The British Soap Awards have released their shortlist for the public voting categories – Best Actress, Best Actor and Best Soap – and the nominees feature a couple of minor surprises, with EastEnders’ Laurie Brett and Emmerdale’s Michael Parr among the contenders.

Michael has been a hit on the ITV soap, playing Ross Barton in a pivotal storyline around his ill-fated relationship with cancer sufferer Donna Windsor, while Laurie has been in and out of EastEnders during the past 12 months, although she was one of the outstanding performers during the soap’s 30th anniversary celebrations in February.

The nominees in the public voting categories are:

BEST ACTRESS

Kellie Bright – EastEnders’ Linda Carter

Nikki Sanderson – Hollyoaks’ Maxine Minniver

Natalie Anderson – Emmerdale’s Alicia Metcalfe

Laurie Brett – EastEnders’ Jane Beale

Alison King – Coronation Street’s Carla Connor

BEST ACTOR

David Neilson – Coronation Street’s Roy Cropper

Adam Woodyatt – EastEnders’ Ian Beale

Michael Parr – Emmerdale’s Ross Barton

Simon Gregson – Coronation Street’s Steve McDonald

Danny Dyer – EastEnders’ Mick Carter

BEST SOAP

Emmerdale

Doctors

Coronation Steet

Hollyoaks

EastEnders

The soap awards public voting categories went live on Monday morning and you can vote for your favourites here.

The nominees inn the panel voting categories are:

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



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



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 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



BEST ON-SCREEN PARTNERSHIP

Sally Dynevor & Joe Duttine – Sally Webster & Tim Metcalfe, Coronation Street

Ian Midlane & Jessica Regan – Al Haskey & Niamh Donoghue, Doctors

Laurie Brett & Adam Woodyatt – Jane & Ian Beale, EastEnders

Verity Rushworth & Michael Parr – Donna Windsor & Ross Barton, Emmerdale

Ellis Hollins & Ruby O’Donnell – Tom Cunningham & Peri Lomax, 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



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 STORYLINE

Steve & 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

The British Soap Awards will be held in Manchester on Saturday, May 16, and will be screened on ITV during the following week.