The red carpet will be rolled out for the nation’s soap stars when the British Soap Awards return to the city for 2019.
The glittering awards bash is returning to The Lowry theatre at Salford Quays on Saturday, June 1st and will be broadcast live on ITV that night.
But for those who want to get a little closer to the action, tickets are also now available if you want to be in the audience at The Lowry.
The event, which will once again be hosted by Oldham-born This Morning star Philip Schofield, will see the nation’s big six soaps – Coronation Street, Emmerdale, EastEnders, Hollyoaks and Doctors – compete across a broad range of 15 categories, including best actor and actress, best storyline, and the biggie – best soap.
Celebrating another mammoth year in soapland, the awards will look back on twelve months of murder, mystery, make-ups, break ups, trials, tribulations and tears. A year in which knife crime was tackled in EastEnders with the fatal stabbing of Shakil Kazemi, a serial killer was on the loose in Hollyoaks, Kim Tate returned to Emmerdale, Daniel and Zara split up in Doctors and the factory roof collapsed in Coronation Street.
Here’s the full shortlist. You can vote for your favourites at britishsoapawards.tv
BEST BRITISH SOAP (Last year’s winner was Coronation Street)
Coronation Street, Doctors, EastEnders, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks
BEST ACTOR (Last year’s winner was Jack P Shepherd – Coronation Street)
Jack P Shepherd (Coronation Street); Danny Dyer (EastEnders); Zack Morris (EastEnders);
Jeff Hordley (Emmerdale); Gregory Finnegan (Doctors)
BEST ACTRESS (Last year’s winner was Lucy Fallon – Coronation Street)
Alison King (Coronation Street); Lorraine Stanley (EastEnders); Lucy Pargeter (Emmerdale); Stephanie Davis (Hollyoaks); Lauren McQueen (Hollyoaks)
VILLAIN OF THE YEAR (Last year’s winner was Connor McIntyre – Coronation Street)
Greg Wood (Coronation Street); Matthew Chambers (Doctors); Ricky Champ (EastEnders);
Claire King (Emmerdale); Nathan Sussex (Hollyoaks)
BEST COMEDY PERFORMANCE (Last year’s winner was Ian Midlane – Doctors)
Patti Clare (Coronation Street); Sarah Moyle (Doctors); Tameka Empson (EastEnders); Nicola Wheeler (Emmerdale); Jessamy Stoddart (Hollyoaks)
BEST NEWCOMER (Last year’s winner was Lorraine Stanley – EastEnders)
Alexandra Mardell (Coronation Street); Bethan Moore (Doctors); Ricky Champ (EastEnders) James Moore (Emmerdale) Talia Grant (Hollyoaks)
BEST STORYLINE (Last year’s winner was Lily’s Self Harm – Hollyoaks)
The Impact of Aidan’s Suicide (Coronation Street); Daniel and Zara’s Breakup (Doctors); Knife Crime (EastEnders); Charity’s Abuse (Emmerdale); Footballer Abuse (Hollyoaks)
BEST SINGLE EPISODE (Last year’s winner was Three Mother’s, Three Daughters – Hollyoaks)
Aidan’s Suicide and the Aftermath (Coronation Street); And the Beat Goes On… (Doctors);
Consent (EastEnders); Chas and Paddy Say Goodbye to Baby Grace (Emmerdale); Where Do I Belong? (Hollyoaks)
BEST MALE DRAMATIC PERFORMANCE (Last year’s winner was Ross Adams – Hollyoaks)
Rob Mallard (Coronation Street); Ian Midlane (Doctors); Zack Morris (EastEnders); Dominic Brunt (Emmerdale); Adam Woodward (Hollyoaks)
BEST FEMALE DRAMATIC PERFORMANCE (Last year’s winner was Lucy Fallon – Coronation Street)
Katie McGlynn (Coronation Street); Elisabeth Dermot Walsh (Doctors); Gillian Wright (EastEnders); Lucy Pargeter (Emmerdale); Nadine Mulkerrin (Hollyoaks)
BEST ON-SCREEN PARTNERSHIP (Last year’s winners were Malique Thompson- Dwyer and Theo Graham – Hollyoaks)
Simon Gregson & Kate Ford (Coronation Street); Ian Midlane & Adrian Lewis-Morgan (Doctors); Roger Griffiths & Kara-Leah Fernandes (EastEnders); Lucy Pargeter & Dominic Brunt (Emmerdale); Nick Pickard & Alex Fletcher (Hollyoaks)
BEST YOUNG ACTOR (Last year’s winner was Isobel Steele – Emmerdale)
Elle Mulvaney (Coronation Street); Oliver Falconer (Doctors); Kara-Leah Fernandes (EastEnders); Joe Warren-Plant (Emmerdale); Lacey Findlow (Hollyoaks)
SCENE OF THE YEAR (Last year’s winner was a tie between Bollywood Proposal – Doctors and Lauren and Abi’s Rooftop Fall – EastEnders)
Gail’s Monologue (Coronation Street); The Crash (Doctors); Shaki’s Funeral (EastEnders); Cain’s Confession (Emmerdale); Brody Confronts His Abuser, Buster (Hollyoaks)
The outstanding achievement award and the Tony Warren Award will be announced on the night.
For tickets, priced from £18 to £37.50 to attend the event, see thelowry.com