David Tennant has won an Emmy for his portrayal of Scottish serial killer Dennis Nilsen in the STV drama Des.

The former Doctor Who star, 50, was awarded the International Emmy for Best Performance by an Actor for his starring role in the three-part series.

Tennant was not in New York to receive his award because he is currently filming the second season of Amazon Prime series Good Omens in Scotland, however he gave his acceptance speech via videolink.

"I’m so sorry I’m not there. I’m in a lonely hotel room in Scotland where I’m filming at the moment but thank you for having me,” he told viewers.

"Thank you to the International Emmys for this. This is amazing."

The International Emmy is the third award Tennant has received for his performance in the show. He also picked up gongs for it from the Broadcasting Press Guild Awards and the National Television Awards.

In his speech, the actor added that the programme had been created “slowly and sensitively” over a number of years, given the dark subject matter.

Nilsen, from Fraserburgh, murdered at least 12 men and boys in London over a five-year period. He died in prison in 2018 after spending 34 years locked up.