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Golden Globes 2017: The Night Manager and The Crown lead TV award winners

Tom Hiddleston at the Golden Globes Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Tom Hiddleston dedicated his win to aid workers in South Sudan

British actors have enjoyed a golden night in the TV categories at the Golden Globe Awards in Hollywood.

Three stars of BBC spy drama The Night Manager - Tom Hiddleston, Olivia Colman and Hugh Laurie - won acting prizes.

Claire Foy, who plays the Queen in Netflix's royal epic The Crown, was named best TV drama actress and the show won best TV drama.

In the other TV categories, The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story and Atlanta won two awards each.

The Golden Globe Awards, which are run by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, honour the best in TV and film from the past year. The musical La La Land swept the board in the film categories.

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Image caption Claire Foy was rewarded for portraying the Queen as she came to the throne

In the TV section, The Night Manager was the biggest winner. The six-part thriller was adapted from the 1993 John Le Carre novel of the same name and made by the BBC and US network AMC.

Hiddleston won best performance by an actor in a mini-series or TV movie for playing a hotel night manager who is recruited by the British government to infiltrate an arms dealer's inner circle.

"Well, this is lovely," Hiddleston said in his acceptance speech. "Thank you."

He dedicated his win to Medecins Sans Frontieres workers in South Sudan, having recently taken a humanitarian visit to the country.

He said some of the relief workers told him they "binge-watched" The Night Manager while they were stuck inside under curfew one night, and dedicated his award to those "doing their best" at "fixing the world in the places where it is broken".

Hiddleston received criticism on social media for the acceptance speech however, with some saying he was paying himself a compliment and others suggesting there was a "lack of interest" in his "story about his show" from fellow stars.

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Image caption Hugh Laurie joked that it may be "the last ever Golden Globes"

In the series, his handler was played by Olivia Colman, who was named best supporting actress in a series, mini-series or TV movie. However, Colman was not at the ceremony to collect her award.

The arms dealer was played by Hugh Laurie, who won best supporting actor in a series, mini-series or TV movie.

"Thank you to the HFPA for this amazing honour," he said. "I suppose made more amazing by the fact that I'll be able to say I won this at the last ever Golden Globes."

In a reference to US President-elect Donald Trump, he continued: "I don't mean to be gloomy. It's just that it has 'Hollywood', 'foreign' and 'press' in the title."

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Image caption Night Manager star Olivia Colman did not attend the ceremony

Meanwhile, The Crown beat shows including Game of Thrones and Stranger Things to win the best TV drama series title.

Netflix's regal epic tells the story of the British royal family from the 1950s onwards and has a reported budget of £100m.

Accepting her best TV drama actress award, Claire Foy paid tribute to the Queen, saying: "She has been at the centre of the world for the past 63 years and I think the world could do with a few more women at the centre of it if you ask me."

Elsewhere, The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story won two awards from its five nominations - best mini-series or TV movie, and best mini-series or TV movie actress for Sarah Paulson.

And hip-hop comedy Atlanta was named comedy or musical series, while its creator Donald Glover won best actor in a comedy or musical series.


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