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Simon Gregson wins Favourite Soap Star, Sean Ward wins Fave Newcomer in the TV Times Awards

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Coronation Street (opens in new tab) star Simon Gregson is among the winners of this year’s TV Times Awards.


The 41-year-old actor, whose character Steve has battled depression in the ITV soap this year, was thrilled to be named TV Times’ Favourite Soap Star in the magazine’s annual roll of honour.


“I love playing Steve and it’s always nice to know that the viewers enjoy watching him and have taken the time to vote for me,” he tells us.


"It’s been a difficult year for Steve and what he has gone through does seem to have resonated with many people. I felt a real sense of responsibility playing that storyline so it is encouraging to know it has touched so many people."


Another Corrie star, Sean Ward, was also delighted to have won the reader vote in the Favourite Newcomer category for his role as late villain Callum Logan.

“It’s the best thing!” he said. “I’ve been up for quite a few awards this year, and just getting nominated is more than enough. So to find out I’ve won means the world to me.  The last award I got was when I worked in a bar, and that was for always being late!”


Other winners included Martin Clunes in the Favourite Actor category for his performances in Doc Martin and ITV drama Arthur and George; Sheridan Smith for Favourite Actress for The C Word and Black Work; and Downton Abbey for Favourite Drama.


Here are all the TV Times 2015 Awards winners:


Favourite Soap Star: Simon Gregson

Favourite Newcomer: Sean Ward

Favourite Actor: Martin Clunes

Favourite Actress: Sheridan Smith

Favourite Comedy Show: Benidorm

Favourite Reality Show: The Great British Bake Off

Favourite Quiz: The Chase  

Favourite Factual Show: Paul O’Grady’s For the Love of Dogs

Favourite Digital Show: Game of Thrones

Favourite Drama: Downton Abbey

Favourite Presenter: Ant & Dec

Editor’s Outstanding Contribution: Joanna Lumley

Editor’s Programme of the Year: Coronation Street



Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.