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Scandal star, Kerry Washington has been named 2013′s TV Star of the Year by editors at TV Guide Magazine.

Washington was rewarded for her critically-acclaimed lead role as political fixer Olivia Pope in the top-rated drama. The role also earned her an Emmy nomination earlier this year, and has just scored her nominations for the 2014 Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards.

She says of the role, “The reward for me is that I get to play this woman. Everything else is gravy. What I do at home with my binder and my highlighter and pens, having that homework and that depth of character to explore and play – that, to me, is the best prize ever.”