Emmerdale found some much-deserved success at the British Soap Awards last night, picking up three gongs at the London ceremony.
Danny Miller proved a worthy winner in the Best Actor category for the second year running, fending off stiff competition from the same three contenders as last year (Chris Gascoyne, Coronation Street; Shane Richie, EastEnders; Emmett J Scanlan, Hollyoaks).
Jackson’s controversial assisted suicide storyline also proved popular, picking up Best Storyline ahead of Carla’s Rape in Coronation Street, Lauren’s Murder in Doctors and Tanya’s Cancer storyline in EastEnders.
Emmerdale‘s final award of the evening came in the form of Spectacular Scene of the Year for John and Moira Barton’s car accident. It triumphed over Carla’s car crash in Coronation Street, EastEnders’ B&B Fire and the critically acclaimed murder of Rae Wilson in Hollyoaks.
Other winners included Scott Maslen (EastEnders) and Michelle Keegan (Coronation Street), who both retain their Sexiest Male and Female awards respectively. Corrie’s Andrew Lancel was named Villain of the Year ahead of Hollyoaks‘ Jeff Rawle, whilst Alison King (Coronation Street) was awarded the Best Actress gong.
EastEnders were victorious in several categories, including Best Dramatic Performance for Jo Joyner and Best Young Performance for Lorna Fitzgerald. For the fifth year running, the southern-based show was named Best British Soap by viewers.
In total, both EastEnders and Coronation Street took home seven trophies apiece, whilst Doctors and Hollyoaks left completely empty handed – undeservedly so, I hasten to add!
A full list of winners is now available here.
The British Soap Awards 2012 air on Wednesday 2nd May, 8pm, ITV1.