Jennie McAlpine spoke at the British Soap Awards about Manchester's defiant spirit in the wake of the May 22 bombing

Corrie star Jennie McAlpine saluted the spirit of Manchester as it recovered from the May 22 Manchester Arena bomb, saying the world was looking on with awe.

She told What’s on TV at the British Soap Awards: “I’ve got my bumblebee earrings in for Manchester. The whole world is looking at us in awe and that made me kind of proud, if I’m allowed to be and the fact we knew Martyn [Hett], who was one of the people who lost their lives and was an uber Corrie fan, was just awful. But it was wonderful to see how his family has been and how all of the families [of the victims] have been wonderful.”

Jennie, who plays Fiz Brown in the ITV soap, is Manchester born and bred. But she wasn’t attending today’s One Love Manchester benefit concert, organised by US pop star Ariana Grande in the wake of the atrocity.

“I’m going to watch at home,” she said. “I’m very involved in Manchester’s Children’s Hospital… obviously the storyline Fiz had a couple of years ago with Hope, I got quite involved. I’ve been in touch with them, the fact that Ariana [Grande] went the other day was beautiful and they’ve had two royal visits, you know people are really trying to make something positive out of really horrendous thing, you’ve got to be proud of people for that.”

One Love Manchester will screen live on BBC1 from 6.55pm on BBC1.