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Exclusive: Inside Soap Award 2011 nominations revealed

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Digital Spy can exclusively reveal the Inside Soap Awards 2011 nominations longlist.

EastEnders was the big winner last year, as the BBC soap scooped six of the awards. Coronation Street picked up four, while both Emmerdale and Hollyoaks grabbed two each.

The list for the annual awards sees a mixture of two or three nominees from each soap competing in categories including 'Best Actor', 'Best Actress', 'Best Exit' and 'Funniest Performance'. Additionally, the four main soaps automatically compete for the title of 'Best Soap'.

In the 'Best Actor' category, the nominees include Emmerdale's Danny Miller, EastEnders' Steve McFadden, Coronation Street's Chris Gascoyne and Hollyoaks' Emmett J Scanlan.

Jane Danson (Coronation Street), Lindsey Coulson (EastEnders), Jane Cox (Emmerdale) and Claire Cooper (Hollyoaks) will compete for the 'Best Actress' title; succeeding ex-EastEnders star Lacey Turner, who scooped the accolade for a fifth time last year.

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However, Turner does secure a nod for 'Best Exit' alongside former co-star Barbra Windsor. Graeme Hawley and Bill Tarmey represent Coronation Street in the category, while Emmerdale receives nominations for Marc Silcock and Michael McKell, and Hollyoaks for Carley Stenson and Glen Wallace.

The 'Sexiest Male' hopefuls include Hollyoaks' Danny Mac and Rob Norbury, Coronation Street's Keith Duffy and Chris Fountain, Emmerdale's Danny Miller and Adam Thomas, EastEnders' John Partridge and, defending his title, Scott Maslen.

Maslen's co-stars Rita Simons and Jo Joyner receive nominations in the 'Sexiest Female' category. They are joined by Michelle Keegan and Alison King (Coronation Street), Natalie Anderson and Sammy Winward (Emmerdale) and Stephanie Davis and Jennifer Metcalfe (Hollyoaks).

'Best Daytime Soap' will be fought between Doctors, Home & Away and Neighbours, while Casualty, Holby City and Waterloo Road compete for the 'Best Drama' title.

Votes can be cast via the form in the latest issue of Inside Soap, out tomorrow, or by visiting the Inside Soap website. Voting will close on all categories, except 'Best Soap', on August 29.

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