It marks the first time the ITV soap has won the title at the ceremony – traditionally London rival EastEnders has won the top prize, with Coronation Street picking up the gong just once in 2007.
Emmerdale also won in other categories with actor Dominic Power winning the award for ‘Best Bad Boy’ for his role as serial killer Cameron Murray – while the Killer Cameron story itself picked up ‘Best Storyline’.
The soap also scooped the ‘Outstanding Achievement’ award for their 40th anniversary live episode.
The ceremony was held last night at the Ministry of Sound in London.
Full list of winners :-
Funniest Male – Simon Gregson (Steve McDonald, Coronation Street)
Funniest Female – Tameka Empson (Kim Fox, EastEnders)
Best Newcomer – Khali Best (Dexter Hartman, EastEnders)
Best Actor – David Neilson (Roy Cropper, Coronation Street)
Best Bad Boy – Dominic Power (Cameron Murray, Emmerdale)
Best Bitch – Natalie Gumede (Kirsty Soames, Coronation Street)
Best Actress – Jacqueline Jossa (Lauren Branning, EastEnders)
Sexiest Male – Danny Mac (Dodger Savage, Hollyoaks)
Best Storyline – Cameron’s murderous antics (Emmerdale)
Best Young Actor – Maisie Smith (Tiffany Butcher, EastEnders)
Best Daytime Soap – Home & Away
Sexiest Female – Michelle Keegan (Tina McIntyre, Coronation Street)
Best Drama – Waterloo Road
Best Daytime Star – Steve Peacocke (Darryl ‘Brax’ Braxton, Home and Away)
Outstanding Achievement – Emmerdale Live
Best Soap – Emmerdale