NTAs: Trophy for Corrie's Hayley Cropper caps 'incredible week'

National Television Awards

Ant and Dec, Benedict Cumberbatch and Matt Smith among winners at London ceremony

LAST UPDATED AT 12:19 ON Thu 23 Jan 2014

JULIE HESMONDHALGH, the actress who played Hayley Cropper in Coronation Street has capped off an "incredible week" by winning the award for best performance in a serial drama at last night's National Television Awards.

The actress - whose transgender character 'died' this week as a controversial euthanasia story line came to a climax - dedicated the award to her onscreen husband Roy Cropper, played by David Neilson. "There ain't no Hayley without Roy," she told the audience at London's 02 Arena.

Speaking backstage, the Corrie actress told the Digital Spy website: "It has been the most incredible week of my life, it really has." She added: "I'm so grateful to everybody for voting [for the award]. It's just fantastic."

ITV's Coronation Street also picked up the award for best serial drama for the third year running, beating off a challenge from Eastenders, whose cast arrived at the awards in a vintage double-decker bus.

Benedict Cumberbatch, the star of the BBC's hit series Sherlock, nudged out Idris Elba (Luther) and David Tennant and Olivia Coleman (Broadchurch) to take the award for best TV detective. Matt Smith's final hurrah as Doctor Who earned him best drama performance.

Ant and Dec were the night's biggest winners. They picked up a hat-trick of awards, including best entertainment presenter, best entertainment programme for I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! and the coveted Landmark award that featured a personal tribute form Prince Charles.

Despite leaving empty-handed, The X Factor managed to steal some limelight when last year's winner Sam Bailey sang a duet with Michael Bolton. The duo were accompanied by the school choir from the documentary series, Educating Yorkshire.

You can find a full list of last night's winners here · 

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