BAKE OFF’S SANDI TOKSVIG SCOOPS BROADCASTER OF THE YEAR ACCOLADE AT THE ANNUAL DIVA AWARDS
Denise Welch collects ‘ally’ award on behalf of her son The 1975 singer Matty Healy Emmerdale actress Michelle Hardwick wins ‘Actor of the Year’ BBC’s Killing Eve is recognised with the LGBT+ TV gong
TV presenter Sandi Toksvig was amongst the big winners who took home gongs from the 2019 DIVA Awards tonight (Friday 7 June 2019).
Gentleman Jack star Suranne Jones presented the Bake Off host with the Broadcaster of the Year award at the glittering ceremony at Hilton Waldorf, for her advocacy on behalf of the lesbian, bisexual and trans community.
They were joined by Loose Women’s Denise Welch who collected the Ally of the Year on behalf of her son Matty Healy. The 1975 frontman is a vocal and high profile supporter of LGBT+ equality.
Emmerdale actress Michelle Hardwick, who plays Vanessa Woodfield in the long-running ITV series, collected the Actor of the Year accolade. The popular soap and the BBC’s Killing Eve were also both recognised with awards for their portrayal of LGBT+ issues.
Actor Gaynor Faye was among the Emmerdale stars present to collect the award.
Lyra McKee’s partner Sara Canning was present, and made an emotional speech following the news that DIVA magazine will be launching a journalism bursary in the name of the 29-year-old, who was murdered in Northern Ireland in April.
The DIVA Awards, hosted by actress Rachel Shelley and Victoria Broom, honour those who help make a difference to the lives of lesbians, bisexual women and trans people.
Other winners included chef and activist Jack Monroe and outgoing Stonewall Chief Executive Ruth Hunt.
Linda Riley, founder of DIVA Awards said:
“The DIVA Awards is a fantastic event that honours those who are committed to raising awareness for the lesbian, bisexual and trans community. We’re proud of everyone who won big tonight and all those on the shortlist - each and every one of them make a difference to the LGBTQI+ community.”
Denise Welch, who collected the Ally Award for her son Matty Healy, said:
“Matty is away on his world tour and asked me to collect this honour for him. I could not be more proud to do so. Both of my sons have grown up to promote equality and Matty especially is using his platform to promote equality for all. He’s thrilled with this recognition.”
The event will be run as part of Lesbian Visibility Week 2021