Seven gongs for Corrie at soap awards

Published Sunday, 29 April 2012
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Coronation Street and EastEnders shared the honours with seven prizes each at the British Soap Awards on Saturday.

Seven gongs for Corrie at soap awards
Katherine Kelly took the award for Best Exit (© ITV)

Eastenders took the coveted Best British Soap prize at the glitzy bash, but Corrie seized the award for Best Single Episode for Becky's Final Farewell.

Katherine Kelly, who played Becky McDonald until she left the cobbles earlier this year, also took the award for Best Exit. Her character left for Barbados with a new man.

The actress accepted the gongs in a full-length, mink-coloured gown with black bow belt.

She said: "I've just come along this evening to say hello to all my Corrie colleagues, thank you to the Soap Awards for this, thank you to the nation for watching, and goodbye."

Alison King, Coronation Street's Carla Connor, took the Best Actress award for her portrayal of the factory owner raped by her fiance.

King, dressed in a figure-hugging black gown, said filming the storyline had been gruelling.

"It's been hard but it's been a great year," she said. "It's been really emotional, I got a lot of letters from people who could relate to the story."

Picking up the award for Villain of the Year, actor Andrew Lancel - whose depiction of Carla Connor's evil fiance Frank Foster left Corrie viewers gripped - said he was "absolutely flabbergasted" by his win.

"Coronation Street is the best place to work in the world and the worst place to live," he quipped.

Best Actor went to Emmerdale's Danny Miller for the second year in a row, for his portrayal of Aaron Livesy who reluctantly helped his partner, Jackson, to die.

Emmerdale's Jackson's Choice was named best storyline and the soap took a third award for spectacular scene of the year for John and Moira's Car Accident.

Pam St Clement, who played EastEnders stalwart Pat Butcher for 25 years, earned a standing ovation when she was given the lifetime achievement award.

After a video montage of archive clips and messages from co-stars, she took to the stage with tears in her eyes.

"It's not often I'm at a loss for words but I really am. This has come as such a surprise," she said.

"I have so much to owe to EastEnders - for keeping me stimulated as an actor for 25 years and for giving me a wonderful exit."

EastEnders and Corrie also shared the awards for sexiest stars, with EastEnders' Scott Maslen and Corrie's Michelle Keegan taking home the trophies for the fourth year running.

Meanwhile, Coronation Street's Stephanie Cole, who stars as Sylvia Goodwin, was unable to collect her award for Best Comedy Performance in person.

Co-star Philip Lowrie, who plays Dennis Tanner, read a message from the veteran actress which said: "A rogue gall bladder prevents me being here tonight but I want to say how honoured I am. For me, this is the icing on the Corrie cake."

At the end of the ceremony Shane Richie took to the stage with the entire EastEnders cast to pick up the best soap prize before the stars went on to the afterparty at London's Television Centre.

The British Soap Awards 2012 are aired on UTV on Wednesday at 8pm.

© UTV News
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