THE QUEEN co-stars DAME Helen Mirren and Michael Sheen have been crowned for their small screen performances at the Royal Television Awards.
The ceremony in London last night (13MAR07) saw Mirren honoured for her long-running role as Detective Inspector JANE TENNYSON in series PRIME SUSPECT, while Sheen, who played British Prime Minister Tony Blair in The Queen, was lauded for another faultless impersonation - playing comedian KENNETH WILLIAMS in BBC drama FANTABULOSA.
The jury said of their Best Actor choice, "(Sheen) brilliantly portrayed a complex man with complex emotions. His exciting performance was all at once compelling, stunning and magical."
Of Best Actress Mirren they added, "She is a class act."
Meanwhile, the International Award was dished out to HBO hit ENTOURAGE, while the fictional assassination of U.S. President GEORGE W. Bush in DEATH OF A PRESIDENT won the Digital Channel Programme prize for being "brave, clever and controversial".
Elsewhere British funnyman Stephen Merchant stepped out of co-creator and co-star Ricky Gervais' shadow to clinch Best Comedy Performance for EXTRAS and SIR Andrew Lloyd Webber's TV talent show gamble HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE MARIA? won Best Entertainment.