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'EastEnders' tipped for top prize at British Soap Awards

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EastEnders has emerged as the bookies' favourite to win the top prize at next month's British Soap Awards.

William Hill has made the Walford show the frontrunner in the 'Best Soap' betting with odds of 4/7, followed by Coronation Street in second place at 7/4.

EastEnders logo

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Albert Square sign

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Emmerdale, Hollyoaks and Doctors are currently seen as less likely options for the coveted gong with respective odds of 10/1, 16/1 and 33/1.

EastEnders has won the 'Best Soap' prize at the last five Soap Award ceremonies, though Corrie has been on a good run at other events this year with triumphs at the NTAs, Broadcast Awards, TRIC Awards and RTS Awards.

Meanwhile, Corrie star Michelle Keegan (Tina McIntyre) is being tipped to win both the 'Sexiest Female' and 'Best Actress' awards this year.

Elsewhere, Keegan's former colleague Natalie Gumede (Kirsty Soames) is favourite for 'Villain of the Year' with odds of 1/2.

William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams said: "This is the first time we have bet on the 'Villain of the Year', and Natalie looks a banker to win the trophy."

Michelle Keegan as Tina McIntyre in Coronation Street

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Michelle Keegan

Natalie Gumede

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Natalie Gumede



The odds in full are:

Best Soap
4/7 - EastEnders
7/4 - Coronation Street
10/1 - Emmerdale
16/1 - Hollyoaks
33/1 - Doctors

Villain of the Year
1/2 - Natalie Gumede
2/1 - Emmett J Scanlan
7/1 - Jamie Foreman
20/1 - Dominic Power
25/1 - Nigel Havers

Best Actor
Evens - Alan Halsall
6/5 - Emmett J Scanlan
7/1 - Shane Richie
16/1 - Jeff Hordley
16/1 - Nitin Ganatra

Best Actress
6/4 - Michelle Keegan
2/1 - Claire Cooper
9/2 - Jennie McAlpine
9/2 - Jessie Wallace

Sexiest Female
2/5 - Michelle Keegan
5/1 - Georgia May Foote
6/1 - Natalie Anderson
8/1 - Jacqueline Jossa
12/1 - Jorgie Porter

Sexiest Male
4/7 - David Witts
5/1 - Chris Fountain
5/1 - Danny Mac
6/1 - Matthew Wolfenden
10/1 - Kieron Richardson

This year's Soap Awards shortlist was announced on Monday and voting remains open via the official website.

Digital Spy Soap Scoop video - press play below to watch Amie Parker-Williams reveal gossip on a big ultimatum in Coronation Street, Cameron under pressure in Emmerdale, a shock collapse in EastEnders and happy baby news in Hollyoaks.

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