The debate over the best British soap will rumble on forever (or at least until the credits come down on one of the shows for the final time), but one thing that we can all be certain on is our favourite characters.
Some of the biggest names in world entertainment have appeared in soaps in the early stages of their careers, just take a look at the likes of Kylie Minogue starring in Neighbours before having a hugely successful music career.
You even see some of the more established names essentially reinventing themselves on the squares and streets of the British soap world, giving themselves a new lease of life and a whole new set of fans (and nowadays, social media followers) in the process.
While we’re never all going to agree on the nation’s favourite soap - there isn’t even one that wins the National Television Award for “best soap” year after year, it tends to vary every year between the likes of EastEnders, Emmerdale and Coronation Street - we can try and get a pretty solid opinion at the very least on who we think is the best soap star, and that’s what Great British Bingo looked into in a recent survey.
The study of almost 200 members of the British public looked into the people we like the most for their on and off-screen personas and overall the winner is someone who is still relatively new to the soap world having previously made a name for himself in movies.
Danny Dyer, the cheeky cockney who plays Mick Carter in EastEnders, topped the poll with a total of 24 votes (which works out at 12.5% of the overall votes), ahead of two other East End favourites - June Brown, who plays Dot Cotton with 15 votes, and Steve McFadden who plays hard man Phil Mitchell who picked up 14.
Despite making a well-known quote in the British press that he would never appear in a soap, he changed his mind back in 2013 just in time for a Christmas special, and has gone on to sign a longer contract with the show having become an instant hit with fans and entertainment critics who awarded him the 2015 Serial Drama Performance Award at the NTAs.
The first non-EastEnder in the poll was Emmerdale bad-boy Cain Dingle, played by Jeff Hordley, who picked up 10 votes, showing that the majority of people seem to like a character with something of a ‘darker’ side to them (with the exception of Dot Cotton of course, and Alfie Moon - played by Shane Ritchie - who came joint fourth in the poll with 10 votes).
Other notable names in the top ten include Michelle Keegan who played Tina McIntyre in Coronation Street before being killed off last year, and William Roache who plays Ken Barlow in the same show. Peggy Mitchell, played by Barbara Windsor was also in the top ten, as was Kym Marsh who plays Michelle McDonald in Coronation Street having made the switch from pop star to soap star.
There were a few mentions for people outside the “big three” soaps, with the likes of Jorgie Porter, Jennifer Metcalfe, Nikki Sanderson and Stephanie Waring who play Theresa, Mercedes, Maxine and Cindy respectively in Hollyoaks all getting a vote apiece; while Michelle Dockery - who plays Lady Mary Crawley in Downton Abbey also got a vote.
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