Bromley rockstar beats Sir Ian McKellen in older people’s awards

PUBLISHED: 10:01 08 December 2015 | UPDATED: 10:01 08 December 2015

J.B. Morrison with his award

J.B. Morrison with his award


J.B. Morrison scooped the Best Older Person’s Character in a Book, Film, TV or Radio Drama award

J.B. Morrison, founding member of 90s indie rock band Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine, has beaten the likes of Sir Ian McKellen to an older people’s award.

The rockstar-turned-author, who was born in Streatham but now lives in Crystal Palace, scooped the Best Older Person’s Character in a Book, Film, TV or Radio Drama category for his character, Frank Derrick, in his book Frank Derrick’s Holiday of a Lifetime at the Older People in the Media Awards last week.

The awards are a celebration of the best representations of older people’s issues in the media.

They are run by older people’s charity, Independent Age, in collaboration with Gransnet, the social network for the UK’s 14 million grandparents.

Sir Ian was nominated for two different characters in the same category as Mr Morrison, Freddie Thornhill in ITV’s Vicious and Sherlock Holmes in the film Mr Holmes.

Commenting on his win, Mr Morrison said: “Winning is unbelievably flattering and I’d say it’s even better than winning the Booker Prize.

“It’s good for Frank too as now he has something of value to put on his mantelpiece next to all the charity shop giraffes.”

With a public vote held exclusively online for the first time in 2015, the Older People in the Media Awards hope to shine a light on the characters, marketing campaigns and individuals that have either positively portrayed older people, or sensitively highlighted the issues they face.

Winners from previous years have included, among others, Dame Judi Dench for her role in the film Philomena and Anne Reid for her portrayal of the character Celia in Last Tango in Halifax.

Janet Morrison, chief executive of Independent Age, said: “All the winners of the Older People in the Media Awards have made an outstanding contribution to representing older people’s issues in the media.

“Thank you to everyone who voted and also to all the nominees, who are working hard to help highlight some of the issues older people face.”

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