The British Soap Awards celebrate 21 Years with emotional Anne Kirkbride tribute

Tasha Hegarty
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From Prima

Looking back on 21 years of The British Soap Awards was always going to bring up some emotional moments, but none more than the Lifetime Achievement Award and Outstanding Achievement Awards.

Awarded to those who have been in the business for many years, actors who are at the top of their game, it's always a fantastic award to win, and for viewers, it's usually a cracking speech to watch too.

The likes of EastEnders' Pam St Clement and June Brown, and Coronation Street's William Roache have been given the award, but it was 2015's Anne Kirkbride's award which really left viewers emotional.

The Deirdre Barlow actress passed away earlier that year and so her husband accepted the award on her behalf from her co-stars, Roache and Beverley Callard, who paid a moving tribute to Anne.

Roache said: "Anne Kirkbride was a wonderful, natural, instinctive actress, who devoted her career to Coronation Street. Anne's love and warmth shone through the character of Deidre, which is why she played the part for 42 years, becoming as much a part of the street as the Cobbles themselves."

Viewers were emotional after being reminded of the moment, with one viewer tweeting: "still get goosebumps at anne kirkbride winning that award, she's so missed".

Winning the award had a variety of reactions from other recipients, from complete shock, to hilarious moments.

EastEnders veteran, Adam Woodyatt was so surprised when he was presented with the award in 2013, it left him in floods of tears and unable to finish his speech.

But 2009's winner, Barbara Windsor, had the nation cackling with laughter when she was so excited to win, she squeezed Steve McFadden (Phil Mitchell) and Ross Kemp (Grant Mitchell), before giving the audience a cheeky wiggle.

The British Soap Awards Celebrate 21 Years aired on ITV.

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