Date: 22nd February 2010

Carey Mulligan and Colin Firth win Baftas

Britons Carey Mulligan and Colin Firth have won the top acting Baftas, with Hurt Locker, The (2008) - about bomb disposal experts in Iraq - named best film.

Mulligan, star of UK film An Education (2009), said she "didn't imagine in a million years that this would happen".

Firth won for his portrayal of a gay academic in Tom Ford's A Single Man.

The film, about a grief-stricken university professor in 1960s Los Angeles, was fashion designer Ford's directorial debut.

Mulligan beat actresses including Meryl Streep and Audrey Tautou to win her prize.

The actress, 24, said: "I was here a year ago and I didn't imagine in a million years that this would happen."

"I wish I could do a speech like Colin Firth and talk about fridges but I can't."

Mulligan's performance as a precocious 1960s schoolgirl brought the only win for An Education - despite eight nominations.

Best film: The Hurt Locker
Best British film: Fish Tank
Best actor: Colin Firth (A Single Man)
Best actress: Carey Mulligan (An Education)
Best supporting actor: Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds)
Best supporting actress: Mo'Nique (Precious)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker)

Source: Press Release