Why Emmerdale should win big at the British Soap Awards 2012

by Anna Howell

The British Soap Awards are but days away, and with the public vote still open to decide which stars take home the awards for Best Actor, Best Actress, Sexiest Male, Sexiest Female, Villain Of The Year and Best Soap we thought we would give you a reminder of why each contender was nominated.

The 6 award categories are open until 3pm on Friday 27th April for you to cast your vote, here are Emmerdale’s three contenders, and why they have been nominated:

Best soap – Emmerdale

Despite being well represented in many categories last year Emmerdale only managed to take one award back to Yorkshire, but it was a big one and for one of its brightest stars Danny Miller, who walked away with the coveted Best Actor prize. Since then, they have sought out to prove why at this years ceremony, they should walk away with far more than just a single prize.

The last year saw the continuation of the Jackson Tetraplegia storyline, that resulted in the tragic and controversial assisted suicide of Jackson Walsh and the dramatic repercussions that followed, Cain continue to be at his villainous best which lead to not only an attempt on his own life from father Zak in the ‘Who Attacked Cain’ storyline but also the dramatic death of farmer John Barton in a car crash, not to mention troublesome teen Amy face months of a secret pregnancy that resulted in a terrifying birth alone in the graveyard, the illness of little Sarah Sugden and more recently the brave and sensitive portrayal of elder abuse from normally mild-mannered village vicar Ashley Thomas towards his frail and defenseless father Sandy. In amongst the drama though there has been some new blood injected into the village, with some much-needed light relief coming from mouthy but harmless Rachel Breckle and the return of a classic Home Farm bitch in Megan Macey. It’s all combined to prove that as ever, it’s far from quiet in the Dales!


Sexiest Male – Matthew Wolfenden (David Metcalf)

Mathew Wolfenden probably wasn’t initially classed as one of the dales’ hunkiest hunks before he signed up for, and eventually won the last series of Dancing On Ice and he’d never had the privilege to be nominated for this award before. However, all it took was for him to show us his funky dance moves, ice skating skill and put on some tight black lyrca and Emmerdale fans across the country realised what they were missing out on, meaning that Emmerdale had yet another hunk to add to its ranks! Girls (and some boys of course) couldn’t wait for a Sunday night to see what sexy outfits (or lack thereof) Matthew was going to look hot dressed in next and the tighter the better was the millions of viewers motto. No doubt the routine that saw him take to the ice as a circus master complete with whip sent minds and hearts into overdrive! Off the ice and Mathew showed off a bubbly happy-go-lucky personality and an effortless charm, so whilst his character David Metcalf might be unlucky in love in the Dales after the dramatic exit of loopy ex Leyla Harding, Mathew certainly isn’t short on admirers!


Best Actor – Danny Miller (Aaron Livesy)

Danny is the current holder of the Best Actor award and was a hugely popular winner last year, after another year of big performances in storylines such as the┬átetraplegia of boyfriend Jackson Walsh (Marc Silcock). If anything though, the challenges for Danny to face and storylines to be involved in were only going to get bigger as his character faced the biggest decision of his life, whether to help the man he loved end his life. It’s a decision that, after much effort was put in to change his boyfriends mind, he knew he had no choice but to make and one fateful night he put the first person he’s ever loved out of his tragic misery and said goodbye to him forever. That was only the start though for Aaron, who then couldn’t forgive himself for what he did and had to face going on trial for murder and spiraling deep into a dark pit of despair after being found not guilty, only finding release in self harming. These were tough scenes for such a young actor to portray but as ever he handled them with distinction and thankfully there were some lighter scenes on the horizon as slowly Aaron began to re-build his life, even eventually finding someone else in the shape of Ed (Lloyd Everitt), who gave him the opportunity to have a new life in France. Things with Aaron never ran smoothly though, so when he decided to take the rap for his best mate Adams arson attack on Cain and found himself facing jail, he had to flee. It turned out well in the end though, as it was the thing that prompted Aaron to take the chance with Ed, and after the most distressing and emotional couple of years, Aaron had a happy ending and we said goodbye to not only one of the soaps most popular characters, but brightest acting talents.

The British Soap Awards takes place on Saturday 28th April in London’s TV Studios, you still have a chance to vote for your favourite here.

To see Danny Miller receiving his award for Best Actor at last years awards, click on the clip below:

The British Soap Awards can be seen on Wednesday 2 May at 8pm on ITV1 / ITV1 HD.