INSIDE SOAP AWARDS: SHORTLIST REVEALED 128

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.

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HOLLYOAKS CONFIRMS SCHIZOAFFECTIVE DISORDER STORYLINE 31

Hollyoaks are set to launch a powerful new mental health storyline for Alfie Nightingale as he starts hearing a voice and is diagnosed with Schizoaffective Disorder.

The teenager has been struggling to cope with life since the loss of his soulmate Jade Albright and his loved ones started to fear that he was exhibiting odd behaviour when he worked on a robot to replace Jade.

But in coming weeks, when a voice in Alfie’s head starts communicating with him and ordering him to do things, it becomes clear that things are extremely serious. And Hollyoaks has been working with the charity Mind to ensure that it represents the condition with sensitivity and accuracy.

The storyline, which will form part of the soap’s award-winning #DontFilterFeelings campaign

In episodes due to air at the beginning of April, Alfie will freak out when a voice in his head tells him not to trust his family and when he tries to ignore it and goes stargazing with Ellie, he is continuously plagued by the voice which is warning him off.

It is just the beginning of a difficult journey for Alfie who will be given the diagnosis, which involves patients experiencing psychotic symptoms not dissimilar to schizophrenia and the mood symptoms of bipolar disorder.

Richard Linnell who plays Alfie said: ‘I feel deeply honoured to have been trusted with such a strong and complex story for Alfie. We’ve been working closely with both Mind, and talking to people who have been kind enough to share their personal experiences of the condition.

‘It’s going to be a tumultuous road ahead for Alfie and in telling a deeply truthful, powerful story we hope to continue to break down the stigmas surrounding mental health as a whole.’

A spokesperson for Mind added: ‘We are so pleased that Hollyoaks are tackling the mental health condition Schizoaffective Disorder and have enjoyed working with them over many months. We know that when done well soap storylines can have a really positive affect on a huge audience, changing attitudes and encouraging people to seek help.’

As part of the #DontFilterFeelings campaign, which has included other storylines such as Scott’s depression and Lily’s self harm, Hollyoaks also sought the help and advice of mental health campaigner Jonny Benjamin, who helped to create the acclaimed Channel 4 documentary Stranger On A Bridge.

He said: ‘It was a real privilege to work with Hollyoaks on this storyline. The soap has done fantastic work in increasing understanding and reducing stigma attached to mental health issues in the past. The team I worked with were wonderful.

‘I really hope this storyline will make an impact on public perception of Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder, which has for too long been misconceived and feared. I’m so pleased Hollyoaks have been brave and bold enough to tackle this sensitive subject.’

The storyline kicks off on Wednesday 4th April at 7pm on E4.

HOLLYOAKS ANNOUNCES SHOCK NEW SEX ABUSE STORYLINE 33

Hollyoaks bosses are planning a sexual abuse storyline for show newcomers Ollie Morgan and Buster Smith.

A dark new plot will see football coach Buster abuse his position of power to groom Ollie, who was introduced as Luke Morgan’s teenage son two months ago.

Brody reacted with hostility when Damon’s dad Buster showed up in the village after Maggie’s death which implies that he may have been a previous victim of the manipulative football coach.

Up until now, Buster has settled into the village well, setting up sporting opportunities for youngsters and embarking on a romance with Marnie Nightingale. But his true colours will be revealed when he takes advantage of his position of power.

When he starts opening up to Buster about problems at home, Buster will start to groom him in secret and Hollyoaks are working with Survivors Manchester to ensure that the difficult story is tackled in the correct and appropriate way.

The Hollyoaks team have been working closely with the Survivors Manchester charity while creating this storyline. The charity previously consulted on John Paul McQueen’s male rape story in 2014.

Duncan Craig from Survivors Manchester said: ‘It is once again an absolute pleasure to be working with Hollyoaks on another hugely important storyline that is so topical and relevant. Working with producers, researchers, script writers and the cast, we have been able to develop a story that is rooted firmly in the present day and will show the intricacies of grooming and the difficulty in speaking out as a young male.

‘The team at Hollyoaks has again 100% committed to working with us to ensuring the male survivor sat at home watching the story will feel he is understood, as a survivor led organisation, this is important part of this work.’

Aedan Duckworth who plays Ollie, added: ‘It’s a privilege to have been given this challenging storyline for Ollie. To ensure I accurately depict Ollie’s situation I have had guidance from Survivor’s Manchester and support and advice from Gary Lucy during the filming process.

‘I hope to continue to raise awareness around this subject and encourage those who may have found themselves in a similar situation, to reach out and seek the support they deserve.’

Meanwhile, show boss Bryan Kirkwood commented: ‘While the backdrop of this story is football, the issue itself is far broader and we hope it will encourage all children and young adults to speak out if they ever find themselves in Ollie’s situation.

‘As with all our issue stories we want to encourage parents to open a dialogue within the home about subjects that are difficult to talk about. We are in a unique position of being able to talk to a bright and engaged audience about important issues without lecturing them.’

Hollyoaks will launch the story on April 16 on E4, as Buster starts to get close to Ollie and Brody confides in Luke’s ex-wife Scarlett about his own past.