Thursday 14 November 2019

Soap Awards will pay tribute to Anne Kirkbride, and drop sexiest male/female categories

Anne Kirkbride, who played Deirdre for 42 years, sadly passed away in January this year aged just 60, after a short illness.
Anne Kirkbride, who played Deirdre for 42 years, sadly passed away in January this year aged just 60, after a short illness.

Coronation Street legend Anne Kirkbride will be remembered at tomorrow's Soap Awards in her home town of Manchester.

The event's host, Phillip Schofield, said he expected the actress, who played Deirdre Barlow for 44 years until her death in January, to get the outstanding achievement award.

The actress, one of Weatherfield's best-known faces, could also win another award after she was nominated in the scene of the year category for the episode in which Deirdre threw a trifle - which were to be among her final scenes in the ITV soap.

The emotional episode saw Deirdre hurl her trifle at a wall in anger before breaking down in the arms of husband Ken, and the scenes were filmed to allow Kirkbride to take an anticipated three-month break from the show.

They show Deirdre reaching breaking point after daughter-in-law Carla and daughter Tracy argue over Carla's reluctance to speak to her imprisoned husband Peter on the phone.

Appearing on Alan Carr's Chatty Man show, Schofield said: "There are things this year that deserve that little bit of extra time. I think it might have been mentioned, but anyway if it hasn't I'm telling you, but I think that the outstanding achievement award will go to Anne Kirkbride this year.

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"The amazing thing about the night is that there are those moments of incredible depth of feeling and then great fun.

"We've dropped sexiest male and sexiest female (awards) this year. We're not doing that this year. We looked at the red carpet and thought, 'they all look so gorgeous'."

The Soap Awards are held in Manchester tomorrow night. Here is a full list of nominations:


Best British soap:

Coronation Street






Best actor:

Coronation Street - Simon Gregson (Steve McDonald)

Coronation Street - David Neilson (Roy Cropper)

EastEnders - Danny Dyer (Mick Carter)

EastEnders - Adam Woodyatt (Ian Beale)

Emmerdale - Michael Parr (Ross Barton).


Best actress:

Coronation Street - Alison King (Carla Connor)

EastEnders - Kellie Bright (Linda Carter)

EastEnders - Laurie Brett (Jane Beale)

Emmerdale - Natalie Anderson (Alicia Metcalfe)

Hollyoaks - Nikki Sanderson (Maxine Minniver).


Villain of the year:

Coronation Street - Sean Ward (Callum Logan)

Doctors - Daniel Schutzmann (Franc Christophe)

EastEnders - John Altman (Nick Cotton)

Emmerdale - Ryan Hawley (Robert Sugden)

Hollyoaks - Jeremy Sheffield (Patrick Blake).


Best comedy performance:

Coronation Street - Sally Dynevor (Sally Webster)

Doctors - Sarah Moyle (Valerie Pitman)

EastEnders - Tameka Empson (Kim Fox-Hubbard)

Emmerdale - Laura Norton (Kerry Wyatt)

Hollyoaks - Fabrizio Santino (David 'Ziggy' Roscoe).


Best newcomer:

Coronation Street - Sean Ward (Callum Logan)

Doctors - Jessica Regan (Niamh Donoghue)

EastEnders - Davood Ghadami (Kush Kazemi)

Emmerdale - Ryan Hawley (Robert Sugden)

Hollyoaks - Twinnie-Lee Moore (Porsche McQueen).


Best storyline:

Coronation Street - Steve and Michelle, hearts and minds

Doctors - Kevin and Poppy, underage girlfriend

EastEnders - Who killed Lucy?

Emmerdale - Donna's demise

Hollyoaks - John Paul's rape ordeal.


Best single episode:

Coronation Street - Rob's confession

Doctors - Unfinished business

EastEnders - Episode 5,020, live

Emmerdale - Andy goes to the brink

Hollyoaks - Ste's HIV diagnosis.


Best dramatic performance

Coronation Street - Simon Gregson (Steve McDonald)

Doctors - Lorna Laidlaw (Mrs Tembe)

EastEnders - Kellie Bright (Linda Carter)

Emmerdale - Natalie Anderson (Alicia Metcalfe)

Hollyoaks - Keith Rice (Finn O'Connor).


Best on-screen partnership:

Coronation Street - Sally Dynevor and Joe Duttine (Sally Webster and Tim Metcalfe)

Doctors - Ian Midlane and Jessica Regan (Al Haskey and Niamh Donoghue)

EastEnders - Laurie Brett and Adam Woodyatt (Jane Beale and Ian Beale)

Emmerdale - Verity Rushworth and Michael Parr (Donna Windsor and Ross Barton)

Hollyoaks - Ellis Hollins and Ruby O'Donnell (Tom Cunningham and Peri Lomax).


Best young performance:

Coronation Street - Ellie Leach (Faye Windass)

Doctors - Jack Carroll (Peter Harker)

EastEnders - Eliot Carrington (Bobby Beale)

Emmerdale - Amelia Flanagan (April Windsor)

Hollyoaks - Ruby O'Donnell (Peri Lomax).


Scene of the year:

Coronation Street - Deirdre throws the trifle

Doctors - Strictly dancing

EastEnders - Kathy comes home

Emmerdale - Donna's goodbye

Hollyoaks - The train crash.

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