Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch, Doctor Who’s Peter Capaldi and The Fall’s Jamie Dornan scooped top prizes at last night’s GQ Men of the Year awards.
Cumberbatch, who has just added an Emmy to his trophy haul, picked up Actor of the Year for his parts in (among others) Sherlock, The Hobbit and 12 Years a Slave. The actor took to the stage joking, “This is wonderful. I’d like to thank James McAvoy for not being available.
“But seriously, it’s an embarrassment of riches. I’m in one of those extraordinary rooms with extraordinary people. Thank you Mum and Dad for rearing me. Wait, what century am I in? I’m going to leave the stage now because I drank a lot and I need the loo,” he added.
New Doctor in town Peter Capaldi picked up TV Personality of the Year saying, “I’ve been very lucky because in the past I’ve received awards for my acting. This is the first I’ve received for my personality, which I assume means they’ve never met me.
“The reason I’ve got this award is because I got the chance to play the role of a lifetime twice. Malcolm Tucker in The Thick Of It. And I also got the play Doctor Who. The real people who know the personality of the year are my family – my mother and my sister and my wife who have put up with my personality and endured it to the point that I can get this.”
Jamie Dornan, best known for his part in eerie crime drama The Fall, will soon blast onto the big-screen as Christian Grey in the adaptation of E L James’s Fifty Shades of Grey novel. He picked up Best Breakthrough act joking that at least in the eyes of GQ he must have done something right.
The night’s special award went to Taken star Liam Neeson who laughed that he’s lucky he’s still got people “offering me s***” after thirty years in the business. Meanwhile, Noah actor Douglas Booth picked up Most Stylish Man, The Wolf of Wall Street’s Jonah Hill took home International Man and former Prime Minister Tony Blair earned Philanthropist.