The British Soap Awards 2012: Alison King wins Best Actress

Best Actress: Alison King won the title at this year's British Soap Awards
Best Actress: Alison King won the title at this year's British Soap Awards©ITV

Coronation Street star Alison King has won the coveted Best Actress title at The British Soap Awards 2012.

The actress, who plays factory boss Carla Connor in the popular soap, looked delighted with her win, as she rushed on stage to collect the award.

Accepting the gong from Robert Bathurst, Alison said: “Really wasn’t expecting that. Thank you so much to the writers, who have just given me such a brilliant time on Corrie. Thank you to the viewers who voted for me, and thank you to the cast and crew, I couldn’t wish for better people to work with.”

Alison then added: “I’m really nervous so I’m going to go!”

Alison beat off stiff competition from her soap contemporaries including Jo Joyner (Tanya Jessop from EastEnders), Nina Wadia (Zainab Khan in EastEnders) and Karen Hassan (Lynsey Nolan in Hollyoaks).

But her portrayal as the tormented Carla Connor meant that Alison stole the title in the end.

Viewers have watched in horror as Carla has had to try to cope after being raped by her sadistic former fiancé Frank Foster, before being cheated out of her business by him, and having her name sullied, with neighbours turning against her.

As her problems mounted, alcoholic Carla found herself dragged back under, using booze as a way to blot out her misery.

Carla also had to cope with the fallout after colleagues and neighbours found out about her relationship with the then-married Peter Barlow – and deal with his son, Simon, hating her for breaking up him and Leanne.

It’s been one busy year for poor Carla – but the character’s hectic life has allowed actress Alison to perform in some of her most dramatic storylines so far, earning her this year’s title of Best Actress at The British Soap Awards 2012.

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