Emmerdale's John Middleton and Charlotte Bellamy win Best Actor and Actress at the Soap Awards (VIDEO)

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Emmerdale star John Middleton and Charlotte Bellamy were being cautious on the Soap Awards red carpet. But they needn't have been because they dominated the awards in Manchester

Emmerdale stars John Middleton and Charlotte Bellamy reunited at the British Soap Awards and marched off with the Best Actor and Actress awards.

The stars who played Ashley and Laurel Thomas until Ashley's recent death from Alzheimer's related illness have been universally praised for their performances in the ITV soap.

But speaking on the red carpet before they won, the pair were being cautious.

John said: "I've got a rough sketch of what I might say, but I'm not going to predict anything by saying I'm definitely going to say it because I might not!"

He added: "It was 20 years of my life, so it's great to come back. It's like coming back for a nice, lovely party, it really is."

John and Charlotte were both hoping the other would receive an award because they mutually agreed each other deserved it. So the feeling at winning must have been elation and validation.

Charlotte said: "It would be amazing to win [Best Soap] but as a team we don't take anything for granted. We've all got our fingers crossed."

Ultimately, Emmerdale won Best Soap, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Storyline, Best Single Episode and Best Male Dramatic Performance.

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