‘Bridgerton’ star Regé-Jean Pa

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‘Bridgerton’ star Regé-Jean Page on his GQ awards win…and horse riding

Regé-Jean Page took home the gong for Standout Performance of the Year at the GQ Men of the Year Awards 2021.

‘Bridgerton’ star Regé-Jean Pa

Image: Via Twitter @regejean

Regé-Jean Page was among the winners at the GQ Men of the Year Awards 2021. The Bridgerton star won the Standout Performance of the Year trophy at the annual awards ceremony on Wednesday 1 September for his role as the Duke of Hastings in the hit Netflix period drama.

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After his win, the 31-year-old actor said he loved being able to portray a person of high status as a black man. Speaking to GQ magazine about his role in the drama, he said:

I think it becomes very obvious who was excluded from the game previously. It just became vaguely ludicrous that it was such an issue before. You know, ‘How will this work?’ Um, we’ll do the acting!

Regé-Jean Page on horseback…

And of his scenes on horseback, he added:

Being on a horse is literally lifting people into a position of aspiration, power, possibility and agency that they’ve not been afforded before. That’s what’s ridiculous. That we are not crea­tive enough in the creative industries – that’s the failure. But the second you start doing that? It’s like, ‘This is so easy!’ Yes, it is, so keep doing that.

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Regé-Jean Page on ‘Bridgerton’

Regé-Jean will not be returning to Bridgerton for season two but has denied rumours he was booted from the production.

No, I respectfully exited. I didn’t want to put them in an awkward situation where they had to kick me out, he insisted.

Elsewhere, Ed Sheeran was named Solo Artist of the Year, while Sir Anthony Hopkins took home the Legend award and Sacha Baron Cohen won the Icon gong. There were also awards for the team behind the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, as well as all the Olympic and Paralympic athletes of Great Britain.

Full list of GQ Men of the Year Awards 2021 winners:

  • Heroes: Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert, Dr Catherine Green, and the team behind the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine
  • Standout Performance: Regé-Jean Page
  • Solo Artist: Ed Sheeran
  • Legend: Sir Anthony Hopkins
  • Television Actor: Adrian Dunbar
  • Writer: Quentin Tarantino
  • Breakthrough Designer: Harris Reed
  • Breakthrough Music Artist: Arlo Parks
  • Designer: Brunello Cucinelli
  • GameChanger: Dame Vivienne Westwood
  • Outstanding Contribution: Bobby Gillespie
  • Inspiration: Gareth Southgate
  • Maddox Gallery Artist: Beeple
  • Breakthrough Actor: Kingsley Ben-Adir
  • Leading Man: Paul Bettany
  • Band: Wolf Alice
  • Icon: Sacha Baron Cohen
  • Outstanding Achievement: Team GB & Paralympics GB