Eastenders had a disaster at the British Soap Awards after the BBC soap failed to win a single public voted-for award.
Emmerdale and Coronation Street dominated the awards with six and four awards each, while ‘Enders could only manage a give-away award for a scriptwriter and none of the publicly voted for gongs.
Hollyoaks took home three awards and Doctors managed one award for former Corrie star Lucy-Jo Hudson at the awards ceremony held tonight in Manchester.
Kym Marsh scooped the best dramatic performance award for her emotional portrayal of Michelle Connor as she lost her baby son Ruairi at 23 weeks into her pregnancy.
An emotional Kym dedicated the award to her own late son Archie and said: “Thank you so much, this means so much to me.
“It was perhaps the most difficult thing I’ve ever had to do in my career. It took us back to places that we never really wanted to go to again but we did because we wanted to tell the story.
She added: “As we are sitting here enjoying ourselves someone is losing their baby. i’m so proud of the show for telling the story in its entirety, reaching out to people and breaking the silence and the taboo.
She added: “To my partner Matthew, thank you for putting up with my moods. My wonderful children, David, Emily and Polly you’re the reason I smile everyday. I’d like to dedicate this to my son Archie.”
Emmerdale’s John Middleton dominated the awards with his performance as Ashley Thomas as he suffered from vascular dementia scooped the awards for best male dramatic performance for a male actor, and the best single episode for the ground-breaking episode showing the reality of Ashley’s dementia.
Soap Awards Full Winners List
Best Soap - Emmerdale
Best Actor - John Middleton, Emmerdale
Best Actress - Charlotte Bellamy, Emmerdale
Best Female Dramatic Performance - Kym Marsh, Coronation Street
Best Male Dramatic Performance - John Middleton, Emmerdale
Best Single Episode - Ashley's Point of View, Emmerdale
Outstanding Achievement - Nick Pickard, Hollyoaks
Best Storyline - Ashley's Dementia, Emmerdale
Best Newcomer - Rob Mallard, Coronation Street
Best Villain - Lucy-Jo Hudson, Doctors
Scene of the Year - Hollyoaks: Jade says goodbye to Alfie
Best Young Performance - Elle Mulvaney, Coronation Street
Best On-Screen Performance - Richard Linnell and Kassius Nelson, Hollyoaks
Best Comedy Performance - Dolly-Rose Campbell, Coronation Street
Ashley's dementia also won the award for best storyline, while Charlotte Bellamy won the prize for best actress for her role as Ashley's wife Laurel, and John Middleton took home the best actor gong too.
Emmerdale was named best soap after a bumper year in both ratings and critical success.
Coronation Street's Rob Mallard - who plays Daniel Osbourne in the ITV soap - won the best newcomer award and thanked boyfriend Daniel Brocklebank from the stage.
He said: "I want to thank the Barlows, the whole cast but especially the Barlowa as you've made a space for me.
He added: "Even though this is fantastic, Dan you're the best thing I've ever taken home.
His on-screen niece, actress Elle Mulvaney took home the award for best young performance for her role as Amy Barlow in the show.
She said: "I didn't think I was going to win, thanks to storyliners and writers, friends for looking after me and putting up with me. the cast and crew and everyone, thank you so much."
Meanwhile, snubbed by voters, EastEnders took home only one award, the Tony Warren Award to scriptwriter of 30 years Gillian Richmond.
Hollyoaks took home the best partnership and scene of the year for actors Richard Linnell and Kassius Nelson.
Actor Nick Pickard won the outstanding achievement for his role as Hollyoaks' original Tony Hutchinson.
The British Soap Awards 2017 airs on Tuesday night at 8pm on ITV