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Corrie's Alison King on shortlist for best actress British Soap Award

Published 03/05/2016

Alison King is up for the best actress British Soap Award
Alison King is up for the best actress British Soap Award

Coronation Street's departing star Alison King could go out on top at her last British Soap Awards after making the shortlist for the best actress gong.

The 43-year-old, best known as Corrie's Carla Connor, is up against EastEnders' Lacey Turner (Stacey Branning) and Rakhee Thakrar (Shabnam Masood).

Emmerdale's Lucy Pargeter (Chas Dingle) and Hollyoaks' Jennifer Metcalfe (Mercedes McQueen) are also on the shortlist.

The 18th annual celebration of the nation's biggest and most-loved continuing dramas will take place later this month at London's Hackney Empire Theatre.

King, who won best actress at the British Soap Awards in 2012, has played troubled resident Carla since 2006.

She has said she only planned to be in ITV's Weatherfield-set soap for four years initially.

She has already filmed the final scenes for her character's upcoming dramatic exit.

After a tempestuous reign at the Underworld factory, Carla is about to embark on a new life with fiance Nick Tilsley (Ben Price).

The other viewer-voted categories include the main prize: best British soap.

Coronation Street will hope to win the crown from BBC One rival EastEnders, which was last year's recipient.

The other soaps nominated are BBC One's Doctors, ITV's Emmerdale and Channel 4's Hollyoaks.

In the best actor category, all eyes will be on EastEnders star Danny Dyer.

The 38-year-old has never won a British Soap Award, but his role as Queen Vic landlord Mick Carter landed him a National Television Award in January for outstanding serial drama performance.

He picked up the same award last year, and was an Inside Soap Award winner for best actor in 2014.

Dyer is up against Corrie's Jack P Shepherd (David Platt), Emmerdale's Danny Miller (Aaron Livesy) and Hollyoaks duo Charlie Clapham (Freddie Roscoe) and Kieron Richardson (Ste Hay).

Among the categories which will be decided by a panel of experts, best newcomer sees a former winner of The X Factor face-off against an ex-child star.

Coronation Street star Shayne Ward, who won the talent show in 2005, has made a telling impact as Carla's half-brother Aidan Connor on Corrie.

He will face competition for the award from EastEnders' Bonnie Langford (Carmel Kazemi), who first came to the public's attention after winning Opportunity Knocks at the age of six in the early 1970s.

Langford and Ward will compete against Doctors' Bharti Patel (Ruhma Hanif), Emmerdale's Isobel Steele (Liv Flaherty) and Hollyoaks' Duayne Boachie (Zack Loveday).

Hosted by Phillip Schofield, the British Soap Awards will be broadcast on ITV.

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