“We never dreamed we’d win three times in a row!”

Inside Soap - - THE INSIDE SOAP AWARD 2017 -

There was a time when Em­merdale was considered the ‘third soap’ be­hind ri­vals Easten­ders and Corona­tion Street – but now three is a magic num­ber for the Dales folk, as they scoop our cov­eted Best Soap gong for the third year in a row! With com­pelling sto­ries such as Ash­ley’s de­men­tia and Rhona’s rape – plus a truly re­mark­able stunt that saw Emma cause the most jaw-drop­ping car crash in soap his­tory – it re­ally feels as if the show is on a roll. So, when stars Zoe Henry (Rhona), Fiona Wade (Priya) and Amy Walsh (Tracy) join us to re­flect on an awe­some year, they can barely con­tain their ex­cite­ment…

Em­merdale is fly­ing high! All of you must be thrilled.

Zoe We are! I think not one of us here dreamed that we could win three times in a row. Not that we’re not work­ing as hard as we’ve ever done, but it has to stop some­where, and we fig­ured tonight might be the night. But un­be­liev­ably not – the stars have aligned for Em­merdale!

The mo­tor­way crash and James Bar­ton’s death scooped the Best Show-stop­per Award as well!

Zoe I’m par­tic­u­larly proud of that one. At the time of film­ing it I don’t think I an­tic­i­pated how brilliant it would look. We knew it would be pretty special and that the stunts would be off-the-scale com­pared to pre­vi­ous ones, but it wasn’t un­til I was watch­ing it that I thought, ‘Wow, this is truly amaz­ing’.

Is there a fight over who gets to take the tro­phies home?

Zoe Well, we’ve had to buy a cab­i­net for the stu­dio! I stum­bled across it one day af­ter tak­ing a wrong turn and thought, ‘My good­ness!’. It’s pretty special.

Amy It’s big and sparkly, and takes up a whole cor­ri­dor!

What is the se­cret of the show’s suc­cess at the mo­ment?

Fiona The de­men­tia sto­ry­line was par­tic­u­larly big for us, I think.

Amy Both my grand­mas had de­men­tia, so I would see John [Mid­dle­ton, who played Ash­ley] at a work func­tion and cry to him about how much he’d moved me with his per­for­mance.

I know how it feels to be on

the other side and what it would have meant to some peo­ple watch­ing.

Do you have a mes­sage for our read­ers who voted for you?

Fiona Thank you so much!

Zoe And keep vot­ing, dare we say it! Amy We don’t want to ever lose now, be­cause it’s the best feel­ing. I don’t know any dif­fer­ently, so if I go to an awards cer­e­mony and we don’t win some­thing, it will be re­ally rub­bish!

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