National Television Awards: Karen Gillan wins Best Female Drama Performance

Drama, drama! Karen Gillan won Best Female Drama Performance at the 17th National Television Awards
Drama, drama! Karen Gillan won Best Female Drama Performance at the 17th National Television Awards© Richard Young Rex Features

Karen Gillan won the award for the Best Drama Performance (Female) at tonight’s National Television Awards, for her role as Doctor Who's assistant.

The Scottish star beat off competition from worthy competitors including Suranne Jones (Scott & Bailey), Eve Myles (Torchwood) and Jaye Jacobs (Waterloo Road).

Looking stunning in a short burgundy dress with her deep red locks left free-flowing over her shoulders, an excited Karen ran up to the stage to receive her gong.

Presenting the gong was Hugh Bonneville from period costume drama Downton Abbey, who said that the fact that each award is selected by the public proves that the winner is truly “striking a chord with the audience”.

Karen – whose dulcet tones can be heard on the current series of Scottish Passport on STV – was clearly overwhelmed with her win.

“Hello” Oh my good God, thank you so much, this means so much to me, this is amazing but I am terrified right now!,” the Inverness-born actress said.

As well as starring in Doctor Who, Karen can also be seen tomorrow night  in the BB4 show We’ll Take Manhattan, in which she plays the role of 60s supermodel Jean Shrimpton.

This year's 17th NTAs were held at the 02 Arena in London, with over a thousand famous faces from the world of TV in attendance.

The annual awards ceremony sees the cream of the TV crop honoured for their performances over the last 12 months, with every winner in each of the 14 categories chosen by the public, who vote in a nationwide poll.

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