'This one is for Betty Driver': Coronation Street cast pay tribute to their late co-star as they scoop Best Serial Drama at the NTAs
Coronation Street stars paid tribute to late cast member Betty Driver as they picked up the award for Best Serial Drama at the National Soap Awards tonight.
Sally Dynevor, who plays Sally Webster on the soap, accepted the award – which was presented by Paul O'Grady, saying: 'Thank you so much for this, thank you everybody whose voted for Coronation Street.'
'This one is for Betty Driver,' dedicating the award to the late Corrie star, who died in October last year aged 91, she added.
Paying tribute: Coronation Stret Stars dedicated their award for Best Serial Drama to their late co-star Betty Driver at the National Television Awards tonight
Sharing the moment: The cast posed together with the awards for Best Serial Drama and Serial Drama Performance backstage
She continued: 'We’ve had an amazing couple of years, we’ve had fantastic storylines, we’ve got a great bunch of writers.'
Coronation Street producer Phil Collinson took over, saying: 'Betty was a marvel. She was in the show for 42 years and was a wonderful woman. She’d have been so proud.'
He next paid tribute to Tony Warren, calling him an 'amazing man'.
On the red carpet: Shobna Gulati and Michelle Keegan opted for high-octane glamour
Taking the plunge: Georgia May Foote chose a sexy backless number, while Catherine Tyldesley wore a daring gown with a transparent section
The award-winning scriptwriter created Coronation Street 51 years ago.
Veteran actress Betty, who played barmaid Betty Williams for 42 years in the ITV soap, died aged 91 last October.
Driver played Betty, nee Turpin, in more than 2,800 episodes of
Coronation Street, and was famed for serving up her Lancashire hotpot
stews at lunchtimes in the Rover's Return.
Alternative approaches: Alison King opted for a corseted midnight blue gown, while Kate Ford chose a pretty cream dress embellished with black lace
Elegant in black: Debbie Rush, who posed alongside co-stars Ian Puleston-Davies, wore a pretty silk dress with pink flowers
Glad to be back: Michael Le Vell, who plays Kevin Webster, has just returned to the soap after a three-month break
Driver's contract was meant to only last three months, but she ended up staying in the role for 42 years until her death.
Beloved co-star: Corrie veteran Betty Driver died aged 91 in October last year
Corrie was up against TV favourites including EastEnders, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks for the title of Best Serial Drama.
Katherine Kelly, who recently left the show, also up the award for serial drama performance as fiery Becky McDonald.
Kelly was unable to be present to pick up the award, as she is in the midst of rehearsals for She Stoops to Conquer at the National Theatre.
Stars of the ITV soap weren't looking so glamorous arriving at Euston station this afternoon.
Make-up free and carrying their own luggage, the famous faces looked far from glamorous as they headed to their hotel in the Capital.
Keen to make her way through the
train station was young actress Michelle Keegan who had dressed
comfortably for the journey from up north.
24-year-old looked fresh faced as she pulled along a black holdall
along wearing dark skinny jeans, matching sheepskin boots and a khaki
She completed her casual look with a chunky knit beanie hat and carried a scarf over her arm.
She stayed close to her female co-star Catherine Tyldesley – who joined the soap as Eva Price last year.
Not so glamorous: Coronation Street actress Michelle Keegan (R) and Catherine Tyldesley look dressed down as they arrive at Euston station today
The blonde had made a bit more effort wearing some make up and an off the shoulder jumper.
She too pulled along her own luggage and wore tan-coloured boots and a leopard-print scarf.
Dark-haired Alison King also went make-up free as she arrived wearing boot cut jeans a full-length black coat.
The 38-year-old hadn't packed lightly as she pulled a suitcase along as well as carrying her dress for this evening.
Still manage to look good: Keegan and her co-star Alison King (R) are in London to attend the National Television Awards at the O2 Arena tonight
The pair were closely followed by Anthony Cotton and former Coronation Street star Suranne Jones.
Cotton – who appeared on I'm A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here last year is obviously still very close to Jones and tweeted a photo of her while on the train.
The 36-year-old was eager to leave the station as he was heading straight to London tailors October House.
'I'm here for me suit…' he posted along with a photo of the tailors.
He later tweeted a sneak peek of his outfit which includes a smart white shirt.
Still good friends: Antony Cotton travelled to the Capital with former Coronation Street star Suranne Jones
is obviously sharing a room with his co-star Ryan Thomas as he also
sent him a message, saying: 'Can you make sure the air-con is on in our
room please Ta babes. TXT BK x'
But Thomas was nowhere to be seen as he walked through the airport with Jones who played Karen McDonald from 2000 to 2004.
The brunette chatted on her mobile phone as she hurried along holding a heavy looking garment protector – that no doubt contained a glamorous dress for this evening.
She had also dressed comfortably for the journey wearing Converse trainers and skinny jeans.
Holding their own: Jack P Shepherd (L) and Chris Fountain looked serious as they carried their own suits through the station
NATIONAL TELEVISION AWARDS WINNERS 2012
Drama – Downton Abbey
Serial Drama – Coronation Street
Drama Performance: Male – Matt Smith
Drama Performance: Female – Karen Gillan
Serial Drama Performance – Katherine Kelly
Entertainment Programme – Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow
Talent Show – The X Factor
Reality Programme – I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here
Factual Programme – This Morning
Talk Show – Alan Carr Chatty Man
Comedy Panel show – Celebrity Juice
Sitcom – Outnumbered
Newcomer – Jacqueline Jossa
Entertainment Presenter – Ant and Dec
Landmark Award – David Walliams
Outstanding Contribution – Gary Barlow
Special Recognition – Jonathan Ross