ST HELENS' young Coronation Street star Jude Riordan has another reason to celebrate after bagging another award.

Jude, who has played the role of Sam Blakeman, the long lost son of Nick Tilsley, in the ITV soap, took the Best Newcomer gong at the Inside Soap Awards.


Jude's character has been at the forefront of some big storylines ever since, including a dramatic kidnap plot.

The youngster also brought tears to viewers' eyes with his poignant portrayals following the death of Sam's on-screen mum, as his character dealt with the heartbreak.


Jude Riordan plays Sam in Corrie

Jude Riordan plays Sam in Corrie


The 10-year-old had already enjoyed recognition this year, as he was crowned Best Newcomer at the National Television Awards in September.

The the St John Vianney pupil now has another Best Newcomer award to add to the mantlepiece.

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Jude's win formed part of a dominant night for Coronation Street, which picked up seven gongs in total.


Jude Riordan plays Sam in Corrie

Jude Riordan plays Sam in Corrie


The ITV soap claimed the top prize for Best Soap, while David Neilson (Roy Cropper) and Sally Carman (Abi Franklin) both received individual acting prizes from the magazine.

Its other wins included Dame Maureen Lipman for Funniest Performance as Evelyn Plummer.

Jude, from Lea Green, first hit TV screens in 2017 after starring in The Secret Life of Five Year Olds on Channel 4.

Since then, he has gone on to appear in CBBC programmes and several adverts and in 2018 he landed the role of Tyler in Sky One’s Brassic alongside former Corrie star Michelle Keegan and Vince Gilligan.