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Katie Fitzpatrick

ITV Corrie's Sally Carman looks a world away from Abi Franklin in same outfit as EastEnders star at British Soap Awards

Coronation Street favourite Sally Carman looked a far cry from her mechanic character Abi Franklin as she struck a pose on the red carpet at The British Soap Awards. Sally, who is currently at the centre of the drama in Weatherfield in her fight for custody of her baby boy Alfie, swapped Abi's overalls for a glitzy black jumpsuit for the awards in London.

The actress, who was nominated for the first gender neutral Best Leading Performer award to replace the Best Actress and Best Actor gongs, wowed in her bejeweled lacy outfit. She chose the same stunning jumpsuit as EastEnders star Danielle Harold, who plays Lola Pearce in the BBC One soap and the ladies both looked incredible.

Sally joined Coronation Street as drug addict Abi in 2017 and has become one of the long-running soap's most popular characters. After losing her son Seb to a vile hate crime attack last May, the character is embroiled in a heartbreaking storyline after losing custody of her son.


Alfie's dad Imran Habeeb framed Abi to appear that she was still on drugs so that he could keep Alfie with his new wife Toyah. But when he told Toyah the truth it appears she crashed their car to get her revenge.

Imran suffered a cardiac arrest after rescuing Toyah from the wreckage and he died on the scene. Alfie has since been taken into care while the finger of suspicion points at Toyah over his death.

Sally looked a world away from Kevin's garage on Corrie (PA)

Disappointed Coronation Street fans took to Twitter to complain that the world's longest-running soap was 'robbed' at the event at The Hackney Empire in London which was screened on ITV on Saturday night (June 11). Rising star Millie Gibson, who plays the soap's troubled teen Kelly Neelan, took home the prize for Best Young Performer following the harrowing hate crime storyline which saw her character framed for the murder of Sebby thug Corey Brent.

And Maximus Evans won Villain of the Year for his chilling portrayal of Corey. The evil gang ringleader repeatedly stamped on Seb after they set upon the builder and his goth girlfriend Nina Lucas over her appearance as they walked home along the canal.

The hate crime storyline, inspired by the brutal murder of goth Sophie Lancaster in 2007, was also up for Best Storyline, which was won by Misbah Maalik's historic rape story in Hollyoaks, and it was nominated for Best Single Episode for the flashback scenes when Nina regained her memory of the sickening attack.

EastEnders star Danielle Harold (Getty Images)

The top gong for Best British Soap went to Emmerdale. And Best Leading Performer award was scooped by Emmerdale's Paige Sandhu for her terrifying role as serial killer Meena Jutla.

Johnny Connor's death by drowning in a storm drain during the show's spectacular spooky 'Stunt Week' in October missed out on Scene of the Year to the awareness-raising Misbah consent story on Hollyoaks. @ackleybridgefa1 asked: "Sally didn't win that? What? Corrie getting robbed this year what is this?" And @ncutigatwas messaged: "Corrie were well and truly robbed with that one, Johnny's death and that whole week actually was amazing and blew every other soap out of the water."

@clazzy70 fumed: "#soapawards2022 Corrie was robbed. So many awards should have been theirs." And @fpl_pie tweeted: "#Corrie robbed."

@jordgray21 said with a stunned-face emoji: "Corrie are getting robbed tonight like." And @JackMulhall92 said: "Tell you what, a friend of mine (definitely not me) is fuming Corrie didn’t win best soap. Fuming."

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