British Soap Awards scrap Sexiest gongs
The British Soap Awards have scrapped their 'Sexiest Male' and 'Sexiest Female' awards.
After 15 years, the award show - which honours those involved in the United Kingdom's best soaps - has decided to scrap the two gongs in favour of an award for the portrayal of a storyline that involves a wider issue.
A source shared to The Sun newspaper: "The 'Sexiest' awards have been a staple of the British Soap Awards for years, so the decision to axe them was a surprise. But the bosses feel that they were a bit out of date, and didn't necessarily fit with the more serious image they want for the awards.
"This year their aim is to celebrate soap's brilliant actors and actresses - not hunks and babes. And that is reflected in our new award."
Previous winners of the 'Sexiest Female' award include Michelle Keegan - Tina McIntyre in 'Coronation Street' - who was crowned the winner six times in a row and 'Hollyoaks' Roxanne McKee, who received the award twice.
Last year's 'Sexiest Male' gong went to Danny Mac, who played Dodger Savage in 'Hollyoaks', whilst others include four-time winner 'EastEnders' Scott Maslen.
The newly-revamped British Soap Awards will take place on May 16 in Manchester and will be hosted by Phillip Schofield.