Moons up for soap awards

Moons up for soap awards

'EastEnders' stars Jessie Wallace and Shane Richie have picked up a string of nominations at this year’s UK Soap Awards after their controversial comeback in the BBC1 show.

The pair, who play Kat and Alfie Moon, were at the centre of a storyline about their young son being snatched from his cot by Ronnie Branning, played by Samantha Womack.

Scenes where Womack’s character swapped her dead child for their baby prompted thousands of complaints to the BBC.

Wallace and Richie are nominated for best on-screen partnership and best actress and best actor respectively.

The plot is also nominated for best storyline.

Rival soap 'Coronation Street' is also recognised with its special live episode marking its 50th anniversary picking up nominations for best single episode and spectacular scene of the year.

The awards, hosted by Phillip Schofield, will be held in Manchester later this month.

The nominations in full:

:: Sexiest Male

Coronation Street: Keith Duffy (Ciaran McCarthy)

Coronation Street: Chris Fountain (Tommy Duckworth)

EastEnders: Scott Maslen (Jack Branning)

Emmerdale: Danny Miller (Aaron Livesy)

:: Sexiest Female

Coronation Street: Michelle Keegan (Tina McIntyre)

Coronation Street: Alison King (Carla Connor)

EastEnders: Rita Simons (Roxy Mitchell)

Hollyoaks: Jennifer Metcalfe (Mercedes McQueen)

:: Villain of the Year

Coronation Street: Kate Ford (Tracy Barlow)

EastEnders: Charlie Brooks (Janine Malloy)

EastEnders: Don Gilet (Lucas Johnson)

Hollyoaks: Emmett J Scanlan (Brendan Brady)

:: Best Actor

Coronation Street: Chris Gascoyne (Peter Barlow)

EastEnders: Shane Richie (Alfie Moon)

Emmerdale: Danny Miller (Aaron Livesy)

Hollyoaks: Emmett J Scanlan (Brendan Brady)

:: Best Actress

Coronation Street: Katherine Kelly (Becky McDonald)

EastEnders: Jessie Wallace (Kat Moon)

Emmerdale: Jane Cox (Lisa Dingle)

Hollyoaks: Claire Cooper (Jacqui McQueen)

:: Best Comedy Performance

Coronation Street: Patti Clare (Mary Taylor)

EastEnders: Tameka Empson (Kim Fox)

Emmerdale: Charlie Hardwick (Val Pollard)

Hollyoaks: Alex Carter (Lee Hunter)

:: Best Dramatic Performance

Coronation Street: Jane Danson (Leanne Barlow)

EastEnders: Lindsey Coulson (Carol Jackson)

Emmerdale: Danny Miller (Aaron Livesy)

Hollyoaks: Claire Cooper (Jacqui McQueen)

:: Best Young Performance

Coronation Street: Alexander Bain (Simon Barlow)

EastEnders: Maisie Smith (Tiffany Butcher)

Emmerdale: Eden Taylor Draper (Belle Dingle)

Hollyoaks: Ellis Hollins (Tom Cunningham)

:: Best Exit

Coronation Street: Bill Tarmey (Jack Duckworth)

EastEnders: Lacey Turner (Stacey Branning)

Emmerdale: Andy Devine (Shadrach Dingle)

Hollyoaks: Carley Stenson (Steph Roach)

:: Best Newcomer

Coronation Street: Paula Lane (Kylie Turner)

EastEnders: Ricky Norwood (Arthur ’Fatboy’ Chubb)

Emmerdale: Pauline Quirke (Hazel Rhodes)

Hollyoaks: Emmett J Scanlan (Brendan Brady)

:: Best On-Screen Partnership

Coronation Street: Katherine Kelly and Simon Gregson (Becky and Steve McDonald)

EastEnders: Jessie Wallace and Shane Richie (Kat and Alfie Moon)

Emmerdale: Emma Atkins and Jeff Hordley (Charity Tate and Cain Dingle)

Hollyoaks: Emmett J Scanlan and Kieron Richardson (Brendan Brady and Ste Hay)

:: Best Storyline

Coronation Street: End of the line for the Websters and Dobbs

Doctors: Karen’s abortion

EastEnders: Ronnie swaps her baby for Kat’s

Emmerdale: Holly’s drug addiction

:: Spectacular Scene of the Year

Coronation Street: The Tram Crash

EastEnders: The Queen Vic Fire

Emmerdale: The Train Crash

Hollyoaks: The Lift Shaft

:: Best Single Episode

Coronation Street: Coronation Street live

Doctors: August 23rd

EastEnders: Billie’s death

Emmerdale: The Betrayed

:: Best British Soap

Coronation Street

Doctors

EastEnders

Emmerdale

Hollyoaks

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