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Dominic West Wins BAFTA TV Award For Fred West Role

27 May 2012 6:36 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actor Dominic West was the toast of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) TV Awards on Sunday after scoring a top prize for his creepy portrayal of serial killer Fred West.

The Wire star landed the Best Actor prize for his role in U.K. series Appropriate Adult, a reconstruction of the police investigation into the notorious murderer, while his co-star Emily Watson won Best Actress for playing Janet Leach, who sat in on the interviews Fred West gave to cops.

As he collected his award, West said, "I hope she (Leach) has had some closure and I hope she feels we honoured the suffering she endured and the suffering of all of West's victims, living and dead."

Watson appeared emotional as she gave her winner's speech and told the BBC after the ceremony, "It was such a disturbing place to go. In my speech I was very overwhelmed I forgot to thank Janet Leach, she gave very generously to us.

"The public perception of the West case is a tabloid-driven view and then I read the script and it was a very intelligent piece full of integrity. It's a deep abyss right in the middle of our society."

Appropriate Adult enjoyed a triple win at the London ceremony - Monica Dolan won Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Rosemary West, Fred West's wife. Sherlock's Andrew Scott fought off competition from his co-star Martin Freeman to win Best Supporting Actor.

Beloved Australian entertainer Rolf Harris was awarded a BAFTA Fellowship in honour of his lengthy career, and as he was applauded he declared, "Thank you so much, that's very moving", before adding, "How nice to be presented with this... I can't begin to tell you just how humbled I am by being here in this distinguished company, so many previous recipients of this BAFTA Fellowship."

Other winners included Shane Meadows' This Is England 88, which took the Best Mini-Series prize, Doctor Who writer Stephen Moffat, who received a Special BAFTA for "outstanding creative writing contribution to television", and Absolutely Fabulous star Jennifer Saunders (Female Performance in a Comedy Programme).

The ceremony also featured a memorial segment, remembering the stars lost in the past 12 months, including Davy Jones, actresses Anna Massey, Googie Withers and Betty Driver, presenters Jimmy Savile and Bob Holness, actors Peter Falk, George Baker and Colin Tarrant, and comedian Frank Carson.

Presenters at the ceremony included West, actresses Helen McCrory, Melissa George and Emilia Fox, and actors Benedict Cumberbatch, Matt Smith, Sam Claflin and Timothy Spall. »

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Tarrant's Death Ruled A Suicide

13 April 2012 1:01 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

British actor Colin Tarrant committed suicide after becoming depressed, an inquest has heard.

The TV star, who played Inspector Andrew Monroe in British cop drama The Bill for several years, was found at his home in Bristol, England with knife wounds on 25 January. He died of his injuries in hospital a day later.

During an inquest into his death at Flax Bourton Coroners Court in Bristol, a coroner ruled the actor took his own life after falling into a deep depression over his financial problems.

The court heard Tarrant, 59, had been troubled over the sale of his house, which fell through for a second time before he took his own life. »

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'The Bill' actor Colin Tarrant death ruled as suicide

12 April 2012 1:20 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Colin Tarrant's death has been officially ruled as suicide. The former Bill actor was found dead in January by his wife with knife wounds to his wrists, chest and throat. An inquest heard that the 59-year-old actor had unsuccessfully tried to sell his London home. Tarrant's partner Sabrina Morris explained that the pair had visited their Gp about his depression, brought on by financial struggles. Detective Constable Adam Smith told the hearing: "Mr Tarrant had not been sleeping and according to Sabrina Morris had become extreme in his behaviour. "Miss Morris was unable to reason with him and according to Miss Morris, Mr Tarrant had become unwilling to listen to advice on how to deal with the difficulties he was experiencing in selling a property. "Mr Tarrant was given sleeping tablets and anti-depressants by his (more) »

- By Tom Eames

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British Actor Tarrant Dies

29 January 2012 6:11 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

British TV star Colin Tarrant has died at the age of 59.

The actor, best known for playing Inspector Andrew Monroe in cop drama The Bill, is said to have been found at his home in Bristol, England with knife wounds in a suspected suicide, according to Britain's The People.

A statement from Tarrant's family confirms he died at the Bristol Royal Infirmary on Thursday.

Tarrant had starred in a number of theatre productions since leaving The Bill, which was cancelled in 2010 after 26 years on the air.

He performed in a U.K. tour of Calendar Girls and was expected to return to the production later this year.

West End theatre producer David Pugh has paid tribute to the star, saying, "Colin was a lovely man, he loved the theatre, his politics and his family. Our hearts must go out to his son Juma, his partner Sabrina and their baby son Louis." »

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The Bill's Colin Tarrant dies

29 January 2012 6:10 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The actor who played Inspector Andrew Monroe in the long-running ITV police show dies aged 59

Actor Colin Tarrant, who was best known for his role as Inspector Andrew Monroe in The Bill, has died, his family have said.

Tarrant, 59, performed in a number of theatre productions since leaving the long-running ITV police drama, which was axed in 2010.

A statement released on behalf of his family said he died at Bristol Royal Infirmary on Thursday.

It added: "Colin was best known as Inspector Andrew Monroe in the television series The Bill, a part he played very happily for many years.

"Since leaving the series he has triumphed on stage as Brian Clough in The Spirit Of The Man and had recently played John in the enormously successful stage production of Calendar Girls, and to which he would have returned this autumn."

The West End theatre producer David Pugh added: "Colin was a lovely man. »

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'The Bill' star Colin Tarrant dies at 59

29 January 2012 4:21 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The Bill star Colin Tarrant has died at the age of 59, it has been announced. The actor, who played Inspector Andrew Monroe in long-running ITV drama, was found in the bathroom of his Bristol home after a suspected suicide, according to the The People. He was rushed to Bristol Royal Infirmary on Thursday with knife wounds to his wrists, chest and throat but passed away on Friday (January 27). "This has come as a horrific shock to everyone who knows Colin. No-one can understand why something like this could have happened, he was very passionate about life and still really excited about his acting," a source said. His agent Dennis (more) »

- By Colin Daniels

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