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Coronation Street triumphs at Inside Soap Awards




Coronation Street has dominated the Inside Soap Awards with a total of seven wins, including the top prize of best soap.

David Neilson, who plays Roy Cropper in the ITV show, was named best actor, and Sally Carman, who plays Abi Franklin, was named best actress.

The show was also nominated for best storyline for its hate crime plot involving characters Seb and Nina.

“It’s the kind of intimate storey – taking us close to an all-too-real tragedy – that packs a punch,” said Gary Gillatt, editor of Inside Soap.

The storey depicted Seb and Nina being attacked because of Nina’s alternate identity, as well as the ramifications for their family and community.

The judges praised the show for tackling difficult topics and collaborating closely with the Sophie Lancaster Foundation on the storyline.

Sally Carman won best actress for playing Abi Franklin

Jude Riordan, who plays Sam Blakeman, was named best newcomer, and Dame Maureen Lipman received the award for funniest performance.

She stated: “It’s fantastic to be funny in this day and age – and I’m just as happy as if I were 19.

“It’s really, really nice to come in at 75 and be named best newcomer in 2019 and now the funniest person in soap – it’s really, really nice.”

In addition to being named best actor, Neilson was nominated for best partnership for his on-screen interactions with Mollie Gallagher, played by Nina Lucas.

He stated: “It’s wonderful for me and Mollie that quirky characters like Roy and Nina are popular with viewers.

“They may be perceived as eccentric, but they are valued and loved, which is wonderful.”

EastEnders won best feel-good moment for Ben and Callum’s wedding

In other news, ITV rival Emmerdale won best villain for Paige Sandhu’s portrayal of serial killer nurse Meena Jutla on Monday night’s event.

For the second year in a row, the Dingles posse from the soap won the award for best family.

EastEnders also took home the award for best feel-good moment for Ben and Callum’s wedding.

Winners in full:

  • Best soap: Coronation Street
  • Best actress: Sally Carman – Abi Franklin, Coronation Street
  • Best actor: David Neilson – Roy Cropper, Coronation Street
  • Best newcomer: Jude Riordan – Sam Blakeman, Coronation Street
  • Best villain: Paige Sandhu – Meena Jutla, Emmerdale
  • Funniest performance: Maureen Lipman – Evelyn Plummer, Coronation Street
  • Best partnership: Mollie Gallagher and David Neilson – Nina Lucas and Roy Cropper, Coronation Street
  • Best family: The Dingles – Emmerdale
  • Best storyline: Nina and Seb’s hate crime horror – Coronation Street
  • Feel-good moment: Ben and Callum’s wedding -EastEnders
  • Best drama star: Rosie Marcel – Jac Naylor, Holby City
  • Best daytime star: April Rose Pengilly – Chloe Brennan, Neighbours
  • Best daytime soap: Neighbours
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