Inside Soap Awards 2020: EastEnders triumphs as show takes home FIVE trophies

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

The BBC series won a total of five awards at the virtual ceremony while its ITV rival Coronation Street was close behind with four gongs.

Jessica Plummer won the award for Best Actress for her role as Chantelle Atkins in EastEnders, describing the win as ‘one of the biggest achievements of my career’. 

Win: EastEnders emerged triumphant from the Inside Soap Awards as the show was voted this year's Best Soap with star Jessica Plummer winning Best Actress

Win: EastEnders emerged triumphant from the Inside Soap Awards as the show was voted this year's Best Soap with star Jessica Plummer winning Best Actress

Win: EastEnders emerged triumphant from the Inside Soap Awards as the show was voted this year’s Best Soap with star Jessica Plummer winning Best Actress

The star, 28, who is currently taking part in I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! said: ‘This is probably one of the biggest achievements of my career. It was an honour to even be nominated, so I’m completely blown away.

‘I came off social media for a quite long time (for me!) after my final episode aired as I personally had to mourn my character and all the changes in my life, but when I came back, the reception I got from everyone was so heartwarming. 

‘Chantelle was a loved character and it really was an honour to play her.’

Meanwhile, Ian Bartholomew took home the awards for both Best Actor and Best Villain for his role as the terrifying Geoff Metcalfe.

Pair: Danny Dyer and Kellie Bright won the award for Best Partnership for their roles as Mick and Linda Carter in EastEnders

Pair: Danny Dyer and Kellie Bright won the award for Best Partnership for their roles as Mick and Linda Carter in EastEnders

Pair: Danny Dyer and Kellie Bright won the award for Best Partnership for their roles as Mick and Linda Carter in EastEnders 

The actor also had a joint win for Best Show-Stopper with actress Shelley King who plays his wife Yasmeen, the victim of Geoff’s abuse.

Speaking about his wins, Ian said: ‘For me, witnessing Shelley crumbling as Yasmeen, and watching this character that I was playing destroy her in front of me was actually really quite upsetting. 

‘I felt bad doing all those things, but we both wanted to do it as well and as truthfully as we could.’ 

On winning Show-Stopper, Shelley said: ‘People were shouting at me from their cars, going, “Yeah, good on ya, Yas!” It was lovely.’ 

Honoured: Ian Bartholomew took home the awards for both Best Actor and Best Villain for his role as the terrifying Geoff Metcalfe

Honoured: Ian Bartholomew took home the awards for both Best Actor and Best Villain for his role as the terrifying Geoff Metcalfe

Honoured: Ian Bartholomew took home the awards for both Best Actor and Best Villain for his role as the terrifying Geoff Metcalfe

Danny Dyer and Kellie Bright won the award for Best Partnership for their roles as Mick and Linda Carter in EastEnders. 

Danny said of their win: ‘We have been through so much together on this show. It is always a joy to come and work with Kellie. She is a brilliant actress.’

Another winner on the night was Emmerdale with the show taking home the gong for Best Family for the Dingles.

Lisa Riley, who plays Mandy, accepted the award: ‘We are all so proud, we really do feel like one big, happy northern family. 

‘We love what we do, and we really care, so obviously that comes through on the screen. And as we always say – Dingle till we die.’ 

Success: EastEnders took home a total of five awards during the virtual ceremony

Success: EastEnders took home a total of five awards during the virtual ceremony

Success: EastEnders took home a total of five awards during the virtual ceremony 

Other winners at the ceremony included Mollie Gallagher who won for Best Newcomer for her role as Nina Lucas on Coronation Street.

Meanwhile, Casualty star Cathy Shipton won for Best Drama Star for her role as Lisa ‘Duffy’ Duffin and Neighbours won for Best Daytime Soap.  

The Inside Soap Awards were revealed on the Inside Soap Facebook page and YouTube channel on Monday evening.

Thrilled: Jessica said of her win: 'This is probably one of the biggest achievements of my career. It was an honour to even be nominated, so I’m completely blown away'

Thrilled: Jessica said of her win: 'This is probably one of the biggest achievements of my career. It was an honour to even be nominated, so I’m completely blown away'

Thrilled: Jessica said of her win: ‘This is probably one of the biggest achievements of my career. It was an honour to even be nominated, so I’m completely blown away’

INSIDE SOAP AWARDS 2020: WINNERS

BEST ACTRESS

JENNIFER METCALFE (Mercedes McQueen, Hollyoaks)

JESSICA PLUMMER (Chantelle Atkins, EastEnders)

NATALIE J ROBB (Moira Dingle, Emmerdale)

SHELLEY KING (Yasmeen Metcalfe, Coronation Street)

BEST ACTOR

ASHLEY TAYLOR DAWSON (Darren Osborne, Hollyoaks)

IAN BARTHOLOMEW (Geoff Metcalfe, Coronation Street)

JEFF HORDLEY (Cain Dingle, Emmerdale)

MAX BOWDEN (Ben Mitchell, EastEnders)

BEST NEWCOMER

CALLUM KERR (George Kiss, Hollyoaks)

JAZ DEOL (Kheerat Panesar, EastEnders)

MAX PARKER (Luke Posner, Emmerdale)

MOLLIE GALLAGHER (Nina Lucas, Coronation Street)

BEST VILLAIN

BOBBY GORDON (Toby Faroe, Hollyoaks)

IAN BARTHOLOMEW (Geoff Metcalfe, Coronation Street)

MARK WOMACK (DI Mark Malone, Emmerdale)

TOBY-ALEXANDER SMITH (Gray Atkins, EastEnders)

FUNNIEST PERFORMANCE

JESSAMY STODDART (Liberty Savage, Hollyoaks)

LISA RILEY (Mandy Dingle, Emmerdale)

LORRAINE STANLEY (Karen Taylor, EastEnders)

MAUREEN LIPMAN (Evelyn Plummer, Coronation Street)

BEST PARTNERSHIP

DOLLY-ROSE CAMPBELL & SAM ASTON (Gemma Winter & Chesney Brown, Coronation Street)

IMRAN ADAMS & ROSS ADAMS (Mitchell Deveraux & Scott Drinkwell, Hollyoaks)

KELLIE BRIGHT & DANNY DYER (Linda & Mick Carter, EastEnders)

LUCY PARGETER & DOMINIC BRUNT (Chas & Paddy Dingle, Emmerdale)

 BEST SHOW-STOPPER

CAIN DISCOVERS NATE’S SECRET ON THE LAKE (Emmerdale)

THE 35TH ANNIVERSARY RIVER DISASTER (EastEnders)

TONY RESCUED/BREDA DIES (Hollyoaks)

YASMEEN FIGHTS BACK AGAINST GEOFF (Coronation Street)

BEST FAMILY

THE BARLOW-McDONALDS (Coronation Street)

THE DINGLES (Emmerdale)

THE McQUEENS (Hollyoaks)

THE TAYLORS (EastEnders)

FEEL-GOOD MOMENT

CHAS GIVES BIRTH TO BABY EVE (Emmerdale)

GEMMA GIVES BIRTH TO QUADS (Coronation Street)

SIENNA GETS HER TWINS BACK (Hollyoaks)

WALFORD CELEBRATES PRIDE (EastEnders)

BEST DRAMA STAR

ALEX WALKINSHAW (Adrian ‘Fletch’ Fletcher, Holby City)

CATHY SHIPTON (Lisa ‘Duffy’ Duffin, Casualty)

DEREK THOMPSON (Charlie Fairhead, Casualty)

ROSIE MARCEL (Jac Naylor, Holby City)

BEST DAYTIME STAR

BHARTI PATEL (Ruhma Carter, Doctors)

RAY MEAGHER (Alf Stewart, Home and Away)

STEFAN DENNIS (Paul Robinson, Neighbours)

BEST DAYTIME SOAP

DOCTORS

HOME AND AWAY

NEIGHBOURS

BEST SOAP

CORONATION STREET

EASTENDERS

EMMERDALE

HOLLYOAKS

 

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