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EastEnders leads the way with the most gongs at the Inside Soap Awards 2016

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EastEnders was the big winner at this year's Inside Soap Awards, taking home the coveted best actor and best actress gongs.

Held at the London Hippodrome on Monday evening, the soap's biggest stars were out in full force to watch the glitzy extravaganza unfold.

The BBC One drama took home five prizes, with Steve McFadden (who plays hardman Phil Mitchell) and Lacey Turner (Albert Square favourite Stacey Fowler) scooping the awards for best actor and best actress, respectively.

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EastEnders was the big winner at this year's Inside Soap Awards, with Lacey Turner taking home the gong for best actress

Strictly Come Dancing's Tameka Empson won funniest female for her role as Kim Fox-Hubbard for the fifth time, while Lauren Branning's Jacqueline Jossa bagged sexiest female.

The fifth award was handed to Dame Barbara Windsor for best exit as she waved goodbye to Queen Vic matriarch Peggy Mitchell.

The Walford stalwart, who first appeared on the soap in 1994, took her own life after being diagnosed with terminal cancer in scenes which were broadcast in May.

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Steve McFadden, who plays hardman Phil Mitchell, scooped the award for best actor

Elsewhere, ITV shows Emmerdale and Coronation Street received four awards each, with Emmerdale swiping the best soap gong for the second year running.

Amelia Flanagan, who plays April Windsor in the ITV drama, scored a hat-trick as she picked up the Best Young Actor prize for the third time in a row.

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Strictly Come Dancing's Tameka Empson won funniest female for her role as Kim Fox-Hubbard for the fifth time

Corrie’s Shayne Ward was given the Best Newcomer prize, having already won the trophies at this year’s National Television Awards and TV Choice Awards.

Taking to his Twitter page after the win, he said: "Thank you Thank you thank you so much to everyone who voted for me @InsideSoapMag So Happy." [sic]

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