The Digital Spy Reader Awards 2020 full results

Abby Robinson
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We've never needed entertainment more than we have this year. Luckily, 2020 delivered, and then some.

But who did you choose as your winners?

We asked you to vote in the Digital Spy Reader Awards and the results are finally in.

Here's the full rundown.


Best Actor (Female)

It was a tale of two Jodies in the Best Female Actor category, with Comer coming out on top for the second year in a row. And clearly, Michaela Coel made quite an impression on you lot, clinching the bronze medal for her heavyweight performance in the sublime I May Destroy You.

"Thank you so much to the Digital Spy readers for their continued support.," said Comer. "This is a lovely early Christmas present! Stay safe and I hope you all have a very merry Christmas!"

Best Actor (Male)

David Tennant last picked up the Best Male Actor award in 2013 for his stint as the Tenth Doctor in Doctor Who, and he's back with a bang for his uncanny portrayal of real-life serial killer Dennis Nilsen in ITV's Des. And it's a double whammy for Sex Education's Ncuti Gatwa and Asa Butterfield, who took the second and third spots.

"David Tennant's performance as Des was incredible and I’m delighted Digital Spy has awarded him the best actor award," said ITV head of Drama Polly Hill. "It's well deserved for what is the performance of the year."

Rising Star

Emma Corrin received huge praise from critics and viewers alike for her performance as a young Diana, Princess of Wales in The Crown, but Normal People's Paul Mescal is your pick for Rising Star. His partner in crime, Daisy Edgar-Jones, just pipped Corrin to second place.

"Whey! That's incredible," said Mescal. "That is pretty incredible, I'm beaming. It's still a very new thing in terms of people awarding the show. It's a huge honour, I think people are still responding to the show, like 7-8 months after, and it's really cool and I'm really honoured. Thank you very much."

Best British Drama

Killing Eve has bagged Best British Drama, beating out the likes of Netflix favourite Sex Education and Des. With season four on the way, can the series make it a hattrick?

Best Lockdown Binge

If there's one person who made us all forget about the horrors of 2020 (or exchanged them for fresh ones) for just a second, it was Joe Exotic, so it's unsurprising that Tiger King has been crowned Best Lockdown Binge. Connell and Marianne's love affair put up a good fight in Normal People, but it was no match for those big cats.

Best Drama

2019 belonged to Line of Duty, but this year's champ is Killing Eve, which took on the mighty Sex Education and The Crown, and won. After scooping Best British Drama as well, it's fair to say that you're all rather partial to this deliciously dark comedy-drama.

Best Comedy

Schitt's Creek might have won a whopping nine Emmys this year, but that's small fry compared to Best Comedy at the Digital Spy Reader Awards. Ricky Gervais's After Life and BBC sitcom Ghosts were worthy contenders, but there can only be one winner.

Best Moment

The first Black female Doctor was an historic Doctor Who moment, which makes it an extremely worthy winner. And it's fitting that The Good Place also got a nod during the year we waved goodbye to the show after four seasons.

"Thanks Digital Spy readers," said the show's producer Chris Chibnall. "Especially in a year with so much (SO MUCH!) extraordinary TV. And from February! When we could all still leave the house!

"Credit goes to the fabulous Jo Martin who nailed it from her very first syllable, director Nida Manzoor, and Jodie Whittaker who took the audience so thrillingly into her Doctor's emotional journey in those moments. And to Vinay Patel who doubled down on my crazy suggestion of another Doctor, with a buried TARDIS.

"And everyone on the production, for keeping this (and every) secret, and making it a moment we'll always be proud of."

Best Character

For the second year in a row, Villanelle has been voted as your Best TV Character, with one half of Killing Eve's leading duo relegating Baby Yoda into the silver medal position. Revenge for The Child's recent behaviour? Perhaps. But grievances aside, Jodie Comer's character is the victor.

Most Devastating Death (Spoiler alert!)

The demise of Killing Eve's Kenny (RIP!) stormed to victory in the Most Devastating Death category, hoovering up just shy of 50% of the votes. Oliver Queen and Dani didn't stand a chance.

Breakthrough Hit

Adapting Sally Rooney's best-selling novel 'Normal People' for the small screen was no small feat, but evidently, the team behind it played a blinder because you've chosen it as your Breakthrough Hit of 2020. For a hot second, we stopped wailing about the state of the world...and wailed over Connell and Marianne instead. No one does heartbreak quite like those two.

Most Incredible Twist

Line of Duty's Ted Hastings floored us all in 2019 when we discovered that the head of AC-12, the police force's guiding light, didn't know how to spell the word 'definitely'. But this year, your winner is Doctor Who's Timeless Child twist, which wiped the floor with the competition, scooping a decisive 25% of the votes.

Best Reality Show

Another year, another win for I'm a Celeb, which has claimed Best Reality Show a staggering six times at the Digital Spy reader awards. But it should be noted that this was the most closely fought category, with just 0.3% in it between first and second place, and the same again between Strictly and RuPaul's Drag Race. Will the runners-up go one better next year?

"A big thank you to Digital Spy and its readers for awarding I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! the Best Reality TV Show award," said the I'm A Celebrity production team. "We're really happy to hear that you're all enjoying watching the 20th series."

Best Documentary

A trio of grim and gruesome stories claimed the top three spots in the Best Documentary category, but it's Tiger King, also voted Best Lockdown Binge, which is this year's pick.

Best TV Presenter

After losing out to Graham Norton in 2018, Ant and Dec have gone on to scoop the Best TV Presenter crown for the past two years running. And it's a very commendable third place for former Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain, who was nominated in this category for the very first time.

"Thank you so much to all the readers of Digital Spy for voting us Best TV Presenters," said Ant. "We're really grateful and appreciate all of your support."

Dec added, "Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for us. And a big thank you for watching all our shows. See you for Saturday Night Takeaway in the new year."

Movie Awards

Best Actor (Female)

Mulan's Liu Yifei was the clear winner in this category, striding out into first place from the get-go and refusing to budge. But there wasn't much in it between second-place Millie Bobby Brown and Margot Robbie in third. We'd expect nothing less from England Vs Australia.

Best Actor (Male)

You chose Tom Hanks as your Best Actor in the Digital Spy 20th Anniversary Reader Awards, but he didn't claim the top spot here. Instead, that honour goes to George MacKay for his outstanding performance in Sam Mendes's war epic, 1917.

"Thank you so much for this truly wonderful award," said MacKay. "The experience of making 1917 has a very special place in my heart, so to win this award as part of that production is a great honour. I share this celebration with all the team involved in the film's making; it truly was a film made together."

Rising Star

Amir Wilson, Maria Bakalova and Roman Griffiths Davies all made a big impression at this year's Reader Awards, but it is Wilson's performance in The Secret Garden which takes first place in the Rising Star category.

Best Movie

Parasite won Best Picture at this year's Oscars, while 1917 took home the big one at the Golden Globes and the BAFTAs. But you have chosen Mulan as your Best Movie 2020, with the live-action Disney film hoovering up more than a fifth of the votes.

Best Comedy

JoJo Rabbit and Netflix's Eurovision extravaganza ran each other close, but there can only be one winner and it's Taika Waititi's Nazi satire that has been crowed Best Comedy. And it's a commendable third place for the return of Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat.

Best Horror

Your Best Horror of 2020 is The Invisible Man, which stormed to victory with 47% of the votes. A mention should also go to Netflix's His House, which was praised by critics and viewers alike for subverting genre expectations.

Best British Movie

1917 scooped up almost half of the votes in the Best British Movie category, making this the most decisive win at this year's Reader Awards.

Most Mind-blowing Moment

The avalanche scene in Mulan was leading the pack for some time, but it was eventually overtaken by Schofield's decision to head 'over the top' in 1917.

Another staggering moment which has also gained a nod this year is *that* Rudy Giuliani interview in Borat 2. It's fair to say the former New York mayor has not painted himself in glory year.

Most Anticipated Movie of 2021

There were just a handful of votes between Black Widow and Spider-Man 3, but your Most Anticipated Movie of 2021 is the final chapter of Daniel Craig's stint as James Bond, No Time to Die.

Most Devastating Death (SPOILER WARNING!)

It's yet another award for 1917, this time for Most Devastating Death. Lance Corporal Blake tragically lost his life in the early stages of the film, but while we didn't spend much time with him, clearly his death made an impact.

Soap Awards

Best Actor (Female)

Jessica Plummer, Shelley King and Jane Danson have all been put through their paces this year, with all three of their characters involved in gruelling storylines that gripped the nation.

Any one of them would have been a worthy winner, but your pick is Jessica Plummer for her performance as Chantelle Atkins.

Best Actor (Male)

EastEnders has also taken the gold medal in the Best Male Actor category, with Max Bowden scooping the top prize.

And Coronation Street is once again sitting pretty in second and third place, thanks to Ian Bartholomew and Jack P Shepherd.

Best Evening Soap

It was Hollyoaks which claimed the top spot back in 2019, but 2020 belongs to EastEnders. Coronation Street and Emmerdale ran each other close for second and third place, but the people of Walford are the clear victors this year.

Best Daytime Soap

For the third year in a row, Neighbours has been voted as your Best Daytime Soap. But the stars of Doctors should hold their heads high. There was just a smattering of votes between them, with the medical drama giving this year's champ a run for its money.

Most Devastating Death (SPOILER WARNING!)

We all watched in horror as the abuse inflicted on Chantelle by her husband Gray resulted in her death. Even people who didn't tune in religiously (or at all) to EastEnders took an interest in this story, so it's hardly surprising that Chantelle is the decisive winner in this category.

Best Storyline

Both first and second place in the Best Storyline category were awarded to narratives that tackle domestic abuse, but it's Geoff and Yasmeen that get your vote. And while Hollyoaks hasn't made much of a splash at this year's awards, Kyle Kelly's tragic fate clearly had an impact on Digital Spy readers, taking the third spot.

Best Couple

After finishing in a very commendable third place in 2019, EastEnders' Ben and Callum, aka Ballum, have gone two better this year, taking the Best Couple crown, which also means yet another award in the bag for the BBC soap.


Emmerdale and Hollyoaks previously dominated this category, but it was EastEnders which took your breath away this year when Dennis was tragically killed after he drowned in the River Thames. Pierce and Silas gave it a good go, but it wasn't enough to claim the top spot.

Best Newcomer

Every year the soaps open their doors to a number of new faces, and it's Coronation Street's Jude Riordan who has made the biggest impression on Digital Spy readers in 2020. His performance as Sam Blakeman has earned him the title of Best Newcomer, and incredibly, he's only nine years old. The future is bright for this one.

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