Bleary-eyed Hollyoaks' Ruby O'Donnell leads worse for wear starsJune 4, 2023
Bleary-eyed Hollyoaks’ Ruby O’Donnell leads worse for wear stars departing British Soap Awards while Owen Warner and girlfriend Jemma Donovan pack on the PDA after boozy night
There were a few bleary-eyed stars departing the British Soap Awards on Saturday night after a fun-filled evening.
Hollyoaks star Ruby O’Donnell looked slightly worse for wear as she flashed a peace sign while heading home in Manchester after the event at The Lowry in Salford.
Elsewhere I’m A Celeb’s Owen Warner and his co-star girlfriend Jemma Donovan made their late-night exit together while actress Nikki Sanderson and her partner Anthony Quinlan packed on the PDA.
As she stepped out after the big night Ruby, 22, – who plays Peri Lomax in Hollyoaks – flashed her abs in a zebra-print skirt.
She completed the look with a skimpy black crop top as she closed her eyes and held onto a pal’s hand.
Boozy: There were a few bleary-eyed stars departing the British Soap Awards on Saturday night after a fun-filled evening including Hollyoaks star Ruby O’Donnell (pictured)
Close: Elsewhere I’m A Celeb’s Owen Warner and his co-star girlfriend Jemma Donovan made their late-night exit together and packed on the PDA
Fun: As she stepped out after the big night Ruby, 22, – who plays Peri Lomax in Hollyoaks – flashed her abs in a zebra-print skirt
Cute: Elsewhere Romeo Nightingale actor Owen, 23, and his new girlfriend Jemma couldn’t keep their hands off each other at the afterparty
Elsewhere Romeo Nightingale actor Owen, 23, and his new girlfriend Jemma couldn’t keep their hands off each other at the afterparty.
They cosied up outside after making their red carpet debut at the star-studded event.
Also looking loved-up as they left were Nikki Sanderson and her partner Antony Quinlan who couldn’t resist a kiss.
Nikki, 39, showed off her curves in a glittery jumpsuit while Anthony looked smart in a blue shirt.
This year’s British Soap Awards was hosted by Jane McDonald, who was drafted in as a last minute replacement for long-time host Phillip Schofield.
Operatic singer and cruise ship favourite Jane, 60, was revealed as Phillip’s replacement on Thursday after he quit ITV and was dropped by his talent agency YMU after admitting to an affair with a young male This Morning colleague.
He confessed to having the ‘unwise but not illegal’ relationship with a man during his marriage to Stephanie Lowe, and previously denied the affair when asked about it by his agent.
The presenter, 61, confirmed in a statement last week that he has stepped down from all his ITV jobs, including the ceremony.
Sweet: Also looking loved-up as they left were Nikki Sanderson and her partner Antony Quinlan who couldn’t resist a kiss
Looking good: Nikki, 39, showed off her curves in a glittery jumpsuit while Anthony looked smart in a blue shirt
Loved-up: They held hands as they left the afterparty and headed home together after the big night
Showing off her look: Nikki had her gorgeous figure on display in the shiny jumpsuit on the night
Beaming: They looked as loved up as ever
Glam: Hollyoaks star Stephanie Waring looked great in her dress as she left
Time for home: They hopped in a cab to take them back after the big night
Change: For the after party Jemma flashed her legs in a cream mini skirt as she left with Owen
Big night: Gary Lucy seen leaving The Soap Awards after party at Baca in Manchester
Smart: Max Bowden wore a dapper blue jacket
Beers! Danny Walters held his drink as he got out the cab
Fun-filled: Ross Boatman looked in great spirits
Stunning: Balvinder Sopal looked great in a white dress
And amid news Jane was taking the helm, fans hailed the star as the ‘perfect choice’ to front the ceremony, which takes place at The Lowry in Salford, Greater Manchester.
Ahead of hosting the awards, Jane said: ‘Oh my god…..everyone knows how much I LOVE my soaps, this year I’ve been honoured to be mentioned in Corrie, EastEnders and Emmerdale, so this is just a dream come true.
‘I can’t wait to see all our wonderful soap nominees and celebrate all their hard work with them – roll on the awards, I can’t wait!’
The star-studded evening saw a whole host of famous faces collect gongs for their work, with Danielle Harold’s BBC soap EastEnders winning the coveted Best Soap prize, while Charlotte Jordan triumphed in the Best Dramatic Performance category for playing Daisy Midgeley in ITV’s Coronation Street.
The coveted Best Soap award, voted for by the public, was presented to EastEnders by actress Dame Sheila Hancock, who said: ‘I’m so deeply honoured to be asked to do this. I have such admiration for you.’
Accepting the award with the rest of the cast on stage, Perry Fenwick, who plays Billy Mitchell, said: ‘From the bottom of our hearts, honestly, we are thrilled to bits.’
The soap won Villain of the Year for Aaron Thiara, who plays Ravi Gulati, and Best Young Performer, which went to Lillia Turner as Lily Slater.
Coronation Street won the most accolades of the night, with six prizes including for Best Single Episode and Scene of the Year for the show’s depiction of an acid attack carried out by Justin Rutherford (Andrew Still), who had been stalking Daisy Midgeley (Charlotte Jordan).
Ryan Prescott, whose character Ryan Connor was injured in the attack, said there had been 330 acid attacks in Manchester in the last year.
He said: ‘It was amazing to be part of something that could bring a light to something so sensitive and something that is happening way more than we actually know.’
Charlotte won Best Dramatic Performance, while the show’s Dame Maureen Lipman, who plays Evelyn Plummer, won Best Comedy Performer and Channique Sterling-Brown won Best Newcomer for her performance as Dee-Dee Bailey.
The Weatherfield-based soap also went home with the Best Family award, which went to the Platts.
Beauty: Nikki looked great in her jumpsuit
Trio: Scott Mills, Sam Quek and Helen Skelton all left together
Actors: Jorgie Porter and co-star Kieron Richardson posed together
Style: Jessie Wallace looked great in a black dress
Pretty: Jessie’s dress had an off the shoulder design
Wow! Chelsee Healey opted for a gothic look
Stepping out: Lorraine Stanley wore a black dress
Nice: Lucy Jo Hudson also looked glamorous in black
Hollyoaks was awarded Best Storyline for a plot which saw Nikki Sanderson’s character Maxine Minniver targeted by incel Eric Foster (Angus Castle-Doughty) alongside her brother Mason Chen-Williams (Frank Kauer).
The soap’s head of casting was awarded the Tony Warren Award.
Emmerdale’s Mark Charnock, who plays Marlon Dingle, was given an Outstanding Achievement award and told the audience: ‘What a job, I’ve loved every minute of it.’
Doctors actors Chris Walker and Jan Pearson took home the Best On-screen Partnership gong for their performances as Rob and Karen Hollins in the daytime soap.
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