In scenes that aired in May this year, the two Weatherfield lovebirds were brutally attacked by a group of thugs led by Corey Brent. While the attack resulted in Seb's death shortly after the attack, it was only recently that the killer got his just deserts as Corey was finally arrested and sent down for his actions.
Now it's been confirmed that the storyline – from the unprovoked attack on Seb and Nina, through to investigation and ultimate prosecution plots – has been named Best Storyline at the Inside Soap Awards 2021.
The news was confirmed on This Morning on Tuesday (November 16) ahead of next week's full winners' list reveal.
Reacting to this achievement, Nina actress Mollie Gallagher shared in a statement: "It's been a privilege to be a part of this storyline. It's such a sad story, but an important one to tell.
"I hope it will help anyone who is struggling to find the confidence to express themselves and be who they want to be."
Inside Soap editor Gary Gillatt also commented: "Nearly 90,000 Inside Soap readers voted for this year's awards, and the hate crime storyline was a clear and worthy winner – showcasing Corrie's writers and cast at their very best.
"The big soaps remain by far the most popular TV shows in the UK, drawing devoted audiences of a size that streaming services merely dream of. So not only did Corrie's story of the tragedy of hate crime make for gripping TV, it will also open minds and make a real difference, especially among the show's younger viewers."
Coronation Street worked closely with The Sophie Lancaster Foundation on the storyline, seeking to explore social intolerance and prejudice often suffered by people from stigmatised social groups.
Back in September, Gallagher's harrowing onscreen work was recognised at the National Television Awards, winning Best Serial Performance.
All winners from this year's Inside Soap Awards will be announced on Tuesday, November 23.
Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7.30pm on ITV.
Anyone who has witnessed or experienced a hate crime is urged to call the police on 101, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit the True Vision website. In an emergency, always dial 999.
Coronation Street has worked on the current storyline alongside The Sophie Lancaster Foundation, which was set up to challenge prejudices and intolerance towards people from alternative subcultures, and extend UK hate crime legislation, following the murder of Sophie Lancaster in 2007.
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