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‘Call Me Fitz’ writer Tracy Dawson wins Gemini for best actress

'Call Me Fitz' actress Tracy Dawson poses with her Gemini award. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young)

Tracy Dawson's Gemini win for best actress in the HBO Canada comedy "Call Me Fitz" came as an extra surprise to the actress, as she originally began her work on the show exclusively in the writers' room.

"I started off as a writer on this show, and I was in the writers' room, and I had acted for 15 years, and I was moving away from acting and into writing, and one of the writers on the show said 'Tracy should play this role.' I thought it would never happen," Dawson told reporters in the Gemini press room. "I can't even believe that I got the part and... I started off in the writers' room and that everybody took a chance on me, it's really great."

The double-duty star was presented her Gemini by her "Call Me Fitz" star Jason Priestley, who himself was nominated for best actor (but lost to "18 to Life" star Peter Keleghan). Dawson was dolled up in a figure-hugging gold cocktail number, with her red hair pulled up and starlet red lipstick. She hurried through her acceptance speech about how honoured she was to win.

In addition to Dawson's trophy, "Call Me Fitz" also took home best director, best writing, best supporting actor and was nominated an impressive 16 times.

Season 2 of "Call Me Fitz" begins on September 25 on HBO Canada.