London, July 1 (IANS) Racing driver Lewis Hamilton and Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty have been awarded Britain's Global Diversity award for 2008 for their contribution to the diversity agenda.
Shetty became famous in Britain last year after she was subjected to alleged bullying and racism in the television reality show "Celebrity Big Brother". Her treatment - by some other participants in the popular show - became the subject of a heated row in India.
However, she was universally praised by British commentators for showing restraint.
Hamilton was also subjected to racial abuse. On Feb 4 this year, he was racially abused by spectators during pre-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain. The Federation Internationale de l'Automobile FIA) warned the Spanish authorities about such behaviour