Best actor (TV) winner nikesh Patel said he felt “very lucky” with everything he has achieved so far.
“It’s a delight to see the achievements of everyone be- ing recognised in this way and this success is what drives me in my career,” he said.
Patel revealed he has fond memories of working with the cast of Channel 4 drama Indian Summers, which was shot in southeast asia.
“The crew were all tight knit and that certainly helped (especially when we were) having to film together half- way across the world.”
His next project is a comedy film also starring art malik.
Preeya Kalidas, winner of the Best actress (Theatre) prize, said it was “fan- tastic” to be honoured by the community and all she wanted to do is to make her family proud.
The star of the West end musical, Bend It Like Beck- ham, described the buzz of being on stage. “I always feel connected to the audience and experience an adrenaline rush. One time a member of the audience stood up and danced along with the actors – it was so moving and made me quite tearful just to see the sheer love from the audi- ence,” Kalidas said.
her advice to aspiring young actresses? “Follow your dreams, persevere, real- ly give your all and never let go of your creativity.”
Shobu Kapoor, who won a Best actress (TV) gong joked that this was the first time she had won an award… for being a girl.
“I grew up in a convent in India and played boys’ parts – so this is my first for a per- formance as a girl,” she said. Kapoor, who plays the long-suffering wife of adil Ray’s character in BBC sitcom Citizen Khan, said there was no age limit when it came to entering the acting industry.
“Find your passion in life and follow it. You owe it to yourself to try and succeed, otherwise you’ll live to regret it. You may try and fail, but that’s ok, at least you tried,” she said.
Kathak expo- nent nahid Sid- diqui, who picked up an editor’s Special award, said: “Kathak danc- ers are storytellers; they are fluid, being able to sing, act as well as perform on stage.
Siddiqui spoke of her de- termination to keep the an- cient dance form alive among young British asians and is optimistic that “something as strong as Kathak would never disappear anyway”.
Describing how she felt about being recognised and awarded, Siddiqui gestured, saying, “It’s beautiful”.