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Kiwi star Erik Thomson wins Best Actor at Logie Awards 2016

Erik Thomson takes home the gold (or in this case, silver) for his role in drama 800 Words
Erik Thomson

New Zealand’s own Erik Thomson, who rose to fame on the beloved TV shows Packed To The Rafters and All Saints, has won the Silver Logie for Best Actor at this year’s star-studded event.

The actor – who was born in Scotland before growing up in Tauranga – won the coveted gong for his star turn as widowed writer George Turner in the drama 800 Words, which aired in New Zealand on TV One.

Watch: Erik accepts his award – story continues below

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“I thought after Packed To The Rafters I had my time in the sun,” he said after receiving his Logie.

“Then this show came along and it lit the fire right in here. Not only was it a show full of heart and soul, but it was going to be shot back in my home country of New Zealand, which is my place, and I’m thrilled to be able to work over there.”

Erik, 48, won his first Best Actor Logie back in 2003 for his role as Doctor Mitch Stevens in the medical drama All Saints. While the talented actor now calls Australia home, after having moved there at the age of 28, he told us last year that New Zealand would always have a special place in his heart.

Erik Thomson with his Logie Award for Best Actor. Photo: Getty

“For me, it’s always going to be a little bit complicated because my house and my immediate family – my wife and my two children – are in Australia, but whenever I think of home, it’s New Zealand that springs to mind.”

Congratulations to Erik on his big win! Other winners on the night included Jessica Marais for Best Actress for her work in Love Child, Tim Minchin for Most Outstanding Supporting Actor for The Secret River and Celia Ireland for Best Supporting Actress for Wentworth.

Erik in character as George Turner, with Melina Vidler (who plays his daughter Shay) and Benson Jack Anthony (who plays his son Arlo).

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