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NTAs 2021: Gogglebox stars dedicate win to cast members who have died

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Gogglebox’s stars left everyone in tears at the National Television Awards after dedicating their win to the cast mates they have lost over the past year.

Julie Malone delivered a sweet speech on behalf of the families, with the star paying tribute as the cast picked up the factual award.

‘On behalf of all the Gogglebox families, I’d just like to say thank you for this award and, on a sadder note, I’d like to nominate it to all the people we’ve lost sadly over the past 18 months, two years,’ she said.

‘That’s Andy [Michael], Pete [McGarry], Mary [Cook], and everybody’s favourite grandma, June [Bernicoff], who’s now reunited with Leon. Thank you so much.’

Andy died in August this year at the age of 61 following a short illness, while Pete died at the age of 71 following a battle with cancer.

Mary, who was well known for appearing on the show with her friend Marina Wingrove, died in hospital at the age of 92, also in August.

Meanwhile, following the death of her husband Leon, June died in May 2020 following a short illness.

Cast member Stephen Webb recently spoke out about the heartbreaking time for the show.

He told OK!: ‘It’s been a really sad time.

‘Mary was a sweet, lovely lady, but with some brilliant innuendo and one-liners up her sleeve.

‘We loved watching her and Marina together, their popularity shows that whatever age you are, you can still connect with younger people through humour.’

Elsewhere during the NTAs, Russell T Davies paid tribute to those we’ve lost as his drama It’s A Sin won.

National Television Awards 2021 winners

RETURNING DRAMA – Line of Duty

CHALLENGE SHOW – Great British Bake Off

SERIAL DRAMA PERFORMANCE – Charlie Brooks

COMEDY Afterlife

NEW DRAMA – It’s a Sin

QUIZ GAME SHOW – Beat the Chasers

FACTUAL – Googlebox

NEWCOMER – Jude Riordan

AUTHORED DOC – Kate Garraway 

SPECIAL RECOGNITION – Line of Duty

DAYTIME – This Morning

TV PRESENTER – Ant and Dec

DRAMA PERFORMANCE – David Tennant

TALENT – Strictly Come Dancing

SERIAL DRAMA – Coronation Street

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