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Coronation Street's young star Jude Riordan has warmed the nation's hearts after picking up his National Television Award for Best Newcomer tonight - having to be held up to the microphone to speak by host Joel Dommett because he wasn't tall enough to reach it.
After finding out he had won, a delighted Riordan walked up to the stage and approached the microphone, only to realise he wasn't tall enough to reach it.
"Oh my word!" he shouted up at the mic.
At this point, Dommett walked over and held him up, as a beaming Riordan turned to him and said politely: "Thank you!"
Riordan continued: "This is amazing. I would just like to say thank you 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!"
Giving a thumbs up to the crowd, he added: "Thank you guys!"
Sharing screenshots of the amusing moment, one viewer tweeted: "Aw, little @JudeRiordan winning a National Television Award and not reaching the microphone was such a sweet moment. He's brilliant in #Corrie. Congrats Jude! #NTAs."
Someone else said: "Most iconic moment of the NTAs is joel dommett holding up Jude Riordan as he couldn't reach the microphone #NTAs."
A third gushed: "Jude Riordan winning best newcomer has made my day, made me tear up seeing his little smile #NTAs."
Another added: "Jude Riordan making his acceptance speech while being held up by #JoelDommett is the funniest thing I've seen at the #NTAs! Congratulations Jude."
They are all looking amazing on the red carpet :heart_eyes: #Corrie @ITV @itvhub @WeAreSTV @OfficialNTAs @sallycarman1 @Harry_Visinoni @molgallagher11_ @JudeRiordan pic.twitter.com/tLyFsWsMJy
- Coronation Street (@itvcorrie) September 9, 2021
Earlier in the evening, After Life also won Best Comedy, beating Friday Night Dinner, Sex Education and The Vicar of Dibley.
The show's creator Ricky Gervais jokingly said on stage: "I will keep it short. It's already interminable. Thank you for Netflix for all their support and their total lack of interference. They are just the best broadcaster.
"The amazing crew and cast, and the people at home who voted for it. Thank you so much. You are the reason I do this. The money is... You are the second.. I do it for the money and thank you..."
Meanwhile, the BBC's hugely popular police series Line of Duty won the NTA for Returning Drama, coming out victorious over The Crown, Unforgotten and Call The Midwife, and Russel T Davies' moving miniseries It's a Sin picked up the New Drama gong - with Davies dedicating the win to 'those we lost, those who lived, those who learned and those we loved' during the Aids crisis.
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