Triple triumph for Miranda at comedy awards

It was a good night for funny lady Miranda Hart at this year’s British Comedy Awards in London, after she won a trio of prizes.

The comedienne – who stars in the BBC2 hit Miranda – picked up the awards for Best New British TV Comedy and Best Comedy Actress at the star-studded event, which took place at the O2 Centre.

She completed her hat-trick with the People’s Choice Award for the King Or Queen Of Comedy 2010 – fighting off competition from Ant and Dec, Harry Hill and Michael McIntyre.

Other winners on the night included McIntyre who won the prize for Best Male Comic – and was stunned when Amanda Holden presented him with the award midway through the Britain’s Got Talent 2011 auditions in Liverpool.

“It gives me and the Great British public a massive honour to give you the award for the best floppy haired and nodding head comedian, congratulations!” she said before giving him the prize.

McIntyre described the award as a “genuine surprise”.

“I didn’t know what was going on!” he admitted. “It’s such an honour and a thrill and it’s so nice to be here with such a supportive audience.”

Also picking up trophies were Harry Hill, who was voted Best Comedy Entertainment Personality, and Peter Capaldi who won Best Comedy Actor.

Among the shows winning prizes were Would I Lie To You, which picked up the award for Best Comedy Panel Show, and Charlie Brooker’s Newswipe, voted Best Comedy Entertainment Programme.

The satirical star thanked Sky News in his acceptance speech, saying they had ‘provided about 85 per cent of his material’.

Comedy writer Roy Clarke, who created Last Of The Summer Wine, was given the Lifetime Achievement Award, while Russell Brand won the prize for Outstanding Contribution To Comedy.

However the comedian pulled out of attending the ceremony to be with a sick friend, and instead appeared on video accepting his award.

Had he attended, it would have been the first time he and show host Jonathan Ross had been together on a broadcast since the notorious ‘Sachsgate’ affair in 2008.

He said in his speech that despite spending most of his time in the US he still managed to keep up with British comedy.

“I have even found a way to rip off the BBC iPlayer, after all the damage I’ve done to them already!” Brand joked. “Jonathan, what did you do? You were supposed to be a father figure.”

He added, “I’ve never been more proud to be British than since I’ve come to America.”

The awards were screened on Channel 4 for the first time in their 20-year-history, as part of a new three-year deal.