Accepting his award, Halsall paid tribute to Tarmey, who died last year after playing Jack Duckworth in the soap for decades, saying: "I love you pal." Speaking backstage, he said the actor would be looking down on him.
He said: "I'm sure he is. He'll be having a pint of Guinness for me. His wife asked me to wear his watch tonight so I've got it on. This is for him, he guided me from the start of my career, he was such a huge, huge influence on my life, like a second dad on screen."