The British Soap Awards 2023: Claire Sweeney leads red carpet glamour


Glamour was the name of the game on The British Soap Awards 2023 red carpet at The Lowry in Salford on Saturday evening.

And Coronation Street newcomer Claire Sweeney looked sensational as she led the way in a stunning off-the-shoulder floor-length red fishtail gown, while Hollyoaks star Jennifer Metcalfe gave a glimpse at her midriff in a chic low-cut black top with cut out detail and matching trousers.

The pair were joined by fellow Hollyoaks cast member Jorgie Porter, who looked sensational in a white mini dress, while Jane McDonald looked statuesque in a claret red dress as she replaced Phillip Schofield as the host of the ceremony.

Corrie actress Claire, 52, who announced she was joining the cast of the soap in April, confidently posed with her hand on her hip as she arrived at the star-studded bash, with the train of her dress extending out across the floor beside her.

Her garment featured shimmering gold decorative detail on the hip and neckline, with Claire carrying a sequinned clutch purse in the same colour to match.

Strike a pose: Coronation Street actress Claire who announced she was joining the cast of the soap in April, confidently posed with her hand on her hip at the star-studded bash, with the train of her dress extending out across the floor beside her

Strike a pose: Coronation Street actress Claire who announced she was joining the cast of the soap in April, confidently posed with her hand on her hip at the star-studded bash, with the train of her dress extending out across the floor beside her

She wore a pair of gold open-toed heels to add a few inches to her stature and accessorised with some pendulum earrings for the evening. 

Claire, who rose to fame on former soap Brookside, wore lashings of make-up to highlight her pretty features, opting for a bold red lip.

She has already started filming for the ITV serial and her first scenes are set to air on Wednesday 28 June.

Hollyoaks star Jennifer Metcalfe, 39, who plays Mercedes McQueen in the Channel 4 soap, gave a glimpse at her midriff in a black ensemble as she posed on the red carpet.

The star’s top featured a low-cut sweetheart neckline while her stomach was left on show.

She wore a pair of matching black trousers and completed her look by opting for a pair of heels to match.

Meanwhile, Jorgie Porter, 35, who plays Theresa McQueen in Hollyoaks, put on a leggy display as she wore a white dress with tasseled detail.

The garment finished high above her knee, with the soap star sporting a healthy glow as she walked the red carpet.

In the detail: Her garment featured shimmering gold decorative detail on the hip and neckline, with Claire carrying a sequinned clutch purse in the same colour to match

In the detail: Her garment featured shimmering gold decorative detail on the hip and neckline, with Claire carrying a sequinned clutch purse in the same colour to match

In style: Jorgie Porter, 35, who plays Theresa McQueen in Hollyoaks, put on a leggy display as she wore a white dress with tasseled detail

In style: Jorgie Porter, 35, who plays Theresa McQueen in Hollyoaks, put on a leggy display as she wore a white dress with tasseled detail

Fashion focus: The garment finished high above her knee, with the soap star sporting a healthy glow as she walked the red carpet

Fashion focus: The garment finished high above her knee, with the soap star sporting a healthy glow as she walked the red carpet

Here come the girls: Hollyoaks star Jennifer Metcalfe, 39 (left), who plays Mercedes McQueen in the Channel 4 soap, gave a glimpse at her midriff in a black ensemble as she posed on the red carpet (pictured with Jorgie Porter, centre, and Chelsee Healey, right)

Here come the girls: Hollyoaks star Jennifer Metcalfe, 39 (left), who plays Mercedes McQueen in the Channel 4 soap, gave a glimpse at her midriff in a black ensemble as she posed on the red carpet (pictured with Jorgie Porter, centre, and Chelsee Healey, right)

Star quality: Chelsee Healey, 34 (left), who plays Goldie McQueen in Hollyoaks, left little to the imagination in a black lace floor-length grown, with a tulle skirt section

Star quality: Chelsee Healey, 34 (left), who plays Goldie McQueen in Hollyoaks, left little to the imagination in a black lace floor-length grown, with a tulle skirt section

In the detail: The garment featured crossover strings at the side and she wore a pair of long matching gloves as she posed with her co-stars at the bash

In the detail: The garment featured crossover strings at the side and she wore a pair of long matching gloves as she posed with her co-stars at the bash

Glamour puss: Jane McDonald, 60, looked statuesque in a claret red dress as she replaced Phillip Schofield as the host of the ceremony

Glamour puss: Jane McDonald, 60, looked statuesque in a claret red dress as she replaced Phillip Schofield as the host of the ceremony

Newcomer: This year's British Soap Awards is hosted by Jane, who was drafted in as a last minute replacement for long-time host Phillip Schofield

Newcomer: This year’s British Soap Awards is hosted by Jane, who was drafted in as a last minute replacement for long-time host Phillip Schofield

Called in: Operatic singer and cruise ship favourite Jane was revealed as Phillip's replacement on Thursday after he quit ITV and was dropped by his talent agency YMU after admitting to an affair with a young male This Morning colleague (Jane pictured during rehearsals)

Called in: Operatic singer and cruise ship favourite Jane was revealed as Phillip’s replacement on Thursday after he quit ITV and was dropped by his talent agency YMU after admitting to an affair with a young male This Morning colleague (Jane pictured during rehearsals)

Relationship: Phillip confessed to having the 'unwise but not illegal' relationship with a man during his marriage to Stephanie Lowe, and previously denied the affair when asked about it by his agent (Phillip's replacement Jane pictured during rehearsals)

Relationship: Phillip confessed to having the ‘unwise but not illegal’ relationship with a man during his marriage to Stephanie Lowe, and previously denied the affair when asked about it by his agent (Phillip’s replacement Jane pictured during rehearsals)

End of the road: The presenter, 61, confirmed in a statement last week that he has stepped down from all his ITV jobs, including the ceremony (Phillip pictured for The British Soap Awards last year)

End of the road: The presenter, 61, confirmed in a statement last week that he has stepped down from all his ITV jobs, including the ceremony (Phillip pictured for The British Soap Awards last year)

She wore a pair of claret red platform heels to boost her height and looked every inch the dazzling star as she posed-up at the event.

Chelsee Healey, 34, who plays Goldie McQueen in Hollyoaks, left little to the imagination in a black lace floor-length grown, with a tulle skirt section.

The garment featured crossover strings at the side and she wore a pair of long matching gloves as she posed with her co-stars at the bash.

This year’s British Soap Awards is hosted by Jane McDonald, who was drafted in as a last minute replacement for long-time host Phillip Schofield.

Operatic singer and cruise ship favourite Jane, 60, was revealed as Phillip’s replacement on Thursday after he quit ITV and was dropped by his talent agency YMU after admitting to an affair with a young male This Morning colleague.

He confessed to having the ‘unwise but not illegal’ relationship with a man during his marriage to Stephanie Lowe, and previously denied the affair when asked about it by his agent.

The presenter, 61, confirmed in a statement last week that he has stepped down from all his ITV jobs, including the ceremony. 

And amid news Jane was taking the helm, fans hailed the star as the ‘perfect choice’ to front the ceremony, which takes place at The Lowry in Salford, Greater Manchester.

Ahead of hosting the awards, Jane said: ‘Oh my god…..everyone knows how much I LOVE my soaps, this year I’ve been honoured to be mentioned in Corrie, EastEnders and Emmerdale, so this is just a dream come true. 

‘I can’t wait to see all our wonderful soap nominees and celebrate all their hard work with them – roll on the awards, I can’t wait!’

Meanwhile, Stephanie Waring posed up a storm as she walked the red carpet in a flowing pink gown with a plunging neckline.

The actress, who plays Cindy Cunningham in the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks, struck a number of poses on the red carpet, flicking the skirt of her dress out around her as she twirled.

Her garment featured a thigh-high split and was cinched in at the waist to accentuate her hourglass figure.

Her bare back was on show  

Meanwhile, the five biggest soaps – Coronation Street, Doctors, EastEnders, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks – will be battling it out to win recognition for their work over the past year.

The great and good of the soap world will be hitting the red carpet for the most star-studded and glamorous event in the soap calendar, which airs on TV on Tuesday.

And after a sensational year of exhilarating drama, shocking scandals and action-packed stunts, it will be a closely fought contest as to who will walk away with a coveted gong.

Among the nominees this year are Charlotte Jordan (Coronation Street), Chris Walker (Doctors), Danielle Harold (EastEnders), Jeff Hordley (Emmerdale) and Nikki Sanderson (Hollyoaks) for Best Dramatic Performance.

While the likes of Todd Boyce (Coronation Street), Laura White (Doctors), Aaron Thiara (EastEnders), Michael Wildman (Emmerdale) and Angus Castle-Doughty (Hollyoaks) will fight it out for Villain of the Year.

Meanwhile, it’s been a stellar year for storylines in the soaps, with plots to tug at the heartstrings, get people talking and leave viewers yelling at their screens with both frustration and excitement.

Among the plots for Best Storyline are Loving And Losing Lola for EastEnders, Paddy’s Suicide Attempt for Emmerdale and Incel Eric Targets Mason And Maxine for Hollyoaks.

While Scene Of The Year contenders include Acid Attack for Coronation Street, Hell Is Empty for Doctors and Whitney and Zack Say Goodbye To Peach for EastEnders.

Best Single Episode is also up for grabs with the likes of EastEnders’ Goodbye Dot, Emmerdale’s All Male Man Club and Hollyoaks’ The Long Walk Home in contention.

Stars from the soaps will also face each other for prizes including Best Young Performer, Best Family, Best Comedy Performance, Best On-Screen Partnership and Best Newcomer. 

While all the top five soaps will most certainly be vying for the big prize – Best British Soap – which was last year won by Emmerdale. 

The winners of the Outstanding Achievement Prize and the Tony Warren Award will be announced on the night.

Jennifer Metcalfe was seen arriving with curlers in her hair ahead of the Soap Awards red carpet in Manchester on Saturday afternoon.

Former Celebrity Big Brother housemate and West End star Claire has taken on the role of Cassie in Corrie, the mother of Weatherfield mechanic Tyrone Dobbs. 

The Hollyoaks actress, 39, 



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