There was a VERY dominant winner at this year's British Soap Awards
Whilst last year’s ceremony saw Coronation Street sweep the board, the ITV series only left with two accolades at tonight’s event held in their home city of Manchester.
EastEnders won the coveted Best British Soap prize – taking the crown from previous winners Hollyoaks – and also scooped the Best Actor AND Best Actress awards for Adam Woodyatt and Kellie Bright.
The London-based soap aired several live episodes as part of its 30th anniversary celebrations in February, which saw the culmination of the long-running Lucy Beale murder plotline, and this too was recognised by the British Soap Awards. Best Storyline and Best Single Episode both went to the EastEnders team.
They topped off the night by scooping Best Dramatic Performance for Kellie Bright, Best On-Screen Partnership for Laurie Brett and Adam Woodyatt and they also earned the Outstanding Achievement (Off Screen) prize for writer Rob Gittins.
Meanwhile Corrie came away with Best Comedy Performance for long-standing cast member Sally Dynevor and there was a very emotional accolade for the soap when late star Anne Kirkbride – who passed away in January – was honoured with an Outstanding Achievement award, which was collected by her husband David Beckett.
Emmerdale earned two gongs whilst Hollyoaks and Doctors both bagged one award each. All five soaps received recognition for stories they’ve done on various social issues too.
EastEnders‘ resurgence marks a dramatic comeback for the show. At the 2014 ceremony they only won two prizes whilst Corrie swept the board with nine.
Fan favourite Danny Dyer – who plays lovable landlord Mick Carter in the soap – revealed yesterday that he felt the show really deserved to do well this year.
‘We’re due it,’ he told Nick Grimshaw on BBC Radio 1’s Breakfast Show. ‘We’ve worked so hard.’
Well done, guys!
The full list of British Soap Awards 2015 winners:
BEST BRITISH SOAP: EastEnders
BEST ACTOR: Adam Woodyatt – EastEnders
BEST ACTRESS: Kellie Bright – EastEnders
VILLAIN OF THE YEAR: Jeremy Sheffield – Hollyoaks
BEST COMEDY PERFORMANCE: Sally Dynevor – Coronation Street
BEST NEWCOMER: Jessica Regan – Doctors
BEST STORYLINE: Who Killed Lucy? – EastEnders
BEST SINGLE EPISODE: The Live Episode – EastEnders
BEST DRAMATIC PERFORMANCE: Kellie Bright – EastEnders
BEST ON-SCREEN PARTNERSHIP: Laurie Brett & Adam Woodyatt – EastEnders
BEST YOUNG PERFORMANCE: Amelia Flanagan – Emmerdale
SCENE OF THE YEAR: Donna’s Goodbye – Emmerdale
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Anne Kirkbride – Coronation Street
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT (OFF SCREEN): Rob Gittins – EastEnders