EastEnders named Best Soap at InsideSoap Awards

'EastEnders' has been named Best Soap, and picked up a total of seven awards, at the InsideSoap Awards in London

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Tameka Empson

EastEnders' Tameka Empson

'EastEnders' was named Best Soap at the InsideSoap Awards tonight (24.09.12).

The BBC soap beat rivals 'Hollyoaks', 'Emmerdale' and 'Coronation Street' to take home the coveted prize, with the soap also picking up awards for Best Actress (Gillian Wright) and Best Newcomer (Hetti Bywater).

Both Funniest Male and Funniest Female went to 'EastEnders' stars, with Ricky Norwood and Tameka Empson taking the award.

Commenting on her win at One Marylebone in London, Tameka told BANG Showbiz: "It feels great - it feels really great. I'm slightly speechless! But I can still say thank you to everybody who voted."

'Hollyoaks' hunk Emmett Scanlan - who plays villainous Brendan Brady' in the Channel 4 soap - took home prizes for Best Actor and Best Bad Boy.

He said: "I haven't got my head around it. Thank you so much to everybody who voted - it's a complete honour. You're only as good as the people around you - everybody in 'Hollyoaks'."

However, 'Coronation Street' did not go home entirely empty handed, with Alex Bain winning Best Young Actor and glamorous Michelle Keegan - who portrays troubled Tina McIntyre - winning both Sexiest Female and Best Dressed Soap Star.

Full list of winners at the InsideSoap Awards 2012:

Best Actor: Emmett Scanlan 'Hollyoaks'

Best Actress: Gillian Wright 'EastEnders'

Best Young Actor: Alex Bain 'Coronation Street'

Best Newcomer: Hetti Bywater 'EastEnders'

Funniest Male: Ricky Norwood 'EastEnders'

Funniest Female: Tameka Empson 'EastEnders'

Best Bad Boy: Emmett Scanlan 'Hollyoaks'

Best Bitch: Charlie Brooks 'EastEnders'

Sexiest Female: Michelle Keegan 'Coronation Street'

Sexiest Male: David Watts 'EastEnders'

Best Daytime Drama: 'Neighbours'

Best Daytime Star: Ryan Moloney 'Neighbours'

Best Dressed: Michelle Keegan 'Coronation Street'

Best Drama: 'Waterloo Road'

Best Soap: 'EastEnders'

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