06/11/2015 06:04 GMT | Updated 06/11/2015 06:59 GMT

'Hollyoaks' Win Stonewall's Broadcast Of The Decade Award For Work To Promote LGBT Equality

‘Hollyoaks’ triumphed in the final ever Stonewall Awards on Thursday (6 November) evening, winning the Broadcast Of The Decade prize.

The Channel 4 soap was awarded the accolade for its work to promote LGBT equality, and cast members Kieron Richardson, Ross Adams and Parry Glasspool - who play Ste, Scott and Harry - were in attendance on the night, along with the show’s executive producer Bryan Kirkwood.

Over the past 10 years, ‘Hollyoaks’ has featured a number of storylines focussing on LGBT issues and characters, and in 2014, they were praised for their sensitive handling of a male rape storyline.

Earlier this year, the soap introduced its first ever transgender actor and character, just weeks after ‘EastEnders’ announced plans to do the same.

Annie Wallace arrived in the ‘Hollyoaks’ village last month, and has a recurring role playing Sally St Claire.

Kieron Richardson also drew attention to HIV awareness, when his on-screen alter ego Ste became the first gay soap character to be diagnosed HIV positive.

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