She may not have picked up a gong at the British Soap Awards but Northern Ireland-born Bronagh Waugh did walk away with something — prize for the worst dressed.
The daring Coleraine girl turned up at the glitzy ceremony in London wearing a transparent shift dress — with not a scrap of underwear underneath and only a few carefully placed sequins to hide her modesty.
The 26-year-old, who has plays man eating barmaid Cheryl Brady in Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks, was among seven small screen stars nominated for the Best Actress Award.
She joined the hit Channel 4 soap last year after being initially cast for a handful of Hollyoaks Late programmes as the ex-girlfriend of a Northern Irish character played by local actor Glen Wallace. But Bronagh proved such a success that the producers drafted her into the regular Hollyoaks series and her character has been a huge hit with the programme’s millions of viewers.
She was pipped at the post for the award by Eastenders actress Lacy Turner who plays Stacey Branning who scooped two prizes — Best Dramatic Performance and Best Actress, which is voted for by the public.
Bronagh’s racy outfit did however manage to stave off some tough competition in the bad style stakes — with Coronation Street’s Vicky Entwhistle and Eastenders’ Emer Kenny walking the red carpet in equally rare dresses.
Winners in the British Soap Awards 2010:
Sexiest male: Scott Maslen (Jack Branning) - EastEnders
Sexiest female: Michelle Keegan (Tina McIntyre) - Coronation Street
Best dramatic performance from a young actor or actress: Ami Metcalf (Sapphire Cox) - Doctors
Best dramatic performance: Lacey Turner (Stacey Branning) - EastEnders
Best on-screen partnership: Jan Pearson and Christopher Walker (Karen Hollins and Rob Hollins) - Doctors
Villain of the year: Larry Lamb (Archie Mitchell) - EastEnders
Best newcomer: Marc Elliott (Syed Masood) - EastEnders
Lifetime achievement award: Betty Driver (Betty Turpin) - Coronation Street
Best comedy performance: Craig Gazey (Graeme Proctor) - Coronation Street
Best storyline: Who killed Archie? - EastEnders
Best exit: Charlie Clements (Bradley Branning) - EastEnders
Special achievement award: Bill Lyons (scriptwriter) - Emmerdale
Spectacular scene of the year: The parachute jump - Hollyoaks
Best single episode: EastEnders Live
Best actor: Scott Maslen (Jack Branning) - EastEnders
Best actress: Lacey Turner (Stacey Branning) - EastEnders
Best British soap: EastEnders