Coronation Street cleans up at British Soap Awards

Alan Halsall and wife Lucy-Jo Hudson at the British Soap Awards Best actor winner Alan Halsall went to the ceremony with his wife and former co-star Lucy-Jo Hudson

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Coronation Street has won eight prizes at the British Soap Awards, compared with just one for its rival EastEnders.

The ITV show's awards included best soap, best storyline for Kirsty Soames' abuse of Tyrone Dobbs and best actor for Alan Halsall, who plays Tyrone.

Hollyoaks scooped five trophies, including best actress for Claire Cooper, who plays Jacqui McQueen.

Emmerdale won two and EastEnders' only honour was a lifetime achievement for Adam Woodyatt, for playing Ian Beale.

EastEnders went into the ceremony with 15 nominations, compared with 16 for Coronation Street.

Coronation Street won three of the five awards to be voted for by the public, including the top prize for best soap. The other winners were chosen by a panel.

Malcolm Hebden, who plays Norris Cole, accepted the best soap award surrounded by his co-stars. He said: "We're all thrilled and the public have voted for us so we must be doing our job properly.

Natalie Gumede Natalie Gumede won best dramatic performance and best villain

"Thank you the public. We love you."

Natalie Gumede, who plays Kirsty Soames in the ITV soap, picked up the prizes for best dramatic performance and best villain.

Patti Clare, better known as Mary Taylor, scooped best comedy performance, while Nigel Havers won best exit after his character Lewis Archer stole £40,000 and fled to Belize.

Emmerdale's live 40th anniversary episode was named best single episode and the show's 15-year-old actress Eden Taylor-Draper, who plays Belle Dingle, won best young performance.

Hollyoaks' trophies included spectacular scene of the year for its bus crash, best newcomer for Joseph Thompson, who plays Dr Paul Browning, and best on-screen partnership for Emmett J Scanlan and Kieron Richardson, known to fans as Brendan Brady and Ste Hay.

The absence of EastEnders from the competitive categories comes a year after the show won seven prizes at the same ceremony, including best soap.

This year's ceremony, filmed at MediaCityUK in Salford, will be broadcast on ITV at 20:00 BST (19:00 GMT) on Sunday.

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