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Inside Soap Awards reveals full longlist for 2020’s ceremony



Inside Soap has released its full longlist of nominees for the 2020 Inside Soap Awards, which will take place as a virtual ceremony in November.

Coronation Street, EastEnders, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks, as well as medical dramas Casualty and Holby City and daytime soaps Doctors, Home and Away and Neighbours, plus their stars will be competing for 13 coveted trophies.

Digital Spy has already exclusively revealed the Best Actress nominees, which include Coronation Street‘s Shelley King (Yasmeen Metcalfe) and Emmerdale‘s Emma Atkins (Charity Dingle), and the Best Partnership nominees, which feature EastEnders‘ Max Bowden (Ben Mitchell) and Tony Clay (Callum Highway) and Hollyoaks‘ Imran Adams (Mitchell Deveraux) and Ross Adams (Scott Drinkwell).

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There is a brand new, special accolade this year for ‘Feel-Good Moment’ too, which features scenes including Walford celebrating Pride in EastEnders and Sam and Lydia Dingle’s wedding in Emmerdale.

The winners are chosen by viewers, with fans able to vote for their favourites over the next five weeks. The winners will then be announced at a virtual ceremony, which will be streamed online, on Monday, November 16.

“Soaps have been a real source of comfort to people when the rest of the world has seemed strange and scary this year,” said Steven Murphy, the editor of Inside Soap magazine. “To have our favourite characters in our living room gave us a sense of normality, so we thought it was vital we recognised the huge role soaps have played in our lives by continuing our popular awards through a virtual ceremony.”

“It’s also important to remember soaps aren’t all shock twists and big explosions of drama,” he added. “They’re life-affirming, and often remind us that there’s always hope, so we wanted to introduce the ‘Feel-Good Moment’ accolade to find out what gave the public a rosy glow in these rather uncomfortable times.”

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You can vote for each category on the Inside Soap website or via the form in Inside Soap magazine. Voting opens at midday on Tuesday, September 15.

Here is the full 2020 Inside Soap Award nominees longlist:

Best Actress:

Jane Danson (Leanne Battersby, Coronation Street)

Sally Carman (Abi Franklin, Coronation Street)

Shelley King (Yasmeen Metcalfe, Coronation Street)

Jessica Plummer (Chantelle Atkins, EastEnders)

Kellie Bright (Linda Carter, EastEnders)

Shona McGarty (Whitney Dean, EastEnders)

Emma Atkins (Charity Dingle, Emmerdale)

Lisa Riley (Mandy Dingle, Emmerdale)

Natalie J Robb (Moira Dingle, Emmerdale)

Jennifer Metcalfe (Mercedes McQueen, Hollyoaks)

Jessica Fox (Nancy Osborne, Hollyoaks)

Kéllé Bryan (Martine Deveraux, Hollyoaks)

Best Actor:

Ian Bartholomew (Geoff Metcalfe, Coronation Street)

Rob Mallard (Daniel Osbourne, Coronation Street)

Simon Gregson (Steve McDonald, Coronation Street)

James Bye (Martin Fowler, EastEnders)

Max Bowden (Ben Mitchell, EastEnders)

Zack Morris (Keegan Butcher-Baker, EastEnders)

Dominic Brunt (Paddy Kirk, Emmerdale)

Jeff Hordley (Cain Dingle, Emmerdale)

Mark Charnock (Marlon Dingle, Emmerdale)

Ashley Taylor Dawson (Darren Osborne, Hollyoaks)

Imran Adams (Mitchell Deveraux, Hollyoaks)

Nick Pickard (Tony Hutchinson, Hollyoaks)

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Best Newcomer:

Adam Hussain (Aadi Alahan, Coronation Street)

Jane Hazlegrove (Bernie Winter, Coronation Street)

Mollie Gallagher (Nina Lucas, Coronation Street)

Clay Milner Russell (Bobby Beale, EastEnders)

Jaz Deol (Kheerat Panesar, EastEnders)

Milly Zero (Kirsty ‘Dotty’ Cotton, EastEnders)

Max Parker (Luke Posner, Emmerdale)

Michael Wildman (Al Chapman, Emmerdale)

Reece Dinsdale (Paul Ashdale, Emmerdale)

Andrea Ali (Celeste Faroe, Hollyoaks)

Callum Kerr (George Kiss, Hollyoaks)

Connor Calland (Jordan Price, Hollyoaks)

Best Villain:

Ian Bartholomew (Geoff Metcalfe, Coronation Street)

Mark Frost (Ray Crosby, Coronation Street)

Mikey North (Gary Windass, Coronation Street)

Balvinder Sopal (Suki Panesar, EastEnders)

Toby-Alexander Smith (Gray Atkins, EastEnders)

Tom Wells (Leo King, EastEnders)

Claire King (Kim Tate, Emmerdale)

Jonathan Wrather (Pierce Harris, Emmerdale)

Mark Womack (DI Mark Malone, Emmerdale)

Bobby Gordon (Toby Faroe, Hollyoaks)

Joe McGann (Edward Hutchinson, Hollyoaks)

Tamara Wall (Grace Black, Hollyoaks)

Funniest Performance:

Maureen Lipman (Evelyn Plummer, Coronation Street)

Patti Clare (Mary Taylor, Coronation Street)

Lorraine Stanley (Karen Taylor, EastEnders)

Ricky Champ (Stuart Highway, EastEnders)

Dominic Brunt (Paddy Kirk, Emmerdale)

Lisa Riley (Mandy Dingle, Emmerdale)

Jessamy Stoddart (Liberty Savage, Hollyoaks)

Lysette Anthony (Marnie Nightingale, Hollyoaks)

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Best Partnership:

Alison King & Chris Gascoyne (Carla Connor & Peter Barlow, Coronation Street)

Dolly-Rose Campbell & Sam Aston (Gemma Winter & Chesney Brown, Coronation Street)

Kellie Bright & Danny Dyer (Linda & Mick Carter, EastEnders)

Tony Clay & Max Bowden (Callum ‘Halfway’ Highway & Ben Mitchell, EastEnders)

Lisa Riley & Bradley Johnson (Mandy Dingle & Vinny Ashdale, Emmerdale)

Lucy Pargeter & Dominic Brunt (Chas & Paddy Dingle, Emmerdale)

Haeisha Mistry & Ellis Hollins (Yasmine Maalik & Tom Cunningham, Hollyoaks)

Imran Adams & Ross Adams (Mitchell Deveraux & Scott Drinkwell, Hollyoaks)

Best Show-Stopper:

Sinead’s Death (Coronation Street)

Yasmeen Fights Back Against Geoff (Coronation Street)

Linda’s Drunken New Year (EastEnders)

The 35th Anniversary River Disaster (EastEnders)

Cain Discovers Nate’s Secret On The Lake (Emmerdale)

The Lockdown Episodes (Emmerdale)

The Tunnel Collapse (Hollyoaks)

Tony Rescued / Breda Dies (Hollyoaks)

Best Family:

The Baileys (Coronation Street)

The Barlow-McDonalds (Coronation Street)

The Mitchells (EastEnders)

The Taylors (EastEnders)

The Dingles (Emmerdale)

The Sharmas (Emmerdale)

The Maaliks (Hollyoaks)

The McQueens (Hollyoaks)

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Feel-Good Moment:

Gemma Gives Birth To Quads (Coronation Street)

Rita & Jenny Reminisce For Episode 10,000 (Coronation Street)

Tiff & Keegan’s Wedding (EastEnders)

Walford Celebrates Pride (EastEnders)

Chas Gives Birth To Baby Eve (Emmerdale)

Sam & Lydia’s Wedding (Emmerdale)

Mitchell Proposes To Scott (Hollyoaks)

Sienna Gets Her Twins Back (Hollyoaks)

Best Drama Star:

Amanda Mealing (Connie Beauchamp, Casualty)

Cathy Shipton (Lisa ‘Duffy’ Duffin, Casualty)

Derek Thompson (Charlie Fairhead, Casualty)

Shaheen Jafargholi (Marty Kirkby, Casualty)

Alex Walkinshaw (Adrian ‘Fletch’ Fletcher, Holby City)

Kaye Wragg (Essie Di Lucca, Holby City)

Nic Jackman (Cameron Dunn, Holby City)

Rosie Marcel (Jac Naylor, Holby City)

Best Daytime Star:

Alan Fletcher (Karl Kennedy, Neighbours)

Georgie Stone (Mackenzie Hargreaves, Neighbours)

Jackie Woodburne (Susan Kennedy, Neighbours)

Stefan Dennis (Paul Robinson, Neighbours)

Ada Nicodemou (Leah Patterson, Home And Away)

Ray Meagher (Alf Stewart, Home And Away)

Rob Kipa-Williams (Ari Parata, Home And Away)

Sam Frost (Jasmine Delaney, Home And Away)

Adrian Lewis Morgan (Jimmi Clay, Doctors)

Bharti Patel (Ruhma Carter, Doctors)

Dex Lee (Bear Sylvester, Doctors)

Dido Miles (Emma Reid, Doctors)

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Best Daytime Soap:


Home And Away


Best Soap:

Coronation Street




Read the full Inside Soap Awards feature in the latest issue of Inside Soap magazine, on sale today, Tuesday, September 15.

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