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Inside Soap Awards announces nominations and new category for 2022 event

Vote for the greatest soap star ever!

The Inside Soap Awards are inviting fans to name their All-Time Icon as part of this year's voting.

Submissions begin at midday on Tuesday (July 19) at the Inside Soap website, where readers are invited to submit their choice for the best-ever soap character — and the options are virtually endless!

Will you go with Coronation Street icons like Bet Lynch or Hilda Ogden? Maybe EastEnders' Peggy Mitchell or Dirty Den? Do Kim Tate or Ashley Thomas from Emmerdale have your vote? Perhaps the dearly-departed Hollyoaks legend Luke Morgan or serial killer Silas Blissett top your list? It could be someone else entirely.

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The All-Time Icon will be revealed during a live ceremony in London this October, where several other important categories will be unveiled as well.

Some of the biggest names in soaps have been nominated this year, including Paige Sandhu's infamous Emmerdale killer Meena for Best Actress and EastEnders' Danny Dyer for Best Actor – ahead of his exit from the BBC soap.

Some of this year's most poignant issue-based storylines have also been recognised with nominations, such as Misbah exposing historic sexual abuse in Hollyoaks and Marlon Dingle's stroke in Emmerdale.

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Below is a full list of nominations for the Inside Soap Awards 2022. Voting is via the form in the magazine or at the website:


Georgia Taylor (Toyah Battersby, Coronation Street)

Millie Gibson (Kelly Neelan, Coronation Street)

Sally Carman (Abi Webster, Coronation Street)

Gillian Wright (Jean Slater, EastEnders)

Lacey Turner (Stacey Slater, EastEnders)

Zaraah Abrahams (Chelsea Atkins, EastEnders)

Paige Sandhu (Meena Jutla, Emmerdale)

Sally Dexter (Faith Dingle, Emmerdale)

Zoe Henry (Rhona Goskirk, Emmerdale)

Harvey Virdi (Misbah Maalik, Hollyoaks)

Jennifer Metcalfe (Mercedes McQueen, Hollyoaks)

Stephanie Waring (Cindy Cunningham, Hollyoaks)

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David Neilson (Roy Cropper, Coronation Street)

Michael Le Vell (Kevin Webster, Coronation Street)

Mikey North (Gary Windass, Coronation Street)

Danny Dyer (Mick Carter, EastEnders)

Jaz Deol (Kheerat Panesar, EastEnders)

Max Bowden (Ben Mitchell, EastEnders)

Kevin Mathurin (Charles Anderson, Emmerdale)

Jeff Hordley (Cain Dingle, Emmerdale)

Mark Charnock (Marlon Dingle, Emmerdale)

Gregory Finnegan (James Nightingale, Hollyoaks)

Richard Blackwood (Felix Westwood, Hollyoaks)

James Sutton (John Paul McQueen, Hollyoaks)


Bill Fellows (Stu Carpenter, Coronation Street)

Paddy Bever (Max Turner, Coronation Street)

Delroy Atkinson (Howie Danes, EastEnders)

Heather Peace (Eve Unwin, EastEnders)

Louise Jameson (Mary Goskirk, Emmerdale)

Martelle Edinborough (Suzy Merton, Emmerdale)

Garcia Brown (Zoe Anderson, Hollyoaks)

Matthew James-Bailey (Ethan Williams, Hollyoaks)

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Maximus Evans (Corey Brent, Coronation Street)

Rebecca Ryan (Lydia Chambers, Coronation Street)

Charlie Brooks (Janine Butcher, EastEnders)

Toby-Alexander Smith (Gray Atkins, EastEnders)

Michael Wildman (Al Chapman, Emmerdale)

Paige Sandhu (Meena Jutla, Emmerdale)

Glynis Barber (Norma ‘The Undertaker' Crow, Hollyoaks)

Jamie Lomas (Warren Fox, Hollyoaks)


Jimmi Harkishin (Dev Alahan, Coronation Street)

Maureen Lipman (Evelyn Plummer, Coronation Street)

Brian Conley (Tom ‘Rocky' Cotton, EastEnders)

Tameka Empson (Kim Fox, EastEnders)

Dominic Brunt (Paddy Dingle, Emmerdale)

Lisa Riley (Mandy Dingle, Emmerdale)

Chelsee Healey (Goldie McQueen, Hollyoaks)

Jessamy Stoddart (Liberty Savage, Hollyoaks)

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(Awarded to a non-romantic pairing)

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

Jamie Kenna & Alan Halsall (Phill Whittaker & Tyrone Dobbs, Coronation Street)

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

James Bye & James Farrar (Martin Fowler & Zack Hudson, EastEnders)

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

Jeff Hordley & Jonny McPherson (Cain Dingle & Liam Cavanagh, Emmerdale)

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

Ijaz Rana & Nick Pickard (Imran Maalik & Tony Hutchinson, Hollyoaks)


(Age 17 or under on the date of voting launch)

Isabella Flanagan (Hope Stape, Coronation Street)

Jude Riordan (Sam Blakeman, Coronation Street)

Lillia Turner (Lily Slater, EastEnders)

Sonny Kendall (Tommy Moon, EastEnders)

Amelia Flanagan (April Windsor, Emmerdale)

Gabrielle Dowling (Cathy Hope, Emmerdale)

Charlie Behan (Charlie Dean, Hollyoaks)

Jayden Fox (Bobby Costello, Hollyoaks)

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The Alahans (Coronation Street)

The Platts (Coronation Street)

The Panesars (EastEnders)

The Slaters (EastEnders)

The Dingles (Emmerdale)

The Sharmas (Emmerdale)

The Chen-Williams (Hollyoaks)

The McQueens (Hollyoaks)


Abi's battle for baby Alfie (Coronation Street)

Fiz's love dilemma (Coronation Street)

Ben's rape (EastEnders)

Jean's bipolar disorder (EastEnders)

Marlon's stroke (Emmerdale)

Meena's reign of terror (Emmerdale)

John Paul's alcohol addiction (Hollyoaks)

Misbah's historic rape (Hollyoaks)

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Elle Mulvaney & Jack James Ryan (Amy Barlow & Jacob Hay, Coronation Street)

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

Jessie Wallace & Steve McFadden (Kat Slater & Phil Mitchell, EastEnders)

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

Isobel Steele & Bradley Johnson (Liv & Vinny Dingle, Emmerdale)

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

Haiesha Mistry & Ellis Hollins (Yasmine & Tom Cunningham, Hollyoaks)

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


(Awarded to a soap event that had the audience on the edge of their seats)

Imran's shock death (Coronation Street)

Sinkhole horror/Johnny drowns (Coronation Street)

Jean in Southend (EastEnders)

Walford's Royal Jubilee visit (EastEnders)

Marlon's stroke (Emmerdale)

Meena kidnaps Dawn and Billy (Emmerdale)

Explosion at the Salon de Thé (Hollyoaks)

Luke's death in Mallorca (Hollyoaks)

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Elinor Lawless (Stevie Nash, Casualty)

Jason Durr (David Hide, Casualty)

Kirsty Mitchell (Faith Cadogan, Casualty)

Neet Mohan (Rash Masum, Casualty)

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

Guy Henry (Henrik Hanssen, Holby City)

Jo Martin (Max McGerry, Holby City)

Rosie Marcel (Jac Naylor, Holby City)


Chris Walker (Rob Hollins, Doctors)

Dex Lee (Bear Sylvester, Doctors)

Jan Pearson (Karen Hollins, Doctors)

Sarah Moyle (Valerie Pitman, Doctors)

Emily Symons (Marilyn Chambers, Home and Away)

Emily Weir (Mackenzie Booth, Home and Away)

Ethan Browne (Tane Parata, Home and Away)

Shane Withington (John Palmer, Home and Away)

Benny Turland (Hendrix Greyson, Neighbours)

Georgie Stone (Mackenzie Greyson, Neighbours)

Rebekah Elmaloglou (Terese Willis, Neighbours)

Stefan Dennis (Paul Robinson, Neighbours)

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