Helen Mirren must be struggling to store her awards after picking up a Bafta for best actress last night.

Royal epic The Queen was also named best film at the star-studded event at the beautiful royal opera house after scoring ten nominations.

Mirren, who already has a shiny Golden Globe for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II, thanked her "mentor" Scottish actor Ian Richardson who died suddenly on Friday morning.

The tearful actress said: "Ian Richardson, I'm not too sure I would be here today if it wasn't for you."

Forest Whittaker also picked up an award for his role in The Last King of Scotland. Playing Ugandan dictator Idi Amin,

The Bafta awards have gained in popularity since they were moved to precede the Oscars, due to be held on February 25th this month, and Brit favourite Mirren could be taking a few awards home with her then. The Calendar Girls star has been nominated for best actress again!

Sadly it was Mission Impossible for Daniel Craig as the new Bond. Even with nine nominations the spy couldn't steal a shiny gong.

It seems that the Bafta ceremony was a night for the royal family not Casino Royale.

12/02/2007 07:57:47