The best night seeing my favourite Soap Stars : Soap Awards 2018

danny dyer at soap awards

British Soap Awards 2018

I absolutely love British soaps. I watch them all Coronation Street, Emmerdale, EastEnders, Doctors and Hollyoaks I even used to watch the Australian soaps Neighbours and Home and Away but haven’t seen these two for years.

I attended the British soap awards at Hackney Empire in London and it was amazing.

Before the award ceremony the stars arrived early for a function at the town hall which was next door. This was the opportunity to see the stars arriving check out what they were wearing and get some photos.

Although I do love watching the soaps I do realise they are fictional before you start thinking I am some nutter who thinks every street in the UK has murders wedding and deaths as common as having a cup of tea, but I find them a great escapism.

It was busy although not as busy as I thought it would be as the soap operas in the UK are very popular and are watched by millions. Even when I am travelling I get so excited if I turn on the tv and see our British soaps as it reminds me of home.

I didn’t get to the show earlier enough to get a good viewing position but I could still see quite a bit and I did get some great selfies.

selfies at soap awards

The award ceremony was the 20th and it had some snippets from past years and I could still remember them all. The show was presented by Philip Scofield who also presents This Morning which is a popular day time talk show on every weekday.

Our seats were in the upper circle of the theatre but the main bad point about the whole show, it wasn’t set up for disabled access. Even the viewing of the stars arriving normally has a section for disabled access. I had to step back from the crowd a few times as people were pushing, and I was worried of getting injured as I am currently having chemotherapy and have a PICC line which could easily get pulled out in a crush.

I asked security if they had a disabled designated area and they said no which in this day and age is very disappointing. There was even a lady in a wheelchair and no one would let her near the front, so she didn’t get any pictures of the stars which is sad as she was so upset.

Even the hackney empire is not set up for disabled. I was able to purchase a disabled ticket, so I got a free carers ticket but to get to the upper circle it involved at least 3 flights of stairs but on the plus side they did have a disabled toilet.

Our bags were searched going in and I couldn’t even take in a bottle of water even though it was a heat wave day. It was also so hot in the theatre but there was a bar that was reasonable priced although they only sold drinks before the show started. I got two soft drinks and two bottles of water for less than £8. During the show I noticed there were jugs of water put out which I was glad of as I must have lost 2 pints of body fluid in the hot theatre.

The show had a great atmosphere I was surprised how many of the public didn’t bother dressing up. An award ceremony is a chance to put your best clothes on a feel like a star for the night, but some even turned up in jeans and trainers which was a bit of a shame. However, the stars tried, the ladies in some beautiful dresses and the guys looking dapper in their suits and tuxedos.

The best dressed lady was Bethany Platt from Corrie AKA Lucy Fallon

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It was a great night and I highly recommend you get a ticket for next year, if you are a fan of the British soaps you will love this award night. I follow the British soap awards on Twitter and Facebook and this is where they announced the sale of the tickets.

The highlight of the night for me was getting a selfie with Danny Dyer who plays Mic in EastEnders he is my heartthrob it is such a shame he is married!!!

danny dyer at soap awards

Winners of 2018 British soap awards (Credit : Independent)

Best British Soap

Coronation Street – WINNER!





coronation street stars collecting their award

Best Actor

Connor McIntyre (Pat Phelan, Coronation Street)

Jack P Shepherd (David Platt, Coronation Street) – WINNER!

Michael Parr (Ross Barton, Emmerdale)

Ryan Hawley (Robert Sugden, Emmerdale)

Theo Graham (Hunter McQueen, Hollyoaks)

Best Actress

Catherine Tyldesley (Eva Price, Coronation Street)

Lucy Fallon (Bethany Platt, Coronation Street) – WINNER!

Lacey Turner (Stacey Fowler, EastEnders)

Emma Atkins (Charity Dingle, Emmerdale)

Anna Passey (Sienna Blake, Hollyoaks)

Greatest Moment

Richard Hillman drives his family into the canal (Coronation Street, 2003)

Vivien’s rape (Doctors, 2008)

‘You ain’t my mother’ (EastEnders, 2001)

Hotten bypass crash (Emmerdale, 2016) – WINNER!

Jade says goodbye to Alfie (Hollyoaks, 2016)

Judges categories

Villain of the Year

Connor McIntyre (Pat Phelan, Coronation Street) – WINNER!

Ryan Prescott (Liam Slade, Doctors)

Jake Wood (Max Branning, EastEnders)

Gillian Kearney (Emma Barton, Emmerdale)

David Easter (Mac Nightingale, Hollyoaks)

Best Male Dramatic Performance

Connor McIntyre (Pat Phelan, Coronation Street)

Chris Walker (Rob Hollins, Doctors)

Jake Wood (Max Branning, EastEnders)

Jeff Hordley (Cain Dingle, Emmerdale)

Ross Adams (Scott Drinkwell, Hollyoaks) – WINNER!

Best Female Dramatic Performance

Lucy Fallon (Bethany Platt, Coronation Street) – WINNER!

Laura Rollins (Ayesha Lee, Doctors)

Lacey Turner (Stacey Fowler, EastEnders)

Natalie J Robb (Moira Dingle, Emmerdale)

Nadine Mulkerrin (Cleo McQueen, Hollyoaks)

Best Storyline

Phelan’s reign of terror (Coronation Street)

‘Consequences’ – Rob Hollins’s PTSD (Doctors)

Karma for Max (EastEnders)

Who Killed Emma? (Emmerdale)

Lily’s self-harm (Hollyoaks) – WINNER!

Best Newcomer

Nicola Thorp (Nicola Rubinstein, Coronation Street)

Reis Bruce (Austin Lonsdale, Doctors)

Lorraine Stanley (Karen Taylor, EastEnders) – WINNER!

Andrew Scarborough (Graham Foster, Emmerdale)

Lauren McQueen (Lily McQueen, Hollyoaks)

Best Young Actor

Matilda Freeman (Summer Spellman, Coronation Street)

Maisie Smith (Tiffany Butcher, EastEnders)

Isobel Steele (Liv Flaherty, Emmerdale) – WINNER!

Ela-May Dermican (Leah Barnes, Hollyoaks)

Best On-Screen Partnership

Bhavna Limbachia and Faye Brookes (Rana Nazir and Kate Connor, Coronation Street)

Matthew Chambers and Elisabeth Dermot Walsh (Dr Daniel Granger and Dr Zara Carmichael, Doctors)

Lacey Turner and Jake Wood (Stacey Fowler and Max Branning, EastEnders)

Ned Porteous and Andrew Scarborough (Joe Tate and Graham Foster, Emmerdale)

Malique Thompson-Dwyer and Theo Graham (Prince McQueen and Hunter McQueen, Hollyoaks) – WINNER!

Best Single Episode

Eva and Aidan’s wedding debacle (Coronation Street)

‘Stop All The Clocks’ (Doctors)

Max’s last stand (EastEnders)

Cain and Faith flashback (Emmerdale)

Three Mothers, Three Daughters (Hollyoaks) – WINNER!

Best Comedy Performance

Louiza Patikas (Moira Pollock, Coronation Street)

Ian Midlane (Al Haskey, Doctors) – WINNER!

Nitin Ganatra (Masood Ahmed, EastEnders)

Sally Dexter (Faith Dingle, Emmerdale)

Nicole Barber-Lane (Myra McQueen, Hollyoaks)

Scene of the Year

The grooming of Bethany (Coronation Street)

Bollywood proposal (Doctors) – JOINT WINNER!

Lauren and Abi’s rooftop fall (EastEnders) – JOINT WINNER!

Emma meets her fate (Emmerdale)

Scott’s suicide note (Hollyoaks)

Outstanding Achievement Award

Rudolph Walker (Patrick Trueman in EastEnders) – presented by Floella Benjamin

The Tony Warren Award

Kieran Roberts (former Coronation Streetexecutive producer)

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