Maya Jama dropped jaws when she walked the National Television Awards’ red carpet in London on Thursday.
Stepping out in a striking gown complete with a jewelled bodice, 27-year-old Maya’s dress also featured a striking thigh split.
The presenter added height to her frame in towering black heels and was sporting a chic full fringe, with her tresses styled into a bun.
Wow: Maya Jama, 27, dropped jaws when she walked the National Television Awards’ red carpet in London on Thursday
Striking: Stepping out in a striking gown complete with a jewelled bodice, Maya’s dress also featured a striking thigh split
Smiling from ear to ear while working her best angles for photographers, the raven-haired beauty beamed ahead of the ceremony.
Maya accessorised with a stunning diamond snake necklace and adorned her ears with gold hoops.
The star was also sporting an immaculate manicure.
The 2021 National Television Awards took place in London’s O2 Arena, and were hosted by comedian Joel Dommett for the first time.
Standing tall: The presenter added height to her frame in towering black heels and was sporting a chic full fringe, with her tresses styled into a bun
Beaming: Smiling from ear to ear while working her best angles for photographers, the raven-haired beauty beamed ahead of the ceremony
All in the details: Maya accessorised with a stunning diamond snake necklace and adorned her ears with gold hoops
Ant and Dec scooped the Best Presenter gong for an epic 20th time in a row at the National Television Awards on Thursday, with a visible emotional Ant seen clutching his new wife Anne-Marie as the news was delivered.
The great and the good of British television gathered at London’s 02 Arena for the star-studded awards show, which also saw Kate Garraway choke back tears as her Finding Derek documentary bagged the inaugural authored documentary award.
Meanwhile, This Morning triumphed once again in the Best Daytime category as they led the other big winners on the night including Line Of Duty, Gogglebox and It’s A Sin.
Ant and Dec looked both elated and stunned as their names were read out amid huge cheers from the audience, with Ant’s new bride Anne-Marie showing him support by taking his hand before applauding the pair.
The Geordie duo beat off competition from the likes of Piers Morgan, Holly Willoughby, Alison Hammond and Bradley Walsh to win the coveted gong once more.
We did it! Ant and Dec scooped the Best Presenter gong for an epic 20th time in a row at the National Television Awards on Thursday, with a visible emotional Ant seen clutching his new wife Anne-Marie as the news was delivered
Taking to the stage with his co-star, Ant McPartlin said: ‘Thank you very much indeed’, before going on to recall that the first time they won the award in 2001, Tony Blair was Prime Minister and Newcastle United were qualifying for the Champion’s League.
He went on to add: ‘I’m shaking. You have no idea how special this is.’
Dec then added that the award is ‘pretty overwhelming’, before thanking their wives for their support.
He continued: ‘When you get to 20, you cant help but look back at first one, so much has changed in lives, but one thing hasn’t changed it how unbelievably grateful we are to you for voting.’
The duo’s proud wives Anne-Marie Corbett and Ali Astall looked on from the audience as their partner’s gave their speech.
So grateful: ‘It’s the biggest privilege to be on air and put a smile on people’s faces while going through an awful time’
Speaking in the winner’s room later, Ant said: ’20 years, it’s a long time and to get up there tonight and to be voted for so much has happened and the public are still voting for us it means the absolute world.
‘It’s the biggest privilege to be on air and put a smile on people’s faces while going through an awful time.’
While Dec remarked: ‘In the category, the calibre was so high, three other candidates who deserved it! (Jokingly referring to one of those not being Piers Morgan, who was also up for the same gong).
Elsewhere, it proved to be a triumphant night for for This Morning as they once again won the Daytime award.
Hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield led the way up on stage as they delightedly accepted the award alongside co-hosts Ruth Langsford, Eamonn Holmes and Rochelle Humes.
However, the duo will not make their usual worse-for-wear appearance on the ITV show as this year’s awards is held on a Thursday, with the pair not presenting on Fridays.
Phillip thanked the viewers for sticking with the show during the pandemic, while Holly also thanked the team and everyone at home for watching and voting.
Meanwhile, Kate Garraway looked simply stunned as the documentary about her husband Derek Draper’s Covid battle won the authored documentary.
The Good Morning Britain host received a standing ovation from the audience including her ITV pals Holly Willoughby, Phillip Schofield and Ruth Langsford as she made her way to the stage.
But things became a bit too much as she choked back tears and asked one of her team to say something while she composed herself.
As she stepped up to the mic, she said: ‘It was a hugely brave decision from ITV for doing this, they didn’t know if they were making a TV show about bereavement or triumph’, adding that it ‘ended up being something between the two.’
In her speech, she said: ‘Thank you so much for voting, I wonder if the reason you did this is because our story is your story, I think we’ve all been touched by the pandemic, whether it’s livelihoods or mental health.
‘All the other extraordinary documentaries that have been highlighted this evening have also been affected by the pandemic. I just want to say to all the Darcys and Billies and Dereks and Derek’s family that whatever you’re going through and however you’re effected – you’re not forgotten.
Winners: Meanwhile, This Morning triumphed once again in the best Daytime category as they led the other big winners on the night including Line Of Duty, Gogglebox and It’s A Sin
‘We want the joy back, we want it to be over but if you’re still living with the scars the fight goes on.
But most important of all, Derek you should be here and he should have had the chance to tell his own story, Derek you’re gonna get the chance, I believe, the hope is real thank you so much!’
Speaking later in the winner’s room, Kate said: ‘Congratulations to the team who made it though together. It’s there’s really. I wasn’t sure if I was going to come tonight.
‘I’m extraordinarily proud of it but it felt like a strange time to leave the family but even on the way in here a woman called Angela and her son jack said I lost my husband and the documentary helped.’
She added: ‘The reaction was extraordinary. They voted because it was their story. We’ve all been touched by the pandemic.
‘Derek’s gonna know about this award tonight. I need to phone home. The kids are in the room with Derek we have a weird contraption at home and they’re watching the whole thing.’
They’ve done it again! Ant and Dec scooped the best presenter gong for an epic 20th time in a row at the National Television Awards at London’s 02 Arena on Thursday
She concluded: ‘The award goes to Derek and kids.’
It was an especially great night for Ant and Dec as their show I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! also bagged The Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award.
Ant and Dec took to the microphone first before handing things over to reigning champion Giovanna Fletcher, who dazzled in a white gown with feathered cape.
Meanwhile, Line Of Duty bagged their first NTA during the night, scooping the award for best returning drama.
The drama pipped The Crown, Call The Midwife and Unforgotten to the post, with the cast and crew looking elated as they made their way to the stage.
However, it was actor Tommy Jessop – who played Terry Boyle – who stole the show as he performed a hilarious dance and did Bruce Forsyth’s famous pose for the audience.
Amazing win: Meanwhile, Kate Garraway looked simply stunned as the documentary about her husband Derek Draper’s Covid battle won the authored documentary
Star Martin Compston later said in the winner’s room: ‘Thank You to everyone who voted for us. Tommy was fantastic. I think he’s going to take the award!
‘People ask me every two mins if there will be another season. These people love what we do so I never take it for granted.
‘It means it’s going well. It means people are so invested and the fact the audience keeps getting bigger over ten years so who knows?’
Meanwhile, Gogglebox paid tribute to the stars of the show who’ve passed away in recent years as they scooped the Factual award.
Julie Malone said to the audience: ‘On behalf of all the Gogglebox families I just want to say thank you for nominating us for this award.
‘And on a sadder note, nominate it to all the people we’ve lost over the past 18 months and two years.
‘That’s Andy, Pete, Mary, and everybody’s favourite grandma June who is now reunited with Leon.’
Busting a move: Line Of Duty won its first National Television Award on Thursday night, at London ‘s O2 Arena – and all eyes were on actor Tommy Jessop who played Terry Boyle in the series five and six during the live show
Stealing the show! While the cast and crew took to the stage to accept the gongs for Returning Drama and the Special Recognition Award, Tommy, 36, sashayed his way up the steps, showing off some moves, with the crowd going wild for it
Fellow show star Sophie Sandiford had initially began a speech, but soon forgot her words, blaming her blunder on having too much drink.
Her brother Pete then took over as he thanked the cast, crew and fans, before handing over to Julie.
Elsewhere, in a funny moment, Jude Riordan couldn’t even reach the microphone as he accepted his award for Best Newcomer for his performance on Coronation Street – making him the youngest ever winner at the event.
The 10-year-old had to be lifted by host Joel Dommett so he could give his speech in the hilarious moment at the ceremony.
He said in his speech: ‘Oh my word this is amazing! I would just like to say thankyou to all my fans for voting for me, and all my Corrie cast and crew for helping me, and my family for supporting me and yeah that’s mainly it – thankyou guys!’
He exclusively told MailOnline after his speech: ‘It was very scary on stage, but I enjoyed it. I feel great.
‘I think oh my god I’ve actually won this. My mums proud. They’re all really nice and supportive on Corrie. Sam is a fun character to play and gives me so many great scenes.’
Nice job: It was an especially great night for Ant and Dec as their show I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! also bagged The Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award
Meanwhile, Olly Alexander said making It’s a Sin was ‘one of the greatest experiences of his life’ after it won the New Drama Award at the National Television Awards.
Show creator Russell T Davies told MailOnline selling the show was not easy and one unnamed TV executive even referred to it as ‘that miserable AIDS drama’.
Speaking after the drama won, show star Olly said: ‘It was one of the greatest experiences of my life. It’s created a conversation that I’m amazed to be a part of. A global conversation.’
It’s a Sin was turned down by both the BBC and ITV before it eventually found a home at Channel 4.
Asked why he kept persisting to have the show aired after being rejected, Russell said: ‘It’s my job to persist if something doesn’t get made you keep going. I believed in it.
Gone but not forgotten: Meanwhile, Gogglebox paid tribute to the stars of the show who’ve passed away in recent years as they scooped the Factual award
‘One television executive referred to it as “that miserable AIDS drama”. He won’t be able to lick my trophy now!’
He added: ‘It’s a drama about aids about a minority subject so it’s astonishing that it won on a mainstream show. A lot of it was based on my life jill (who’s here)
‘It’s nice to say that behind us are so many charities and activists and fundraisers so we’re aware of the privilege of being their spokespeople.’
Ricky Gervais accepted the award for his Netflix show After Life, which won the Comedy prize on the night.
Proud: Olly Alexander said making It’s a Sin was ‘one of the greatest experiences of his life’ after it won the New Drama Award at the National Television Awards
‘I’m really surprised by this – I thought it’s not my demographic this show. It’s lovely thank you,’ he said afterwards. ‘This made the two hour car journey here worth it! The cast are great but I take all the credit!’
He updated those eager to know about the third series, saying: ‘Season three will be as close to Christmas as we can. It’s the best one yet. It’s nearly finished. Very pleased with it. We did it through Covid so was a double pleasure.’
He quipped: ‘The dog does not die, everyone else does!’
He went on: ‘I’m still surprised how well the show does around the world. It’s a show about a guy who kills himself because his wife died from cancer. People who are grieving approach me on the street and say how much the show helped them.’
Other big winners on the night included Strictly Come Dancing, who were awarded the prize for Best Talent Show.
Professional dancer Janette Manrara, who was recently announced as the new host for spin-off show It Takes Two, took the lead as she thanked fans for voting.
Show: Creator Russell T Davies told MailOnline selling the show was not easy and one unnamed TV executive even referred to it as ‘that miserable AIDS drama’
The beauty stunned in a ruffled salmon dress as she was joined by stars from the last series including Nicola Adams, JJ Chalmers, Jamie Liang and HRVY.
The Great British Bake Off also won in the Challenge Show category, with show stars Peter Sawkins and Laura Adlington taking to the stage.
Meanwhile, David Tennant, scooped the best Drama Performance prize for his portrayal of Dennis Nilsen in drama Des.
While Coronation Street’s Mollie Gallagher was overwhelmed as she won the best Serial Drama Performance for playing Nina Lucas in the ITV soap.
She said in her speech: ‘Massive thank you to my mum, my dad, my auntie and uncle and my boyfriend. You’ve been so supportive.
‘And I just want to dedicate this award to anyone who feels like they don’t fit the mould or they feel like they don’t belong. You’re amazing as you are.’
There were extra celebrations for Corrie as the soap bagged the coveted Serial Drama award, warding off rivals EastEnders, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks.
Olly said: ‘It was one of the greatest experiences of my life. It’s created a conversation that I’m amazed to be a part of. A global conversation’
Taking the helm, Sally Carmen, who portrays Abi Franklin, said: ‘Oh my goodness, thank you so so much for voting for us, it means everything it really, really does.
‘The past year has been so difficult with lockdown as you all know, and we’ve worked so hard in every department. The actors, the crew, the make-up department, everyone in production. It’s a real team effort on Coronation Street.’
She went on: ‘I adore my job and not only do we all work together really well but I get to call these people my friends.
‘On behalf of everyone at Coronation Street, thank you so much, this means everything. Thank you!’
Beat The Chasers also emerged victorious, beating off competition from Celebrity Catchphrase, In For A Penny and Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel in the Quiz Show category.
Comedian Joel Dommett kicked off the 2021 ceremony, celebrating the return of live in-person shows amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sure to launch the show on a light-hearted yet poignant note, Joel, 36, quipped: ‘It’s been a great year for soaps thanks to all the hand-washing!’
The broadcast kicked off with a VT of Joel frantically trying to find someone to open the show, with the likes of Simon Cowell, Oti Mabuse, Ant & Dec, Holly Willoughby and Mo Gilligan joining in for the skit.
The task ended up being taken on by singer HRVY, who was joined on stage with characters from The Masked Dancer and his former Strictly Come Dancing pro Janette Manrara.
Joel also joked in his speech at he had to stay two metres away from Ant & Dec (‘not because of the pandemic, because they’ve asked me to’) and referenced the awkwardness of watching racy drama Bridgerton with his mother.e then joked that he wouldn’t be making a gag about Ricky Gervais, who was in the audience, because ‘he’s my idol and I’m scared of him’.
NATIONAL TELEVISION AWARDS 2021: THE WINNERS
Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins
WINNER: The Great British Bake Off
The Great British Sewing Bee
WINNER: It’s A Sin
Britain’s Got Talent
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK
WINNER: Strictly Come Dancing
The Masked Singer
Tasty! Bake Off won the Challenge Show prize
WINNER: Kate Garraway: Finding Derek
Katie Price: Harvey and Me
Marcus Rashford: Feeding Britain’s Children
Rob Burrow: My Year With MND
Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency
Touching: The Authored Documentary winner was Kate Garraway: Finding Derek
Call the Midwife
WINNER: Line of Duty
WINNER: Ant and Dec
Caroline Flack: Her Life and Death
Gordon, Gino and Fred: American Road Trip
Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs
Adrian Dunbar, Ted Hastings, Line of Duty
WINNER: David Tennant, Dennis Nilsen, Des
Martin Compston, Steve Arnott, Line of Duty
Olly Alexander, Ritchie Tozer, It’s A Sin
Vicky McClure, Kate Fleming, Line of Duty
The Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award
Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway
WINNER: I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
The Graham Norton Show
You lose some, you win some! Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway was up for a prize, but the duo’s other show, I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! scooped the gong
WINNER: Coronation Street
Serial Drama Performance
Billy Price, Sid Sumner, Hollyoaks
Danny Dyer, Mick Carter, EastEnders
WINNER: Mollie Gallagher, Nina Lucas, Coronation Street
Sally Carman, Abi Franklin, Coronation Street
Quiz Game Show
WINNER: Beat The Chasers
In For A Penny
Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel
Emile John, Ethan Anderson, Emmerdale
WINNER: Jude Riordan, Sam Blakeman, Coronation Street
Olivia D’Lima, Paramedic Fenisha Khatri, Casualty
Rhiannon Clements, Summer Ranger, Hollyoaks
Rose Ayling-Ellis, Frankie Lewis, EastEnders
Winner! Mollie Gallagher, who plays Nina Lucas in Coronation Street, bagged herself a gong
The Repair Shop
WINNER: This Morning
WINNER: After Life
Friday Night Dinner
The Vicar of Dibley