EastEnders was the big winner at the Inside Soap Awards, picking up the prestigious Best Soap gong as well as three other cast prizes.
The BBC One series fought off competition from rivals Coronation Street, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks to be crowned the favourite by readers of the mag who voted in each category.
One EastEnder with plenty of reason to celebrate at the awards, held at the DSTRKT club in London’s Piccadilly, was Danny Dyer.
The star won Best Actor for his portrayal of Queen Vic landlord Mick Carter after joining the show at Christmas, and Best Family along with his Carter co-stars who include Kellie Bright (Linda), Sam Strike (Johnny) and Maddy Hill (Nancy).
The actor said: “I’ve been in this game for a long time and had nothing, so winning this has been a strange feeling for me. I think I’ve found my calling, this is my game.”
He said of his Best Family co-stars: “I’m nothing without this little mob – you’re only as good as the person in front of you – so I’m blessed.”
Danny added of EastEnders: “I grew up watching this, so to join it after it had lost its way for a while … I feel like the new signing in a football team.”
The drama’s fourth award was for Sexiest Female, won by Jacqueline Jossa, who plays Lauren Branning, following the departure from soapland of Coronation Street’s Michelle Keegan, who had taken the crown for the last five years.