Anne Reid beat off a host of celebrities to be named best older person’s character for her role as Celia in Last Tango in Halifax at last night’s Older People in the Media Awards.

The award was one of 10 given out at a special ceremony held in central London and hosted by Gavin & Stacey star, Larry Lamb. The awards, which are organised by the older people’s charity, Independent Age and sponsored by care provider, Barchester Healthcare, aim to shine a light on coverage which has either positively portrayed older people or sensitively highlighted the issues they face.

Best older person’s character in a film, TV or radio drama was a special category, voted on exclusively by users of the social networking site, Gransnet. Anne Reid took home the title, beating her Last Tango in Halifax co-star, Sir Derek Jacobi, Alison Steadman, who had been nominated for her roles as Rose in The Syndicate and Pauline Paradise in Love and Marriage, Una Stubbs for her role as Mrs Hudson in Sherlock, and a host of other stars.

Gransnet Editor and Awards judge, Lara Crisp, explained: “Gransnetters were thrilled to be able to cast their vote for best older person’s character. There was a lot of debate online and a really broad range of nominations. The great thing with all the nominations is that they show that older people can be the central character in a show – not just interfering, doddery, peripheral figures. In the end, Anne Reid, took home the award for her portrayal of Celia in the Last Tango in Halifax. Our readers found it refreshing to see a focus on older relationships, and that she was well-rounded but flawed, and therefore felt real.”

Larry said of the awards: “As a signed up member of the seniors club I am thrilled to have been asked to present these fantastic awards last night”.

More information on the Older People in the Media Awards 2013, including full details of shortlisters and winners can be found at www.independentage.org

Notes to editor

Older People in the Media Awards Winners 2013

1) Best factual newspaper or magazine article about older people’s issues •

• Highly commended:The Guardian, Family: Did I do the right thing? by Louise Smith

• Winner: The Guardian, Weekend: When elderly care goes wrong, by Amelia Gentleman

2) Best use of photography to illustrate older people’s issues

• Highly commended: Sun City, by Kendrick Brinson. A series of photos documenting the lives of a community of pensioners who are living life to the full in Arizona’s Sun City, carried by the Mail Online

• Winner: The long goodbye, by Susan Falzone. Haunting pictures capturing the final days of Susan’s aunt with Alzheimer’s, published by the Mail Online

3) Best coverage of issues around dementia (Barchester special award)

• Highly commended: BBC Radio Kent, the Dementia Diaries

• Winner: The Sunday Times: My mother and dementia, by Richard Girling

4a) Best factual new media content (written) about older people’s issues

• Winner: Darren Gormley: Making dementia care personal

4b) Best factual new media content (video) about older people’s issues

• Highly commended: BBC News, Magazine (online): Meet the world’s oldest hip hop dance crew, by Mauricio Olmedo-Perez

• Winner: Social Care Institute for Excellence: getting to know the person with dementia – the impact of diagnosis

5) Best factual radio programme about older people’s issues

• Highly commended: The Why Factor, BBC World Service: ageing

• Winner: Julia George, BBC Radio Kent: Is old age something to dread, or can it be fun?

6) Best independent voice on older people’s issues (Independent Age special award)

• Winner: Beth Britton

7) Best older person’s character in a film, TV or radio drama (Gransnet special award, voted on by the readers of Gransnet)

• Winner: Anne Reid for Celia in Last Tango in Halifax

8) Best factual TV programme about older people’s issues

• Highly commended: BBC1: Panorama, Old, drunk and disorderly?

• Winner: BBC1: Golden Oldies

9) ‘The Thorn Award’: worst example of stereotyping, factual error or misleading information in the coverage of older people’s issues.

• Winner: Nick Robertson, Asos CEO, for suggesting his high-profile fashion director had quit because she was too old for the online clothes business at 56

Overall award winner

• Winner: Darren Gormley: Making dementia care personal

About Independent Age

Founded 150 years ago, Independent Age is a growing charity helping older people across the UK and Ireland through the ‘A, B, C’ of advice, befriending and campaigning. We offer a national telephone and email advice service focusing on social care, welfare benefits and befriending services, which is supported by a wide range of printed guides and factsheets. This is integrated with on-the-ground, local support, provided by a network of over 1,500 volunteers offering one-to-one and group befriending.

For more information, visit our website www.independentage.org Speak to one of our advisers for free and confidential advice and information. Lines are open Monday to Friday between 10am - 4pm. Call 0845 262 1863 or email advice@independentage.org

About Barchester Healthcare:

Barchester Healthcare is recognised as a UK major care provider, committed to delivering high-quality care.

At Barchester Healthcare we pride ourselves on our dedicated dementia care. Our Memory Lane Communities are designed to encourage people living with dementia to stay as independent and active as possible. We understand that no two people are the same and take a person-centred care approach, recognising and celebrating each person's individuality.

Barchester Healthcare has adapted and grown, expanding from a focus on older people needing nursing care in high quality environments to providing personalised support for adults with a range of disabilities, and of all ages.

Barchester employs more than 17,000 people to care for more than 10,000 residents in more than 200 locations in the UK. The care provider is also proud to be the only care provider to make the Sunday Times 25 Best Big Companies 2013 list.

For more information, please visit www.barchester.com

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