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QUEEN BITCH; Janine named as most evil woman of all TV soaps.

Byline: NICK BROOKE

CHARLIE Brooks helped EastEnders sweep the board at a TV awards show last night.

The teenager, who plays evil Janine Butcher, was named Best Bitch as the Albert Square crew won eight gongs at the Inside Soap Awards in London.

Viewers voted for Janine after watching her cruel antics in the BBC1 hit.

After being abandoned by her family in recent months, she has turned into a manipulative on-screen bitch.

She turned her venom on former stepmum Peggy and wrecked her lonely landlord Terry's budding romance.

Picking up her award, Charlie said: "This is fantastic - I think. I guess it means I have done my job well."

"When I see my scripts I grimace and say, 'Oh my God'. Luckily I've not got any of Janine's personality traits."

Charlie's luck was just the tip of the iceberg for EastEnders.

For the fifth year in a row Inside Soap's readers voted it Best Soap, it won Best Storyline for the Who Shot Phil? saga and its stars grabbed most of the individual gongs.

Rising star Jessie Wallace said she was "shocked but honoured" to be named Best Newcomer for her portrayal of Square tart Kat Slater.

This week viewers will see Kat breakdown as she reveals she was raped by her Uncle Harry at 13 and fell pregnant with "little sister" Zoe.

Martin Kemp - bad boy Steve Owen in the soap - took the Best Actor award and June Brown was named Best Actress for her performances as chain smoker Dot Cotton.

But the queen of the night was Barbara Windsor, who scooped a Lifetime Achievement gong for playing matriarch Peggy Mitchell.

In the past year Peggy has been dumped by hubby Frank, lost the Queen Vic pub, faced a murder attempt on her son Phil then watched him hook up with her old enemy Sharon.

Forgetting her character's woes last night, delighted Babs said: "It's wonderful as this Christmas I'll have been in showbiz 52 years.

"I feel so lucky the two things people associate me with are Carry On films - the best British comedy - and EastEnders - the best drama."

She was branded a "legend" by co-star Michael Grieco, who won Sexiest Male.

But the other soaps weren't left out last night. Coronation Street won three awards and Emmerdale, Brookside and Hollyoaks took one apiece.

THE HONOURS

EastEnders.............8

Coronation Street..3

Hollyoaks................1

Emmerdale.............1
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