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INSIDE SOAP AWARDS 2022: Jennifer Metcalfe and Chelsee Healey lead the red carpet glamour

If a north-south divide really does exist, it was well in evidence on Monday as the Yorkshire based Emmerdale battled cockney soap EastEnders for the lion’s share of accolades at the 2022 Inside Soap Awards.

Leading the glamour at London’s 100 Wardour Street, Hollyoaks star Jennifer Metcalfe ensured she claimed her own share of the spotlight despite being absent from this year’s list of winners.

The actress, 39, joined a host of her soap cohorts including Lacey Turner, who picked up the All Time Icon Award, and Chelsee Healey, who was nominated in the Best Comedy performance category.

Jen – best known for her role as feisty Mercedes McQueen in the Channel 4 show – commanded attention in a form-fitting green dress with a daring thigh-high split as she greeted onlookers inside the exclusive Soho venue.

The Bradford native styled her look with a series of green accessories – including a belt and bag – as well as a pair of netted £730 Bottega heels, while styling her hair in a chic plait.

Meanwhile, soap vet Lacey, 35, opted for understated glamour in a black velvet suit, which included a single-breasted jacket with satin lapels and matching trousers. 

All smiles: The dress came with a daring thigh-high split as she greeted onlookers inside the exclusive Soho venue

Green with envy! The actress, 39 – best known for her role as feisty Mercedes McQueen in the Channel 4 show – commanded attention in a form-fitting green dress

Sexy: The Our Girl actress styled the look with a black lace camisole and styled her brunette locks in a bouncy blown out style with a radiant coat of make-up in natural tones

Sexy: The Our Girl actress styled the look with a black lace camisole and styled her brunette locks in a bouncy blown out style with a radiant coat of make-up in natural tones

The Our Girl actress styled the look with a black lace camisole and styled her brunette locks in a bouncy blown out style with a radiant coat of make-up in natural tones. 

Hollyoaks actress Chelsee looked equally glamorous in a Gothic-inspired sheer dress, which best displayed her incredible figure with its form-fitting style.

The see-through fabric revealed a lace bodice underneath, as Chelsee, 34, cheekily turned to flash a look at her backless dress.

The soap star wore her highlighted locks in a loose, style sleek and opted for a flawless pallet of make-up in bronze tones to set off her natural beauty.

A natural! Chelsee worked all her angles as she posed for photographers on the red carpet

A natural! Chelsee worked all her angles as she posed for photographers on the red carpet

A natural! Chelsee worked all her angles as she posed for photographers on the red carpet

Also in attendance was Corrie actress Elle Mulvaney, who plays Tracey Barlow’s daughter Amy in the long-running soap, as she turned out to show support for the show.

Elle, 20, put on a very leggy display in a figure-hugging black dress which featured a daring slit up the leg, teamed with a pair of towering heels. 

The battle between EastEnders, Coronation Street, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks has once again been reignited at this year’s Inside Soap Awards. 

But it was soap stalwarts EastEnders and Emmerdale who snuck ahead in the rankings.

Perfect in pastel! Ellie Leach and Milly Zero both opted for pretty pale tones as they took to the red carpet

Perfect in pastel! Ellie Leach and Milly Zero both opted for pretty pale tones as they took to the red carpet

Perfect in pastel! Ellie Leach and Milly Zero both opted for pretty pale tones as they took to the red carpet

The popular shows fought it out for the best actor and actress accolades, among other honours, following a tumultuous year of drama-filled storylines.

The awards have also introduced a brand new category, as fans get the chance to vote for an All-Time Icon, where they can choose any soap star, from any show, who has made watching TV truly special for them.

The award was picked up by Stacey Slater actress Lacey Turner. 

Voting opened in July for 16 different awards, and nearly 90,000 votes have so far been counted and verified. 

With the Top Four nominees representing the cream of the crop in the world of soap and the leading contenders in categories including Best Actor and Actress, Best Newcomer and Best Comic Performance, Best Storyline and Best Family. 

After Coronation Street bagged the top spot last year, and a slew of other awards alongside it – each contender has amped up the ante this year.

The reigning champions are hoping to scoop up some accolades, as the shocking sinkhole drama could take home the nod for Best Showstopper. 

Battle on: The battle between EastEnders, Coronation Street, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks has once again been reignited at this year's Inside Soap Awards (EastEnders' character Phil Mitchell)

Battle on: The battle between EastEnders, Coronation Street, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks has once again been reignited at this year’s Inside Soap Awards (EastEnders’ character Phil Mitchell)

Accolades: The popular soap operas are fighting it out for the best actor and actress accolades, among other honours, following a tumultous year of drama-filled storylines (Character Toyah Battersby, Coronation Street)

Accolades: The popular soap operas are fighting it out for the best actor and actress accolades, among other honours, following a tumultous year of drama-filled storylines (Character Toyah Battersby, Coronation Street)

Other dramatic moments in line for the award include Luke Morgan’s death in Mallorca in Hollyoaks and EastEnder’s Jane Slater’s trip to Southend.

Marlon’s stroke in Emmerdale has also been recognised in the category, as well as for Best Storyline, after the show aimed to raise awareness on strokes with the line.

Up for the prestigious Best Actor accolade include reigning champion David Neilson (Roy Cropper, Coronation Street), Mark Charnock (Marlon Dingle, Emmerdale) and Gregory Finnegan (James Nightingale, Hollyoaks).

Recognition: Gillian Wright (pictured) is up for two prizes this year – following her heart-breaking storyline which saw character Jean Slater battle her demons before being sectioned

Max Bowden (Ben Mitchell, EastEnders) is also hoping to bag the Best Actor award despite his gruelling rape storyline missing out on Best Storyline. 

Hollyoaks’ actress Harvey Virdi has secured a nomination for Best Actress after harrowing scenes saw her character Misbah Maalik come to the realisation that Ali Shahzad (Raji James) had raped her.

And actress Gillian Wright is up for two prizes this year – following her heart-breaking storyline which saw character Jean Slater battle her demons before being sectioned. 

Soap icons Sally Dexter (Faith Dingle, Emmerdale) and Sally Carman (Abi Webster, Coronation Street) are also battling it out in the same acclaimed category.

Impressive: Up for the prestigious Best Actor accolade include reigning champion David Neilson (Roy Cropper, Coronation Street)

Impressive: Up for the prestigious Best Actor accolade include reigning champion David Neilson (Roy Cropper, Coronation Street)

EastEnders’ Charlie Brooks (Janine Butcher) has made her mark once again as she’s up for the Best Villain award, where she will be up against Maximus Evans (Corey Brent, Coronation Street).

Also nominated for the nod are Charlie Brooks (Janine Butcher, EastEnders), Paige Sandhu (Meena Jutla, Emmerdale) and Jamie Lomas (Warren Fox, Hollyoaks).

For the Best Family accolade, The Platts (Coronation Street), The Slaters (EastEnders), The Dingles (Emmerdale) and The McQueens (Hollyoaks) are set to battle it out.

Elsewhere, Doctors, Home and Away and Neighbours – which saw its last ever episode air in July – are also up against each other as they hope for Best Daytime Soap.

As the Inside Soap Awards celebrate 30 years, the new All-time Icon category is hoping to name ‘TV’s ultimate drama magnet’. 

Gary Gillatt, editor of Inside Soap magazine, said: ‘Even in a world of battling streaming services, the soaps remain the most-watched shows on TV, and their main characters the biggest stars in Britain.

‘To celebrate 30 glorious, ridiculous years of Inside Soap, we’re offering our readers – the best-informed viewers there are – this chance to celebrate the absolute best of the best. We’re looking to name TV’s ultimate drama magnet. The soap icon above all icons.’

Last year’s Inside Soap Awards saw Coronation Street clean up with seven wins, including Best Daytime Soap, while Sally Carman (Abi Webster) won Best Actress, and David Neilson (Roy Cropper) took home Best Actor.

 

INSIDE SOAP AWARDS 2022: WINNERS  

 Best Actress

Sally Carman (Abi Webster, Coronation Street)

WINNER: Gillian Wright (Jean Slater, EastEnders)

Sally Dexter (Faith Dingle, Emmerdale)

Harvey Virdi (Misbah Maalik, Hollyoaks)

Best Actor 

David Neilson (Roy Cropper, Coronation Street)

Max Bowden (Ben Mitchell, EastEnders)

WINNER: Mark Charnock (Marlon Dingle, Emmerdale)

Gregory Finnegan (James Nightingale, Hollyoaks)

Best Newcomer

Paddy Bever (Max Turner, Coronation Street)

WINNER: Heather Peace (Eve Unwin, EastEnders)

Louise Jameson (Mary Goskirk, Emmerdale)

Matthew James-Bailey (Ethan Williams, Hollyoaks)

Best Villain 

Maximus Evans (Corey Brent, Coronation Street)

Charlie Brooks (Janine Butcher, EastEnders)

WINNER: Paige Sandhu (Meena Jutla, Emmerdale)

Jamie Lomas (Warren Fox, Hollyoaks)

Best Comic Performance

WINNER: Maureen Lipman (Evelyn Plummer, Coronation Street)

Tameka Empson (Kim Fox, EastEnders)

Dominic Brunt (Paddy Dingle, Emmerdale)

Chelsee Healey (Goldie McQueen, Hollyoaks)

Best double act

David Neilson & Mollie Gallagher (Roy Cropper & Nina Lucas, Coronation Street)

Gillian Wright & Lacey Turner (Jean & Stacey Slater, EastEnders)

Dominic Brunt & Mark Charnock (Paddy & Marlon Dingle, Emmerdale)

WINNER: Anna Passey & Kieron Richardson (Sienna Blake & Ste Hay, Hollyoaks)

Inside Soap All-Time Icon

WINNER: Lacey Turner (Stacey Slater, EastEnders)

 

 

 Best Young performer

WINNER: Isabella Flanagan (Hope Stape, Coronation Street)

Lillia Turner (Lily Slater, EastEnders)

Amelia Flanagan (April Windsor, Emmerdale)

Jayden Fox (Bobby Costello, Hollyoaks)

Best family

WINNER: The Platts (Coronation Street)

The Slaters (EastEnders)

The Dingles (Emmerdale)

The McQueens (Hollyoaks)

Best storyline

Abi’s battle for baby Alfie (Coronation Street)

Jean’s bipolar disorder (EastEnders)

WINNER: Marlon’s stroke (Emmerdale)

Misbah’s historic rape (Hollyoaks)

Best Romance

Sally Dynevor & Joe Duttine (Sally & Tim Metcalfe, Coronation Street)

Lacey Turner & Jaz Deol (Stacey Slater & Kheerat Panesar, EastEnders)

WINNER: Zoe Henry & Mark Charnock (Rhona Goskirk & Marlon Dingle, Emmerdale)

Jessica Fox & Ashley Taylor Dawson (Nancy & Darren Osborne, Hollyoaks)

Best Showstopper

Sinkhole horror/Johnny drowns (Coronation Street)

WINNER: Jean in Southend (EastEnders)

Marlon’s stroke (Emmerdale)

Luke’s death in Mallorca (Hollyoaks)

Best Drama star 

Elinor Lawless (Stevie Nash, Casualty)

Jason Durr (David Hide, Casualty)

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

WINNER: Rosie Marcel (Jac Naylor, Holby City)

Best Daytime Star

Sarah Moyle (Valerie Pitman, Doctors)

Emily Symons (Marilyn Chambers, Home and Away)

Ben Turland (Hendrix Greyson, Neighbours)

WINNER: Stefan Dennis (Paul Robinson, Neighbours)

Best Daytime Soap

Doctors

Home and Away

WINNER: Neighbours

Best Soap

Coronation Street

WINNER: EastEnders

Emmerdale

Hollyoaks

 

 

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