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Katie Morag star Cherry Campbell is youngest Bafta winner aged nine

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Image caption Katie Morag is based on the books by Mairi Hedderwick

A nine-year-old actress who plays the title role in CBeebies show Katie Morag has become the youngest-ever winner at the Bafta Children's awards.

Cherry Campbell was named best performer at the awards.

The show, about a feisty and independent girl who lives on a Scottish island with her family, also won the award for best drama.

Cherry was seven when she started making Katie Morag - based on the books of Mairi Hedderwick.

"She brought herself to the screen - she's amazing," the show's director Don Coutts said.

Speaking backstage, the young actress said she was "speechless and nervous" after her win.

The show had been named children's programme of the year at the Scottish Baftas, when those awards were announced last week.

This year's Bafta children's awards ceremony was hosted by Doc Brown at the Roundhouse, in London, on Sunday night.

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Image caption Bogeys! Dick and Dom have enjoyed an 18-year working partnership

Another double winner was duo Dick and Dom - Richard McCourt and Dominic Wood - who won the presenter prize, while their show Diddy Movies 2 scooped the comedy category.

The pair, who won two Baftas 10 years ago, said they felt "so privileged and so happy" to have repeated that success.

McCourt told the BBC backstage: "We heard a quote from Jimmy Tarbuck on the radio who said getting into the industry is quite easy... but staying in the industry is the hardest part. We've been very lucky to stay in the industry for 18 years now."

Wood added: "We've been through a phenomenal emotional journey, and we have stuck with each other for the whole time and there's nothing like sharing success with your best friend."

For the first time Cartoon Network was named channel of the year while its show Adventure Time won the international prize.

Debbie Moon won the writer award for CBBC werewolf drama Wolfblood. She said the show - which has just finished its third season - was edited to make it "just scary enough to be fun but not too scary".

She added: "We've always thought of it really not as being a horror series but almost like superhero series. It's about kids with amazing powers that sometimes have a downside."

Old Jack's Boat, which stars Bernard Cribbins as a retired fisherman who tells stories, won the pre-school live action category.

"It goes back to Jackanory," Cribbins said. "It's me talking straight though the lens to one child and engaging them. It's pure and simple storytelling."

The short form category was won for the third year in a row by CITV's Share a Story. And Operation Ouch! repeated its win last year for factual. Aardman's Shaun the Sheep received its second Bafta for animation.

Kindle Entertainment Ltd was named independent production company of the year - and also celebrated a win in the interactive - original category for Dixi, an online mystery-drama.

The Lego Movie beat Maleficent, How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Frozen to win feature film. The game category was won by Mario Kart 8, the latest instalment of the popular racing title.

As previously announced, Peter Firmin, the co-creator of beloved children's animations The Clangers and Bagpuss received the special award for his outstanding contribution to children's media.

A full list of winners is on the Bafta website.

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