution to the entertainment industry.
Iconic: Sir David Attenborough was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the virtual ceremony for his exceptional contribution to the entertainment industry
The broadcaster credited TV for educating people on the effect we are having on the planet, saying: ‘When I started in television, it’s difficult to believe it, but creatures like pangolins or sloths or armadillos were really quite unknown to the general public.
‘Now of course, everybody knows what they are, and why? Not because of me particularly, but because of television.
‘Television has told the world about the wild population, the wild part of the world, and that’s essential that we know about it and we know how it works, and we understand why it is that we are damaging it so badly.’
Among the other notable winners were Channel Four’s The School That tried To End Racism.
Documentary: BBC2’s Once Upon A Time In Iraq was named as the winner in the Documentary category
Creative director David DeHaney explained: ‘We made this series prior to COVID-19, the death of George Floyd and the subsequent global reawakening on racism and injustice – unfortunately it’s just one of those evergreen topics.
‘Our intention was to create something that started a new conversation about how to tackle part of the issue and lead to lasting change.
‘To date it’s had a really big impact in education, there have been debates with MP’s and so forth, so it’s been pretty successful. We really didn’t expect to win anything, so this accolade is really welcome, thank you’
BBC2’s Once Upon A Time In Iraq was named as the winner in the Documentary category, while Woke star Lamorne Morris, picked up the Comedy category award.
The ROSE D’OR Awards 2020: FULL LIST OF WINNERS
Sony Pictures Television/ABC Studios/Hulu/USA
COMEDY DRAMA AND SITCOM
X Filme Creative Pool Gmbh, ARD Degeto, WRD, Beta Film, Sky/Germany
SOAP OR TELEVOVELA
ViacomCBS International Studios, Oficina Burman (The Media Pro Studio)/Telefe/Argentina
REALITY AND FACTUAL ENTERTAINMENT
The School That Tried To End Racism
Proper Content, Banijay, Channel 4/UK
Once Upon A Time In Iraq
Keo Films, BBC Two/UK
Wim Wenders, Desperado
NDR (Norddeutscher Rundfunk)/Studio Hamburg Enterprises/Das Erste (ARD)/Germany
Capa, Newen Connect, France 3/France
CHILDREN AND YOUTH
Epic Films/Australian Children’s Television Foundation/Australian Broadcasting Corporation/Australia
SOCIAL MEDIA AND VIDEO SERIES
Ludo Studio, ABC TV/Australia
INNOVATION IN THE TIME OF COVID
Homefest: James Corden’s Late Late Show Special
Fulwell 73, CBS Studios, ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group/USA
Tunnel 29 BBC Radio 4/UK
THE GOLDEN ROSE
Once Upon A Time In Iraq
Keo Films, BBC Two/UK
THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Sir David Attenborough