“I’m so proud of this story – it’s been amaz­ing!”

Inside Soap - - THE INSIDE SOAP AWARDS 2018 -

There was stiff com­pe­ti­tion in our Best Drama Star cat­e­gory this year – but Ca­su­alty’s

Chelsea Half­penny (Ali­cia) wres­tled the gong from her co-star and last year’s win­ner, Ge­orge Rains­ford (Ethan). And she’s de­lighted…

“I mean, he can’t win it again, can he?” chuck­les the ac­tress, as we ask how she feels to have beaten her on-screen love in­ter­est this time round. “Two years in a row? That just wouldn’t be fair!”

It’s no sur­prise that Chelsea won this award by a coun­try mile – her char­ac­ter Ali­cia has been to hell and back this year, af­ter be­ing raped by her col­league, Ed­die. But de­spite the har­row­ing na­ture of the sto­ry­line, Chelsea has loved hav­ing some­thing so chal­leng­ing to play.

“It’s been amaz­ing,” she grins.

“All you want as an ac­tor is to be given a story that you can re­ally get your teeth into, some­thing that’s very dif­fi­cult.

It’s been so re­ward­ing to play.

“I’m re­ally proud of this plot, and I’m proud that it was done so au­then­ti­cally,” adds Chelsea. “It raised aware­ness for peo­ple who have been through this kind of thing in real life, and I’m hop­ing that it’s helped peo­ple to speak out about it.”

Chelsea tells us that she’s been over­whelmed by the feed­back she’s had from

Ca­su­alty fans about Ali­cia’s ex­pe­ri­ence. Yet while it’s nice to know that you’ve struck a chord with the view­ers, win­ning an award is also pretty sweet!

“I’ve just bought a flat, so I’ll prob­a­bly put my award in the dis­play cab­i­net above the TV,” con­sid­ers the star. “Ev­ery time some­one comes in, they’ll go, ‘What’s that?’, and I’ll say,

‘Oh, just a lit­tle award I won!’”

Chelsea was clearly chuffed to bits with her win, but she de­clared that she wouldn’t be cel­e­brat­ing too hard – as she’s get­ting sen­si­ble in her old age!

“I have calmed down in the past year or so,” she ad­mits. “I’m nor­mally rub­bish af­ter a big night out, the next day is a com­plete write-off. So now I give my­self a cur­few, and make sure I drink lots of wa­ter. I’m truly be­com­ing an adult!”

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