David Tennant Wins International Emmy Award For Best Performance By An Actor


Congratulations to David Tennant who has won the International Emmy for Best Performance By An Actor for his role in Des.

Watch his acceptance speech below:

In Des David Tennant appears as Dennis Nilsen, who murdered over fifteen young men and boys in London over a period of five years. Co-starring Daniel Mays and Jason Watkins, Des focuses on Nilsen's capture and subsequent trial, one of the most infamous criminal cases in UK history. The three-part series is based on the book Killing For Company by Brian Masters and premiered on ITV and STV.

Known as the ‘kindly killer’, Nilsen was a local civil servant who murdered vulnerable and often homeless males he met on the streets of Soho from 1978 to 1983. He would befriend these men before offering them food or lodgings for the evening back at his North London flat, before strangling or drowning them. Nilsen would then keep the bodies for company, dismembering and disposing of them only when they started to decompose. When he was finally caught on 9th February 1983, it was following a complaint of problems with the drains at his London flat, which were found to be blocked with human flesh. 

David also recently won the UK based National Televsion Award for Best Drama Performance for his portrayal.

Talking to The Hollywood Reporter ahead of last night's ceremony he said "something like an International Emmy is such an extraordinary thing. When you see yourself in among all the drama from the entire globe, it feels extraordinary to be recognized at all, to be in there. I have no real sense of shows that we’re up against because they’re from all over the world, from such a variety of countries. But it’s exciting just to be part of it. I’m just sad I won’t get to be there in New York for the ceremony because I’ll be here in Glasgow filming. It would be a treat to be a part of that international meeting of talent. I feel very, very honored to be on the list."


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