Corrie loses out in top soap awards
EastEnders trounced rival Coronation Street taking seven prizes at the British Soap Awards, including the coveted title of best show.
The ITV programme won just four, including a Lifetime Achievement Award for Johnny Briggs who played Mike Baldwin in the long-running series.
Among the awards going to Albert Square were Sexiest Female for Louisa Lytton, who plays troubled teenager Ruby Allen, and her screen father Billy Murray, who plays Johnny Allen won Villain of the Year.
The London-based show also won Best Actor and Best Actress for Ross Kemp (Grant Mitchell) and Lacey Turner (Stacey Slater). Best newcomer was the Square's Charlie Clements, who plays Bradley Branning, and the award for Best Single Episode also went to the programme for its Armistice Day edition.
Corrie had to settle for Sexiest Male for Richard Fleeshman (Craig Harris), Best Onscreen Partnership for Barbara Knox and Malcolm Hebden (Rita Sullivan and Norris Cole), and Best Dramatic Performance by Bradley Walsh as Danny Baldwin, as well as the award for Johnny Briggs.
The Special Achievement Award was given to soap director Tony Prescott, who has worked as a director on Emmerdale and Coronation Street.
Emmerdale picked up four awards. They went to: Charlie Hardwick (Val Lambert) for Best Comedy Performance; Leah Bracknell (Zoe Tate) for Best Exit, and Nicola Wheeler (Nicola Blackstock) for Soap Bitch of the Year; and Spectacular Scene of the Year for Eden Taylor-Draper and Luke Tittensor as Belle Dingle and Daz Eden, being trapped in a mineshaft.
Two awards went to Hollyoaks, one for Ellis Hollins as Tom Cunningham, for Best Dramatic Performance from a Young Actor, and Best Storyline for Becca and Justin's affair, played by Ali Bastian and Chris Fountain.