THE SOPRANOS star James Gandolfini has become such a megastar following his third Best Actor EMMY accolade that he had an assistant carry the trophy for him all night.

The star who plays mobster Tony Soprano in the acclaimed series reportedly drove fellow revellers mad with his pretentious antics at the glitzy bashes that followed Sunday's (21SEP03) ceremony - which included a gopher walking behind him holding the award as he entered each party.

An insider tells British tabloid THE DAILY STAR, "James made a grand entrance at the after-awards parties in front of a lackey who was carrying his award. It's the third consecutive year he's won, so seemingly showing off his prestigious gold, shiny bit is wearing a bit thin."

23/09/2003 02:32