CORONATION STREET dedicated its Bafta TV award to Sophie Lancaster, who was murdered in East Lancashire, and her mother Sylvia who died recently.

At the awards ceremony, which took place on Sunday, May 8, Corrie won the Bafta for best soap and continuing drama.

Sally Dynevor, who plays Sally Metcalfe in the show, accepted the award on behalf of the team and made a special dedication to the mother and daughter.

Corrie's win comes after one of the show’s plot lines was inspired by the real-life hate crime and murder of Sophie, who was killed in 2007 for being a goth.

Sophie’s mother, Sylvia, had been working with the producers of the ITV soap for the storyline.

She died suddenly this April in Royal Blackburn Hospital, after years of ill health.



Speaking at the award ceremony, Sally said: “We weren’t expecting this tonight, we really weren’t, so thank you so much Bafta for this award.

“Working on this show is just a privilege – and the drama and the comedy go so well on Corrie.

“And one of the most important stories we have told this year was the hate crime story.

"So we would like to dedicate this to Sophie Lancaster and her mother Sylvia Lancaster. Thank you.”

In the Corrie plot, Nina Lucas (played by Mollie Gallagher), was attacked because of her gothic sub-culture.

Lancashire Telegraph: Nina Lucas and Seb Franklin (Coronation Street/ITV)Nina Lucas and Seb Franklin (Coronation Street/ITV)

The storyline saw Nina's boyfriend Seb (Harry Visinoni) die as a result of his injuries.

As a result, Nina changed the way she looks, wearing clothes that conformed her to society after thinking she was to blame for Seb’s death.

To bring the plot to life, Coronation Street worked with the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, which was set up in memory of Sophie.

In 2007, Sophie was set upon by drunk teenagers in a park in Bacup.

Lancashire Telegraph: Sophie Lancaster. Sophie Lancaster.

The gang turned on her and her boyfriend, Rob Maltby, who survived the attack, because of their alternative appearance.

Sophie was kicked and stamped on as she cradled the injured Mr Maltby.

Both fell into comas but Sophie, a gap-year student, never regained consciousness and died in hospital 13 days later.

Sylvia was awarded an OBE in 2014 for her work to tackle hate crime following the killing of her daughter.