British actress DAME Eileen Atkins has beaten competition from fellow Dames Judi Dench and Maggie Smith to scoop the prize for Best TV actress at the U.K.'s Broadcasting Press Guild Awards.
The 73-year-old took home the honour for her roles in BBC dramas Cranford and Ballet Shoes.
Cranford, a series based on three Elizabeth Gaskill novels, won four gongs including Best Drama and Best Writer.
The awards, which took place in London on Friday (04Apr08), are voted for by British journalists.