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Beryl Vertue Wins Women in Film and TV Lifetime Achievement Award

6 Dec 2016

Hartswood Films is proud to announce that Beryl Vertue, CBE, received the EON Lifetime Achievement Award at the 26th annual Women in Film and Television awards in London.

Beryl’s illustrious career includes founding Hartswood, and working on a wide range of popular series including Up PompeiiSteptoe and SonMen Behaving Badly and Coupling, as well as serving as an Executive Producer on Sherlock. She also spearheaded the concept of selling formats abroad including All In The Family, based on Till Death Us Do Part, and Sanford And Son based on Steptoe And Son.

The award was presented to her by Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch, who said “it is an absolute honour to be able to present The EON Lifetime Achievement Award to the wonderful Beryl Vertue. We have known each other a long time and not only have I had the pleasure of working with her but I’m very lucky to know her and call such a brilliant woman, my friend.”

Perhaps a secret to Beryl’s success is that Hartswood and indeed Sherlock are a family affair. Beryl explained to the Guardian recently, “You’ve got Steven and Sue and I’m the mother-in-law and Benedict’s parents are in it and Amanda [Abbington] and [her husband] Martin – it’s lovely. My other daughter, Debbie [Hartswood director of operations], is very involved too. It’s a pleasure to go to work really.”

Beryl’s lifetime achievement award comes almost a year after she was named a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s New Years Honours list.