The British Soap Awards 2012: Katherine Kelly wins Best Exit

She's gone to the dark side: Katherine Kelly accepts the gong for Best Exit
She's gone to the dark side: Katherine Kelly accepts the gong for Best Exit© ITV

Coronation Street said so long to one of its most loved characters this year, when Becky McDonald swapped the cobbles for sunshine as she fled the Street in dramatic style, to start a new life in Barbados with boyfriend Danny – who could blame here?

Actress Katherine Kelly, who played Becky, became a Corrie favourite in her six years on the soap, transforming the character from a gobby jailbird to the tart-with-a-heart that everyone loved.

Becky endured many highs and lows over the years and her time on the show was certainly a journey, as they would say on X Factor.

From her drunken rampages and arguments with Tracy Barlow, to her rollercoaster relationship with husband Steve McDonald, Becky has been described as a Coronation Street icon and is sorely missed by viewers.

Testament to how much she meant to the soap and its fans, bosses paid tribute to Becky and Katherine’s fine acting skills in a moving one-off special entitled Farewell Becky.

Tonight, it was only fitting that Katherine took the title of Best Exit.

Home and Away stars Lynne McGranger and Lisa Gormley presented the award and Katherine said: "I thought this was going to be Pam's (St. Clement) - amazing. It was a very very difficult decision to leave Corrie cause I've had the best time there."

After praising the writers, she told the Corrie cast: "I am going to miss you all a hell of a lot, I already do."

She added: "This is a lovely oportunity to thank the public for taking Becky into your hearts. What a lovely ending."

Katherine will need to get a new trophy cabinet soon as she is fast becoming a favourite at awards ceremonies, picking up the National Television Award for Best Serial Drama Performance earlier this year.

In 2009, she won Best Actress at the British Soap Awards.

Katherine won rave reviews for recent her role in a production of She Stoops To Conquer.

COR BLIMEY

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