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Last Updated: Sunday May 21 2006 13:30 GMT

EastEnders winner at Soap Awards

Louisa Lytton with her award
EastEnders was the big winner at Saturday night's British Soap Awards, taking seven gongs, including the title of Best Show.

EastEnders' honours included Sexiest Female for Louisa Lytton who plays Ruby Allen, and Villain of the Year for Billy Murray (Johnny Allen).

Coronation Street was the closest rival, picking up four awards.

A special lifetime achievement award went to Johnny Briggs, who played Mike Baldwin in Corrie for 30 years.

EastEnders also won Best Actor for Ross Kemp (Grant Mitchell), Best Actress for Lacey Turner (Stacey Slater), and Best Newcomer for Charlie Clements (Bradley Branning).

The Best Single Episode award went to EastEnders for its Armistice Day episode.

Coronation Street took the awards for Sexiest Male for Richard Fleeshman (Craig Harris), Best Onscreen Partnership for Barbara Knox and Malcolm Hebden (Rita Sullivan and Norris Cole), and Best Dramatic Performance for Bradley Walsh (Danny Baldwin).

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