Corrie Hayley Cropper star pays sweet tribute to award-winning famous husband

Coronation Street actress Julie Hesmondhalgh, who plays Hayley Cropper in the long running soap, has paid tribute to her husband after his incredible BAFTA award win.

The British Academy Film and Television Awards was held on 10 April and played host to a number of famous faces, among them Coronation Street writer Ian Kershaw.

The show won the Best Soap and Continuing Drama award at the 2022 ceremony and Ian shared a selfie with his wife Julie to celebrate.

The snap showed her husband in a white shirt as he pulled a smile for the camera, clutching his gold BAFTA award in his hand as he took a selfie with the other.

Julie tweeted out the picture and wrote: “I keep mistyping because I’m too excited! I am so proud!” and signed off with three kisses and three red heart emojis.

Fans flocked to reply to her sweet sentiment and left messages of their own for the actor.

One wrote: “Yes! Amazing, Ian Kershaw. Someone who champions everyone else. Tonight we are championing you!”

Another said: “Congratulations, my friend. Totally deserved.”

Ian has been writing for Corrie since 2018 and according to his IMBD page, an impressive 42 episodes are credited to him.

He has also worked on Cold Feet, The Dumping Ground, EastEnders, Holby City, Casualty and Doctors.

The stars of Coronation Street dedicated their win to Sophie and Sylvia Lancaster.

Sophie died in 2007 after she and her boyfriend were attacked by a group, later discovered to be due to their goth, alternative style.

The incident was reportedly the inspiration for a storyline which began last year.

Two characters, who identify themselves as goths, were attacked by teenagers and actress Sally Dynevor paid tribute to Sophie and her mother Sylvia, who died in April.

She said that “one of the most important stories they have told this past year” was the one inspired by Sophie’s death, which she described as a “hate crime story”.

The Sophie Lancaster Foundation, which was set up by her mother Sylvia, shared a message on Instagram about the tribute and thanked their patron, Ian Kershaw, who wrote “some of the key episodes with sensitivity, yet with huge impact”.

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