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Saturday 22nd February 2020

British Soap Awards winner Kara-Leah Fernandes shares personal link to EastEnders' storyline

Kara-Leah wowed the crowd

Kara-Leah Fernandes is on top of the world after winning a British Soap Award for Best Young Actor last night for her role as Bailey in EastEnders.

But Kara-Leah, nine, revealed during her heartwarming acceptance speech that she could relate to Bailey because she has a disabled brother.

Her character acted as carer to mother Dinah, who tragically took her own life on the soap.

Kara-Leah accepted her award alongside co-star Roger Griffiths (Credit: ITV)

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During the star-studded ceremony hosted by Phillip Schofield, Kara-Leah accepted the award alongside co-star Roger Griffiths, who plays her father Mitch.

She told the crowd: "I want to thank God first, the EastEnders team for creating such a witty and mature character who is raising awareness for young carers."

I have a disabled brother, so I can relate to Bailey a bit.

The young award-winner continued: "I have a disabled brother, so I can relate to Bailey a bit."

"Thank you to my amazing EastEnders family, my agency and all of my family. And school teachers."

Kara-Leah plays bailer in EastEnders (Credit: BBC/Kieron McCarron)

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Fans soon took to Twitter to express their delight at the youngster's win, as well as the emotional connection to her storyline.

One wrote: "Kara-Leah Fernandes is an absolute star. She brings so much to Bailey and the show! #EastEnders"

While another said: "Kara-Leah Fernandes is ADORABLE, and brilliant #BritishSoapAwards"

Finally, another viewer said: "Kara-Leah Fernandes is so cute her speech had me welling up #Britishsoapawards"

Kara-Leah and Roger were involved in an emotional storyline (Credit: BBC/Kieron McCarron)

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Last night's ceremony took place at the Lowry Theatre in Manchester.

Other winners included Hollyoaks for Best Soap, Gregory Finnegan for Best Actor and Lucy Pargeter for Emmerdale.

Kara-Leah and Roger also won an award for Best On-screen Partnership.

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