Andy Murray
Andy Murray last won the award in 2013 and came third in 2012Getty

Andy Murray has won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award for the second time in three years at a lavish ceremony at the SSE Arena in Belfast. The world number two did not win a tennis grand slam this year, but was absolutely instrumental during Great Britain's first Davis Cup triumph since 1936.

"This has been a five-year journey - we were down in the bottom level of tennis and now we're number one," he said after accepting the trophy. "I would like to thank the whole team and the staff, who were incredible. I would like to thank my wife and my family and everyone who voted for me - I dedicate my life to this sport and I work extremely hard every day to make you proud."

Rugby League stalwart Kevin Sinfield took second place, while Jessica Ennis-Hill's outstanding gold medal heptathlon effort at the World Athletics Championships was only enough to secure third. Controversial world heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury did not make the top three, with Lewis Hamilton, Chris Froome, Mo Farah, Greg Rutherford, Max Whitlock, Lucy Bronze, Adam Peaty and Lizzie Armitstead also missing out.

Coach of the Year went to Michael O'Neill, who guided the Northern Ireland football team to qualification for their first ever European Championship finals in 2016. Unsurprisingly, Great Britain's victorious Davis Cup squad collected Team of the Year honours.

Eight-year-old Bailey Matthews, a boy with cerebral palsy who completed a triathlon unaided during the summer, scooped the Helen Rollason Award given for outstanding achievement in the face of adversity. British gymnast Ellie Downie was named Young Sports Personality of the Year, ahead of Tom Marquand and Tully Kearney. Belfast football coach Damien Lindsay won the Unsung Hero prize, while legendary jockey AP McCoy was given a lifetime achievement honour.

Dan Carter was announced as the Overseas Sports Personality of the Year earlier this weekend, seeing off competition from Usain Bolt, Novak Djokovic, Jordan Spieth, Serena Williams and Katie Ledecky. The former New Zealand fly-half kicked 17 points in the World Cup final victory over rivals Australia at Twickenham in his last All Blacks appearance before retiring from international rugby. It was the first time that any nation has successfully defended the trophy since its inception in 1987.