Inside Soap Awards 2020: Jessica Plummer wins Best Actress and EastEnders dominates with five gongs

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Despite the Inside Soap Awards not able to go ahead as planned amid the coronavirus pandemic, a virtual ceremony took place on Monday night, to celebrate the best of television.

It’s the 35th anniversary of EastEnders this year and the soap certainly picked up awards to celebrate.

The soap was given five gongs at the Inside Soap Awards, just beating rival Coronation Street who were awarded four trophies at the virtual ceremony.

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The evening was streamed on the Inside Soap Facebook page and YouTube channel, and saw I’m A Celebrity contestant Jessica Plummer winning the award for Best Actress, in her role as Chantelle Atkins.

Jessica dramatically made an exit from the hit soap earlier this year after her character Chantelle was killed off by her evil husband Gray Atkins.

Other awards claimed by hit soap EastEnders saw Lorraine Stanley, who plays EastEnders favourite Karen Taylor, crowned winner of the Funniest Performance gong.

She 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 heart-warming.

"Chantelle was a loved character and it really was an honour to play her.”

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As well, Kellie Bright and Danny Dyer, better known as Linda and Mick Carter, were voted Best Partnership.

Kelly said: “I love Danny and I’s relationship on and off screen, so anything that celebrates that is really lovely.

"Mick and Linda’s love for each other is so honest and true. People look at them and go, \I wish my husband was a bit more like Mick’, or, ‘I wish my wife looked at me the way Linda looks at Mick’.

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"People want a happy ever after to believe in."

And Danny added: “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.”

Neighbours was crowned the winner of the Best Daytime Soap award, and, over on Coronation Street, Ian Bartholomew was awarded Best Actor and Best Villain awards for his role as Geoff Metcalfe.

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