“Ca­su­alty re­ally de­serves these Awards!”

Inside Soap - - THE INSIDE SOAP AWARD 2017 -

This year marked the end of Ca­su­alty’s 30th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions – and what bet­ter way to top off the mile­stone than with two Inside Soap Awards? The cast were over the moon to nab Best Drama Sto­ry­line for last Au­gust’s big he­li­copter crash… “I think we de­serve it, be­cause we did such an ex­tra­or­di­nary thing,” reck­ons star Jaye Grif­fiths, aka Elle. “Al­though I knew what was go­ing to hap­pen, the episode still took my breath away when I tuned in!” “There was def­i­nitely a buzz af­ter we’d fin­ished film­ing,” agrees Crys­tal Yu, who played Lily un­til re­cently. “It just feels like Ca­su­alty is con­stantly push­ing bound­aries – and be­ing part of this show is some­thing I’ll al­ways be very proud of.”

And that wasn’t the only thing the cast had to cel­e­brate – it was a special night for Ge­orge Rains­ford (Ethan), who col­lected the gong for Best Drama Star. “It’s been a re­ally amaz­ing 12 months for me, and I’ve had some chal­leng­ing stuff to do,” he tells us. “The most mem­o­rable bit, al­though not nec­es­sar­ily in a good way, was Cal’s exit – it was very emo­tional for me. I joined at the same time as Richard Win­sor [who played Cal] and we lived to­gether, so it was gen­uinely very sad when he left.”

Cal may be gone, but Ge­orge is still great pals with Richard – though he’s yet to break it to him that he’s won this Award!

“You know what broth­ers are like – he’ll only get jeal­ous,” quips the star. “It’s tech­ni­cally half his any­way, be­cause I’ve spent so much time cry­ing over him!”

BEST DRAMA STO­RY­LINE He­li­copter crash Ca­su­alty BEST DRAMA STAR Ge­orge Rains­ford Ethan Hardy Ca­su­alty

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