In her time, Mary Beard’s written a slew of books, presented a string of hit TV documentaries and been made an OBE. But it’s only now that she’s won her first Pin-up of the Year award, which the Cambridge classics professor was honoured with today by The Oldie magazine.
The 58-year-old, who found fame as the host of BBC2’s Pompeii: Life and Death in a Roman Town and Meet the Romans, received her accolade at the 20th annual Oldie Awards, which took place earlier today in London at Simpsons in the Strand.
“She has triumphed over adversity, battling against rude comments from AA Gill and suffering internet abuse after her appearance on Question Time,” said the Oldie’s judging panel, which included publisher James Pembroke, Oldie founder Richard Ingrams, actress Maureen Lipman and Labour peer Joan Bakewell.
Buoyed by the award, Beard took to Twitter to celebrate her win. She wrote: “Oh wow. Just won the Oldie of the year award for “oldie pin up of the year ” yay!! Smiles all the way home!”
The Oldie’s ceremony, what was hosted by Terry Wogan, also saw Lord Hestletine crowned the magazine’s Golden Oldie of the Year.
101-year-old marathon runner Fauja Singh was awarded the “Snap Left in Celery” gong, Britain’s oldest kidney donor Nicholas Crace won Donor of the Year, Squadron Leader Tony Iveson bagged the Campaigner of the Year prize and former Sunday Telegraph cartoonist Wally Fawkes was dubbed the magazine’s Troglodyte of the Year.
Notable “oldies” honoured at past events include Sir David Attenborough, Moira Stuart and Joanna Lumley.