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The British Soap Awards: EastEnders Takes Home EIGHT Awards Whilst Anne Kirkbride Is Honoured By Corrie Cast Mates

Walford met Weatherfield last night, as all our favourite soap stars trotted off to Manchester in their very finest garb for this year’s British Soap Awards.

Sadly for us, there were no murders on the red carpet or cars crashing onto the stage, and Norris DIDN’T storm the stage and confess to Sonia that he was her real dad. Apparently soap stars are quite nice, normal, well-rounded types – so if you wanted any drama you’re best to just continue Sky Plus-ing your omnibuses.

The big winners last night were, unsurprising, the cast and crew of EastEnders – who went home with a staggering EIGHT prizes, including Best Soap, Actor, Actress, Storyline and Single Episode.

Sometimes killing off a member of the Beale clan ain’t such a bad thing after all?

The other big news of the night was the Outstanding Achievement Award, which was won by the late Anne Kirkbride – who had played much-loved Dierdre Barlow on Coronation Street.

William Roache and Beverley Callard – AKA Ken Barlow and Liz McDonald – paid tribute to their pal in an emotional acceptance speech.

William said: ‘Anne Kirkbride was a wonderful, natural, instinctive actress who devoted her life to Coronation Street, becoming as much a part of the street as the cobbles themselves. Annie could make you laugh and make you cry in equal measure, though she would prefer to make you laugh. It has been an honour, privilege and a joy to work closely with her over the years.’

Beverley – who became best mates with the actress during her time on the soap, added: “We clicked from the moment we first met. Annie was truly beautiful, inside and out. She was also totally bonkers, which made us love her even more… She shunned celebrity and said if she hadn’t been an actress she would have turned to her second love, cleaning”

Aww :(

Kellie Bright, who plays Princess Diana enthusiast Linda Carter on Albert Square, collected two awards – for Best Actress and Best Drama performance – after making the nation cry into their cups of tea over the Dean Wicks rape storyline.

Another EastEnder who also did pretty well was Adam Woodyatt -AKA the ICONIC Ian Beale – who picked up two gongs for Best Actor and Best On-screen Partnership (with Laurie Brett, who plays Ian’s wife Jane).

The beloved ginger whinger of Walford thanked the cast and crew that put so much effort into the 30th Anniversary episodes earlier this year, saying: “Live week was ridiculous. It was a massive crew effort and there were 300 plus cast and crew involved.”

Want to know ALL the winners? Well, if you’re a fan of lists, then you’ll LOVE the below – here’s all the soapy award-winners from last night:

  • Best Soap – EastEnders
  • Best Actor – Eastenders – Adam Woodyatt (Ian Beale)
  • Best Actress – EastEnders – Kellie Bright (Linda Carter)
  • Villian of the Year – Hollyoaks Jeremy Sheffield (Patrick Blake)
  • Best Comedy Performance – Coronation Street – Sally Dynevor
  • Best Newcomer – Doctors – Jessica Regan (Niamh Donoghue)
  • Best Storyline – EastEnders – Who Killed Lucy?
  • Best Single Episode – EastEnders – The Live Episode
  • Best Drama Performance – EastEnders – Kellie Bright (Linda Carter)
  • Best On-Screen Partnership – EastEnders – Laurie Brett (Jane Beale) and Adam Woodyatt (Ian Beale)
  • Best Young Performance – Emmerdale – Amelia Flanagan (April Windsor)
  • Scene of the Year – Emmerdale – Donna’s Goodbye
  • Outstanding Achievement Award – Anne Kirkbride
  • Outstanding Achievement (Off Screen) – EastEnders writer Rob Gittins

You can watch all your soap-land faves strut their stuff, as ITV broadcast The British Soap Awards at 8pm this Thursday!

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