EastEnders was the big soaps winner at this year's National Television Awards with an impressive total of three wins – including the prestigious Serial Drama accolade.


The ceremony for the 2023 NTAs took place tonight (Tuesday 5th September) at The O2 in London and saw many of TV's best loved stars take to the stage for an evening of celebration and recognition.

The soap's first win of the night came with the award for Serial Drama Performance, which was won by Danielle Harold. Other contenders in the category included Coronation Street's Charlotte Jordan, Emmerdale's Dominic Brunt and Coronation Street's Maureen Lipman.

Harold starred in EastEnders as long-running character Lola Pearce-Brown and devastated fans earlier this year with her emotional exit from the soap, which saw the young mother die after being diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour.

The second EastEnders win of the night was awarded to Bobby Brazier, who stars in the soap as Freddie Slater and took home the award for Rising Star.

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The actor has recently been involved in a heart-wrenching storyline around finding his father, which resulted in him removing rapist father Graham Foster (Alex McSweeney) from his life.

Brazier has also recently been confirmed as one of the celebrity contestants on this year's upcoming season of Strictly Come Dancing, having recently shared his experience of his first days of training with fans on Instagram.

Bobby Brazier at the National Television Awards 2023.
Bobby Brazier, winner of the Rising Star award, poses in the press room at the National Television Awards 2023. Alan Chapman/Dave Benett/Getty Images

The soap also took home one of the most sought-after awards of the night for Serial Drama.

The hotly-anticipated category included shortlisted soaps Hollyoaks, Coronation Street and Emmerdale, with EastEnders bagging the prize this year.

Much of the talk of the soap this year has understandably revolved around the upcoming Christmas special episodes which will involve Kathy Beale, Suki Panesar, Denise Fox, Linda Carter, Stacey Slater and Sharon Watts.

So far, 'the Six' storyline has kept fans guessing and theorising. Most recently, the trailer for Lacey Turner's Stacey Slater was released amid her ongoing terrifying storyline with stalker Theo Hawthorne (William Ellis).

While the identity of the body, which was teased in the Christmas flash-forward this past February, has yet to be revealed, fans have continued to speculate which if any of the six women could be responsible and, of course, which man has been killed.

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