Emmerdale has won the Best Soap prize at this year’s Inside Soap Awards for the second year in a row.
The ITV show picked up a total of four prizes at tonight’s ceremony (October 3), including walking away with the hotly-contested main award, beating off competition from EastEnders, Coronation Street and Hollyoaks.
Emmerdale also took Best Young Actor for adorable little Amelia Flanagan, Best Shock Twist for Val’s death last year – and Robron fans will be pleased as the popular pair were awarded Best Partnership.
But despite Emmerdale being the biggest winner in a sense, it was actually EastEnders that went home armed with the most awards.
The BBC soap picked up a total of five gongs, with Steve McFadden being crowned Best Actor for his role as Phil Mitchell, and Lacey Turner awarded Best Actress for her portrayal of Stacey Branning.
EastEnders stars Tameka Empson and Jacqueline Jossa also scooped gongs for Funniest Female and Sexiest Female respectively, while Best Exit went to Barbara Windsor for Peggy’s tearjerker death.
Editor of Inside Soap Steven Murphy said: “It’s been a dramatic year in soapland with some stand-out plots and amazing performances, so the competition was tougher than ever. However, if anyone can make the right decision, it’s the readers of Inside Soap magazine – Britain’s original and best TV soap weekly.”
Reflecting on his joint win, Emmerdale star Danny Miller said: “It’s amazing to have won. It’s overwhelming to have been voted amongst soap icons, especially with the strong stories on all the soaps this year. I think it’s more a credit to Ryan, if I’m honest, because he’s come in with such a strong character.”
While Ryan Hawley added: “It’s great to have won, especially as it’s voted for by the readers of Inside Soap magazine, who are true soap fans. It’s a huge honour.”
Speaking about her award for Peggy’s demise, Barbara Windsor said: “I was nervous [about saying goodbye to Peggy], of course I was. But Peggy’s exit was wonderful – I really couldn’t have asked for more. The writers spoilt me, they really did!”
Young actor Amelia Flanagan (April Windsor) said of her own award: ‘It has been amazing to win three times in a row – I feel very lucky.’
Picking up another newcomer prize, Shayne Ward (Aidan Connor) shared: ‘I’ve been blessed to have such great storylines in the first year that I’ve been here. This just rounds it off. It’s been a great year and this is the cherry on top!’
Here they are – the winners of the Inside Soap Awards 2016, sponsored by Dream Bingo.
Did your favourites win?
Steve McFadden (Phil Mitchell, EastEnders)
Lacey Turner (Stacey Fowler, EastEnders)
Best Bad Girl
Persephone Swales-Dawson (Nico Bradley,Hollyoaks)
Best Bad Boy
Connor McIntyre (Pat Phelan, Coronation Street)
Tameka Empson (Kim Fox Hubbard,EastEnders)
Joe Duttine (Tim Metcalfe, Coronation Street)
Shayne Ward (Aidan Connor, Coronation Street)
Best Young Actor
Amelia Flanagan (April Windsor,Emmerdale)
Charlie Clapham (Freddie Roscoe,Hollyoaks)
Jacqueline Jossa (Lauren Branning,EastEnders)
Ryan Hawley & Danny Miller (Robert Sugden & Aaron Dingle, Emmerdale)
The live episode (Coronation Street)
Best Shock Twist
Val dies in the hall of mirrors! (Emmerdale)
Barbara Windsor (Peggy Mitchell,EastEnders)
Best Drama Star
Derek Thompson (Charlie Fairhead,Casualty)
Best Drama Storyline
Arthur’s death (Holby City)
Best Daytime Star
Alan Fletcher (Karl Kennedy, Neighbours)
Best Daytime Soap