Danny Miller has been named Best Actor at the British Soap Awards 2011, held in Manchester last night. The star beat off competition from Chris Gascoyne (Peter Barlow, Coronation Street), Shane Richie (Alfie Moon, EastEnders) and Emmett J. Scanlan (Brendan Brady, Hollyoaks).
His win was just one of two awards for Emmerdale, with the late Gavin Blyth being awarded the Special Recognition prize. Danny gave a tearful tribute to Gavin before presenting the award to his widow, Suzy Blyth. After a standing ovation from the audience in honour of the late producer, Mrs Blyth said: “I told Gavin we’d get some bloody awards this year – he just wouldn’t wait, as usual. I am so incredibly proud of my husband. He’s left an amazing legacy.”
Pauline Quirke missed out to Emmett J. Scanlan in the Best Newcomer category, with Emmett also being crowned Villain of the Year. Danny was beaten to the Best Dramatic Performance award by Coronation Street’s Jane Danson (Leanne Barlow).
Coronation Street may have been the big winners of the night with 9 gongs, but it was EastEnders who took away the prestigious Best Soap award for the fourth year in a row, along with a further three prizes. Doctors failed to win a single title.
Check out more pictures of Danny and Pauline below…
Full list of winners here.
VIDEO: Danny Miller is interviewed by Digital Spy on the red carpet:
Tune into the show on Wednesday 18th May 2011, 8pm, ITV1.