Everyone loves a good award ceremony and the UK’s Soap Awards is def no exception. This year’s award ceremony will take place this coming Saturday 2nd June and is a glitzy opportunity for Britain’s finest soap actors and actresses to come together for some well-earned recognition for their fab work.
With awards ranging from Best Young Actor and Best Female Dramatic Performance to Sexiest Male and Soap Bitch of the Year, it’s fair to say that the ground has been well and truly covered in the category department, all categories but one new one that is… The Best Soap Extra.
Being the fairest dude in town, OJO thinks it’s wrong that there’s no award for the much-loved faces that TV wouldn’t be the same without and cm’on, some of these guys have been part of the soap furniture for years!
So amigos, here’s your chance to help us make history and give an award to our friends who deserve some praise and what’s more, Anthony Cotton who plays Shaun Tully in Coronation Street will present the award to the lucky winner.
As if we couldn’t be any fairer, when you vote for your fave extra, you’ll get 10 Free Spins to play on our Ninja Master Slot Game PLUS one lucky voter will win 2 tickets to the UK’s Soap Awards on Saturday 2nd June! Yowsa! Vote here or by emailing your vote to: Extras@ready10.media remembering to specify your favourite AND supply your PlayOJO username and email address before 18.00 on 31st May 2018.
Here are the top 5 shortlisted Extras…who’s YOUR favourite?
The Underworld knicker stitcher
Adam Blease has featured on Corrie for more than a decade, his character, Dirk, works as a knicker stitcher in the Underworld factory. A favourite amongst Corrie’s devoted fan base, ‘Dirk’ even has his own dedicated Twitter page.
The Corrie couple
Joel David and Maureen Seaberg hold the unique record of being the longest serving married couple on the world’s longest running TV soap, Coronation Street, first stepping foot on the famous cobbles together back in 1973. They have been drinking in the Rovers Return and eating a ‘full English’ breakfast in Roy’s Rolls for 41 years.
Winston, the market trader
TV fans may recognise actor Ulric Browne from other roles, including The Bill, but he is best known for playing Winston, a trader on Walford’s market. Ulric has held the role since 1986 and, although he only has the odd line, hard-core Eastenders fans still love him.
The unlucky waitress who’s seen her pub AND restaurant burn down
Gemma has been a Hollyoaks extra since she was 17, namely as a barmaid in the Dog in the Pond. However, after a dramatic fire saw the pub burn down she moved to Tony’s Ill Gnosh restaurant. Despite working her socks off at Tony’s, job number two came to an end when it was also burnt down! Gemma now takes on the role of a nurse in Hollyoaks Hospital and gets a variety of speaking parts.
The bobby who’s worked a few beats
Colin James Murtagh has featured in a number of the UK’s favourite soaps, including Hollyoaks, Holby City, Coronation Street and Casualty, and is most likely to be found playing a copper. This hard-working TV veteran loves the business and has cropped up in many memorable episodes over the year.
Winners will be publicly announced on Saturday 2nd June. Good luck y’all!