Hollyoaks’ Kieron Richardson says he was in ‘complete shock’ to learn he had a Best Actor nomination at the British Soap Awards.

The actor, who plays Ste Hay in the Channel 4 soap, told What’s on TV: “I can’t believe it, I’m in complete shock. The category, before the short list came out, was fantastic anyway. I was thinking not in a million years would I ever have a chance to be surrounded by these people… But then a couple of weeks ago when we got told – it was just complete shock.”

Kieron won Best On-Screen Partnership at the soap awards with ex Hollyoaks star Emmett J Scanlan in 2013 and said he missed the man who played his abusive partner.

“I miss Emmett extremely and it’s so weird… they called us ‘Stendan’, Ste and Brendan, and it was so massive and you don’t realise it at the time, you just come to work and you do your job, you forget you’re on telly and obviously you have Twitter nowadays and you get this instant reaction. But these two characters were adored and it’s crazy that I played one of them and it was affecting people’s lives.”

Kieron added: “I do miss him and he’s on BBC3 now, In the Flesh, on Sunday nights and his scene partner is called Keiron and I’m like, ‘That’s me. That should be me. I could be doing that’ So I get a bit jealous.”

You can vote for Hollyoaks and Kieron at the British Soap Awards website here.

Watch our chat with Hollyoaks’ Kieron Richardson (Ste Hay):