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Asian Awards recognise excellence and achievement

Sir Ben Kingsley, Nicole Scherzinger and late martial arts legend Bruce Lee were honoured at the third annual Asian Awards in London.

The Ghandi star, born Krishna Pandit Bhanji to a Gujarati father and British mother, was handed the prestigious Fellowship Award in recognition of his long career, while former Pussycat Dolls star Scherzinger was feted with the Music Award, and Lee was posthumously honoured for his impact on western cinema with the Founders Award.

The star-studded ceremony celebrates talented and ground-breaking individuals from the Asian community and was attended by Princess Michael of Kent, Australian singer Peter Andre and Bollywood star Anupam Kher, who was presented with the Outstanding Achievement in Cinema award

Oscar-winners and EastEnders stars have rubbed shoulders with X Factor judges at an awards ceremony recognising Asian excellence.

Olympic supremo Lord Coe hosted the Asian Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane, central London.

Among the winners were former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger, who won the music award, and writer Hanif Kureishi who won the arts award.

Other winners included Sir Ben Kingsley, who won an Oscar for his performance in Gandhi and was given the fellowship award, and Nina Wadia.

The actress, who plays Zainab Masood in EastEnders, won the television award.

Government minister Baroness Verma of Leicester, who chaired the judging panel, said: "The Asian Awards is an inspirational platform from which to celebrate some of the world's most inspiring people."

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