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Last Updated: Saturday, 10 May, 2003, 20:47 GMT 21:47 UK
Street sweeps soap awards
Actresses Angela Lonsdale, Sally Lindsay and Suranne Jones
Coronation Street won nine awards
Coronation Street has stolen the show at this year's Soap Awards, winning nine prizes.

The ITV show won Best Soap for the first time in three years at the ceremony at BBC Television Centre in London.

Actor Brian Capron, who played serial killer Richard Hillman, swept the board scooping the most prizes won by any individual in the ceremony's five-year history.

He won five titles - Villain of the Year, Best Exit, Best Storyline, Spectacular Scene of the Year and Best Actor award.

Nearly 20 million viewers tuned in to see his character confess to his killing spree.

Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace

A total of 19.4 million people watched his outpouring of his guilt to wife Gail, played by Helen Worth.

And an average of 17.6 million viewers watched the murder of hairdresser Maxine Peacock.

Fellow Corrie star Andrew Whyment won Best Comedy Performance with his portrayal of Kirk Sutherland.

And Sue Nicholls, who plays Audrey Roberts, won Best Dramatic Performance and Hero of the Year.

While EastEnders was left disappointed in the awards stake for best soap, its new arrival Shane Richie won sexiest male for his portrayal of Queen Vic pub manager Alfie Moon.

And Jessie Wallace picked up Sexiest Female for the second year running for her portrayal of Kat.

Co-star Kacey Ainsworth won Best Actress for the second consecutive year for her performance as Little Mo Slater, becoming the first actress to win the category twice.

The Soap Awards, presented by daytime chat show duo Des O'Connor and Melanie Sykes, will be screen on 14 May at 2000 BST.

British Soap Awards 2003 winners in full:

  • Sexiest male - Shane Richie (EastEnders).
  • Sexiest female - Jessie Wallace (EastEnders).
  • Comedy performance - Andrew Whyment (Coronation Street).
  • Spectacular scene - Coronation Street for villain Richard Hillman's confession of murders.
  • Best newcomer - Jack McMullen (Brookside).
  • Best onscreen partnership - Jack McMullen who plays Josh McLoughlin and Sarah White who plays his mother Bev (Brookside).
  • Best dramatic performance - Sue Nicholls (Coronation Street).
  • Villain of the year - Brian Capron (Coronation Street).
  • Hero of the year - Sue Nicholls (Coronation Street).
  • Best storyline - Coronation Street for plot involving serial killer Richard Hillman
  • Best exit - Brian Capron (Coronation Street).
  • Special achievement award - Dean Sullivan for his 17 years playing Jimmy (Brookside).
  • Best single episode - Emmerdale for Marlon and Trisha's failed wedding day plans.
  • Best actor - Brian Capron (Coronation Street).
  • Best actress - Kacey Ainsworth (EastEnders).
  • Best British soap - Coronation Street.



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