EastEnders wins five titles at the Inside Soap Awards


Jacqueline Jossa, Shona McGarty and Danielle Harold from EastEnders

EastEnders star Jessie Wallace has won the best actress title at this year's Inside Soap Awards in London.

The BBC programme picked up five gongs including best soap at the event.

Jessie Wallace returned last year after a five-year break but has had a difficult time on and off-screen.

The actress, who celebrated her 40th birthday at the weekend, called off her wedding last month and her character Kat Moon found out her son Tommy was alive after having a funeral for him.

She also had troubled relationship with husband Alfie, played by actor Shane Richie, as they struggled to cope with their relationship.

Ten-year-old Maisie Smith, who plays Tiffany Butcher in EastEnders, was voted best young actor, while Tameka Empson won funniest performance for her portrayal of beautician Kim Fox.

The Muslim marriage ceremony of Tamwar Masood and Afia Khan in Albert Square took home the best wedding prize.

Sexiest female

Elsewhere, Emmerdale's Danny Miller won two awards for the second year in a row, for playing Aaron Livesy.

He was voted best actor and best dramatic performance for the soap's assisted suicide storyline.

It saw the actor being asked to help end the life of Jackson Walsh, played by Marc Silcock, after he was left paralysed in an accident.

I genuinely don't think I'm going to win it, so when I do it's unbelievable. It's very flattering
Michelle Keegan

Coronation Street won the outstanding achievement award for the explosive tram crash and live episode which celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Corrie's Bill Tarmey, who left the soap after 31 years playing Jack Duckworth, was awarded best exit.

Hollyoaks' Emmett J Scanlan was presented with the best newcomer award for his portrayal of hardman Brendan Brady.

Coronation Street star Michelle Keegan revealed she had put up shelves at her home to fit all her awards on.

The 24-year-old actress won the sexiest female gong at the Inside Soap Awards for the third year in the row.

She also has a hat-trick in the same category from the British Soap Awards.

Keegan said: "I've actually got them on a shelf in my living room.

"That sounds quite bad. But my dad bought me some shelves for my birthday so I just put them on there.

"I genuinely don't think I'm going to win it, so when I do it's unbelievable. It's very flattering."

The full list of winners of the 2011 Inside Soap Awards is:

Best actor - Danny Miller (Aaron Livesy, Emmerdale)

Best actress - Jessie Wallace (Kat Moon, EastEnders)

Best young actor - Maisie Smith (Tiffany Butcher, EastEnders)

Best newcomer - Emmett J Scanlan (Brendan Brady, Hollyoaks)

Funniest performance - Tameka Empson (Kim Fox, EastEnders)

Sexiest male - Danny Mac (Dodger Savage, Hollyoaks)

Sexiest female - Michelle Keegan (Tina McIntyre, Coronation Street)

Best exit - Bill Tarmey (Jack Duckworth, Coronation Street)

Best wedding - Tamwar Masood and Afia Khan (EastEnders)

Best dramatic performance - Danny Miller (Aaron Livesy, Emmerdale)

Best daytime soap - Home and Away

Best daytime star - Ryan Moloney (Toadie Rebecchi, Neighbours)

Best drama - Waterloo Road

Outstanding achievement - Coronation Street tram crash and live episode

Best soap - EastEnders