EastEnders has come out on top at the Inside Soap Awards, scooping seven trophies.

The BBC One show was named Best Soap at the ceremony, with Gillian Wright, who plays Jean Slater, picking up the Best Actress prize.

Earlier this year, programme bosses were forced to defend a storyline in which bipolar disorder sufferer Jean was being treated cruelly, following complaints from viewers.

Hetti Bywater won Best Newcomer for her portrayal of Albert Square's Lucy Beale, while comic actors Tameka Empson and Ricky Norwood, who play Kim Fox and Arthur 'Fat Boy' Chubb, were voted Funniest Female and Funniest Male.

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EastEnders stars Danielle Harold, Jacqueline Jossa (with the award for Best Soap) and Hetti Bywater (with the award for Best Newcomer)

The Best B***h crown was awarded to Charlie Brooks, who plays scheming Janine Butcher and is taking a six-month break from EastEnders. David Witts, who joined the show this year as Derek Branning's estranged son Joey, was named Sexiest Male.

Meanwhile, Hollyoaks actor Emmett Scanlan was celebrating a double success at the awards, which are sponsored by boohoo.com. The Irish star won Best Actor and Best Bad Boy for his performance as villain Brendan Brady.

Coronation Street favourite Michelle Keegan was named Sexiest Female for the fourth year in a row. She was also named Best Dressed Soap Star at the event, held at the plush One Marylebone in London.

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Michelle Keegan wins the Sexiest Female Award again

Fellow Corrie star Alex Bain, who plays Simon Barlow, was named Best Young Actor.

Australian soap Neighbours received two awards, Best Daytime Soap and Best Daytime Star for Ryan Moloney, who plays show stalwart Toadie Rebecchi. BBC One show Waterloo Road picked up its third Best Drama award.

Inside Soap editor Steven Murphy said: "It's been an exciting year in the world of soap... We can't wait to see what the next 12 months have in store for our great British soaps."

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Rachel Shenton attends the Inside Soap Awards at One Marylebone on September 24, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Will Rush attends the Inside Soap Awards at One Marylebone on September 24, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

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    Dani Harmer at the 2012 Inside Soap Awards at One Marylebone, London.

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    Dani Harmer at the 2012 Inside Soap Awards at One Marylebone, London.

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    Emmett J Scanlan with his awards for Best Actor and Best Bad Boy at the 2012 Inside Soap Awards at One Marylebone, London.

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    Gary Lucy at the 2012 Inside Soap Awards at One Marylebone, London.

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    Chucky Venn at the 2012 Inside Soap Awards at One Marylebone, London.

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    Gary Lucy at the 2012 Inside Soap Awards at One Marylebone, London.

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    (L-R) Michael Obiora, Tony Marshall and Charles Dale at the 2012 Inside Soap Awards at One Marylebone, London.

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    Bob Barratt at the 2012 Inside Soap Awards at One Marylebone, London.

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    Bob Barratt at the 2012 Inside Soap Awards at One Marylebone, London.

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    Jasmyn Banks at the 2012 Inside Soap Awards at One Marylebone, London.

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    Guy Henry at the 2012 Inside Soap Awards at One Marylebone, London.

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    Himesh Patel at the 2012 Inside Soap Awards at One Marylebone, London.

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    Neighbours cast members Tom Oliver and Chris Milligan with the award for Best Daytime Soap at the 2012 Inside Soap Awards at One Marylebone, London.

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    Catherine Russell and Bob Barratt at the 2012 Inside Soap Awards at One Marylebone, London.

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    Bob Barratt at the 2012 Inside Soap Awards at One Marylebone, London.

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    Charlie Clemmow at the 2012 Inside Soap Awards at One Marylebone, London.

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    Charlie Clemmow at the 2012 Inside Soap Awards at One Marylebone, London.

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    Rob Norbury at the 2012 Inside Soap Awards at One Marylebone, London.

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    Charlie Clemmow at the 2012 Inside Soap Awards at One Marylebone, London.

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    Hannah from the Sugar Hut Honeys kisses Mick Norcross at One Marylebone, London.

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    Hannah and Emma from the Sugar Hut Honeys at One Marylebone, London.

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    Gillian Wright with her Best Actress award at One Marylebone, London.

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    Lauren Drummond at the 2012 Inside Soap Awards at One Marylebone, London.

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    Gillian Wright with her Best Actress award at One Marylebone, London.

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    MC Harvey at One Marylebone, London.

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    Mick Norcross and The Sugar Hut Honeys at One Marylebone, London.

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    David Witts with his Sexiest Male award at One Marylebone, London.

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    David Witts at the 2012 Inside Soap Awards at One Marylebone, London.

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    Lauren Drummond at the 2012 Inside Soap Awards at One Marylebone, London.

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    Chizzy Akudolu at the 2012 Inside Soap Awards at One Marylebone, London.

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    Jacqueline Jossa at the 2012 Inside Soap Awards at One Marylebone, London.

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    Rachel Shenton at the 2012 Inside Soap Awards at One Marylebone, London.

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    Karen Hauer at the 2012 Inside Soap Awards at One Marylebone, London.

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    Joe Tracini and Dani Harmer at the 2012 Inside Soap Awards at One Marylebone, London.

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    Danielle Harold at the 2012 Inside Soap Awards at One Marylebone, London.

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    Tameka Empson at the 2012 Inside Soap Awards at One Marylebone, London.

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    Lucy Dixon at the 2012 Inside Soap Awards at One Marylebone, London.

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    Jimmy Akingbola at the 2012 Inside Soap Awards at One Marylebone, London.

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    Dani Harmer at the 2012 Inside Soap Awards at One Marylebone, London.

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    Karen Hauer at the 2012 Inside Soap Awards at One Marylebone, London.

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    Jacqueline Jossa at the 2012 Inside Soap Awards at One Marylebone, London.

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    Lucy Dixon at the 2012 Inside Soap Awards at One Marylebone, London.

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    Gary Lucy at the 2012 Inside Soap Awards at One Marylebone, London.

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    Hetti Bywater at the 2012 Inside Soap Awards at One Marylebone, London.

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    Jamie Borthwick at the 2012 Inside Soap Awards at One Marylebone, London.

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    Cheryl Fergison at the 2012 Inside Soap Awards at One Marylebone, London.

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    Danielle Harold at the 2012 Inside Soap Awards at One Marylebone, London.

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    Rachel Shenton at the 2012 Inside Soap Awards at One Marylebone, London.

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    Lucy Dixon at the 2012 Inside Soap Awards at One Marylebone, London.