RSJ Films and Baby Cow triumph at International Emmys

Sean Bean last night picked up the prestigious best actor award at the International Emmys for his performance in RSJ Films’ Accused.

The Yorkshire-born actor won for cross-dressing role as English teacher Simon in Tracie’s Story, the first episode of the second series of the drama written and created by Jimmy McGovern. It aired on BBC One in August 2012.

RSJ Films, which is based at The Landing, was founded in 2009 by McGovern, Sita Williams and Roxy Spencer.

The same team has enjoyed success at the International Emmys before, with Jim Broadbent sharing the best actor award in 2007 for his role in the first series of The Street, shown in 2006, while the series itself won for Best Drama in 2007 and 2010.

Sean Bean receives his award

Sean Bean receives his award

The 41st International Emmy Awards took place at the New York Hilton.

In his victory speech, Bean said: “I’m so delighted by this and so privileged to be here. I’ve never really won anything like this before.

“I should thank Jimmy McGovern, Roxy (Spencer) my friend, Ashley Pearce the director, Stephen Graham who played my boyfriend and lover, my make-up artist and all the people at RSJ.”

Baby Cow Productions, which has a base at The Greenhouse, picked up the comedy award for Moone Boy.

Set it in small Irish town in 1989, Moone Boy was written by Chris O’Dowd (The IT Crowd) and Nick Vincent Murphy. Its first series aired on Sky 1.

The pair said: “Even in the wildest imaginations of our imaginary friends we never imagined we’d win an International Emmy. Such an honour.”

A trailer for Moone Boy can be viewed below:

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