Awards thrill for cast of `Corrie'

Everyone at Coronation Street is "thrilled to bits" after the programme swept the board at the British Soap Awards, a spokeswoman said yesterday.

Everyone at Coronation Street is "thrilled to bits" after the programme swept the board at the British Soap Awards, a spokeswoman said yesterday.

Jubilant Corrie stars picked up seven awards last night including the coveted Best Soap.

EastEnders managed just one, Best Dramatic Performance, for Lacey Turner who plays Albert Square bad girl Stacey Slater.

To add insult to injury, the beleaguered BBC1 soap was beaten in the awards stakes by Hollyoaks, Emmerdale and daytime drama Doctors.

Hollyoaks bagged three prizes, while Emmerdale and Doctors took home two apiece.

In addition to Best Soap, Coronation Street scooped Best Actress for Kate Ford who plays superbitch Tracy Barlow and Best Actor for Antony Cotton, aka camp knicker factory worker Sean Tully.

It also won Sexiest Male for Rob James-Collier (factory boss Liam Connor), Best Newcomer for Kym Ryder (barmaid Michelle Connor), Best Exit for Bill Ward (Charlie Stubbs) and Best Storyline for the explosive plot which saw Tracy take murderous revenge on cheating Charlie.

Former EastEnders actress Wendy Richard picked up the Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented by her on-screen son Todd Carty.

The ceremony, hosted by This Morning presenters Fern Britton and Phillip Schofield, will be broadcast tomorrow (Wednesday) at 8pm on ITV1.

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