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Yorkshire Oscar winner describes 'unbelievable' ceremony

Serena Armitage and Benjamin Cleary celebrate backstage after winning Best Live-Action Short Film for 'Stutterer' during the 88th annual Academy Awards Credit: Press Association

A Yorkshire Oscar-winner who snapped up an award at this year's ceremony has said she is 'pleased and proud' by to bring home the award.

Serena Armitage produced 'Stutterer', which won the Short Film Live Action category.

Serena, who lives near Harrogate, has previously worked on ITV shows Come Dine with Me, Piers Morgan’s Life Stories and the BAFTA-nominated Paul O’Grady: For The Love of Dogs.

Speaking to ITV Calendar she said she hadn't been able to think about the prospect of winning, which was 'too big a thing to get your head around.'

"It's starting to sink in - you get some perspective when you come back and realise what a noise it's made and how many people are interested."

– Serena Armitage

Serena took a month off work for the production, which was shot over a four-day period. She said the team had been through several scripts before deciding on Stutterer.

For the star-studded ceremony she wore a dress designed by a friend, accessorised with a pair of earrings worth £80,000.

"That was terrifying but very very fun, I'll never have chance to wear something like that again."

– Serena Armitage
Michael Paleodimos, Serena Armitage and Shan Christopher Ogilvie arriving at the 88th Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood Credit: Press Association

She mingled with actors, writers and directors, enjoying a three-hour champagne reception and trip to the exclusive Vanity Fair after-party.

"The red carpet was unbelievable, full of gold and big fake oscars."

– Serena Armitage

The moment the winner was announced remains 'a bit of a blur', but Serena remembers clearly the realisation that Leonardo DiCaprio was sitting in the front row.

"Leonardo was about a metre in front of me, which luckily I didn't notice until I'd finished speaking. After I'd delivered my speech I suddenly saw him looking up at me."

– Serena Armitage

Back in the UK, Serena was picked up by her mum at the airport and treated to a surprise party by friends. Now she says she can't wait to get back to her home county.

"I can't wait to get back to Yorkshire."

– Serena Armitage

As for the future, Serena says she remains 'ambitious', but is 'enjoying the moment'. It was straight back to work on Wednesday, where she is preparing a new ITV show called Fierce, in which Steve Backshall takes on the world's most fierce animals.