The National Television Awards (NTAs) took place last night and BBC crime drama Happy Valley won best returning drama and star Sarah Lancashire took home two awards.
The final season of Happy Valley aired at the start of this year to high praise. It had a seven year break in order for the actor who played Ryan to get to right age whilst character Tommy Lee Royce served his prison sentence.
Lancashire won two awards at the NTAs which were best drama performance and also received this year’s special recognition awards, presented by Sir Ian McKellen.
Taking to the stage at the London O2 arena to collect her best drama performance she said: “Thank you so much for this. I have adored every scene, every moment of Happy Valley.
“And I know I will never forget it, nor the brilliant people that I’ve worked with, the way the BBC have supported us.”
“I have to say some things about Sally Wainwright because she is Happy Valley, she is what makes it, her writing is so extraordinary, her characters are extraordinary and anyone who is in receipt of those words is the luckiest actor in the world, in truth.”
Sarah gave a shoutout to her co-stars saying: “To James Norton, to Siobhan Finneran who has been my partner in crime for three years and she is an extraordinary actress.”
Rounding off her speech with: “My family walk every step of the way with me, and I am so incredibly lucky to have them in my life.”
Lancashire beat co-star james Norton to best drama performance award.
Lancashire beat her co-star James Norton to the best drama performance prize for her portrayal of no-nonsense police officer Catherine Cawood.
Watch Sarah Lancashire speech below: