Australian subscription TV was celebrated last night at the 2013 ASTRA Awards. The Sydney Theatre in Walsh Bay played host to the glamorous event, which drew the likes of Jennifer Hawkins, Alex Perry-clad Megan Gale, Charlotte Dawson, Guy and Jules Sebastian, and visiting True Blood star Joe Manganiello, who was brought out as a special guest of Foxtel. He first came to Australia in 2005 and was excited to be back with his girlfriend Bridget Peters, saying in an interview earlier in the day, “I love it. I’m excited to get to stay a few days to have a vacation.”
Plenty of awards were handed out last night, with the results proving that renovation shows are still resonating with Australian audiences — Selling Houses Australia won favourite Australian program, with its stars Shaynna Blaze and Andrew Winter picking up favourite female and male personality. Popular Game of Thrones got a mention by winning favourite international drama, while Tangle was a hit for Australian drama, with acting wins for Catherine McClements and Lincoln Younes, and an overall win for most outstanding drama. “Mr Movies” Bill Collins was honoured with the inaugural ASTRA Lifetime Achievement Award, and Fox Footy celebrated a successful year with the channel of the year award.