ITV’s Coronation Street scoops Best Soap gong at Inside Soap Awards 2021

Coronation Street has won a whopping seven awards at this year’s Inside Soap Awards, including being crowned Best Soap.

The hit ITV soap, which first hit screens in 1960, has had an array of exciting storylines over the last 12 months, with Inside Soap editor Gary Gillatt applauding Corrie’s hate crime attack on Seb and Nina storyline in particular.

He said: “The 36th annual Inside Soap Awards are dominated not so much by one soap as a single storyline: the hate crime attack on Coronation Street’s Seb and Nina, and the ripple effect it had on their families and community.

"It’s the kind of intimate story – taking us close to an all-too-real tragedy – that packs a punch, delivered by the most talented and popular actors working in Britain today.”

Along with bagging the Best Soap gong, Sally Carman, who plays Abi Webster, took home the Best Actress award.

Sharing her excitement of her win, Sally 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.

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"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.

“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!”

Meanwhile, David Neilson, also known as Corrie’s well-loved Roy Cropper, won Best Actor and Best Partnership alongside Mollie Gallagher.

He said of his accolades: “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.”

Other winners of the evening included Emmerdale’s Meena Jutla, who wascrowned Best Villain, while Neighbours won Best Daytime Soap.

TheInside Soap Awards were announced in today’s issue of Inside Soap magazine, on sale from today.

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