Andrea Riseborough wins big at BPG awards

Honored for 'Devil's Whore,' 'Long Walk to Finchley'

LONDON -- Newcomer Andrea Riseborough picked up four awards including best actress at this year's Broadcasting Press Guild awards, voted on by U.K. broadcast and media journalists.

Riseborough, who also has been nominated for a BAFTA TV award, won best actress for her role in the English civil war drama "The Devil's Whore" on Channel 4, which also was named best drama series, and her portrayal of the young Margaret Thatcher in the BBC biopic "The Long Walk to Finchley," which was voted best single drama and best multichannel program.

Held Friday at the Theater Royal in London's Drury Lane, the awards recognize television and radio performances, and were dominated this year by the BBC, which took 12 of the 15 categories.

Kenneth Branagh was named best actor for his performance in the BBC1 detective drama "Wallander," while BBC1's "The Apprentice" was voted best factual entertainment program. The BBC1 comedy "Outnumbered" was named best comedy entertainment program and took the best writer award.

The BPG's innovation award was given to the BBC catch-up service the BBC iPlayer, and the outstanding achievement award was picked up by David Frost.
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