Ben Kingsley, Anupam Kher, Hanif Kureishi, Nicole Scherzinger Among U.K. Asian Awards Honorees

2:30 PM PST 04/16/2013 by Stuart Kemp
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Nicole Scherzinger

The third edition of the nods in the British capital, which has expanded its program to include more countries, was hosted by Sebastian Coe.

LONDON --  Oscar winner Ben Kingsley, Bollywood and Hollywood actor Anupam Kher and playwright Hanif Kureishi are among the winners at this year's Asian Awards in the British capital.

Now in its third year, the Asian Awards cast its net wider for this edition to include honorees from across the Asian continent.

Kingsley was honored with a fellowship award, while Kureishi, whose work includes the screenplay My Beautiful Laundrette, picked up the evening's arts award and Kher, most recently seen in Silver Linings Playbook, took home the cinema plaudit.

The awards also honored former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger with its music nod, and actress Nina Wadia picked up an honor for her television work, which includes the BBC One soap opera EastEnders.

The swishy awards ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel Park Lane Tuesday evening was hosted by Sebastian Coe, the man billed as one of the masterminds behind the London 2012 Olympics.

The nods are the only event on the U.K. calendar that celebrate achievements of individuals originating from the Asian continent, including those living in the U.K., India, China, Japan, Korea, Singapore and other South and Far East countries, across entrepreneurialism, the arts and public life.

Previous Asian Award honorees from the world of entertainment include Indian singer Asha Bhosle, Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan, British rapper Jay Sean and composer A.R. Rahman.

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