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Coronation Street wins big at British Soap Awards as Connor McIntyre takes home villain award for Pat Phelan role

Connor McIntyre won the villain of the year award. Credit: PA

Coronation Street's Connor McIntyre picked up the villain of the year award at the British Soap Awards, the night after his character Pat Phelan finally met his grisly end.

The ITV soap's Lucy Fallon earned two prizes for best actress and best female dramatic performance after her role in the show's grooming storyline.

In total Corrie hauled in six prizes at the ceremony at the Hackney Empire in east London, including the coveted best soap award, as its decision to take on harrowing storylines was recognised.

Bethany Platt, Fallon's character, was groomed by the evil Nathan Curtis, who forced her and a number of other girls to have sex with his friends during a series of sordid episodes.

Fallon's on-screen uncle Jack P. Shepherd, whose character David Platt has been at the centre of a male rape storyline, won the best actor award.

Meanwhile McIntyre's Phelan has conducted a murderous reign of terror across Weatherfield before being halted by his nemesis Anna Windass (Debbie Rush) in Friday night's episode, as she plunged a knife into his chest.

Lucy Fallon earned two prizes for her portrayal of Bethany Platt. Credit: PA
Jack P. Shepherd's character David Platt has been at the centre of a male rape storyline. Credit: PA

Emmerdale - the big winner last year - picked up two awards including the one-off greatest moment in soap history prize for their 2016 scene, the Hotten by-pass crash.

Channel 4's Hollyoaks collected four prizes, including best male dramatic performance for Ross Adams category and the best storyline for Lily's self harm.

EastEnders Jake Wood, who plays Max Branning, had his sole win in the scene of the year category where the prize was split for the first time in British Soap Award history.

Rudolph Walker was handed the outstanding achievement award. Credit: PA

Wood was nominated alongside his on-screen daughters Lauren and Abi Branning for the EastEnders Christmas Day episode in which the two youngsters fell from the roof of the Queen Vic pub.

EastEnders shared the best scene prize with fellow BBC soap Doctors who had been nominated for their Bollywood proposal scene.

Taking to the stage, Wood sent a special message to his former co-star, Dame Barbara Windsor.

He said: "Can I send a big EastEnders' hug out to Barbara Windsor and her husband Scott. I speak for everyone here when I say we love you very much."

Dame Barbara and Scott recently revealed the 80-year-old Carry On star was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in April 2014.

Hollyoaks actress Lysette Anthony had '#MeToo' scrawled on her wrist. Credit: PA
Doctors actress Elisabeth Dermot Walsh sported a Time's Up badge. Credit: PA

Meanwhile EastEnders star Rudolph Walker, 78, who has portrayed Patrick Trueman since 2001, was handed the outstanding achievement award while the BBC soap's Lorraine Stanley, who plays Karen Taylor, won the best newcomer award.

Doctors actor Ian Midlane won the best comedy performance prize for his role of Dr Al Haskey.

Anti-sexual harassment movements Time's Up and Me Too - staples of award shows in 2018 - were referenced by Hollyoaks actress Lysette Anthony who had Me Too scrawled on her wrist while Doctors actress Elisabeth Dermot Walsh sported a Time's Up badge as she walked the red carpet.

Isobel Steele, who plays Liv Flaherty in Emmerdale. Credit: PA
Pregnant Helen Flanagan and fiancé Scott Sinclair on the red carpet. Credit: PA
Coronation Street's Georgia Taylor and Rob Mallard. Credit: PA
Jake Wood sent a special message to his former co-star, Dame Barbara Windsor. Credit: PA
Emmerdale's Isabel Hodgins. Credit: PA
Catherine Tyldesley and Tom Pitford. Credit: PA