British Soap Awards: Mark Charnock scoops prize for Dramatic Performance for stroke storyline


‘I’m going to get so drunk!’ Emmerdale star Mark Charnock scoops prize for Dramatic Performance for stroke storyline at the British Soap Awards

Mark Charnock scooped the prize for Dramatic Performance at the British Soap Awards on Saturday night at London’s Hackney Empire.

The actor, 53, won the sought-after award for his portrayal as Marlon Dingle on Emmerdale, who this year was struck down by a stroke.

As he made his way to the stage, his proud onscreen daughter Amelia Flanagan (April Dingle) was seen wiping away a tear.

Winner! Mark Charnock scooped the prize for Dramatic Performance at the British Soap Awards on Saturday night at London's Hackney Empire

Winner! Mark Charnock scooped the prize for Dramatic Performance at the British Soap Awards on Saturday night at London’s Hackney Empire

The excited actor declared: ‘I’m going to get so drunk!’ before saying he planned to wear the gong as an accessory.

On a serious note Mark, who has played the role since 1996, thanked producers for entrusting him with the storyline, the Emmerdale cast and crew, the Stroke Association and two stroke survivors that he worked with as he remarked: ‘I’m forever in your debt’.

Mark poignantly concluded sharing some harrowing facts about Stroke, including that every 5 minutes someone has a Stroke, before saying that ‘more needs to be done’ for funding and research.

Poignant: The actor, 53, won the sought-after award for his portrayal as Marlon Dingle on Emmerdale, who this year was struck down by a stroke

Poignant: The actor, 53, won the sought-after award for his portrayal as Marlon Dingle on Emmerdale, who this year was struck down by a stroke

Later in the evening, Mark once again headed onto stage as Emmerdale’s The Dingles won best family.

Sam Hooten (Sam Dingle) gave a speech in which he dedicated it to the late actor Andy Devine – who played Shadrach Dingle – who died of pneumonia in hospital after being admitted following an accidental fall in January.

The actor, whose real first name was Peter, appeared to have ‘lost his balance’ and died in Southport Hospital in Merseyside on January 27 this year and Sam noted that the cast only learned of his death when it was reported a few weeks ago. 

Onscreen daughter: As he made his way to the stage, his proud onscreen daughter Amelia Flanagan (April Dingle) was seen wiping away a tear

Onscreen daughter: As he made his way to the stage, his proud onscreen daughter Amelia Flanagan (April Dingle) was seen wiping away a tear

The British Soap Awards returned live to ITV for the first time in two years after the 2020 and 2021 ceremonies were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In its place in 2020, ITV instead aired a 60-minute special titled The British Soap Awards Celebrates 21 Years, narrated by long-running presenter Phillip Schofield.

This year, host Phillip, 60, welcomed a plethora of soap stars to London’s Hackney Empire, where they battled it out to scoop prizes in 14 categories.

He's back! This year, host Phillip Schofield, 60, welcomed a plethora of soap stars to London's Hackney Empire, where they'll battle it out to scoop prizes in 14 categories

He’s back! This year, host Phillip Schofield, 60, welcomed a plethora of soap stars to London’s Hackney Empire, where they’ll battle it out to scoop prizes in 14 categories

The awards were either voted for by a panel of expert judges or the public, with fans able to choose their favourites for Best British Soap, Best Leading Performer and Best Family categories.

Meanwhile, it was reported earlier this year that The British Soap Awards opted to axe the male and female categories.

Instead of Best Actor and Actress, stars from much-loved British soaps competed to scoop the newly-created new Best Leading Performer award. 

The move follows The Brits which scrapped gender classifications this year, with Adele beating Ed Sheeran to Artist of the Year. 

Hilarious: The excited actor declared: 'I'm going to get so drunk!' before saying he planned to wear the gong as an accessory

Hilarious: The excited actor declared: ‘I’m going to get so drunk!’ before saying he planned to wear the gong as an accessory

Past winners of the Best Actress award include Lucy Pargeter (who plays Chas Dingle in Emmerdale), Lucy Fallon (who played Bethany Platt in Coronation Street) and Charlotte Bellamy (who plays Laurel Thomas in Emmerdale).

It follows the award for Sexiest Male and Female, voted by the public, being axed in 2015.

The five biggest soaps – Coronation Street, Doctors, EastEnders, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks – battled it out to win recognition for their work over the past year. 

And after a stellar year of drama-filled storylines, the competition was certainly fierce.

Touching: On a serious note Mark, who has played the role since 1996, thanked producers for entrusting him with the storyline, the Emmerdale cast and crew, the Stroke Association and two stroke survivors that he worked with as he remarked: 'I'm forever in your debt'

Touching: On a serious note Mark, who has played the role since 1996, thanked producers for entrusting him with the storyline, the Emmerdale cast and crew, the Stroke Association and two stroke survivors that he worked with as he remarked: ‘I’m forever in your debt’

Emmerdale came out on top as it won the coveted Best Soap prize, with serial killer Meena Jutla’s long reign of terror dominating storylines.

The Leeds-based soap also bagged the Leading Performer and Dramatic Performance prizes for Paige Sandhu (Meena) and Mark respectively.

The Dingles also bagged Best Family, with a specials tribute paid to the Andy Devine (Shadrach Dingle) following his death earlier this year. 

EastEnders also scooped four awards on the night, with soap legend Letitia Dean becoming the proud recipient of this year’s Outstanding Achievement award for her almost 40 year stint playing Sharon Watts.

Meanwhile, EastEnders stars Gillian Wright and Lacey Turner (Jean and Stacey Slater) fought off stiff competition to win best onscreen partnership. 

Other big wins for EastEnders included Tameka Empson aka Kim Fox scooping the Comedy Performer prize, while Ross Boatman earned himself the Newcomer award for his portrayal of Harvey Monroe 

Coronation Street ended up with three prizes on the night, with their gongs including Best Villain for Maximus Evans (Corey Brent) and Young Performer for Millie Gibson (Kelly Neelan) – both of whom were involved in the soap’s harrowing hate crime storyline.

The other prize for the ITV soap was the The Tony Warren Award which went to Coronation Street scriptwriter Jan McVerry for her dedicated service.

Elsewhere, kicking off the wins were Hollyoaks, with Misbah Maalik’s historic rape scooping the coveted Best Storyline prize – the first award of the night.

Harvey was a double winner as she also won Scene of The Year for the Misbah didn’t consent episode. 

Finally, Doctors also bagged a prize and surprised many when they fought off very stiff competition in the Single Episode category for their Three Consultations and a Funeral episode. 

Meanwhile, Neighbours fans were left ‘absolutely broken’ and in tears as the British Soap Awards paid tribute to the axed show.

While there wasn’t a dry eye in sight thanks to the In Memoriam section which honoured soap stars who’ve passed away, including EastEnders legends Barbara Windsor and June Brown – both of whom received huge cheers from the audience. 

BRITISH SOAP AWARDS 2022 WINNERS

British Soap

Coronation Street 

Doctors

EastEnders

Emmerdale – WINNER

Hollyoaks

Leading Performer 

Sally Carman (Abi Webster) – Coronation Street

Gillian Wright (Jean Slater) – EastEnders

Linda Henry (Shirley Carter) – EastEnders

Paige Sandhu (Meena Jutla) – Emmerdale – WINNER

Mark Charnock (Marlon Dingle) – Emmerdale

 Family 

The Alahans – Coronation Street

The Carters – EastEnders

The Dingles – Emmerdale – WINNER

The McQueens – Hollyoaks

Coronation Street: Sally Carman as Abi Webster

Coronation Street: Sally Carman as Abi Webster

Villain 

Maximus Evans (Corey Brent) – Coronation Street – WINNER

Laura White (Dr Princess Buchanan) – Doctors

Toby-Alexander Smith (Gray Atkins) – EastEnders

Paige Sandhu (Meena Jutla) – Emmerdale

Rhiannon Clements (Summer Ranger) – Hollyoaks

Coronation Street: Maximus Evans as Corey Brent

Coronation Street: Maximus Evans as Corey Brent

Comedy Performer

Jane Hazelgrove (Bernie Winter) – Coronation Street

Sarah Moyle (Valerie Pitman) – Doctors

Tameka Empson (Kim Fox) – EastEnders – WINNER

Lisa Riley (Mandy Dingle) – Emmerdale

Chelsee Healey (Goldie McQueen) – Hollyoaks

Newcomer 

Paddy Bever (Max Turner) – Coronation Street

Ross McLaren (Luca McIntyre) – Doctors

Ross Boatman (Harvey Monroe) – EastEnders – WINNER

Darcy Grey (Marcus Dean) – Emmerdale

Matthew James-Bailey (Ethan Williams) – Hollyoaks

Hollyoaks: Chelsee Healey as Goldie McQueen

Hollyoaks: Chelsee Healey as Goldie McQueen

Best Storyline 

Coronation Street – Hate Crime

Doctors – Bear and his mother encounter racism at St Phil’s Hospital

EastEnders – Jean’s Bipolar

Emmerdale – Meena Serial Killer

Hollyoaks – Misbah’s Historic Rape WINNER

Single Episode 

Coronation Street – Flashback

Doctors – Three Consultations and a Funeral – WINNER

EastEnders – Jean in Southend

Emmerdale – Marlon’s stroke

Hollyoaks – Out of Time

Emmerdale: Mark Charnock as Marlon Dingle

Emmerdale: Mark Charnock as Marlon Dingle 

Dramatic Performance 

Sally Carman (Abi Webster) – Coronation Street

Dex Lee (Bear Sylvester) – Doctors

Gillian Wright (Jean Slater) – EastEnders

Mark Charnock (Marlon Dingle) – Emmerdale – WINNER

Harvey Virdi (Misbah Maalik) – Hollyoaks

On-screen partnership  

David Neilson & Mollie Gallagher (Roy Cropper & Nina Lucas) – Coronation Street

Chris Walker & Jan Pearson (Rob Hollins & Karen Hollins) – Doctors

Lacey Turner & Gillian Wright (Stacey Slater and Jean Slater) – EastEnders – WINNER

Isobel Steele & Bradley Johnson (Liv Flaherty & Vinny Dingle) – Emmerdale

Anna Passey & Kieron Richardson (Sienna Blake & Ste Hay) – Hollyoaks

EastEnders: Gillian Wright as Jean Slater

EastEnders: Gillian Wright as Jean Slater

Young performer 

Millie Gibson (Kelly Neelan) – Coronation Street – WINNER

Sonny Kendall (Tommy Moon) – EastEnders

Amelia Flanagan (April Windsor) – Emmerdale

Jayden Fox (Bobby Costello) – Hollyoaks

Scene of the year 

Coronation Street – Johnny’s Death

Doctors – Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

EastEnders – Hall of Mirrors

Emmerdale – Bridge Collapse

Hollyoaks – Misbah Didn’t Consent – WINNER     

The Outstanding Achievement Award was given to EastEnders legend Letitia Dean for her portrayal of Sharon Watts

 The Tony Warren Award went to Coronation Street scriptwriter Jan McVerry 

 

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