EastEnders leads the British Soap Awards nominations with 14 nods as Coronation Street's Anne Kirkbride receives posthumous honour

The nominations for the 2015 British Soap Awards have been revealed, with EastEnders looking to triumph in the battle of the soaps this year.

The BBC soap leads the nods with 14 nominations, while ITV rival Coronation Street is close behind with 13 chances at a prize.

While the shortlist for the prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award has yet to to be confirmed, insiders claim Corrie's Anne Kirkbride, who died in January, will receive the prize posthumously with the actress also in the running for the Scene of the Year award.

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Albert Square drama: EastEnders' Kellie Bright (Linda Carter) and Danny Dyer (Mick Carter) have both received nominations at the 2015 British Soap Awards

Albert Square drama: EastEnders' Kellie Bright (Linda Carter) and Danny Dyer (Mick Carter) have both received nominations at the 2015 British Soap Awards

EastEnders and Coronation Street both have two nominees in the Best Actor category with Albert Square's Adam Woodyatt (Ian Beale) and Danny Dyer (Mick Carter) up for the prize against Corrie veterans Simon Gregson (Steve McDonald) and David Neilson (Roy Cropper), as well as Michael Parr, who plays Ross Barton in Emmerdale.

Soap Awards favourite: Adam Woodyatt has received two nominations for Best Actor and Best On-Screen Partnership with Laurie Brett

Soap Awards favourite: Adam Woodyatt has received two nominations for Best Actor and Best On-Screen Partnership with Laurie Brett

Killer plot twist: EastEnder's 30th anniversary, Who Killed Lucy Beale shocker is up for Best Storyline

Killer plot twist: EastEnder's 30th anniversary, Who Killed Lucy Beale shocker is up for Best Storyline

The Best Actress category -  which, like Best Actor, is determined by a 50/50 split of viewer and judge votes, also sees a double nomination for EastEnders with Kellie Bright (Linda Carter) and Laurie Brett (Jane Beale) competing for the gong.

Laurie and Adam Woodyatt also receive recognition in the Best On-screen Partnership category thanks to their scenes during the Who Killed Lucy Beale plot, which has also netted EastEnders a Best Storyline nod. 

Emmerdale's Natalie Anderson (Alicia Metcalfe) is also up for the Best Actress award, while the ITV soap has received 12 nominations overall. 

Best Actor nod: David Neilson, Roy Cropper in Coronation Street, is up for the viewer voted actor prize

Best Actor nod: David Neilson, Roy Cropper in Coronation Street, is up for the viewer voted actor prize

Channel 4's Hollyoaks is in the running for 11 prizes, while daytime favourite Doctors has scooped 10 nominations. 

Hollyoak's Twinnie-Lee Moore (Porsche McQueen) is one of five up for the Best Newcomer prize, competing against Sean Ward, who plays Callum in Corrie.

Philip Schofield will host this year's ceremony from Manchester's Palace Theatre on May 16.

Viewer voting is now open for the Best Actor and Best Actress prizes, along with Best British Soap, which is judged entirely by the public.

In the running: Emmerdale's Natalie Anderson (Alicia Metcalfe) is up for Best Actress, while the ITV soap has received 12 nominations overall

In the running: Emmerdale's Natalie Anderson (Alicia Metcalfe) is up for Best Actress, while the ITV soap has received 12 nominations overall

Shortlists for Outstanding Achievement, Outstanding Achievement: Off Screen and the Social Impact Award have not been revealed but will be announced on the night.

However, it has been claimed the late Anne Kirkbride, who played Deirdre in Coronation Street for 42 years, is in the running for the Outstanding Achievement gong.

A source has told The Sun newspaper: 'We couldn't think of anyone more deserving of this award than Anne and that is why we decided to nominate her.

'She was a real Street legend who is still very sorely missed and everyone on the show would love to see her contribution celebrated.If she were to win, it would be completely unprecedented, as the bosses have never given this award to any actor posthumously.'

Posthumous honour: Anne Kirkbride, who played Deirdre Barlow in Coronation Street for over 40 years, is thought to be on the shortlist for the Outstanding Achievement award

Posthumous honour: Anne Kirkbride, who played Deirdre Barlow in Coronation Street for over 40 years, is thought to be on the shortlist for the Outstanding Achievement award

'ITV know that. But they felt that Anne played such a big part in Corrie for so many years that she deserved to have the rules broken for her.' 

Anne died aged 60 in January following a battle with breast cancer.

The beloved actress first arrived on Weatherfield's cobbles as a fresh-faced 18-year-old in 1972 and had her fair share of dramatic storylines over the years, including Deidre's torrid affair with Mike Baldwin and being jailed for fraud.

Anne has already received one nomination thanks to her trifle throwing moment, the last time viewers saw Deirdre on screen, which is up for Scene of the Year along with Kathy's (Gillian Taylforth) return to EastEnders and the dramatic train crash in Hollyoaks.

Corrie legend: Anne, with Maggie Jones (Blanche Hunt) and William Roache (Ken Barlow) died aged 60 in January following a battle with breast cancer

Corrie legend: Anne, with Maggie Jones (Blanche Hunt) and William Roache (Ken Barlow) died aged 60 in January following a battle with breast cancer

Scene stealer: Anne has also been nominated for Scene of the Year thanks to her dramatic last appearance in Coronation Street last October

Scene stealer: Anne has also been nominated for Scene of the Year thanks to her dramatic last appearance in Coronation Street last October

British Soap Awards 2015 nominations 

Best British Soap:

Coronation Street

Doctors

EastEnders

Emmerdale

Hollyoaks

Best Actor:

Simon Gregson (Steve McDonald, Coronation Street)

David Neilson (Roy Cropper, Coronation Street)

Danny Dyer (Mick Carter, EastEnders)

Adam Woodyatt (Ian Beale, EastEnders)

Michael Parr (Ross Barton, Emmerdale)

Best Actress:

Alison King (Carla Connor, Coronation Street)

Kellie Bright (Linda Carter, EastEnders)

Laurie Brett (Jane Beale, EastEnders)

Natalie Anderson (Alicia Metcalfe, Emmerdale)

Nikki Sanderson (Maxine Minniver, Hollyoaks)

Villain of the Year:

Sean Ward (Callum Logan, Coronation Street)

Daniel Schutzmann (Franc Christophe, Doctors)

John Altman (Nick Cotton, EastEnders)

Ryan Hawley (Robert Sugden, Emmerdale)

Jeremy Sheffield (Patrick Blake, Hollyoaks)

Best Comedy Performance:

Sally Dynevor (Sally Webster, Coronation Street)

Sarah Moyle (Valerie Pitman, Doctors)

Tameka Empson (Kim Fox-Hubbard, EastEnders)

Laura Norton (Kerry Wyatt, Emmerdale)

Fabrizio Santino (David 'Ziggy' Roscoe, Hollyoaks)

Best Newcomer:

Sean Ward (Callum Logan, Coronation Street)

Jessica Regan (Niamh Donoghue, Doctors)

Davood Ghadami (Kush Kazemi, EastEnders)

Ryan Hawley (Robert Sugden, Emmerdale)

Twinnie-Lee Moore (Porsche McQueen, Hollyoaks)

Best Storyline:

Steve and Michelle - Hearts And Minds (Coronation Street)

Kevin and Poppy - Underage Girlfriend (Doctors)

Who Killed Lucy? (EastEnders)

Donna's Demise (Emmerdale)

John Paul's Rape Ordeal (Hollyoaks)

Best Single Episode:

Rob's confession (Coronation Street)

'Unfinished Business' (Doctors)

Episode 5020 - Live Episode (EastEnders)

Andy goes to the brink (Emmerdale)

Ste's HIV diagnosis (Hollyoaks)

Best Dramatic Performance:

Simon Gregson (Steve McDonald, Coronation Street)

Lorna Laidlaw (Mrs Tembe, Doctors)

Kellie Bright (Linda Carter, EastEnders)

Natalie Anderson (Alicia Metcalfe, Emmerdale)

Keith Rice (Finn O'Connor, Hollyoaks)

Best On-Screen Partnership:

Sally Dynevor and Joe Duttine (Sally Webster and Tim Metcalfe, Coronation Street)

Ian Midlane and Jessica Regan (Al Haskey and Niamh Donoghue, Doctors)

Laurie Brett and Adam Woodyatt (Jane and Ian Beale, EastEnders)

Verity Rushworth and Michael Parr (Donna Windsor and Ross Barton, Emmerdale)

Ellis Hollins and Ruby O'Donnell (Tom Cunningham and Peri Lomax, Hollyoaks)

Best Young Performance:

Ellie Leach (Faye Windass, Coronation Street)

Jack Carroll (Peter Harker, Doctors)

Eliot Carrington (Bobby Beale, EastEnders)

Amelia Flanagan (April Windsor, Emmerdale)

Ruby O'Donnell (Peri Lomax, Hollyoaks)

Scene of the Year:

Deirdre throws the trifle (Coronation Street)

Strictly dancing (Doctors)

Kathy comes home (EastEnders)

Donna's goodbye (Emmerdale)

The train crash (Hollyoaks)

 

 

 

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