Coronation Street star Simon Gregson is among the winners of this year’s TV Times Awards.
The 41-year-old actor, whose character Steve has battled depression in the ITV soap this year, was thrilled to be named TV Times’ Favourite Soap Star in the magazine’s annual roll of honour.
“I love playing Steve and it’s always nice to know that the viewers enjoy watching him and have taken the time to vote for me,” he tells us.
“It’s been a difficult year for Steve and what he has gone through does seem to have resonated with many people. I felt a real sense of responsibility playing that storyline so it is encouraging to know it has touched so many people.”
Another Corrie star, Sean Ward, was also delighted to have won the reader vote in the Favourite Newcomer category for his role as late villain Callum Logan.
“It’s the best thing!” he said. “I’ve been up for quite a few awards this year, and just getting nominated is more than enough. So to find out I’ve won means the world to me. The last award I got was when I worked in a bar, and that was for always being late!”
Other winners included Martin Clunes in the Favourite Actor category for his performances in Doc Martin and ITV drama Arthur and George; Sheridan Smith for Favourite Actress for The C Word and Black Work; and Downton Abbey for Favourite Drama.
Here are all the TV Times 2015 Awards winners:
Favourite Soap Star: Simon Gregson
Favourite Newcomer: Sean Ward
Favourite Actor: Martin Clunes
Favourite Actress: Sheridan Smith
Favourite Comedy Show: Benidorm
Favourite Reality Show: The Great British Bake Off
Favourite Quiz: The Chase
Favourite Factual Show: Paul O’Grady’s For the Love of Dogs
Favourite Digital Show: Game of Thrones
Favourite Drama: Downton Abbey
Favourite Presenter: Ant & Dec
Editor’s Outstanding Contribution: Joanna Lumley
Editor’s Programme of the Year: Coronation Street