Coronation Street dominates the British Soap Awards

Alan Halsall, who plays Tyrone Dobbs on Coronation Street, won the Best Actor award.
Alan Halsall, who plays Tyrone Dobbs on Coronation Street, won the Best Actor award. Photo: Matt Crossick/Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

Coronation Street has dominated the British Soap Awards, scooping eight out of 16 awards including the coveted Best Soap.

EastEnders, which was named Best Soap at the Baftas earlier this month, took home just one award, a Lifetime Achievement award for Adam Woodyatt, who has played Ian Beale for 28 years.

ITV soap Corrie proved a hit with fans, taking home three out of five of the public-voted awards, with Alan Halsall winning Best Actor and Natalie Gumede, who played his character Tyrone Dobbs' abusive partner Kirsty Soames, being named Villain of the Year.

Corrie beauty Michelle Keegan was voted Sexiest Female for the fifth time in a row.

Hollyoaks did well with five awards, while Emmerdale won just two.

Natalie Gumede, Corrie's Kirsty Soames, arriving for the 2013 British Soap Awards.
Natalie Gumede, Corrie's Kirsty Soames, arriving for the 2013 British Soap Awards. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Coronation Street's Gumede was awarded Best Dramatic Performance, while Kirsty's Abuse of Tyrone also won Best Storyline.

Corrie's Nigel Havers took home Best Exit and Patti Clare won Best Comedy Performance for playing "Mad" Mary Taylor on the show.

Halsall attended the ceremony at Manchester's Media City with his wife Lucy-Jo Hudson, a former Corrie star who is expecting their first child - a baby girl.

We're just here to have a good time. The awards are great but we're just going to enjoy it and see some familiar faces.

I've loved being part of the storyline and I'm kind of sad it's over now. But everything has to come to an end.

– Alan Halsall, who plays Coronation Street's Tyrone Dobbs.

Kieron Richardson and Emmett J Scanlan, who play Hollyoaks lovers Ste Hay and Brendan Brady, were awarded Best On-Screen Partnership.

Scanlan, who has just quit the soap, said, "Thank you so much, what a great send-off. Kieron has been an incredible dancing partner for the last three years. I love you", while Richardson added, "I love you more!"

Gillian Taylforth - who played Ian Beale's mum Kathy Beale in EastEnders for 15 years - presented Woodyatt with his Lifetime Achievement Award.

Taylforth said: "I think Adam has done really well to mould the character of Ian over the years. He's not the theatrical villain or the comedy fall guy, so the writers know they can throw any storyline at him".

Adam Woodyatt, Eastenders' long suffering Ian Beale, won a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Adam Woodyatt, Eastenders' long suffering Ian Beale, won a Lifetime Achievement Award. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Woodyatt had tears in his eyes as he accepted the award, saying of Taylforth, "She's crying already!"

He went on: "I'm speechless. I should have guessed because normally you only get given one guest ticket - I got six! Normally you're not allowed to sit next to your partner, my wife's sat right next to me.

"The only other award I've ever won was for photography, and you know what I'm chuffed with that".