British Soap Awards 2022: EastEnders legend Letitia Dean wins Outstanding Achievement prize

British Soap Awards 2022: EastEnders legend Letitia Dean wins Outstanding Achievement prize 2
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The British Soap Awards returned for another star-studded live ceremony for the first time in two years on Saturday, with host Phillip Schofield welcoming the great and good of the soap world to London’s Hackney Empire. 

And EastEnders legend Letitia Dean was the proud recipient of this year’s Outstanding Achievement award for her almost 40 year stint playing Sharon Watts.

The actress, 54, was presented with her gong by onscreen mother Anita Dobson, whoplayed Angie Watts, with Letitia exclaiming: ‘Hello mum!’ as she made her way onto the stage.  

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What an achievement! EastEnders legend Letitia Dean was the proud recipient of this year's Outstanding Achievement award for her almost 40 year stint playing Sharon Watts

What an achievement! EastEnders legend Letitia Dean was the proud recipient of this year’s Outstanding Achievement award for her almost 40 year stint playing Sharon Watts

Kicking off the wins were Hollyoaks, with Misbah Maalik’s historic rape scooping the coveted Best Storyline prize – the first award of the night.

Misbah actress Harvey Virdi took to the stage to accept the award, telling the cheering audience that it means ‘a lot to us’ as ‘a lot of the victims don’t get legal justice.’

Meanwhile, EastEnders stars Gillian Wright and Lacey Turner (Jean and Stacey Slater) fought off stiff competition to win best onscreen partnership.

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As they excitedly took to the stage, Gillian was quick to heap praise on her co-star and onscreen daughter, telling the audience: ‘I love working with this woman,’

Turning to Lacey, she sweetly added: ‘It’s an absolute privilege to work with you Lacey Turner and I never take it for granted.’

Meanwhile, Lacey said that watching Gillian portray bi-polar character Jean for 15 years was ‘mesmerising’, sweetly adding: ‘You make me a better actress, I love you very much!’

The British Soap Awards returned live to ITV for the first time in two years after the 2020 and 2021 ceremonies were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Congrats! Kicking off the British Soap Awards wins on Saturday were Hollyoaks, with Misbah Maalik's historic rape scooping the coveted Best Storyline prize - the first award of the night

Yes! Harvey and her onscreen daughter cheered as she scooped the prize

Congrats! Kicking off the British Soap Awards wins on Saturday were Hollyoaks, with Misbah Maalik’s historic rape scooping the coveted Best Storyline prize – the first award of the night

Comeback! The British Soap Awards returned for another star-studded live ceremony for the first time in two years on Saturday, with host Phillip Schofield welcoming the great and good of the soap world to London's Hackney Empire

Comeback! The British Soap Awards returned for another star-studded live ceremony for the first time in two years on Saturday, with host Phillip Schofield welcoming the great and good of the soap world to London’s Hackney Empire

And in 2022, the competition was fierce as the five biggest soaps – Coronation Street, Doctors, EastEnders, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks – battled it out to win recognition for their work over the past year.

The event kicked off with a humorous sketch with actor Shaun Williamson, aka EastEnders’ hapless Barry Evans, portraying a security guard as he gave a lowdown on the soap’s highlights.

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However, he soon found himself yelling in fear as his onscreen wife Janine Butcher – who famously killed Barry all those years ago – appeared on screen, causing Shaun to exclaim: ‘The b***h is back!’

This year, host Phillip Schofield, 60, welcomed a plethora of soap stars to London’s Hackney Empire, where they’ll battle it out to scoop prizes in 14 categories.

The awards are either voted for by a panel of expert judges or the public, with fans able to choose their favourites for Best British Soap, Best Leading Performer and Best Family categories.

Look who it is! The event kicked off with a humorous sketch with actor Shaun Williamson, aka EastEnders' hapless Barry Evans, portraying a security guard as he gave a lowdown on the soap's highlights

Look who it is! The event kicked off with a humorous sketch with actor Shaun Williamson, aka EastEnders’ hapless Barry Evans, portraying a security guard as he gave a lowdown on the soap’s highlights

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Terrifying: However, he soon found himself yelling in fear as his onscreen wife Janine Butcher - who famously killed Barry all those years ago - appeared on screen, causing Shaun to exclaim: 'The b***h is back!'

Killer cameo: Janine, aka Charlie Brooks, made a chilling appearance in the opening sketch

Terrifying: However, he soon found himself yelling in fear as his onscreen wife Janine Butcher – who famously killed Barry all those years ago – appeared on screen, causing Shaun to exclaim: ‘The b***h is back!’

Meanwhile, it was reported earlier this year that The British Soap Awards opted to axe the male and female categories.

Instead of Best Actor and Actress, stars from much-loved British soaps will battle it out for the newly-created new Best Leading Performer award. 

The move follows The Brits which scrapped gender classifications this year, with Adele beating Ed Sheeran to Artist of the Year. 

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He's back! This year, host Phillip Schofield, 60, welcomed a plethora of soap stars to London's Hackney Empire, where they'll battle it out to scoop prizes in 14 categories

He’s back! This year, host Phillip Schofield, 60, welcomed a plethora of soap stars to London’s Hackney Empire, where they’ll battle it out to scoop prizes in 14 categories

Past winners of the Best Actress award include Lucy Pargeter (who plays Chas Dingle in Emmerdale), Lucy Fallon (who plays Bethany Platt in Coronation Street) and Charlotte Bellamy (who plays Laurel Thomas in Emmerdale).

It follows the award for Sexiest Male and Female, voted by the public, being axed in 2015.

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British Soap Awards 2022: The Winners

British Soap

Coronation Street 

Doctors

EastEnders

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Emmerdale

Hollyoaks

Leading Performer 

Sally Carman (Abi Webster) – Coronation Street

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Gillian Wright (Jean Slater) – EastEnders

Linda Henry (Shirley Carter) – EastEnders

Paige Sandhu (Meena Jutla) – Emmerdale

Mark Charnock (Marlon Dingle) – Emmerdale

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 Family 

The Alahans – Coronation Street

The Carters – EastEnders

The Dingles – Emmerdale – WINNER

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The McQueens – Hollyoaks

Coronation Street: Sally Carman as Abi Webster

Coronation Street: Sally Carman as Abi Webster

Villain 

Maximus Evans (Corey Brent) – Coronation Street – WINNER

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Laura White (Dr Princess Buchanan) – Doctors

Toby-Alexander Smith (Gray Atkins) – EastEnders

Paige Sandhu (Meena Jutla) – Emmerdale

Rhiannon Clements (Summer Ranger) – Hollyoaks

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Coronation Street: Maximus Evans as Corey Brent

Coronation Street: Maximus Evans as Corey Brent

Comedy Performer

Jane Hazelgrove (Bernie Winter) – Coronation Street

Sarah Moyle (Valerie Pitman) – Doctors

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Tameka Empson (Kim Fox) – EastEnders

Lisa Riley (Mandy Dingle) – Emmerdale

Chelsee Healey (Goldie McQueen) – Hollyoaks

Newcomer 

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Paddy Bever (Max Turner) – Coronation Street

Ross McLaren (Luca McIntyre) – Doctors

Ross Boatman (Harvey Monroe) – EastEnders – WINNER

Darcy Grey (Marcus Dean) – Emmerdale

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Matthew James-Bailey (Ethan Williams) – Hollyoaks

Hollyoaks: Chelsee Healey as Goldie McQueen

Hollyoaks: Chelsee Healey as Goldie McQueen

 

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Best Storyline 

Coronation Street – Hate Crime

Doctors – Bear and his mother encounter racism at St Phil’s Hospital

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EastEnders – Jean’s Bipolar

Emmerdale – Meena Serial Killer

Hollyoaks – Misbah’s Historic Rape WINNER

Single Episode 

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Coronation Street – Flashback

Doctors – Three Consultations and a Funeral – WINNER

EastEnders – Jean in Southend

Emmerdale – Marlon’s stroke

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Hollyoaks – Out of Time

Emmerdale: Mark Charnock as Marlon Dingle

Emmerdale: Mark Charnock as Marlon Dingle 

Dramatic Performance 

Sally Carman (Abi Webster) – Coronation Street

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Dex Lee (Bear Sylvester) – Doctors

Gillian Wright (Jean Slater) – EastEnders

Mark Charnock (Marlon Dingle) – Emmerdale – WINNER

Harvey Virdi (Misbah Maalik) – Hollyoaks

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On-screen partnership  

David Neilson & Mollie Gallagher (Roy Cropper & Nina Lucas) – Coronation Street

Chris Walker & Jan Pearson (Rob Hollins & Karen Hollins) – Doctors

Lacey Turner & Gillian Wright (Stacey Slater and Jean Slater) – EastEnders – WINNER

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Isobel Steele & Bradley Johnson (Liv Flaherty & Vinny Dingle) – Emmerdale

Anna Passey & Kieron Richardson (Sienna Blake & Ste Hay) – Hollyoaks

EastEnders: Gillian Wright as Jean Slater

EastEnders: Gillian Wright as Jean Slater

Young performer 

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Millie Gibson (Kelly Neelan) – Coronation Street – WINNER

Sonny Kendall (Tommy Moon) – EastEnders

Amelia Flanagan (April Windsor) – Emmerdale

Jayden Fox (Bobby Costello) – Hollyoaks

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Scene of the year 

Coronation Street – Johnny’s Death

Doctors – Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

EastEnders – Hall of Mirrors

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Emmerdale – Bridge Collapse

Hollyoaks – Misbah Didn’t Consent     

 

The Outstanding Achievement Award went to EastEnders legend Letitia Dean for her portrayal of Sharon Watts

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 The Tony Warren Award went to Coronation Street scriptwriter Jan McVerry 

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