CORRIE NEWS: DEBBIE RUSH QUITS ANNA WINDASS ROLE 139

Coronation Street have today confirmed that Debbie Rush is to leave her role as Anna Windass at the end of the year.

Rush made her first appearance as long suffering Anna in 2008 and has been at the centre of some of the show’s biggest storylines in recent years.

A spokesperson for the soap confirmed Rush’s departure in a statement that read:

“Debbie will leave Coronation Street at the end of the year, Anna Windass will be on screen until early 2018 with plenty more drama and twists in the tale before she leaves Weatherfield. We wish Debbie every success for the future.”

Producer Kate Oates added:

“It’s always sad when a huge talent like Debbie Rush decides to move to pastures new…but Debbie’s decision to pursue other roles will allow us to play an exciting exit story for Anna, which will see her fighting for her family and tackling old enemies head-on.”

Rush herself commented on her exit from the programme by saying:

“I’ve have had an amazing 9 years on Coronation Street and the decision to leave was not made lightly. I love playing Anna and will miss working with the fantastic cast and crew. I don’t know what the future holds but I am excited to explore what other acting opportunities are out there. I am very grateful for all the brilliant storylines I have been given during my time on Coronation Street and am very much looking forward to what is in store for Anna in the run up to my departure next year.”

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INSIDE SOAP AWARDS 2017: THE WINNERS REVEALED 127

Emmerdale has been named best soap for the third year running at the Inside Soap Awards.

The ITV soap dominated the evening scooping eight awards, while nearest runner-up Coronation Street took home a respectable five awards at the awards show held at London’s Hippodrome Casino tonight.

Emmerdale’s Danny Miller won the best actor gong while his co-stars Dominic Brunt and Gillian Kearney won the awards for funniest male and best bad girl.

Lucy Fallon won the best actress award after her long-running storyline showing Bethany Platt’s horrendous grooming and sex gang ordeal, while Julia Goulding took home the best newcomer prize.

EastEnders also has reason to celebrate with Walford-cum-Strictly star Davood Ghadami (Kush Kazemi) picking up the Sexiest Male prize for the show, while Albert Square original Gillian Taylforth accepted an Outstanding Achievement Award for her years as Kathy Beale.

Hollyoaks took home a win for the hilarious double act of Lysette Anthony and Nicole Barber-Lane, who pick up the Best Partnership Award.

Doctors meanwhile took home its first-ever Inside Soap Award as Lorna Laidlaw secures the prize for Best Daytime Star for her role as Mrs Tembe.

Steven Murphy, editor of Inside Soap, said: “This has been one of the biggest battles the Inside Soap Awards have ever seen.

“There have been some brilliant storylines this year and some fantastic performances, all of which have had the nation gripped.

“As Inside Soap – Britain’s original and best soap magazine – we are honoured to be handing out the trophies to these amazing winners.”

The full list of winners is as follows:

Best Actor
Danny Miller (Aaron Dingle, Emmerdale)

Best Actress
Lucy Fallon (Bethany Platt, Coronation Street)

Best Bad Boy
Connor McIntyre (Pat Phelan, Coronation Street)

Best Bad Girl
Gillian Kearney (Emma Barton, Emmerdale)

Funniest Male
Dominic Brunt (Paddy Kirk, Emmerdale)

Funniest Female
Dolly-Rose Campbell (Gemma Winter, Coronation Street)

Best Newcomer
Julia Goulding (Shona Ramsey, Coronation Street)

Best Young Actor
Alfie Clarke (Arthur Thomas, Emmerdale)

Sexiest Male
Davood Ghadami (Kush Kazemi, EastEnders)

Sexiest Female
Natalie J Robb (Moira Dingle, Emmerdale)

Best Partnership
Lysette Anthony & Nicole Barber-Lane (Marnie Nightingale & Myra McQueen, Hollyoaks)

Best Show-Stopper
Motorway crash/James’ death (Emmerdale)

Best Shock Twist
Andy’s alive (Coronation Street)

Best Exit
John Middleton (Ashley Thomas, Emmerdale)

Best Drama Star
George Rainsford (Ethan Hardy, Casualty)

Best Drama Storyline
Helicopter crash (Casualty)

Best Daytime Soap
Neighbours

Best Daytime Star
Lorna Laidlaw (Mrs Tembe, Doctors)

Best Soap
Emmerdale

Outstanding Achievement Award
Gillian Taylforth (Kathy Beale, EastEnders)

INSIDE SOAP AWARDS: SHORTLIST REVEALED 127

Today, Inside Soap has announced the final four nominees for each category, who topped the vote thanks to strong support from the public. See the full list below!

Best Actor
Simon Gregson (Steve McDonald, Coronation Street)
Danny Dyer (Mick Carter, EastEnders)
John Middleton (Ashley Thomas, Emmerdale)
Danny Miller (Aaron Dingle, Emmerdale)

Best Actress
Lucy Fallon (Bethany Platt, Coronation Street)
Charlotte Bellamy (Laurel Thomas, Emmerdale)
Zoe Henry (Rhona Goskirk, Emmerdale)
Anna Passey (Sienna Blake, Hollyoaks)

Best Bad Boy
Connor McIntyre (Pat Phelan, Coronation Street)
Jake Wood (Max Branning, EastEnders)
Ryan Hawley (Robert Sugden, Emmerdale)
Jamie Lomas (Warren Fox, Hollyoaks)

Best Bad Girl
Lorna Fitzgerald (Abi Branning, EastEnders)
Emma Atkins (Charity Dingle, Emmerdale)
Gillian Kearney (Emma Barton, Emmerdale)
Tamara Wall (Grace Black, Hollyoaks)

Funniest Male
Simon Gregson (Steve McDonald, Coronation Street)
Dominic Brunt (Paddy Kirk, Emmerdale)
Nick Miles (Jimmy King, Emmerdale)
Ashley Taylor Dawson (Darren Osborne, Hollyoaks)

Funniest Female
Dolly-Rose Campbell (Gemma Winter, Coronation Street)
Tameka Empson (Kim Fox-Hubbard, EastEnders)
Sally Dexter (Faith Dingle, Emmerdale)
Nicole Barber-Lane (Myra McQueen, Hollyoaks)

Best Newcomer
Julia Goulding (Shona Ramsey, Coronation Street)
Rob Mallard (Daniel Osbourne, Coronation Street)
Lee Ryan (Harry ‘Woody’ Woodward, EastEnders)
Sally Dexter (Faith Dingle, Emmerdale)

Best Young Actor
Matilda Freeman (Summer Spellman, Coronation Street)
Alfie Clarke (Arthur Thomas, Emmerdale)
Amelia Flanagan (April Windsor, Emmerdale)
Ela-May Demircan (Leah Barnes, Hollyoaks)

Sexiest Male
Sam Robertson (Adam Barlow, Coronation Street)
Davood Ghadami (Kush Kazemi, EastEnders)
Michael Parr (Ross Barton, Emmerdale)
Matthew Wolfenden (David Metcalfe, Emmerdale)

Sexiest Female
Catherine Tyldesley (Eva Price, Coronation Street)
Jacqueline Jossa (Lauren Branning, EastEnders)
Natalie J Robb (Moira Dingle, Emmerdale)
Jennifer Metcalfe (Mercedes McQueen, Hollyoaks)

Best Partnership
Colson Smith & Lucy Fallon (Craig Tinker & Bethany Platt, Coronation Street)
Charlotte Bellamy & John Middleton (Laurel & Ashley Thomas, Emmerdale)
Ryan Hawley & Danny Miller (Robert Sugden & Aaron Dingle, Emmerdale)
Lysette Anthony & Nicole Barber-Lane (Marnie Nightingale & Myra McQueen, Hollyoaks)

Best Show-Stopper (Awarded to a specific scene or episode that had the audience gripped)
Michelle & Steve lose their son (Coronation Street)
Ronnie & Roxy’s deaths (EastEnders)
Motorway crash/James’ death (Emmerdale)
Jade’s death (Hollyoaks)

Best Shock Twist (Awarded to a plot reveal or revelation that had the audience gasping)
Andy’s alive (Coronation Street)
Holly’s death (Emmerdale)
James is killed by Emma (Emmerdale)
Nathan’s death (Hollyoaks)

Best Exit
Samantha Womack & Rita Simons (Ronnie & Roxy Mitchell, EastEnders)
John Middleton (Ashley Thomas, Emmerdale)
Bill Ward (James Barton, Emmerdale)
Kassius Nelson (Jade Albright, Hollyoaks)

Best Drama Star
Amanda Mealing (Connie Beauchamp, Casualty)
George Rainsford (Ethan Hardy, Casualty)
Derek Thompson (Charlie Fairhead, Casualty)
David Ames (Dominic Copeland, Holby City)

Best Drama Storyline
Cal’s murder (Casualty)
Charlie & Duffy’s wedding (Casualty)
Helicopter crash (Casualty)
Dom’s abuse (Holby City)

Best Daytime Soap
Doctors
Home and Away
Neighbours

Best Daytime Star
Lorna Laidlaw (Mrs Tembe, Doctors)
Lynne McGranger (Irene Roberts, Home and Away)
Stefan Dennis (Paul Robinson, Neighbours)
Ryan Moloney (Jarrod ‘Toadfish’ Rebecchi,Neighbours)

Best Soap
Coronation Street
EastEnders
Emmerdale
Hollyoaks

Inside Soap’s editor Steven Murphy commented: “It’s been a big year in Soapland, full of gripping plots, shout-at-your-telly twists and accomplished performances. The competition is tougher than ever, but if anyone can make the right decision, it’s the readers of Inside Soap – Britain’s original and best TV soap magazine.

“Our Awards are always a fantastic way to celebrate another great year in soap – it’s a night where everyone leaves feeling like a winner.”

The annual ceremony will take place at London’s Hippodrome Casino on Monday, November 6. Voting is now closed for most categories, but fans can continue to back their choice for ‘Best Soap’ until midday on the day of the event.