The stars are out tonight!

The soapies par­tied into the early hours at this year’s Inside Soap Awards…

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Once the stars had fin­ished cheer­ing on their favourites at the Awards cer­e­mony, the party started – and our spies were there all night to get the gos­sip…

He might be our Best Ac­tor, but the Dales’ Danny Miller (Aaron) isn’t high main­te­nance. He’s party-ready in an in­stant – and the morn­ing af­ter is no trouble, ei­ther… “I’m the first one down to the ho­tel bar,” he in­sisted. “Quick shower, shirt and jacket on, cou­ple of gins, then I’m here! And I al­ready have my hang­over rem­edy ready – a can of Fanta!”

New mum Jennifer Met­calfe

(Hol­lyoaks’ Mercedes) was thrilled to be en­joy­ing a night out on the town with her cast mates, and while she in­tended to make the most of it, she also planned to pro­ceed with cau­tion. “I’m go­ing to try to let my hair down tonight!” she an­nounced. “You feel like you have a hang­over ev­ery day with a baby – try­ing to func­tion on not much sleep – al­though I’m a bit scared about ac­tu­ally hav­ing to cope with a real hang­over!”

Easten­ders’ Sha­heen

Ja­fargholi (Shakil) was feel­ing the soapie love, and all set to min­gle. “It’s ex­cit­ing to see the other soaps and say hello to peo­ple – these events bring peo­ple to­gether. I like the vibe, and the fact that every­one’s here for the same rea­son. You can chat and find out you have com­mon ground with so many peo­ple. It’s quite a unique job, be­ing in a soap!”

Cor­rie stars Ju­lia Gould­ing

(Shona) and Ni­cola Thorp

(Ni­cola) were in­sep­a­ra­ble all night, and Ju­lia reck­oned it was lucky her pal didn’t nab her Best New­comer Award by mis­take! “I’d give the Best Shona Im­per­son­ator award to Ni­cola,” she said. “Peo­ple al­ways get us mixed up! I’d also give Jack P Shep­herd [David] the Most Hand­some award, be­cause of his new beard.”

While Eas­ten­der Louise hasn’t been in the mood for a party of late, Tilly Keeper shared her idea of a per­fect Walford night out… “I’d love an evening with Kathy!” gig­gled the star. “I don’t drink much, but Kathy is so funny af­ter a few glasses. Or we could in­vite Sharon and Carmel over for a girlie night, with a bot­tle of wine!”

Cor­rie’s Tina O’brien (Sarah) went for a rock’n’roll out­fit, and looked amaz­ing in her strap­less party dress. She told us that her nine-year-old daugh­ter, Scar­lett, had given it her seal of ap­proval too… “My dress is from Boohoo,” re­vealed the 34-year-old. “My daugh­ter mod­els for them!”

She looked a mil­lion dol­lars, but gen­er­ous

Best Day­time Star Lorna Laid­law (Doc­tors’ Mrs

Tembe) ad­mit­ted she doesn’t spend too much on her party out­fits.

“I’m not the sort of per­son who dresses up

– I find it stress­ful,” she shared. “So I’ve made the de­ci­sion to ro­tate out­fits and give the money I’d spend on a new one to char­ity. This dress is four years old, but it can come out in dif­fer­ent guises – with a shawl, or a lit­tle fur coat. I would rather give the money to a good cause!”

The Dales’ Do­minic Brunt (Paddy) loves a night out, but he ad­mits he doesn’t party as much as he used to. “The cast all used to live with each other, and we’d all go out to­gether,” he claimed.

“Over the years, though, we’ve got mar­ried and had chil­dren, so that has all changed.” Kieron Richard­son (Hol­lyoaks’ Ste) is no stranger to an awards do, yet he ad­mit­ted that he still had trouble mas­ter­ing the dress code for the evening… “The last time I came to the

Inside Soap Awards, I was over­dressed and every­one

else was quite ca­sual,” re­called the ac­tor. “So this year I chose to go more ca­sual, but I’ve ar­rived and every­one is dressed up!”

The Square’s Carmel is dat­ing Max right now – though with Nitin Gana­tra soon to re­turn, is a re­union on the cards for her and Ma­sood? Bon­nie Lang­ford (Carmel) pon­ders the same… “Ma­sood treated Carmel pretty badly!” she re­minded us. “But in some re­spects I love their re­la­tion­ship, be­cause she’s not fazed by him. So I do won­der whether they’ll end up play­ing that on-off thing again.”

Walford pals Sha­heen (Shakil) and Jas­mine Arm­field (Bex) are all sorted for Christ­mas al­ready. “We’re spend­ing it to­gether!” shared Sha­heen. “Jas­mine’s par­ents are away, so we’ll be at a friend’s house.” But the cel­e­bra­tions won’t stop there… “I might host a New Year’s Eve party now that I’ve got my own place,” grinned Jas­mine.

Jamie Lo­mas (War­ren) may have said good­bye to Hol­lyoaks, but his co-star Anna Passey (Si­enna) is more than happy to trade him in for an­other… “For­get Jamie, it’s his sis­ter I need!” joked the ac­tress. “His sis­ter Cassie owns a make-up academy, and she’s sorted out my make-up for tonight. She’s in­cred­i­ble!”

The pres­sure was on for Sex­i­est

Fe­male Natalie J Robb (the Dales’ Moira) when it came to out­fit shop­ping – so she roped in her mates and made a day of it. “My best friends took me out – they picked this and I said, ‘That’s great, it’ll do!’,” she told us. “They were like, ‘Are you se­ri­ous?’. But I like hav­ing time for lunch! I’m not a big shop­per…”

It was

Nathan Morris’ (Hol­lyoaks’ Milo) first time at the Inside Soap Awards – and the ac­tor was full of praise for all his costars. But Nathan be­lieved that one man de­served an award all to him­self… “Dun­can James [Ryan] should get

Best Bum!” he sug­gested.

Eas­ten­der Bon­nie knew how to work the red car­pet The Dales’ Fiona Wade (Priya) shined bright like a di­a­mond Amanda Hen­der­son (Robyn) and Crys­tal Yu (Lily) helped their Ca­su­alty co-star Ge­orge Rains­ford (Ethan) cel­e­brate his win Stun­ning Hol­lyoaks trio...

Cor­rie’s Ni­cola was ‘Phe­lan’ good about par­ty­ing with her screen dad Lucy and Tina looked more like sis­ters than mum and daugh­ter Dress up, dress down? Should have asked Amanda Clapham (Holly), Kieron! Strictly the best! Davood picked up his prize with...

Walford icon Adam Woody­att (Ian) mulled over Dun­can’s of­fer to join Blue Best Part­ner­ship Ly­sette An­thony and Ni­cole Bar­ber-lane (Hol­lyoaks’ Marnie and Myra) stopped for a quick selfie

Eas­ten­der Jas­mine Arm­field’s (Bex) Awards style was on-point!

Stage de­light! The soapies looked on as Gil­lian Tayl­forth col­lected her special tro­phy Ju­lia was in­spired to paint the town red post-awards Jennifer looked stun­ning as she en­joyed a night out with part­ner Greg Lake

Amanda, Nathan and Anna put on a stylish dis­play as they danced the night away

Glam­orous Jac­que­line turned heads in this stun­ning gown The Dales’ Amy Walsh (Tracy) caught up with ex-hol­lyoaks star Gemma Merna (Carmel)

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