The British Soap Awards, the annual celebration of all the illness, infidelity and incidents in British Soaps were celebrated in style last night with Eastenders beating off Corrie, Hollyoaks and Emmerdale to Best Soap as voted by the viewers. However a number of other accolades were collected. Here's who won:
Viewer Voted Categories:
Sexiest Male: Despite his pleas, Scott Maslen (Jack Branning) won the slightly embarrasing Sexiest Male award beating off stiff competition from Corrie's Keith Duffy (Ciaran McCarthy) and Chris Fountain (Tommy Duckworth) and Emmerdale's Danny Miller (Aaron Livesy).
Sexiest Female: Meanwhile, Michelle Keegan (Tina McIntyre) came out on top on its female counterpart award with fellow Corrie star Alison King (Carla Connor), Eastenders' Rita Simons (Roxy Mitchell) and Hollyoaks' Jennifer Metcalfe (Mercedes Mc Queen) missing out on the award.
Villain Of The Year: We're not quite sure if it's a compliment to be called the Villain of the Year but regardless, it was Emmett Scanlan who picked up the award for playing evil Brendan Brady despite tough opposition from Corrie's Kate Ford (Tracy Barlow), Eastenders actor Don Gilet (Lucas Johnson) and nasty Janine Butcher Aka Charlie Brooks.
Best Actor: Arguably the biggest compliment is the Actor and Actress award and so after being controversially snubbed at last year's awards, Danny Miller picked up the gong this year for his portrayal of Emmerdale's Aaron Livesy. Also nominated were Chris Gascoyne (Peter Barlow) of Corrie, Shane Richie (Alfie Moon) of Eastenders and Best Villain Emmett Scanlan from Hollyoaks.
Best Actress: This was probably the closest fought category with Jessie Wallace (Kat Moon) of Eastenders eventually beating off the stiff opposition of Emmerdale's Jane Cox (Lisa Dingle) for her rape storyline, Hollyoaks' Claire Cooper (Jacqui McQueen) for her suspected rape story and Corrie's Jane Danson (Leanne Barlow) for her performance during the Tram Crash and Live Episode in paticular.
Best Comedy Performance: Surprisingly, it wasn't our personal preference Tameka Empson (Kim Fox) from Eastenders who won this award but deservedly all the same, Corrie's Mad Mary, actress Patti Clare picked up the award for Comedy Performance beating the aforementioned.
Best Dramatic Performance: She may not have won Best Actress but Corrie's Jane Danson didn't go away empty-handed after winning an award for her portrayal of Leanne during the Tram Crash week in December. Also nominated were Eastenders' Lindsay Coulson (Carol Jackson), Emmerdale's Danny Miller (Aaron Livesy) and Hollyoaks' Claire Cooper (Jacqui Mc Queen).
Best Young Performance: Corrie's Alex Bain (Simon Barlow) won this award against Emmerdale's Eden Taylor Draper (Belle Dingle), Hollyoaks' Ellis Hollins (Tom Cunningham) and Eastenders' Maisie Smith.
Best Exit: This was awarded to Bill Tarmey (Jack Duckworth) from Corrie with Lacey Turner (Stacey Slater), Andy Devine (Shadrach Dingle) and Carley Stenson coming close behind him.
Best On-Screen Partnership: Alfie and Kat Moon, rather actors Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace were the lucky duo who won the award against Corrie's Katherine Kelly and Simon Gregson (Becky and Steve Mc Donald), Emmerdale's Emma Atkins and Jeff Hordley (Charity Tate and Cain Dingle) and Hollyoaks' Keiron Richardson and Emmett Scanlan (Ste Hay and Brendan Brady).
Best Storyline: Most surprising win of the night surely had to go to Corrie's Kevin and Sally's Divorce which shockingly beat Eastenders' Baby Swap Storyline, Karen's Abortion in Doctors and Holly's Drug Addiction in Emmerdale.
Best Newcomer: Hollyoaks' Emmett Scanlan won this award for newbie Brendan Brady. Other nominations were Paula Lane (Kylie Turner) for Corrie, Pauline Quirke (Hazel Rhodes) for Emmerdale and Ricky Norwood (Arthur ''Fatboy'' Chubb) for Eastenders.
Spectacular Scene Of The Year: Deservedly Corrie's fantastic Tram Crash won the award with little opposition from Eastenders' Queen Vic Fire, Hollyoaks Lift Shaft Incident and Emmerdale's Train Crash.
Best Single Episode: This was yet again picked up by Corrie for the Live Episode which aired during the week of the Tram Crash. Others nominated were Billie's Death in Eastenders, August 23rd - Karen's Abortion in Doctors and The Betrayed - Chas' Revenge in Emmerdale.
Special Achievement Award: This was posthumously recieved by Gavin Blyth, producer of Emmerdale who tragically died of cancer late last year.
Lifetime Achievement Award: Bill Tarmey, Jack Duckworth in Coronation Street recieved the award for his long stint on the soap which came to an end late last year when Bill left the show and Jack was killed off.
Coronation Street: 9 awards
Eastenders: 4 awards
Emmerdale: 2 awards
Hollyoaks: 2 awards
Doctors: No awards
Do you agree with the winners? Who didn't win but should have and who didn't deserve to win but did? You can watch The British Soap Awards on Wednesday, May 18 on ITV1.