Emmerdale was the big winner at the British Soap Awards 2017.
The Yorkshire-set soap scooped a total of six awards at the ceremony, including the most coveted Best Soap gong, at a glittering event at The Lowry theatre in Salford.
Emmerdale‘s heart-wrenching story-line focused on Ashley Thomas’ dementia won Best Single Episode and Best Storyline, while the actor who played him, John Middleton, took double glory with both the Best Dramatic Performance and the Best Actor award, which was voted by the public. Middleton’s on-screen wife, Laurel, played by Charlotte Bellamy was awarded Best Actress.
Coronation Street also did well, with a huge win for Kym Marsh after her heart-breaking portrayal of Michelle Connor and the loss of her and Steve McDonald’s baby Ruari. She gave an emotional speech about her “biggest and best year” on Corrie, and dedicated her Female Best Dramatic Performance award to her baby son Archie, who she lost at just 23 weeks old.
The soap’s Dolly-Rose Campbell won Best Comedy Performance for her role as Gemma Winter; Best Young Performer went to Ellie Mulaney who plays Amy Barlow and Best Newcomer went to the show’s Rob Mallard. Both Ellie and Rob have been at the centre of the soap’s gripping who pushed Ken Barlow down the stairs whodunnit. Rob got one of the biggest cheers of the night when he singled out his fellow Corrie star boyfriend Daniel Brocklebank and said:
“While this is fantastic, Dan you’re the best thing I’ve ever taken home.”
There was also a poignant tribute to the victims of the Manchester terror attack at the event from show host and Oldham-lad Philip Schofield who said:
“As an Oldham lad it’s an honour to be hosting these awards in Manchester, a city whose spirit has inspired the world over the last two weeks.”
Hollyoaks claimed three awards, including Outstanding Achievement Award for Nick Pickard who has been in the soap for 21 years.
EastEnders won just one award on the night – the Outstanding Achievement Award for scriptwriter Gillian Richmond who has celebrated her 30th year with the show, while Doctors also claimed just one award – for former Coronation Street star Lucy-Jo Hudson who won the Best Villain gong for her portrayal of Rhiannon Davis.
Held at The Lowry Theatre in Salford, the ceremony had been due to air live on ITV for the first time this year.
But after the devastating Manchester Arena terror attack, the broadcaster switched the Britain’s Got Talent live final to Saturday night, while the Soap Awards will be aired on Tuesday evening.
Show host Philip Schofield paid tribute to his home city, saying: “As an Oldham lad it’s an honour to be hosting these awards in Manchester, a city whose spirit has inspired the world over the last two weeks.”
Hollyoaks star Nick Pickard was honoured for his 21 years on the show, and his former co-star, Stockport’s Will Mellor, headed on stage to present him with the Outstanding Achievement Award, hailing him “The Ken Barlow of Hollyoaks”.
The British Soap Awards will be screened on ITV1 on Tuesday, June 6, at 8pm.
You can see a full list of the winners below:
Best Single Episode (Presented by Ore Oduba & Joanne Clifton)
Emmerdale – Ashley’s Point of View
Best Male Dramatic Performance (Presented by John Thomson)
Emmerdale – John Middleton (Ashley Thomas)
Best Comedy Performance (Presented by Rebecca Front)
Coronation Street – Dolly-Rose Campbell (Gemma Winter)
Best Female Dramatic Performance (Presented by Martine McCutcheon)
Coronation Street – Kym Marsh (Michelle Connor)
Best On-Screen Partnership (Presented by Lee Latchford-Evans & Faye Tozer)
Hollyoaks – Richard Linnell and Kassius Nelson
Villain of the Year (Presented by Gray O’Brien)
Doctors – Lucy-Jo Hudson (Rhiannon Davis)
Best Young Performance (Presented by Honor Kneafsey)
Coronation Street – Elle Mulvaney (Amy Barlow)
Best Storyline (Presented by Charlene White)
Emmerdale – Ashley’s Dementia
Best Newcomer (Presented by Roman Kemp & Vick Hope)
Coronation Street – Rob Mallard (Dan Osbourne)
Scene of the Year (Presented by Stephen McGann & Laura Maine)
Hollyoaks – Jade says goodbye to Alfie
Best Actress (Presented by David Bradley)
Emmerdale – Charlotte Bellamy (Laurel Thomas)
Best Actor (Presented by Tamzin Outhwaite)
Emmerdale – John Middleton (Ashley Thomas)
Best Soap (Presented by Adrian Dunbar)
Outstanding Achievement Award (Presented by Will Mellor)
Hollyoaks – Nick Pickard