Date: 14th March 2005

Kate named best British actress

Kate Winslet has been named best British actress at the Empire film awards in London.

Winslet, who was nominated for an Oscar for her role in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, was up against Keira Knightley and Imelda Staunton for the prize.

Freddie Highmore, 12, won best newcomer for his role in Finding Neverland reports BBC online.

He beat Sienna Miller in the best newcomer category for her role in Alfie, opposite partner Jude Law.

Quentin Tarantino was named icon of the decade at the ceremony in London's Guildhall.

Matt Damon was named best actor for The Bourne Supremacy. The thriller was also named best film.

The best actress award went to Julie Delpy for Before Sunset - the romantic sequel to 1995's Before Sunrise.

Paddy Considine won best British actor for his performance in Dead Man's Shoes.

Zombie comedy Shaun of the Dead won the award for best British film.

Sam Raini was named best director for Spider-Man 2, while best British director was Matthew Vaughn for Layer Cake.

The awards are determined by 12,000 readers of Empire magazine.

Source: Press Release