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Emmerdale nominated for dozen gongs at Soap Awards

Emmerdale is up for a dozen gongs at this year's British Soap Awards.

Emmerdale nominee actress Natalie Anderson, who plays Alicia Metcalfe
Emmerdale nominee actor Michael Parr who plays Ross Barton

The soap, which is made at ITV Yorkshire , has been nominated in a dozen categories in the annual awards which take place next month.

Among the Emmerdale nominees are Michael Parr, who plays Ross Barton, who is up for Best Actor and best -on screen partnership with Verity Rushworth, who played Donna Windsor.

Natalie Anderson, who plays Alicia Metcalfe, is also up for two awards - best actress and best dramatic performance.

Paula Tilbrook retiring from Emmerdale after 21 years as Betty Eagleton

Paula Tilbrook will leave Emmerdale this year after playing Betty Eagleton for 21 years, it has been announced.

Betty first appeared in April 1994 for just three episodes when she ordered a sweet sherry in the Woolpack. Being an old friend of Seth Armstrong, she soon put down roots in the Village and even fell prey to wheeler dealer Eric Pollard. Seth proposed at the end of her first year but the marriage never happened as they postponed it indefinitely - remaining a couple until Seth's passing on a trip home from Australia.

The 85-year-old's final scenes will be aired in mid-May.

Today is both the saddest and the happiest day of my life. Happy because I've got everyone here with me but the sad part is I'm leaving. But there is a great atmosphere and it is nice to go out on a high.

– Paula Tilbrook

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Emmerdale star honoured in Westminster ceremony

Emmerdale actor Bhasker Patel is celebrating after receiving an award at a ceremony at the House of Commons.

Mr Patel, who plays Rishi Sharma, was voted Actor of the Year by the magazine Asian Voice.

Describing himself as a 'jobbing actor', Mr Patel has infact appeared in more than 100 feature films, alongside the likes of Robin Williams and Harrison Ford.

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Emmerdale actors preview Christmas wedding storyline

A question mark will hang over whether two of Emmerdale's childhood sweethearts will tie the knot for a second time in this Christmas' episodes. Andy Sugden and Katie Addyman are due to get married on Christmas Day but with Andy's step-brother Robert threatening to cause trouble, along with other surprises it is not clear whether the wedding will go ahead.

James Webster has been speaking to actors Kelvin Fletcher and Ryan Hawley who play the two brothers to find out more about what we can expect from the special festive episodes:

"Debbie" does Emmerdale

Former Brookside actress Gillian Kearney has joined ITV Yorkshire's award winning soap Emmerdale.

Former Brookside actress Gillian Kearney has joined Emmerdale. Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Gillian, who is best known for her role in Brookside as Debbie McGrath, will play Emma Barton, the estranged mother of Finn, who tracks her down after 22 years of absence.

Emma Barton is a woman with a secretive past. With James and Moira’s affair now out in the open, viewers will be left wondering how the complex Emma will react when she finds out James also fathered a son, Adam with her sister in law, Moira.

“As an avid fan of Emmerdale, I’m delighted to be playing Emma Barton.

She’s a fascinating and complex character and I'm excited to find out what lies ahead for her.

"The team at Emmerdale have all made me feel really welcome and I'm loving being part of such a brilliant show.”

– Gillian Kearney

“I’m thrilled to welcome Gillian to the show. The arrival of Emma Barton has been long awaited, so her arrival is sureto cause fireworks in the volatile Barton family!”

– Kate Oates, Emmerdale series producer

Gillian will make her on-screen Emmerdale debut in January.

Emmerdale star's "dark side" revealed at Leeds Film Festival

Soap fans know Dominic Brunt as loveable vet Paddy Kirk - but the actor has a dark side, apparently...

The Emmerdale star previously appeared on Calendar to tell viewers he had directed his very own crime thriller, 'The Taking'.

Now, the film is going to open the 28th Leeds Film Festival tomorrow night.

Dominic appeared on Calendar tonight along with his two leading ladies, his wife Joanne Mitchell and Irish actress Victoria Smurfit:

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