Richard Wilson has said he is ‘absolutely thrilled’ to have won one of the top prizes at this year’s British Academy Scotland Awards.
The star of television’s One Foot In The Grave, the film Passage To India and most recently the TV series Merlin was presented with the award for Outstanding Contribution to Television and Film at the red carpet event in Glasgow.
Stars such as Brian Cox, Trainspotting and Boardwalk Empire’s Kelly McDonald and Filth’s Kate Dickie were among the 500 guests at the ceremony to celebrate Scottish talent in the film, television and video games industries by British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) Scotland.
Richard, who was born in Greenock in Renfrewshire, said: “It’s wonderful, I am really touched and humbled by it.”
Wearing a tartan bow, tie he also paid tribute to his home country, saying: “I am very proud to be Scottish and very proud of my Scottish heritage.”
He received his prize from an admirer of his work and one of the biggest names in the industry at the moment, David Tennant, recently voted the best Doctor Who in the RadioTimes.com poll to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the BBC sci-fi show.
Another recipient of one of the night’s top prizes was Kirsty Wark for her Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting. She said she was ‘delighted’ to be honoured with the ‘tremendous accolade’.
Presenting the awards for the second consecutive year was BBC Radio DJ Edith Bowman. She said: “I think it’s really important to highlight the incredible talent that Scotland is producing whether that is in front of or behind the camera.”
The award for best actor/actress in a film was lifted by George McKay who fought off competition from Martin Compston for his portrayal of Glasgow gangster Paul Ferris in the feature The Wee Man and Iain De Caestecker in Not Another Happy Ending. George won for his role in For Those In Peril, which was a debut for Scottish director Paul Wright and was awarded the Feature Film title.
Film visual effects were also recognised with Steven Begg winning the award for Outstanding Contribution to Craft for his work in the industry over the last 27 years and his work on the recent Bond films.
Speaking about the importance of the ceremony to the film and television industry in Scotland, Alan de Pellette, acting director of Bafta Scotland said: “Sometimes in Scotland we don’t celebrate things, we don’t show off about things enough, but we try to do that at Bafta. We try to promote that, not in an arrogant way, but just in a confident way because we have to be confident about our screen culture because it really means a lot and it means a lot for the country.”