I went to the NTAs – heres all the moments you missed from backstage to boozy afterparty – Alana Anderson
As a showbiz journalist, the National Television Awards are the biggest night in the calendar, with the biggest celebs from soaps, reality and more gathering at London's O2 Arena.
This year was full of poignant moments, from EastEnders star and son of the late Jade Goody Bobby Brazier winning the award for rising star to Danielle Harold scooping Best Serial Drama for her portrayal of Lola Pearce in the soap.
Sarah Lancashire was also the star of the night as she was awarded for Best Drama Performance in Happy Valley and given a special recognition gong.
But away from the must-see moments, there was plenty going on backstage away from the watchful eye of viewers at this year's star-studded event…
Ekin-Su's foot massage from Davide and Michelle Keegan's outfit change – NTAs afterparty
Bobby Brazier's big night
EastEnders and Strictly Come Dancing star Bobby Brazier was awarded the Rising Star prize at the ceremony thanks to the public vote. And while his dad Jeff Brazier was particularly emotional during his speech, the father-son duo didn't leave each other's side backstage.
Bobby, who said his big win was down to his father's support, paid tribute to his dad backstage by saying he has "consistently heard him say 'because I can'".
It wasn't just Jeff who supported Bobby on the big night either. His EastEnders co-star Shane Richie, who plays Alfie Moon on the soap, was seen giving him plenty of cuddles as the cast headed backstage.
Danielle Harold's broken dress
EastEnders star Danielle Harold broke down in tears as she took home a National Television Award for her portrayal of Lola Pearce-Brown, who viewers said goodbye to after her death from a brain tumour in the BBC soap.
After receiving a standing ovation from her soap star cast mates, Danielle headed backstage to the show's winners room where she emotionally spoke about what her big win meant to her.
It wasn't all tears for Danielle though, as one insider revealed to us on the night that her stunning sheer floral gown ripped during the afterparty from all the excitement.
Plenty of backstage selfies
The celebs were of course keen to capture the moment and posed for several glamorous selfies with their gongs backstage before heading to the afterparty.
The stars of Strictly, who piled onto the winners room stage after scooping the award for Best Talent Show, were seen striking a pose on the stage before they lead the room to an applause for Amy Dowden following her recent breast cancer diagnosis.
Amy, who wore a breast cancer badge on her stunning pink gown, was seen posing alongside fellow pros Dianne Buswell and Michelle Tsiakkas in a snap taken by Neil Jones.
Sarah Lancashire goes shoeless
Happy Valley actress Sarah Lancashire said that she felt “shell-shocked” after winning the special recognition gong at the National Television Awards.
After Sir Ian McKellen announced the former Coronation Street star, 58, as the winner, the actress gave an acceptance speech and said: “You have no idea what it’s like to have so many lovely things said about you by so many people that you love and admire."
Backstage Sarah was visibly emotional over the big win, but, like many celebs towards the end of the night, kicked off her high heels as she walked around backstage and posed for photos with her gong.
Drinks flow at the star-studded afterparty
Soon after the ceremony ended, stars flocked to this year's star-studded afterparty where the drinks flowed well into the night and the celebs celebrated (or commiserated) at the open bar.
Love Island's Tasha and Andrew were spotted enjoying the night and looking as loved-up as ever, while man of the night Bobby Brazier was practically swooped upon for selfies by everyone in the room.
Jenny Newby from Gogglebox, who picked up the Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award alongside her pal Lee Riley and co-stars Amani and Amira, even admitted to us that she was doing laps of the packed room to do a bit of celeb spotting!
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