Monday, May 28, 2007

Corrie cleans up at the British Soap Awards

Coronation Street swept the board at the British Soap Awards on a disastrous night for EastEnders. Jubilant Corrie stars picked up seven awards including the coveted Best Soap.

EastEnders managed just one, Best Dramatic Performance for Lacey Turner, who plays Albert Square bad girl Stacey Slater.

And to add insult to injury, the beleaguered BBC1 soap was beaten in the awards stakes by Hollyoaks, Emmerdale and daytime drama Doctors. Hollyoaks bagged three prizes, while Emmerdale and Doctors took home two apiece.

In addition to Best Soap, Coronation Street scooped Best Actress for Kate Ford's role as superbitch Tracy Barlow and Best Actor for Antony Cotton, aka camp knicker factory worker Sean Tully.

It also won Sexiest Male for Rob James-Collier (factory boss Liam Connor), Best Newcomer for Kym Ryder (barmaid Michelle Connor), Best Exit for Bill Ward (Charlie Stubbs) and Best Storyline for the explosive plot which saw Tracy take murderous revenge on cheating Charlie.

Emmerdale's awards went to Eden Taylor-Draper, who won Best Dramatic Performance From A Young Actor or Actress for her performance as Belle Dingle, and Spectacular Scene of the Year for the house collapse.

Hollyoaks had a good night the Channel 4 show won Sexiest Female for Roxanne McKee (Louise Summers), Villain of the Year for Gemma Bissix (Clare Cunningham) and Best Comedy Performance for Gemma Merna (Carmel McQueen).

And the stars of Doctors were celebrating after scooping Best On-Screen Partnership for Stirling Gallacher and Sean Gleeson (George and Ronnie Woodson) and Best Single Episode for Shreds and Aftermath.

The cast of EastEnders were left shell-shocked by the results, which were voted by a mix of viewers and expert judges. Former Albert Square resident Wendy Richard, 63, picked up the Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented by her on-screen son Todd Carty.

The awards ceremony was held at BBC Television Centre in west London and hosted by This Morning presenters Fern Britton and Phillip Schofield. It will be broadcast on Wednesday at 8pm on ITV1.

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