The 82-year-old London actor Michael Caine was one of the big winners at the European Film Awards in Berlin on Saturday night for his performance in 'Youth' by Paolo Sorrentino, the Italian filmmaker behind 'The Great Beauty' and 'Il Divo'. The Rotherhithe-born star of 'Alfie', 'The Italian Job' and, more recently, Christopher Nolan's Batman films, won the Best Actor prize at the ceremony in the German capital and was also given a lifetime achievement award for his six decades in the film business. Caine looked genuinely moved as he stepped up to collect his second award of the night. 'There's a surprise,' he said. 'It's been 50 years and I've never won an award in Europe, and now I've won two in one night.' He joked about travelling four times to Los Angeles when he was nominated for the Best Actor Oscar, and never actually winning (he has won the Best Supporting Actor prize twice though, first for 'Hannah and Her Sisters' in 1987 and then for 'The Cider House Rules' in 2000). Caine first started acting in movies in the mid-1950s, and he shows no sign of stopping anytime soon.
In 2016, we'll see him in 'Now You See Me 2', a magic-based crime caper, and alongside Morgan Freeman in Zach Braff's comedy 'Going in Style'. Here's to one of our favourite Londoners.