EastEnders’ Letitia Dean dedicates Outstanding Achievement Award to her late father


‘This is for my daddy’: EastEnders’ Letitia Dean dedicates Outstanding Achievement Award to her late father as she reunites with onscreen mother Anita Dobson at British Soap Awards

EastEnders legend Letitia Dean was the proud recipient of this year’s Outstanding Achievement award for her almost 40 year stint playing Sharon Watts.

The actress, 54, was presented with her gong by onscreen mother Anita Dobson, who played Angie Watts.

Letitia exclaimed: ‘Hello mum!’ as she made her way onto the stage. 

Winner! EastEnders legend Letitia Dean was the proud recipient of this year's Outstanding Achievement award for her almost 40 year stint playing Sharon Watts

Winner! EastEnders legend Letitia Dean was the proud recipient of this year’s Outstanding Achievement award for her almost 40 year stint playing Sharon Watts

Letitia remarked that it was ‘overwhelming’ to win and that she was ‘so touched’, before stating that she loved the cast, crew and Anita. 

The star reflected on first bagging the role because of her ‘dirty laugh’ before heartbreakingly revealing that her father passed away last week.

She dedicated the award to him, saying: ‘This is for my daddy – I hope you’re proud!’

Overwhelmed: Letitia remarked that it was 'overwhelming' to win and that she was 'so touched', before stating that she loved the cast, crew and Anita

Overwhelmed: Letitia remarked that it was ‘overwhelming’ to win and that she was ‘so touched’, before stating that she loved the cast, crew and Anita

She finished by adding: ‘I’m not very good at public speaking but thank you all.’ 

Announcing the winner of the award, Anita teased: ‘The recipient of this award, I have known for a very long time.

‘I first met her when she was 16 years old! She’s been in over 2000 episodes, she’s had 237 duff duffs, she’s also been landlady of the Queen Vic – 6 times! 

‘Amazing storylines, and the revelation of her affair with Phil Mitchell – which brought in 23.5 million viewers!

‘Not bad hey? She’s quirky, funny, talented, glorious, glamourous, an icon.’

EastEnders had great success on the night as they bagged four gongs during the evening, tied for the most along with Emmerdale.

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

Reunited: The actress, 54, was presented with her gong by onscreen mother Anita Dobson, who played Angie Watts

Reunited: The actress, 54, was presented with her gong by onscreen mother Anita Dobson, who played Angie Watts

As they excitedly took to the stage, Gillian was quick to heap praise on her co-star and onscreen daughter, telling the audience: ‘I love working with this woman.’

Turning to Lacey, she sweetly added: ‘It’s an absolute privilege to work with you Lacey Turner and I never take it for granted.’

Meanwhile, Lacey said that watching Gillian portray bi-polar character Jean for 15 years was ‘mesmerising’, sweetly adding: ‘You make me a better actress, I love you very much!’

Touching: The star reflected on first bagging the role because of her 'dirty laugh' before heartbreakingly revealing that her father passed away last week

Touching: The star reflected on first bagging the role because of her ‘dirty laugh’ before heartbreakingly revealing that her father passed away last week

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

As they excitedly took to the stage, Gillian was quick to heap praise on her co-star and onscreen daughter, telling the audience: ‘I love working with this woman.’

Turning to Lacey, she sweetly added: ‘It’s an absolute privilege to work with you Lacey Turner and I never take it for granted.’

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

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

Meanwhile, Lacey said that watching Gillian portray bi-polar character Jean for 15 years was ‘mesmerising’, sweetly adding: ‘You make me a better actress, I love you very much!’

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.

High praise: As they excitedly took to the stage, Gillian was quick to heap praise on her co-star and onscreen daughter, telling the audience: 'I love working with this woman'

Lovely: Turning to Lacey, she sweetly added: 'It's an absolute privilege to work with you Lacey Turner and I never take it for granted'

High praise: As they excitedly took to the stage, Gillian was quick to heap praise on her co-star and onscreen daughter, telling the audience: ‘I love working with this woman’

British Soap Awards 2022: The 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 went 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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