Emmerdale has won Best Soap at the Inside Soap Awards for the second year running.
The Dales-set drama has had a barnstorming year, having already been named Best Soap at the Broadcast Awards, the Royal Television Society Awards and the TV Choice Awards.
On top of the win for Best Soap, Emmerdale also took home Best Shock Twist (for Val’s death in the mirror maze), Best Young Actor (Amelia Flanagan) and Best Partnership (Ryan Hawley and Danny Miller).
Speaking tonight, actor Ryan Hawley, who plays Robert Sugden, said: “It’s great to have won, especially as it’s voted for by the readers of Inside Soap magazine, who are true soap fans. It’s a huge honour.”
Danny Miller, who plays Hawley’s screen partner Aaron Dingle, added: “It’s amazing to have won. It’s overwhelming to have been voted amongst soap icons, especially with the strong stories on all the soaps this year. I think it’s more a credit to Ryan, if I’m honest, because he’s come in with such a strong character.”
Looking at the final tally of wins, Emmerdale ties with Coronation Street with four trophies each. However, it’s EastEnders that bags the most awards with a grand total of five, including Best Actor for Steve McFadden and Best Actress for Lacey Turner.
Dame Barbara Windsor was also honoured in the Best Exit category for Peggy Mitchell’s death back in May. Speaking about her final episodes, the actress said: “I was nervous about saying goodbye to Peggy, of course I was. But Peggy’s exit was wonderful – I really couldn’t have asked for more. The writers spoilt me, they really did!”
You can see a full list of the winners below:
Steve McFadden (Phil Mitchell, EastEnders)
Lacey Turner (Stacey Fowler, EastEnders)
Best Bad Girl
Persephone Swales-Dawson (Nico Bradley, Hollyoaks)
Best Bad Boy
Connor McIntyre (Pat Phelan, Coronation Street)
Tameka Empson (Kim Fox-Hubbard, EastEnders)
Joe Duttine (Tim Metcalfe, Coronation Street)
Shayne Ward (Aidan Connor, Coronation Street)
Best Young Actor
Amelia Flanagan (April Windsor, Emmerdale)
Charlie Clapham (Freddie Roscoe, Hollyoaks)
Jacqueline Jossa (Lauren Branning, EastEnders)
Ryan Hawley & Danny Miller (Robert Sugden & Aaron Dingle, Emmerdale)
The live episode (Coronation Street)
Best Shock Twist
Val dies in the hall of mirrors! (Emmerdale)
Barbara Windsor (Peggy Mitchell, EastEnders)
Best Drama Star
Derek Thompson (Charlie Fairhead, Casualty)
Best Drama Storyline
Arthur’s death (Holby City)
Best Daytime Star
Alan Fletcher (Karl Kennedy, Neighbours)
Best Daytime Soap