Royal birthday show wins Bafta for talent executive Mark Wagman

The father-of-three said he was "shocked and thrilled" his team scooped the award


Mark Wagman was celebrating today after he and his production colleagues won a Bafta for their show, The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration.

Mr Wagman said he was “shocked and thrilled” after picking up the award for best live performance at last night’s ceremony.

The 44-year-old was responsible for booking performers to appear on the 90-minute variety show, including Dame Helen Mirren, Damian Lewis, Gary Barlow and Imelda Staunton.

The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration, which aired on ITV in May 2016, beat the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme: Thiepval, Shakespeare Live! From the RSC and Stand Up to Cancer for the award at last night’s Bafta ceremony.

Mr Wagman, who attends Stanmore and Canons Park Synagogue, said: “I have to say I was very, very surprised. I really didn’t think we would win, so when they called out our name it was just a mixture of shock and surprise. We were thrilled.

“I’m just proud to be part of a team which has been recognised for this show. It was a great moment. You don’t do it for awards but to be recognised by your peers is great.”

Mr Wagman and his colleagues on the talent-booking team were charged with sourcing 1,500 performers, as well as signing up a host of stars, including Martin Clunes, Andrea Bocelli, James Blunt, Beverley Knight, Jess Glynne, Dame Shirley Bassey, and hosts Ant and Dec.

The former ITV talent executive, a married father-of-three, said working on the Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration was like “being part of a huge orchestra, where everyone has to play their right note and the right time”.

Although the Queen was not at Sunday’s Bafta awards ceremony at London’s Royal Festival Hall, she and the Duke of Edinburgh did invite Mr Wagman and his colleagues to a royal reception where they were thanked for their hard work. 

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