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

The Tony Warren Award
EastEnders – Gillian Richmond (scriptwriter)

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ITV have today proudly unveiled Victoria Street, the new extended exterior set of Coronation Street.

For years the area surrounding the terraced houses, Rovers Return, corner shop, cafe and newsagents has existed only in the viewers’ imagination, but from May fans will be able see what life is like beyond the cobbles of Britain’s most famous street.

Months of planning and building has resulted in a fantastic new retail area complete with shops, eateries, an urban garden, Weatherfield North tram stop and a police station.

A specially commissioned, mosaic covered, memorial bench will have pride of place in the urban garden in memory of Coronation Street superfan Martyn Hett, and all those who lost their lives in the Manchester Arena bomb in May 2017. Martyn’s family were the first people to see the new set last week during a private visit and are present at the unveiling today.

In a nod to the soap’s 57 year history the road on the new set is made from cobbles reclaimed from the old Quay Street site which was home to the residents of Coronation Street from 1982 to 2013

‘Wider Weatherfield’ will be seen on screen for the first time on Friday 20th April.

A continuation of the 1999 addition of Victoria Street, which is home to the kebab shop, Roys Rolls, Community Centre, Victoria Court and the builders yard, the new set took over three years to develop from original drawings to completion.

The entire area has been aged to look as though it has been there for as long as Coronation Street and Rosamund Street.

With the show now transmitting six episodes a week the new set gives more filming options on the Trafford Wharf Road site, reducing to some degree the need to go out on location.

Product placement deals mean that for the first time real retail outlets will be represented on the set in the shape of Costa Coffee and a Co-op.

Round the corner from the main area is a modern two storey police station which will eventually have a reception, cells, corridors and interview rooms. A Nuttalls brewery building houses a production construction workshop, utilising the large interior space.

Kate Oates, Series Producer, said: “The Victoria Street extension represents an exciting chapter in Corrie history: an amazing new stage, full of dramatic potential. Our amazingly talented design team have created everything from scratch – but it still manages to have the feeling of always having been there, just around the corner.”


Dua Lipa and Stormzy were the big winners at the 2018 BRIT Awards.

The ceremony was held at the O2 Arena and was hosted by comedian Jack Whitehall.

Nominees and guests at the ceremony in London are following the lead set at the Grammys by wearing white rose pins to show support for the movement launched in the wake of the entertainment industry’s sexual assault scandal.

The white rose move comes days after attendees at the Baftas swapped their usual colourful gowns for black dresses to acknowledge the initiative.

Prior to the awards it was announced that Ariana Grande had been forced to pull out of performing a tribute to the Manchester Arena attack victims during the awards after doctors advised her not to fly.

The show kicked off with a performance from US superstar Justin Timberlake, who performed Midnight Summer Jam and Say Something with Chris Stapleton from his latest album Man Of The Woods.

Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown and Aussie superstar Kylie Minogue were up frist to present the award for British Female Solo Artist, which went to Dua Lipa, who is the most nominated artist this year.

The second performance of the night came from homegrown talent Rag N Bone Man who teamed up with 2018 BRITs Critics Choice winner Jorja Smith for a breathtaking performance of his smash hit Skin.

Pop sensations Little Mix were on hand to present the award for British Male Solo Artist, which this year went to Stormzy.

Marcella star Anna Friel and Damian Lewis presented the award for International Group, which went to Foo Fighters.

The third performance of the night came from Dua Lipa, who performed her number 1 smash New Rules.

Global superstar Ed Sheeran then took to the stage for a heartwarming performance of Supermarket Flowers.

2017 BRIT hosts Dermot O’Leary and Emma Willis presented the award for British Single, which went to Rag N Bone Man’s Human, before footballer Harry Kane joined forces with Havana hitmaker Camila Cabello to present the award for International Male Solo Artist, which went to Kendrick Lamar.

Rock legends Foo Fighters then took the stage with a performance of The Sky Is A Neighbourhood

Radio 1 DJs Alice Levine and Clara Amfo presented the award for British Breakthrough Act, which went to Dua Lipa, before British singer Ellie Goulding and Adwoa Aboah presented the award for International Female Solo Arist, which went to Lorde.

Take That frontman Gary Barlow took to the stage for a heartfelt tribute to the victims of the 2017 Manchester Bombing, before Liam Gallagher took to the stage with the Oasis classic Live Forever.

Luke Evans and Hailee Baldwin presented the award for British Group, which went to Gorillaz, before global superstar Sam Smith took the stage to perform his number 1 smash Too Good At Goodbyes.

Sir Elton John then introduced the global success award which went to Ed Sheeran, who was presented his award by rock royalty Ronnie Wood.

Kendrick Lamar was joined by Rich The Kid for a smashing (literally) performance of New Freezer.

The Voice UK coaches Jennifer Hudson, Olly Murs and Sir Tom Jones then presented the award for British Artist Video Of The Year, which went to Harry Styles for his debut solo single Sign Of The Times.

British siren Rita Ora then took the stage for a medley of her recent hits Your Song, Anywhere and Fifty Shades Freed soundtrack hit For You, which saw her joined by Liam Payne.

The Mastercard British Album Of The Year was presented by Nile Rodgers and was won by Stormzy for his debut album Gang Signs & Prayers.

Stormzy then closed the show with a hit-filled performance, which included Blinded By Your Grace Pt 2 and Big For Your Boots