the Bri­tish soap awards 2017

Cor­rie star Kym Marsh on be­ing nom­i­nated in three cat­e­gories at this year’s Bri­tish Soap Awards, 10 years on from when she was crowned Best new­comer…

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SAT / itv It’s the big­gest night of the year for the soaps. We talk to Cor­rie’s Kym Marsh, who’s up for three awards, in­clud­ing ‘Scene of the Year’.

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It could be a mem­o­rable night for Cor­rie’s Kym Marsh at The Bri­tish Soap Awards this Satur­day. The Weather­field favourite is up for three gongs for her mov­ing per­for­mance in Michelle Con­nor’s late mis­car­riage sto­ry­line – a plot which echoed Kym’s real-life ex­pe­ri­ence, hav­ing lost son Archie in sim­i­lar cir­cum­stances.

We caught up with Kym, 40, to talk prizes, par­ty­ing and Pros­ecco – and to find out what she’ll be wear­ing…

Kym, how do you feel about the pos­si­bil­ity of do­ing the tre­ble?

I’m ab­so­lutely de­lighted! To be nom­i­nated is bril­liant, and to win one would be amaz­ing. To win three would be ridicu­lous and I’d prob­a­bly end up very drunk!

If you are lucky enough to win a tro­phy, who would you most like to present it to you? Tom Hardy!

Have you pre­pared a speech?

I can’t talk off the cuff be­cause it would be just aw­ful. I’ll put

some­thing to­gether nearer the

To win three would be ridicu­lous and I’d prob­a­bly end up very drunk!

time. The worst part about speeches is miss­ing some­one out, so the best thing to do is keep it brief and not men­tion ev­ery­one’s names.

You’ve had a huge re­ac­tion to the sto­ry­line in which Michelle and Steve lost baby Ruairi (nom­i­nated in the Scene of the Year cat­e­gory). Do you feel proud? Ab­so­lutely. I’m re­ally proud of us as a team, ac­tu­ally. We worked so hard. The scripts were phe­nom­e­nal and the di­rec­tor was re­ally sen­si­tive, as were the crew. When we saw the fin­ished piece, we were blown away. I put ev­ery­thing into it, and I took my­self back to places that I had tried so hard to come away from. I wanted to make it as re­al­is­tic as pos­si­ble.

Do fans still talk to you about it? Ab­so­lutely, in fact just the other day some­one came up to me about it. And since the sto­ry­line aired, I’ve be­come more in­volved with baby loss and be­reaved par­ents. I’m an am­bas­sador now for a charity called Say­ing Good­bye. There are so many peo­ple who said they were able to iden­tity with the story, and we know that web­sites and helplines had a big surge, so we’ve reached out to a lot of peo­ple. Are there any other soap ac­tors or sto­ry­lines that you think de­serve recog­ni­tion this year? Lucy Fal­lon has been won­der­ful in the sto­ry­line about Bethany be­ing groomed. Some peo­ple have said that it’s dif­fi­cult to watch, but there’s a rea­son for that. It’s such a huge sub­ject and an im­por­tant one. Should I lose out to Lucy, I’ll be los­ing to a very wor­thy win­ner. And I have to give credit to Em­merdale for the de­men­tia sto­ry­line. That has been a big one for me, and Char­lotte Bel­lamy has been won­der­ful.

It’s been 10 years since you won a Soap Award for Best New­comer. Can you re­mem­ber much about that night?

Yes, I was ec­static! Ob­vi­ously, be­ing new to the show, it was such a thrill. And here I am, 10 years later, with the pos­si­bil­ity of win­ning an­other award – it’s lovely!

Where have you put your

Best New­comer tro­phy?

I think my mum’s nicked that one! I’ve got my National Tele­vi­sion Award and she’s got my Soap Award. She’s not hav­ing any more if I win any this year! Se­ri­ously, though, my par­ents are so sup­port­ive. They’ve got so much mem­o­ra­bilia in their house, in­clud­ing my gold discs from when I was in [pop group] Hear’say. They’re proper proud.

Can you re­mem­ber win­ning your first-ever award?

I do, I was 10 years old. It was a singing tro­phy, called The Ken Dodd tro­phy, for the Joy­time com­pe­ti­tion in New Brighton. Have you al­ready cho­sen your dress for this week­end?

I have. I’m usu­ally last-minute – ask any­one at Cor­rie, I’m ter­ri­ble! How­ever, this year, be­cause I’m nom­i­nated, I thought I’d bet­ter look good. I wore a red dress last year, so this year I’ve gone for some­thing blue, but I don’t want to give any­thing else away!

Have you ever worn any­thing to a big awards show that you’ve later re­gret­ted?

Yeah, I’ve worn some ter­ri­ble things in the past – did you see me in the Hear’say days? I went to the Brit Awards once and the record com­pany got a woman to make a dress for me. She said, ‘It’s gonna be amaz­ing’, but I looked like an um­brella! At the Soap Awards,

I’ve been OK. I go for quite sim­ple things; I’m not one for any­thing dar­ing or not wear­ing any knick­ers!

Who will you be tak­ing as your plus one this year?

I’m tak­ing my son David. I’ve never taken him be­fore be­cause he’s quite shy and doesn’t like cam­eras, but this year I said, ‘Do you want to come?’ and he said, ‘Yeah mum,

I’d love to’. This was be­fore I knew I was nom­i­nated, and now my daugh­ter Em­i­lie, who’s been with me a few times, is gut­ted.

Do you have any friends in other soaps who you’ll catch up with on the night?

I used to live next door to Dun­can

James [who now plays Ryan

Knight in

Hol­lyoaks] when I lived in

Hert­ford­shire. He used to pop round, and we’d have drinks in each other’s houses. We never sang to­gether, though!

What will be your drink of choice at the af­ter-show party?

I like a glass of Pros­ecco, and

I’m par­tial to a gin and tonic.

Will you be up on the dance­floor? It de­pends how much Pros­ecco I’ve had! Mu­sic from the Eight­ies and Nineties will prob­a­bly get me up.

And will you be par­ty­ing un­til the early hours or leav­ing at a re­spectable time?

I nor­mally get to a point where I’m like, ‘Right, it’s time to go home!’ Gone are the days where I’m still up at five in the morn­ing. I can’t cope with the hang­overs – they’re much worse

as you get older!

Kym siz­zled on the red car­pet at last year’s event

Michelle’s mis­car­riage sto­ry­line has moved fans Beam­ing with her Best new­comer gong in 2007 Kym is tak­ing her son David along this year

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