25/09/2012 08:30 BST | Updated 25/09/2012 08:44 BST

Inside Soap Awards: 'EastEnders' Scoops 7 Gongs, Michelle Keegan Named Sexiest Female Again (PICTURES)

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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