Irish actress Caitriona Balfe has won a Gracie award for best actress in a leading role for her portrayal of Claire Fraser in Outlander.

The Dublin-native accepted the award during a virtual ceremony on Tuesday. She said: "I am so honoured to accept this Gracie award.

"Thank you so much to the Alliance of Women in Media. I feel so privileged to be amongst the incredible list of women honoured this year who are all passionately telling stories that reflect the female experience in all its forms."

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The Gracie Awards are bestowed by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation to honour standout women in the media industry and recognise entertainment and news programming that addresses timely topics and social issues.

Pop superstar Taylor Swift thanked her fans while accepting an award for her documentary concert film Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions.

The 31-year-old shared a video message, recalling the recording of the film at a secluded cabin in upstate New York.

She said: "Making this film really was a new experience for me in so many ways. It was in the middle of the pandemic when this was really the first time that most of the people who worked on it had left our houses."

Taylor Swift

She added: "I'll never forget our experience together and filming the Folklore Long Pond sessions was a way to commemorate that.

"I’ll always be so grateful for it. But mostly to the fans, thank you for caring about all of this, thank you for being the reason why we could come together in this way.

"You made this album into what it is and you continue to just blow me away all the time."