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Screen stars at Bafta Cymru awards in Cardiff

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Image caption Veteran comedy actress Nerys Hughes, who won the outstanding achievement award, arriving at the centre

Stars of TV and film have attended this year's Bafta Cymru awards at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff.

Cardiff-born BBC journalist Jeremy Bowen who won the Sian Phillips Award for his reporting from war zones, was given a standing ovation accepting the prize from First Minister Carwyn Jones.

S4C drama Y Gwyll - shown as Hinterland on the BBC - won three awards while Sherlock won television drama.

Tom Riley took best actor for his Da Vinci's Demons lead role.

Best actress went to Rhian Blythe for her role as Grug Matthews in school-based drama Gwaith/Cartref.

The feature film award went to Playing Burton, and the Gwyn Alf Williams Award to Green Bay for their production The Miners' Strike - A Personal Memoir by Kim Howells, about the miners' strike in the 1980s.

The breakthrough award went to Keri Collins for his debut directorial feature Convenience, while the special achievement award for outstanding contribution to television was given to Nerys Hughes, veteran star of The Liver Birds and The District Nurse.

The Swansea-based workplace documentary The Call Centre won the factual series award, and Griff Rhys Jones received the presenter award for A Great Welsh Adventure with Griff Rhys Jones. Dylan Wyn Richards took home the prize for director factual for his documentary on historian Dr John Davies.

Clwb Rygbi, a BBC Wales production for S4C won the award for best sport programme and live outside broadcast.

This year's award for news coverage went to the ITV News Cymru Wales team for their coverage of the Mark Bridger Verdict.

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Media captionKatherine Jenkins said she was thrilled to have been invited

Twenty eight programme, craft and performance categories were recognised in all.

Jamie Baulch, Iolo Williams, Katherine Jenkins and Alex Jones were among the Welsh celebrities attending the star-studded event.

Jenkins, who last month married at Hampton Court Palace in Surrey, sang a song from her new album to open the show and also presented the award for best actor.

The singer said she always felt a "bit more pressure" performing to her home crowd in Wales, but was delighted to be back.

Fan Carwyn John, from Pontardawe, was one of the first outside the centre to see the red carpet arrivals.

He said: "I've come down for the last seven years to celebrate BAFTA Cymru and our celebrities and stars and the work that they do."

Image caption Athlete and businessman Jamie Baulch poses for a "selfie" with a fan
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Image caption Husband and wife broadcasting team Rhodri Owen and Lucy Owen arriving for the awards
Image caption Bafta Cymru fan Carwyn John goes to the awards every year

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