'The Great British Bake Off' was the surprise winner of Best Soap at a British soap awards ceremony last night.

The show was praised for its dramatic storylines - including the opening 'bloodbath' episode, Paul Hollywood's romantic subplot and the fight between Raymond Blanc and finalist Ruby Tandoh.

'The Great British Bake Off' beat off stiff competition from 'The X Factor' and 'Strictly Come Dancing' to bag the award - although the latter did win 'Sexiest Female' for Susannah Reid.

More winners from last night's soap awards:

:: Best Actor - Louis Walsh
:: Best Actress - Sharon Osbourne
:: Best Bad Boy - Spencer Matthews
:: Best Bitch - Lucy Watson
:: Funniest Male - Bruce Forsyth
:: Funniest Female - Nicole Scherzinger
:: Best Newcomer - Claudia Winkleman
:: Sexiest Male - Nick Hewer
:: Sexiest Female - Susannah Reid
:: Best Storyline - SeSe Foster's pregnancy in The X Factor
:: Best Daytime Soap - Cash In The Attic
:: Best Drama - The Apprentice
:: Outstanding Achievement - Katie Hopkins

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