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Toby Rose

on the Palm Dog Award

Toby Rose worked as a cinema journalist for over two decades - after a stint working in PR for Queen and Jonathan Ross - writing for publications including The Observer, The Times, Time Out and the London Evening Standard. In 2001 he founded the world's first prize for canine excellence on the big screen, the Palm Dog awarded each year at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2007 came the creation of little sister The Fido Awards – the Dog Oscars. Among hounds awarded was the legendary Uggie, for his performance in multi-Oscar winner The Artist, and the corgis in The Queen scampering to such effect at the heels of Dame Helen Mirren. Alongside the celebration of canines on the big screen, Toby has thrown himself into stage creations. Discotivity – a disco version of the Nativity play – premiered on the Edinburgh Fringe and was followed-up by Fashion Victim – The Musical! The transfer of the latter to the Mayfair Theatre in Green Park offered the chance for Nancy Dell’Olio to make her West End stage debut.