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13 February 2012, 08:12
A Gateshead-born playwright and author has picked up a BAFTA for Best Adapted Screenplay for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
Peter Straughan, who was the writer-in-residence at Newcastle's Live Theatre Company, collected the award at last night's ceremony.
He was nominated alongside his late wife Bridget O'Connor - who died of cancer at the age of 49 before the film was released.
Straughan also co-wrote the 2006 feature film, Mrs Ratcliffe's Revolution and adapted Toby Young's memoir How to Lose Friends & Alienate People as well as being the writer of the 2009 film, The Men Who Stare at Goats.