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…
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’.
The British Soap Awards 2017 saturday / itv / 8.00Pm
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
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