British Soap Awards 2014

Coronation Street brought home a phenomenal nine awards, including Best Actress and Best Actor for Julie Hesmondhalgh and David Neilson in the British Soap Awards.

Julie and David continued their winning streak by receiving the Best On-Screen Partnership Award, for their portrayal of Roy and Hayley, with David also collecting the award for Best Dramatic Performance.

Hayley's death won the accolade for Best Single Episode, whist Best Storyline went to the Hayley's cancer storyline.

Simon Gregson collected The Best Comedy Performance prize for his stand-out portrayal of Steve McDonald.

For the sixth year running, the brilliant Michelle Keegan won the Sexiest Female Award.

And, the Outstanding Achievement was presented to Helen Worth for her amazing performance of Gail McIntyre for 40 years.

A huge thank-you must go out to everyone that took the time to vote in the awards this year, we really appreciate it!

Don't forget to tune in at 8.15pm on Sunday night to watch the Awards on ITV.

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New cast photo

The cast of Coronation Street have posed for their first official photograph at the show’s new home.

From the newest to the longest serving member of cast, children and pets, everyone gathered on the cobbles of the set at MediaCityUK in March for the new line-up.

Now the photograph has been released hot on the heels of the show being awarded a prestigious BAFTA on Sunday night.

And to top off an already fantastic week the new building was yesterday officially dedicated to Coronation Street creator Tony Warren.

Hundreds of cast and crew gathered as ITV CEO Adam Crozier and Coronation Street Executive Producer Kieran Roberts were joined by Tony to unveil a sign naming the new studio ‘The Tony Warren Building’.

A five foot cake model of the street was cut by Barbara Knox whilst William Roache raised a toast to Tony and the programme.

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Meet the Nazirs

The family of gym owner Kal Nazir is now complete following the casting of his mother and teenage son.

Kal, played by Jimi Mistry, has already been joined on screen by his father Sharif - actor Marc Anwar and Sair Khan was cast last month as wayward daughter Alya.

Now the Nazirs will be joined by Shelley King as Kal’s mum Yasmeen and ‘Shameless’ actor Qasim Akhtar as teenage son Zeedan.

Alya will be seen on screen next month closely followed by Yasmeen and then Zeedan later in the summer.

Single dad Kal will have his hands full juggling the demands of his extended family who are set to cause him problems as he tries to start a relationship with Leanne.

Shelley King is an Indian born actress who is known for her roles in West End Musical Bombay Dreams, TV series Tandoori Nights and Angels and various theatre productions including work with the National Theatre, Tara Arts and Kali Theatre company.

Qasim Akhtar is best known for his portrayal of Chesney Karib in the Channel 4 series Shameless.

Goodbye Georgia

Georgia May Foote who plays Katy is set to leave the cobbles at the end of the year.

Producer Stuart Blackburn said: “Georgia is a talented actress who has been a great asset to the show. The decision to write out the character of Katy Armstrong is based on storyline discussions and will be one of the consequences of the current drama involving the Windass/Armstrong clan.

“Katy will not be killed off and the door will be left open for a possible return. We wish Georgia every success with her future career.”

Jim's back

We're excited to announce that Charlie Lawson will be returning to the show as the formidable Jim McDonald, so he is...

Full storyline details are top secret, but we can exclusively reveal that Jim will still be serving time for armed robbery and that we're set to see more of his life behind bars.

How Jim's return will affect son Steve and ex-wife Liz is still under wraps, but it's safe to say that whenever Jim's around things tend to get a lot more complicated for the McDonalds.

Charlie will begin filming in June and will return to screens later this year.

Here comes Alya!

Coronation Street fans are in for a treat this summer with the arrival of Khalid Nazir’s wayward daughter Alya.

Leeds born actress Sair Khan, 26, has landed the role of University graduate Alya, who is set to make life difficult for dad Kal, played by Jimi Mistry.

Sair was one of dozens of actresses seen for the part and in the coming weeks she will be joined by an on-screen brother and grandmother yet to be cast.

I'm absolutely thrilled to be joining the cast of Coronation Street. As a northerner I've grown up watching the show and so can't quite believe that I'll soon be walking on the famous cobbles.

– Sair Khan