EastEnders’ star leads awards nominations

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EastEnders star Jo Joyner is leading the pack with a string of nominations at this year’s Soap Awards.

The actress, whose character Tanya Jessop has been at the centre of a dramatic storyline after being diagnosed with cancer, was shortlisted for Best Actress and Best Dramatic Performance. Her on-off relationship with Max Branning also saw her and co-star Jake Wood nominated for Best On-Screen Partnership as well as Best Storyline.

Joyner faces competition from co-star Nina Wadia, who plays Zainab Khan, for the Best Actress gong along with Coronation Street’s Alison King, who plays Carla Connor, and Hollyoaks star Karen Hassan, who plays Lynsey Nolan.

The awards, held in London later this month, will be presented by Phillip Schofield and be shown on ITV1 in May.