Michelle Keegan has been nominated for the Sexiest Female title at the British Soap Awards for the fifth year in a row, while Corrie has the most nominations this year.

Michelle, 25 – who has just announced she will quit Coronation Street early next year – holds a record as soap’s sexiest female after winning the award four years in a row. She is also nominated for Best Actress.

Corrie – Britain’s longest-running soap at 52 years – has 18 nominations.

The youngest soap, Hollyoaks garnered 16 nominations, putting it equal with long-running BBC soap EastEnders, while Emmerdale has 14. BBC daytime soap Doctors received nine nods.

Hollyoaks star Emmett J Scanlan – who left the soap earlier this year, having played gay gangster Brendan Brady since 2010 – has the most nominations for an individual actor with four. He is up for Villain of the Year, Best Actor, Best Exit and Best On-screen Partnership with Kieron Richardson, who plays Brendan’s lover Ste Hay.

The British Soap Awards, hosted by Phillip Schofield, will take place in May and will be broadcast on ITV, with backstage gossip shown on ITV2 in The British Soap Awards 2013: The Party.

The recipients of the Special Achievement and Lifetime Achievement awards are yet to be announced.

A panel of judges select the majority of winners, but fans can vote for the winner of Sexiest Male, Sexiest Female, Villain of the Year, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Soap.

For the full list of nominees and to vote got to www.britishsoapawards.tv.