“We had pizza to cel­e­brate!”

Inside Soap - - THE INSIDE SOAP AWARD 2017 -

Hav­ing nabbed the Best Young Ac­tor crown from last year’s win­ner – his Dales co-star Amelia Flanagan (April) – 10-year-old Al­fie is feel­ing as proud as punch…

How did you find out you’d won, and how did you feel?

I was film­ing a scene in Mul­berry Cot­tage, and after­wards Char­lotte Bel­lamy [who plays Al­fie’s on­screen mum Lau­rel] told me I’d won Best Young Ac­tor. I was so thrilled and re­ally sur­prised. When I got home, my mum had put ban­ners up, and a light­box say­ing ‘Best Young Ac­tor’. She’d also or­dered my favourite food – pizza!

What have you par­tic­u­larly en­joyed film­ing this year?

I’ve re­ally liked do­ing the Emma sto­ry­line, and work­ing closely with Gil­lian Kear­ney, who played her. That sto­ry­line meant that I acted with peo­ple who I hadn’t acted with be­fore, and in­volved work­ing on dif­fer­ent sets to nor­mal.

Do you have a mes­sage for the Inside Soap read­ers who voted for you?

Thank you so much for vot­ing for me – I can’t be­lieve I’ve won! The best thing about play­ing Arthur is that he’s so kind and car­ing. And I love film­ing his scenes be­cause Em­merdale feels like a sec­ond home – and the ac­tors who play Arthur’s fam­ily are like a sec­ond fam­ily to me.

Have you found a special place to keep your Award?

Not yet – I think my mum is go­ing to buy a shelv­ing unit or some­thing!

BEST YOUNG AC­TOR Al­fie Clarke Arthur Thomas Em­merdale

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