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Chortle Church.

Byline: By NICOLA METHVEN, TV Editor

WE all knew Charlotte Church liked a laugh - but now it's official.

Her change from singing diva to TV humour queen was confirmed last night at the British Comedy Awards in London.

She picked up the gong for the Best Female Comedy Newcomer for her Channel 4 chat show - despite it being panned by the critics.

And the station scored another triumph when its outrageous new star Russell Brand scooped the Best Male Comedy Newcomer award.

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? host Chris Tarrant, who recently split with wife Ingrid, was honoured with the Outstanding Contribution to Entertainment gong.

THE WINNERS

Best TV Comedy Actor: Stephen Merchant. Best TV Comedy Actress: Catherine Tate. Best Comedy Entertainment Personality: Harry Hill. Best Male Comedy Newcomer: Russell Brand. Best Female Comedy Newcomer: Charlotte Church. Best New TV Comedy: Star Stories. Best TV Comedy: Peep Show. Best Comedy Entertainment Programme: Harry Hill's TV Burp. Best Comedy Film: Wallace and Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit. Best International Comedy Show: Curb Your Enthusiasm. Best Live Stand-Up Tour: Jimmy Carr. Best Stage Comedy: Little Britain. Outstanding Contribution: Chris Tarrant. Ronnie Barker Writers Award: Sacha Baron Cohen.

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DING GONG: Newcomer Russell Brand' OUTSTANDING: Chris Tarrant' HOW'S CHAT: Charlotte Church arrives last night Pictures: EMPICS/GETTY/GOFFINF.COM
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 14, 2006
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