TV personality and rapper Big Zuu celebrated his “humble beginnings” and “working-class people” after winning Bafta TV’s feature film awards.
ig Zuu – real name Zuhair Hassan – took home two awards at the 75th Bafta TV Awards after his show Big Zuu’s Big Eats also secured the gong for the entertainment performance.
After receiving the film award, Big Zuu, 27, paid tribute to his mother and the legacy of his school friends and fellow presenters Hyder and Tubsey.
He said: “She came to this country from Sierra Leone, four months pregnant, during the rebel war.
“Hyder’s family comes from Kurdistan, which is not a recognized country.
“Tubsey’s family is from Iraq and Iran, they were in a war when he was born.
“Man comes from humble beginnings.”
At Big Zuu’s Big Eats, the grime artist cooks for celebrities before chatting to them over dinner.
On stage, Big Zuu added: “Representation is so important. When I was growing up, there weren’t many chefs or people who looked like me on TV.
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“And these days, young people are watching us ting and thinking, you know what, if these guys can win a Bafta, then sure we can.”
Big Zuu battled a selection of industry heavyweights to take home the award for entertainment achievement, with Alison Hammond, Graham Norton, Joe Lycett, Michael McIntyre and Sean Locke all earning nominations in that category.
Before finishing his speech, Big Zuu said, “We did this for working-class people, people who came out of nowhere.”
As he put his arm around his mother, who had joined him on stage, he jokingly added: “My mother is a young lady, I know you men are watching her, some old men in here. If you have money, we can start the convoy.”
Big Zuu later expressed his disbelief after receiving two awards, saying, “It means a lot man, where we’re from, this stuff is very rare. Growing up together in a small estate, nobody thought we would make it to where we got to and win a Bafta.
“I don’t know, it’s just crazy. Like I said, we never expected it, so I don’t even know what to say.”
He also revealed his dream guests for the show, which recently wrapped up filming its third season for Dave.
“I want Jurgen Klopp and I want J Cole,” he said.
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