Donald Sutherland gets career award from Prince Albert of Monaco

Canadian actors - both veteran and up-coming - shined at the 53rd edition of the Monte Carlo Television Festival which kicked off on June 9.

It began with a premiere of the new US crime drama Crossing Lines, starring the legendery Donald Sutherland. The Canadian star was later honoured with a Crystal Nymph award for his 60 year career. The Saint John-born actor was the first ever recipient of such an award, which was presented to him by Prince Albert II of Monaco.

Stephen Amell was also in attendance to promote the hit series Arrow - and he took the opportunity to announce that he and his wife Cassandra Jean are expecting a baby.The 32-year-old actor admitted: 'I’m excited — no I’m not excited, I’m very excited!' The Toronto native married his model wife in a ceremony in the Caribbean in December 2012, only to throw a second party in New Orleans, Louisiana for all the family and friends who had been unable to attend.

Law & Order star Jill Hennessy was in town, meanwhile, to show off the new thriller series Jo and Winnipeg-born Tracey Spiridakos brought the post-apocalyptic secience fiction series Revolution to the festival.

The elegant Côte d’Azur event attracted TV celebrities and media from around the world, including the cast of Dallas  and among them were former Desperate Housewives stars Jesse Metcalfe and Brenda Strong.

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