Street stars clean up at soap awards

Julie Hesmondhalgh and David Neilsen filming Coronation Street in Blackpool Credit: PA Images

Coronation Street stars David Neilson and Julie Hesmondhalgh have won six awards between them at the British Soap Awards.

The pair played husband and wife Roy and Hayley Cropper in the ITV series for 16 years until Hayley's screen death from pancreatic cancer in January.

The storyline saw the well-loved couple work through Hayley's bucket list, which included dancing at the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool, before she took her own life with Roy beside her as her illness reached its final stages.

Neilson and Hesmondhalgh were awarded Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Dramatic Performance (Neilson), Best On-Screen Partnership, Best Storyline for Hayley's cancer and Best Single Episode for Hayley's death.

Hesmondhalgh said of not working with Neilson any more: "It's like a marriage. We went out for a pint in Manchester the other week, it was lovely."I told him all the gossip, even though I'm not in it any more I know all the gossip and he doesn't.

"That kind of working relationship comes once in a lifetime."Neilson explained the toll the storyline had taken on him: "My personal life was a complete write off last year because I was living Roy's life."

Coronation Street's other wins included Outstanding Achievement for Helen Worth who has played Gail McIntyre for 40 years, Best Comedy Performance for Simon Gregson who plays Steve McDonald and Sexiest Female went to Michelle Keegan for the sixth year running.

The British Soap Awards airs on ITV today at 8.15pm.