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Accrington actress Julie Hesmondhalgh wins National Television Award

Julie won the gong just days after her emotional departure from Coronation Street.

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National Television Awards 2014 - London

Just two days after that tear-jerking Coronation Street departure, actress Julie Hesmondhalgh claimed a National TV Award amid emotional scenes at the showbiz event.


And it was a Corrie double on the night – as the show also claimed the Best Serial Drama award for the third year in a row.


Julie leapt with joy as her name was announced for the Best Serial Drama Performance, after her heartbreaking performance as cancer sufferer Hayley Cropper, who viewers saw take her own life on Monday night.


To huge cheers and applause, and with a standing ovation from her Corrie cast-mates, Julie led her soap husband, and fellow nominee, David Neilson onto the stage to collect her award with her.


She said: “We said if either of us were lucky enough to win this we'd go up together because there ain't no Roy without Hayley and there ain't no Hayley without Roy.”


Julie thanked her “Corrie family” saying: “I love you and I miss you all”, before David joked that he missed her too – because she's the only castmate who will tell him when he has “a bogey in my nose”.


Julie added: “We are so proud of this storyline and we'd like to thank all of the charities who have helped and supported us, particularly Pancreatic Cancer UK.”


She dedicated the award to three men – her dad John who died last year, her husband Ian Kershaw, and to her soap hubby David.


And there were more celebrations when Coronation Street was announced as Best Serial Drama.


But while Julie celebrated with her co-stars in London, it was straight back to Manchester on Thursday – where she will star in the premiere of new play Blindsided at the Royal Exchange Theatre.