Danielle Harold cried as she picked up the Serial Drama Performance Award at the National Television Awards (NTAs) on Tuesday (05.09.23).
The former 'EastEnders' star appeared genuinely stunned as she made her way onto the stage at The O2 in London after her portrayal of brain tumour victim Lola Pearce-Brown's final days saw her scoop the accolade ahead of 'Emmerdale's Dominic Brunt (Paddy Kirk) and 'Coronation Street' stars Charlotte Jordan and Maureen Lipman, who play Daisy Midgeley and Evelyn Plummer respectively.
Accepting the award from Michelle Collins - who excitedly shouted "Yes" when she read out Danielle's name, the actress said: "I literally... I really didn't prepare anything, I thought this is the biggest, biggest, biggest shock and I can't believe I'm standing in front of the O2.
"I just want to say literally every single person who had an input into this storyline and the research, guys this is for you.
"Please give money to Brain Tumour Research UK, they need it so, so much, they really do.
"I just want to take a minute to thank all the cast and Chris, and everyone who supported me, Julia Crampsie who brought me into the show, guys I love you so much without your support I couldn't do this, thank you so much."
Earlier in the evening, the TV Interview honour went to 'The Graham Norton Show' but unlike category rivals Louis Theroux, Piers Morgan and Chris and Rosie Ramsay, the host wasn't at the ceremony to be able to accept the accolade in person
'The Traitors' won the Reality Competition prize, while the third season of 'Happy Valley' landed the Returning Drama honour.
The evening's first award, the Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award, was presented to 'Gogglebox'.