EastEnders wins big at the Inside Soap Awards 2023

EastEnders has won big at the Inside Soap Awards 2023, with the BBC show dominating the major categories.

The annual ceremony took place in London today (September 25) with a star-studded event, and it was the EastEnders crew that went home happy after an impressive haul of six awards.

The show won the ceremony’s top prize of Best Soap, while Danielle Harold and Jamie Borthwick took home Best Actress and Best Actor for their performances as Lola Pearce-Brown and Jay Brown respectively.

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The emotional arc saw Lola tragically lose her battle with a brain tumour earlier this year, with this particular plot taking home the prize of Best Storyline.

Other wins for EastEnders came in the shape of Best Young Performer and Soap Superstar of the Year, which were won by Isabella Brown and Max Bowden for their roles as Lexi Pearce and Ben Mitchell respectively.

Gary Gillatt, the editor of Inside Soap, commended the show following its success on the night, saying: “The beautifully played story of young mum Lola’s cancer diagnosis, and her final few life-affirming months, captivated Inside Soap readers this year.

“[Winning] out against powerful work from all the other shows, the Best Soap win is well-deserved. It’s been a golden year for EastEnders – a true renaissance.”

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It was also a solid night for Coronation Street, with the ITV soap claiming four awards. Channique Sterling-Brown secured the Best Newcomer award for her role as Dee-Dee Brown, while Todd Boyce’s Stephen Reid was named Best Villain.

There was also an award for Dame Maureen Lipman who won Best Comic Performance for her role as Evelyn Plummer, while the acid attack storyline involving Daisy Midgeley and Ryan Connor was rewarded with Best Showstopper.

Fellow ITV soap Emmerdale picked up a pair of awards, with The Dingles being named Best Family in addition Dominic Brunt & Mark Charnock securing Best Partnership for their roles as Paddy and Marlon.

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Channel 4’s Hollyoaks picked up one award, with Nikki Sanderson being honoured with the Outstanding Achievement for her performance as Maxine Minniver.

The remaining two awards on the night went to medical shows Casualty and Doctors, with Nigel Harman and Chris Walker being named Best Drama Star and Best Daytime Star respectively.

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