Has Patsy put Emmerdale on a winning streak?

Last updated at 08:43 13 October 2004

She has battled drug addiction and suffered heartbreak in highly-publicised relationships.

But it seems ex-Hollywood actress Patsy Kensit is on her way to regaining her former glory after being nominated Most Popular Newcomer at the National TV Awards.

The actress, who plays the soap's new superbitch Sadie King, has been nominated after just six months in the role.

Kensit has starred in a string of Hollywood films, including Lethal Weapon 2 alongside Mel Gibson.

At the National TV Awards, she will battle it out against 12-year-old Sam Aston, Coronation Street's Chesney Brown.

Battled drink and drugs

As well as Aston - the awards' youngest nominee - Kensit will be up against EastEnders' Tracy-Ann Oberman (Dirty Den's second wife Chrissie Watts) and Foyle's War actress Honeysuckle Weeks, who plays Sam Stewart.

In the section for Most Popular Entertainment Presenter, Big Brother's Davina McCall goes head to head with Big Brother's Little Brother host Dermot O'Leary, Ant and Dec, who have scooped the award for the past three years and BBC host Jonathan Ross.

In the Most Popular Actor category, EastEnders' stars Nigel Harman (Dennis Rickman) and Shane Richie (Alfie Moon) compete with ex-Coronation Street star Bruno Langley (Todd Grimshaw), David Jason (A Touch of Frost) and James Nesbitt (Canterbury Tales).

Coronation Street's Tina O'Brien (Sarah Louise Platt) has been nominated for Most Popular Actress, with fellow Street star Suranne Jones (Karen McDonald), EastEnders' Jessie Wallace (Kat Moon) and Footballers' Wives Zoe Lucker (Tanya Turner).

Veteran TV host Bruce Forsyth is up for his first National Television Award.

The Strictly Come Dancing presenter vies with Ant and Dec, for Pop Idol and Saturday Night Take Away, in the Entertainment Programme category.

GMTV, Des and Mel, Richard and Judy and This Morning are nominated for Most Popular Daytime programme with Australian soap Neighbours.

Gordon Ramsay nominated

Hell's Kitchen, Big Brother, I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here! and SAS Desert - Are you tough enough? are nominated for Most Popular Reality Programme.

As well as Hell's Kitchen, fiery chef Gordon Ramsay also has a nomination for Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, which is up for Most Popular Factual Programme.

Coronation Street, EastEnders, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks will battle it out for Most Popular Serial Drama.

Five has secured its first nomination at the Awards for CSI:Crime Scene Investigation, nominated for Most Popular Drama alongside The Bill, Bad Girls, and Footballers' Wives.

EastEnders competes with Corrie

The awards, hosted by Sir Trevor McDonald, take place at the Royal Albert Hall on October 26 and are broadcast live on ITV1.

The National Television Awards are the only TV awards where all the winners are chosen by UK television viewers.

Sir Trevor said: "Over the past 10 years, the National Television Awards has become a true barometer of public tastes and preferences.

"It makes it possible for viewers to give their verdict on the year's television and I'm immensely proud to be a part of it."