Scott Maslen has topped a poll of soap hunks.

The actor – who plays Jack Branning in EastEnders – topped the MSN Entertainment poll, beating Hollyoaks’ Ricky Whittle and Chris Fountain.

Scott received 34 per cent of the 80,000 votes, while Ricky, who plays cop Calvin Valentine, got 24 per cent and Chris, who plays Justin Burton, got 15 per cent.

The trio were followed by Coronation Street’s Ryan Thomas (12 per cent), Gary Lucy from The Bill (11 per cent) and Emmerdale’s Joseph Gilgun (4 per cent).

MSN Entertainment editor Colleen Last said: “Soap operas really are a British institution and the battle for ratings has never been more keenly fought, with the writers having to continuously produce more emotional twists and turns to keep us glued to the ongoing sagas.

“With the characters being such a regular part of our TV viewing it’s not surprising they produce so much passion in fans, and Scott Maslen is clearly setting a lot of pulses racing by getting over a third of the votes for the hottest soap hunk.”

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