Emma Rigby has picked up a prestigious award honouring Hollyoaks‘ treatment of her character’s struggle with eating disorders.

This year’s soap category in the Mental Health Media Awards went to the Channel 4 series for Emma’s character Hannah Ashworth’s battle with anorexia and bulimia.

Emma, who also won Best Actress at the British Soap Awards this year, said: “This is fantastic recognition for a storyline I was very privileged to be part of.

“There was a lot of research with Hannah’s plight and I’m pleased that it’s paid off. Hopefully we’ve shown through the storyline that people can recover,” she added.

The hard-hitting plot saw Hannah and her pal Melissa, played by Carla Chases, become obsessed with their weight, and climaxed with Melissa suffering a heart attack.

Show producer Bryan Kirkwood added: “Hollyoaks’ win at the Mental Health Awards rounds off another brilliant year for the show.

“Emma’s portrayal was raw and from the heart and she totally deserves this awards success.”

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