Offspring star Asher Keddie has given Network Ten something to celebrate after winning Australia’s top TV honour, the Gold Logie.
Keddie had been twice nominated for a Gold Logie before claiming the highest individual honour at the annual television awards night in Melbourne.
Her win also eases the pain of Ten’s disastrous 2012, when it sacked executives and dumped shows as ratings plummeted.
However, Offspring and Keddie have been a shining light in dark days for Ten.
The actress said she is very proud to be a part of the network and just being nominated was a win for the series and the station.
“Channel Ten is extremely proud of Offspring and could not be more supportive of us,” Keddie said.
“They don’t interfere, they trust us and I wish nothing but the best for the network.”
Keddie was a raging favourite to win the award after a betting plunge during the last week.
Her price was slashed from $11 into $1.25 when betting closed with bookmaker Sportsbet.com.au.
The bookmaker was not crying foul but said there had been a steady stream of money for the Offspring star.
The initial favourite was Andy Lee who drifted from $2.30 to $6, and last year’s winner Hamish Blake was a $6.50 chance.
“Over half the money bet was on Keddie,” Sportsbet.com.au spokesman Shaun Anderson told AAP.
“It was very steady over the last week and a half.”
Keddie said she thought the award might not just be for her work on Offspring.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity to say thank you to the audience who have watched me play a number of characters over a number of years,” she said.
“I think this is for a body of work.”
The Gold Logie was again tainted by controversy after News Ltd repeated its 2012 performance, releasing news of Keddie’s win prematurely on The Australian and Adelaidenow websites.
Keddie also took out the Logie for Most Popular Actress and Home And Away star Stephen Peacocke was named Most Popular Actor.
Indigenous actor Deborah Mailman was extremely emotional when she collected the peer-voted Logie for Most Outstanding Actress for her role in Mabo.
Anthony Hayes, who starred in the ABC’s Devil’s Dust, dedicated his Most Outstanding Actor honour to those who have died and suffered from asbestos-related illnesses.
Foxtel finally cracked it for a Logie when it took out Most Outstanding Sports Coverage for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The Nine Network claimed nine awards, the ABC claimed seven, Ten finished with four and Seven won three.
FULL LIST OF WINNERS:
Most Popular Reality Program – The Block (Nine Network)
Most Popular Actress – Asher Keddie (Offspring, Network Ten)
Most Popular Drama – House Husbands (Nine Network)
Most Popular New Male Talent – Joel Madden (The Voice, Nine Network)
Most Popular Lifestyle Program – Better Homes and Gardens (Seven Network)
Most Popular Actor – Steve Peacocke (Home and Away, Seven Network)
Most Outstanding Drama Series – Redfern Now (ABC1)
Graham Kennedy Award for Most Outstanding New Talent – Shari Sebbens (Redfern Now, ABC1)
Most Outstanding TV Miniseries or Telemovie – Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War (Nine Network)
Most Popular Light Entertainment Program – The Voice (Nine Network)
Gold Logie: TV Week Logie Hall of Fame Award – Brian Henderson
Most Popular New Female Talent – Brenna Harding (Puberty Blues, Network Ten)
Most Popular Sports Program – The Footy Show, NRL (Nine Network)
Most Outstanding Sports Coverage – London 2012 Olympic Games (Foxtel)
Most Popular Factual Program – Bondi Rescue (Network Ten)
Most Outstanding Children’s Program – Dance Academy (ABC3)
Most Outstanding News Coverage – Breaking Ranks (Lateline, ABC1)
Most Outstanding Public Affairs Report – Captain Emad: Smugglers’ Paradise – Australia (Four Corners, ABC1)
Most Popular Miniseries or Telemovie – Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War (Nine Network)
Most Popular Presenter – Hamish Blake (Hamish & Andy’s Euro Gap Year/Hamish & Andy’s Caravan Of Courage: Australia Vs New Zealand, Nine Network)
Most Outstanding Factual Program – Who Do You Think You Are (SBS One)
Most Outstanding Actress – Deborah Mailman (Mabo, ABC1)
Most Outstanding Light Entertainment Program – The X Factor (Seven Network)
Most Outstanding Actor – Anthony Hayes (Devil’s Dust, ABC1)
Gold Logie: Most Popular Personality on TV – Asher Keddie (Offspring, Network Ten)