Inside Soap Awards 2021: Coronation Street triumphs as show takes home SEVEN trophies

Coronation Street emerged triumphant from the Inside Soap Awards as the show was voted this year’s Best Soap.

The ITV series won a total of seven awards at the ceremony while its BBC rival EastEnders lagged behind with only one gong. 

Sally Carman won the award for Best Actress for her role as Abi Franklin in Coronation Street, describing the win as ‘phenomenal’

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Wow! Coronation Street emerged triumphant from the Inside Soap Awards as the show was voted this year’s Best Soap (pictured, Maureen Lipman)

The star, 40, said: ‘This is ace. I’m just so happy to be getting these storylines – and to be recognised for doing a good job is the best feeling.

‘The writing of the storyline was so beautiful, so it was an honour to be asked to deliver those words. The great thing about Corrie is that it feels like a different job one month to the next.

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‘One minute I’m filming in Kevin’s house, the next I’m in a film studio submerged in a sinkhole with a gun in my hand.

‘Then I’m doing a scene with Dame Maureen Lipman. It’s just phenomenal to be paid to do this – so awards are a bonus!’

Over the moon: Sally Carman won the award for Best Actress for her role as Abi Franklin in Coronation Street, describing the win as ‘phenomenal’

David Neilson, who plays Roy Cropper, took home the awards for both Best Actor and Best Partnership with Mollie Gallagher, taking on the role of Nina Lucas.

Speaking about his wins, he said: ‘It’s lovely for me and Mollie that idiosyncratic characters such as Roy and Nina appeal so much to viewers.

‘They can be seen as eccentric, but they are valued and loved – and that’s wonderful.’

Having a blast! David Neilson, who plays Roy Cropper, took home the awards for both Best Actor and Best Partnership with Mollie Gallagher, taking on the role of Nina Lucas

Dame Maureen Lipman said of her Funniest Performance win: ‘It’s wonderful to be funny in this day and age – and I’m as pleased as if I was 19.

‘To come in at 75 years old and be named Best Newcomer in 2019 and now the funniest person in soap – it’s really, really nice.

‘I think people wish they could say the sort of things Evelyn says, because most of us spend our lives holding our tongues!’ 

Emmerdale has proven to be the home of this year’s Best Villain, in the form of serial killer nurse Meena Jutla (played by Paige Sandhu).

Smooth criminal: Emmerdale has proven to be the home of this year’s Best Villain, in the form of serial killer nurse Meena Jutla (played by Paige Sandhu)

Meanwhile, Ever-popular Dingle clan claim the trophy for Best Family for the second year in a row.

Paige said: ‘I’m glad the audience approve of Meena’s villainousness, and she’s taken the crown. Playing a villain is so much fun, and Meena’s so unpredictable – I love it!

‘I don’t mind being called ‘Best Villain’ because, to be fair, Meena is awful!

‘Every time I open my new script, I’m like, ‘She does WHAT?’ The writing team always shock me with what they’ve got in store next.’

But it’s not all murder and mayhem. The happiest soap event of 2021 took place in Walford, as Ben and Callum’s wedding was named Feel Good Moment of the Year.

Max Bowden, who plays Ben Mitchell, said: ‘In a year that’s been so utterly atrocious for so many people, it’s nice to be accredited for something positive.

‘And the wedding episode was certainly one that we put so much into. That was the first cohort that Tony and I have been a part of, and it gave us a chance to really act again together. It was lovely.’ 

The Inside Soap Awards were announced in today’s issue of Inside Soap magazine, on sale from Tuesday. The traditional presentation ceremony will return in 2022.

Adorable: The happiest soap event of 2021 took place in Walford, as Ben (right) and Callum’s (left) wedding was named Feel Good Moment of the Year

INSIDE SOAP AWARDS 2021: THE WINNERS IN FULL

 BEST ACTRESS

SALLY CARMAN

Abi Webster, Coronation Street

BEST ACTOR

DAVID NEILSON

Roy Cropper, Coronation Street

BEST NEWCOMER

JUDE RIORDAN

Sam Blakeman, Coronation Street

BEST VILLAIN

PAIGE SANDHU

Meena Jutla, Emmerdale

FUNNIEST PERFORMANCE

MAUREEN LIPMAN

Evelyn Plummer, Coronation Street

BEST PARTNERSHIP

MOLLIE GALLAGHER & DAVID NEILSON

Nina Lucas & Roy Cropper, Coronation Street

 BEST FAMILY

THE DINGLES

Emmerdale

BEST STORYLINE

NINA & SEB’S HATE CRIME HORROR

Coronation Street

FEEL-GOOD MOMENT

BEN & CALLUM’S WEDDING

EastEnders

BEST DRAMA STAR

ROSIE MARCEL

Jac Naylor, Holby City

BEST DAYTIME STAR

APRIL ROSE PENGILLY

Chloe Brennan, Neighbours

BEST DAYTIME SOAP

NEIGHBOURS

BEST SOAP

CORONATION STREET

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