Normal People’s Daisy Edgar-Jones wins Rose d’Or Emerging Talent Award 2020

Daisy Edgar-Jones is the first-ever winner of the Rose d’Or Emerging Talent Award for playing Marianne in Normal People.

The Emerging Talent Award has been introduced to recognise great new talent this year and every year, with Daisy – who played Marianne Sheridan in the BBC series – admitting she’s ‘chuffed’ with the nod.

She joins star of Netflix‘s Sex Education, Ncuti Gatwa, who has scooped the 2020 Performance Of The Year Award for his portrayal of Eric Effiong. 

Winner: Daisy Edgar-Jones is the first-ever winner of the Rose d’Or Emerging Talent Award for playing Marianne in Normal People

Winner: Daisy Edgar-Jones is the first-ever winner of the Rose d’Or Emerging Talent Award for playing Marianne in Normal People

Winner: Daisy Edgar-Jones is the first-ever winner of the Rose d’Or Emerging Talent Award for playing Marianne in Normal People

The Rose d’Or Awards boast previous winners such as Ricky Gervais, Joanna Lumley, James Cordon, The Crown, Chernobyl and The Graham Norton Show.

On being awarded the Emerging Talent Award, Daisy, 22, said: ‘Normal People really was a dream job. I just feel so lucky to have played Marianne and it’s done so much for me.

‘To be acknowledged as an Emerging Talent by Rose d’Or for it is so special. Thank you so, so much. I’m very proud and very chuffed.’

Produced by Element Pictures and based on Sally Rooney’s best-selling novel, Normal People follows the love of two people who changed each other’s lives.

Courting attention: Normal People aired as a 12-part series on BBC and Hulu, propelling Daisy and her co-star Paul Mescal onto television screens across the globe

Courting attention: Normal People aired as a 12-part series on BBC and Hulu, propelling Daisy and her co-star Paul Mescal onto television screens across the globe

Courting attention: Normal People aired as a 12-part series on BBC and Hulu, propelling Daisy and her co-star Paul Mescal onto television screens across the globe

Accolade: She joins star of Netflix's Sex Education, Ncuti Gatwa, who has scooped the 2020 Performance Of The Year Award for his portrayal of Eric Effiong

Accolade: She joins star of Netflix's Sex Education, Ncuti Gatwa, who has scooped the 2020 Performance Of The Year Award for his portrayal of Eric Effiong

Accolade: She joins star of Netflix’s Sex Education, Ncuti Gatwa, who has scooped the 2020 Performance Of The Year Award for his portrayal of Eric Effiong

The adaptation aired as a 12-part series on BBC and Hulu, propelling Daisy and her co-star Paul Mescal onto television screens across the globe.

Daisy had previously starred in British classics, Cold Feet and War of The Worlds and is set to appear in Fresh and Where the Crawdads Sing next.

The 2020 Performance Of The Year Award, which is awarded for an outstanding performance in the past 12 months, will be given to Ncuti, 28, for his performance in coming of age comedy Sex Education.

Sex Education follows a socially awkward student who lives with his sex therapist mother and sets up a sex clinic at school to capitalise on his intuitive talent for giving advice.

Ncuti said: 'It's such a joy playing Eric, someone who is so fun but has real depth to him'

Ncuti said: 'It's such a joy playing Eric, someone who is so fun but has real depth to him'

Ncuti said: ‘It’s such a joy playing Eric, someone who is so fun but has real depth to him’

The critically acclaimed series won over audiences of all ages with its inclusive storylines and refreshing approach to real life experiences.

In particular, Ncuti’s performance as character Eric was hailed as a progressive triumph for onscreen LGBTQ+ representation.

On receiving the accolade, he said: ‘It’s such a joy playing Eric, someone who is so fun but has real depth to him.

‘The fact that people can see themselves in him and relate to the issues we cover in the show is really inspiring and incredibly important to me as an actor!’

Mark Rowland, chair of the 2020 judges, said: ‘Daisy and Ncuti’s authentic character portrayals stood out for the judges and audiences alike, we are delighted to be able to recognise their outstanding performances.

On being awarded the Emerging Talent Award, Daisy, 22, said: 'Normal People really was a dream job. I just feel so lucky to have played Marianne and it’s done so much for me'

On being awarded the Emerging Talent Award, Daisy, 22, said: 'Normal People really was a dream job. I just feel so lucky to have played Marianne and it’s done so much for me'

On being awarded the Emerging Talent Award, Daisy, 22, said: ‘Normal People really was a dream job. I just feel so lucky to have played Marianne and it’s done so much for me’

‘The Rose d’Or would also like to congratulate Daisy on being the inaugural winner of the Emerging Talent Award, which we’ve instituted to recognise great new talent this year and every year.’

Now in its 59th year, The Rose d’Or Awards were voted for from 766 entries by over 80 international judges from across the television industry and includes entries from every major territory in the world across the 12 categories.

This year’s awards also include a special category to recognise innovation in the time of COVID-19, with finalists from Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, the US and UK.

The Rose d’Or Awards, hosted by Nish Kumar, will stream on Rosedor.com at 3PM on Wednesday 9 December 2020. 

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