The 2023 edition of the British Soap Awards saw EastEnders be named the Best British Soap, the first time the show has done so in eight years.
The public-voted prize was awarded to the Walford based drama on 3 June with the cast accepting the accolade and Billy Mitchell actor Perry Fenwick saying: “From the bottom of our hearts, honestly, we are thrilled to bits.”
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Since the awards show began in 1999, EastEnders, Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks and Doctors have gone head-to-head for the coveted title, with each earning the accolade at one time or another.
But which show has won the prize the most? Here is everything you need to know.
Which show has won Best Soap at the British Soap Awards the most?
Coronation Street was the first soap to win the top prize at the British Soap Awards, with EastEnders following suit in 2000 and winning three years in a row.
After that, Corrie came back with a vengeance in 2003. The two shows won alternating years until 2007, when EastEnders took the lead until 2011.
Coronation Street, then on four awards, returned to the fight in 2013 by winning the award, and 2014 marked the first year that Hollyoaks won the prize. Emmerdale also won the prize for the first time in 2016 and 2017, respectively.
The prize was awarded to Corrie, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks intermittently from 2016 onwards, the 2020 and 2021 edition of the show was cancelled because of the COVID pandemic and when it returned in 2022 it was Emmerdale that came out victorious.
While Doctors has been nominated for Best Soap every year since 1999 it has not yet won the prize at the British Soap Awards.
EastEnders last won the Best Soap award at the British Soap Awards in 2015, with the show apparently struggling to win votes from the public again until this year.
How many Best Soap award wins does each show have?
EastEnders - 12 wins
Coronation Street - 6 wins
Emmerdale - 3 wins
Hollyoaks - 2 wins
How many Best Soap nominations does each show have?
Coronation Street - 23
EastEnders - 22
Emmerdale - 21
Hollyoaks - 20
Doctors - 19
Family Affairs - 6
Brookside - 2
Crossroads - 2
Night and Day - 1
The 2023 edition of the British Soap Awards also saw EastEnders star Danielle Harold win the best leading performer prize for her portrayal of Lola Pearce-Brown, who died following a brain tumour on the soap.
Accepting the award, Harold said: “This isn’t for me. This is definitely for every single person who’s worked with me along the way who has been directly affected by brain tumours, people who are suffering from brain tumours.
“Their time has been so precious to them and even more to me and I can’t thank all of you enough for helping me."
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