Hollyoaks star Kieron Richardson beats Corrie’s Kym Marsh to win Radio Times Soap Champion

More than a million votes were cast in the competition, which saw Richardson and Marsh locked in a fierce final battle

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Hollyoaks star Kieran Richardson has beaten off stiff competition from soap icons like Home and Away’s Alf Stewart and EastEnders’ Danny Dyer to claim Radio Times’ Soap Champion title.

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More than a million votes were cast throughout the tournament, with over 500,000 of them coming from Richardson’s nail-biting final head-to-head with Coronation Street’s Kym Marsh.

There was high drama in the final, with Kym fans rallying and staging a strong comeback. However, despite their valiant efforts, they never quite made up the ground Richardson gained in the early stages.

Fervent fans (and many of Richardson’s co-stars) campaigned to get Kieron through the early stages of the competition, and many stayed up all night to ensure Hollyoaks’ Ste was crowned their Soap Champion. As you would expect, he couldn’t be more thankful for their dedication.

“It was a real honour to be in the running for Radio Times’ Soap Champion” Richardson told RadioTimes.com “and I’m so grateful to all our brilliant Hollyoaks fans for voting me as the winner.”

“Radio Times is such an iconic magazine and for Hollyoaks to come out on top is fantastic, thank you to everyone.”

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Richardson will now go on to face other category winners – like The Great British Bake Off’s James Morton who fans crowned Food Champion – in the Radio Times TV Champion face-off in August.