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Sheridan Smith to receive OBE...but her hat hasn't arrived

Sheridan Smith, who is from Epworth in Lincolnshire, is to receive an OBE today for her services to drama.

The actress, famous for Cilla, The Royle Family and Gavin & Stacy, will attend Buckingham Palace later today, but has revealed her hat which was specially made for the occassion hasn't arrived:

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Emmerdale gear up for British Soap Awards in style

One of the highlights of the television soap calendar takes place on Saturday night, the British Soap Awards is set to take place on Saturday night.

The event will be on television next week and stars from all the main soaps, including Emmerdale, will be attending the event.

Today, members of the press were invited by the cast to the Emmerdale Village as they prepare for the big night - among them our own Daniel Harris, and it wasn't the usual sort of Press Day!

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Last chance: Vote Emmerdale at British Soap Awards

Today is the last day of the public vote in the British Soap Awards 2015.

Credit: Emmerdale

Make your choice count and vote for Emmerdale before voting closes at 3pm.

Emmerdale's three nominees in the public vote are:

  • Best Actress - Natalie Anderson
  • Best Actor - Michael Parr
  • Best British Soap - Emmerdale

Voting closes on Friday 15 May 2015 at 3.00pm. Click here to cast your vote.

Watch The British Soap Awards on ITV, Thursday 21st May at 8pm.

Apache Indian to headline Bradford festival

Bradford Council has announced the headline music acts for this year's Bradford Festival which is to include multi-award winning British artist, Apache Indian.

Credit: Bradford Council

Best known for ‘Boomshackalak', Apache Indian is the first Asian artist to achieve significant success in the international mainstream pop charts with seven top 40 hits and over 11 million in album sales.

He has toured the world five times and has just has just released his single, Election Crisis.

The festival will also feature the former Gipsy Kings percussionist, Edwin Sanz and legendary British keyboard player, Alex Wilson.

Hailed as India's biggest cultural and musical exports, Raghu Dixit will bring his unique brand of infectious, happy music which ‘transcends age, genre, and language' to the Bradford Festival's Mela Day.

Raghu Dixit has performed for Her Majesty the Queen, appeared on Later with Jools Holland and played at the Glastonbury Festival.

The festival opens with multi-award winning blues and rock powerhouse, Chantel McGregor.

Born in Bradford, McGregor was the first female artist to win Guitarist of the Year at the British Blues Awards in 2013.

The arts and music festival runs 12-14 June in City Park.

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