Kym Marsh has picked up her first award for the harrowing stillbirth storyline in Coronation Street .
The actress picked up the Soap Personality prize at the TRIC awards at London’s Grosvenor House hotel.
Thousands of viewers had already praised her portrayal of Michelle Connor , who lost a child 23 weeks into her pregnancy.
She said: “We’re absolutely delighted with the way our storyline has been received, it was obviously something very close to mine and Simon ’s heart.
“All we wanted to do was tell the story truthfully and reach out to people, to make a difference some how and we’ve definitely done that.
Michelle Connor is rushed to hospital for stillbirth
“I’m so proud of Corrie for doing this storyline, we didn’t just dip our toe in the water, we told the whole story.
“We are so proud of telling the story as it is, I think that’s the great thing about soaps, it brings important issues into people’s living rooms and gets people talking, it also helps to educate people on subjects they might not know about.”
Kym, 40, is campaigning for the rights of mothers.
On issue of birth certificates for stillborn children, she said: “I’m now an ambassador for a charity, Saying Goodbye, and they’re trying to campaign to get a national certificate.
“The whole issue about birth certificates is that it opens a can of worms, the problem being around the laws of termination and things like that, which is ground we can’t break into.
“However, if we can get a national certificate for all babies born under 24 weeks, if a parent wishes to, it would be great because it means they go on a national register and people will always see that your child was here.
“We feel fairly confident about it because we don’t see why we can’t have it, there’s no legal reason not to have it. We’re hoping to get it in the next couple of years but these things take time.”
Kym and former partner Jamie Lomas lost their own son Archie back in 2009 when he was born prematurely at 21 weeks, and she plans to hold an event in his honour.
She said: “I’m looking forward to holding the Archie Ball next year in memory of my son, which will also be part of the charity I’m involved in, so I’m very excited about that.”
Asked what is next for her character Michelle, she said: “She went a bit off the rails for a while, we saw evil Michelle and I don’t blame her, to be honest.
“What comes next is another journey for Michelle, it’s a long one which you’ll have to stay watching but I’m sure you’ll see some happiness for her at some point.
“There could be something with Robert, I think people are warming to the idea of them together.
“It’s weird for me to come out of the Rovers because I had that foundation for so long, but it’s exciting at the same time because I’m getting to work with other people and it brings a different dynamic.
“I’m very excited about what’s in store for Michelle.”
Elsewhere at the TRIC awards, EastEnders’ June Brown won the Special Award, Holly Willoughby won TV Personality, Saturday Night Takeaway won Entertainment Programme and Jeff Stelling won Sports Presenter.