EastEnders takes top prize at the Inside Soap Awards with Danny Dyer also named Best Actor

The Carter clan prove popular at the annual prize-giving ceremony in London

EastEnders has emerged triumphant at this year’s Inside Soap Awards, taking home the top prize of Best Soap plus Best Actor for Danny Dyer (Mick Carter) and Sexiest Female for Jacqueline Jossa (Lauren Branning). The Carter clan, who were introduced over Christmas 2013 when took over at the Queen Vic pub, have also been named Best Family.

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Jacqueline Jossa, who recently announced that she was expecting a baby with boyfriend Dan Osborne, said today of her win: “It’s quite nice to have that kind of label considering I’m pregnant, it’s fabulous! I think this has been my favourite year at EastEnders. It’s been really, really fun. It’s been nice to be a part of it of it all – it’s a nice feeling. And there’s so much exciting stuff coming up!”

ITV rival Coronation Street didn’t go away empty handed, scooping Best Bad Boy for Marc Baylis (Rob Donovan), Best Bitch for Kate Ford (Tracy Barlow) and Funniest Male for Simon Gregson (Steve McDonald), the latter of whom commented: “It feels fantastic to have won! Making people laugh is my favourite pastime, so I feel very privileged to be recognized for it with this award. Thank you so much for voting for me. I’m glad you enjoy Silly Steve!”

Steven Murphy, the editor of Inside Soap, said of his list of winners: “There has never been a more closely fought battle in 18 years of the Inside Soap Awards. But we’re proud to announce who the Inside Soap readers have named their favourites, on a night where everyone leaves feeling like winner!”

See below for a full list of the 2014 winners:

BEST ACTOR

Danny Dyer (Mick Carter, EastEnders)

BEST ACTRESS

Nikki Sanderson (Maxine Minniver, Hollyoaks)

BEST BAD BOY

Marc Baylis (Rob Donovan, Corrie)

BEST BITCH

Kate Ford (Tracy Barlow, Corrie)

FUNNIEST MALE

Simon Gregson (Steve McDonald, Corrie)

FUNNIEST FEMALE

Laura Norton (Kerry Wyatt, Emmerdale)

BEST NEWCOMER

Michael Parr (Ross Barton, Emmerdale)

BEST YOUNG ACTOR

Amelia Flanagan (April Windsor, Emmerdale)

SEXIEST MALE

Danny Mac (Mark ‘Dodger’ Savage, Hollyoaks)

SEXIEST FEMALE

Jacqueline Jossa (Lauren Branning, EastEnders)

BEST FAMILY

The Carters (EastEnders)

BEST STORYLINE

Maxine & Patrick: domestic abuse (Hollyoaks)

BEST DAYTIME SOAP

Neighbours

BEST DAYTIME STAR

Lincoln Younes (Casey Braxton, Home and Away)

BEST DRAMA

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