Soap star at the heart of first city pride parade

From The Press and Journal – 23rd November 2017 Organisers have announced Hollyoaks actress and Aberdeen-born Annie Wallace will take part in the colourful parade in May. The entire length of Union Street in Aberdeen is to be turned into a colourful parade route as Grampian Pride, the region’s main lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) event, gets underway on May 26. Ms Wallace, who plays Hollyoaks High’s headteacher in the hit soap, was born and raised in Aberdeen and said: “I’m beyond excited to not only be asked to speak at Grampian Pride but to lead the Pride Parade […]

Hollyoaks star Annie Wallace hints Sally St Claire could expose Mac Nightingale’s true colours

From DigitalSpy – 2nd November 2017 Hollyoaks star Annie Wallace has hinted at a possible comeuppance for killer Mac Nightingale. Fans are desperate to know whether Mac will ever face the consequences of his actions after causing the terrifying school explosion and murdering his partner Neeta Kaur amid the carnage. While nobody in the village is suspicious of Mac at the moment, Annie has now told Digital Spy that her character Sally St Claire could be the one to crack the mystery.  In a chat with us, Annie explained: “One of the things that Sally is most hooked on after the disaster is finding out how and […]

Soap’s power to fight prejudice

From RTS Magazine – September 2017 British soaps have made huge strides in portraying the lives and loves of gay characters since the genre’s first on-screen kiss in EastEnders three decades ago. But the fight against preju­dice is not yet won, argued a panel of experts at an RTS early-evening event earlier this summer. The panel – which brought together actors, writers and producers from Coronation Street, EastEnders, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks – was chaired by TV presenter June Sarpong. Recently, she has appeared on the weekly Sky News discussion show The Pledge. “Soaps are incredibly powerful in terms of being able to get a message out and in changing […]

Listen, Things Got Weird and I Ended Up on a Yacht with the Cast of ‘Hollyoaks’

From VICE – 25th July 2017 1. THIS SOMBRERO IS DOING MY FUCKING HEAD IN Santos Ibiza Hotel, white brick shining like blanched bones out on Ibiza’s southern Platja d’en Bossa, May 2017. It is pre-season here in Ibiza, so the entire place has an air of idyllically sunny calm: there are no beetroot-red tourists quietly stirring in their own sick slicks, nobody has broken a leg falling off a quad bike yet, the island’s nightclubs are yet to crank into that high-summer superstar DJ gear; the whole place doesn’t quite throb and hum like it’s on an achy comedown. […]

Pride Power List 2017 Announced

From Out News Global – 8th July 2017 LGBT celebs including Olly Alexander, Ollie Locke, Ruth Davidson and Juno Dawson also feature. Today the 2017 Pride Power List comes out to coincide with Pride in London. The definitive list of movers and shakers in LGBT Britain is produced by OutNews Global, sponsored by BNP Paribas and White & Case and published in the Guardian. This year comedian and presenter Alan Carr has ranked the highest. The 41-year-old TV star has been on our screens for more than a decade, and is now more popular than ever. He has managed to achieve mainstream success, […]

Hollyoaks Pride

From OK Website – 21st June 2017 HOLLYOAKS fans rejoice as Brendan Brady and Ste Hay will FINALLY be reunited as stars of the Channel 4 soap gather for a new LGBT+ documentary. Hollyoaks: Pride will see a host of stars from the show celebrate the representation of LGBT issues explored in the soap in one-off documentary on All4. The documentary will include clips from iconic moments in Hollyoaks and will be narrated from some of the biggest LGBT stars last and present, as well as influential LGBT figures. The programme coincides with the 50th Anniversary of The Sexual Offences Act […]

British LGBT Awards: Shortlist of leading LGBT activists, allies and stars revealed (Annie nominated in LGBT+ Celebrity Rising Star category)

From The Independent – 20th February 2017 The Independent is pleased to announce the shortlist for the British LGBT Awards 2017. The awards celebrate community activists, public figures and straight allies who work to advance the rights of LGBT communities. The Independent is the British LGBT Awards Media Partner for 2017. Top 10 LGBT+ celebrities include Laverne Cox, a transgender activist and actress who came to prominence on Netflix series Orange Is The New Black, and Kate McKinnon, impersonator and comedian, who shot to fame on Saturday Night Live after her portrayal of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 US presidential race. Top 10 […]

Living the dream: Hollyoaks star Annie Wallace on being the first trans actor in a trans role to be nominated for a Scottish Bafta

From Herald Scotland – 6th November 2016 Annie Wallace was sitting in her flat the other day speaking to one of her cats. “You know what,” she said. “I’m an actress on a really good soap on television, I’m famous, and I’m getting award nominations.” The cat, because it’s a cat, didn’t show much interest in the comment, but for Wallace it was a useful moment: a reminder to herself about what has happened to her in the last two years and a chance to articulate what she has achieved. “When I say it out loud, it sounds ridiculous,” she […]

‘Our time is NOW’: Hollyoaks star Annie Wallace chats the trans community and her history-making BAFTA nod

From Mancunian Matters – 2nd November 2016 Hollyoaks star Annie Wallace is simply over the moon ahead of the BAFTA Scotland Awards. The 51-year-old  – who plays headmistress Sally St. Claire on the Channel 4 soap – has been nominated for Best Actress at the upcoming ceremony. While such recognition would have any star jumping for joy, for Annie for nod is doubly important because it marks the first time a trans actress has been put forward for the gong. Reflecting on when she discovered she was in the running for the accolade, Annie told MM: “I did not see […]

OUT100 2016 Honorees Announced

From LGBT Weekly – 31st October 2016 NEW YORK — OUT today revealed its 22nd annual OUT100 portfolio. The annual list honors the year’s 100 most compelling LGBTQ individuals across entertainment, sports, politics, media and the arts, highlighting their impact and accomplishments.  For 2016, the OUT100 cover stars include Entertainer of the Year Ellen DeGeneres, Artist of Year Tom Ford, Legend Tracey Norman and Breakout of the Year Javier Muñoz. In addition, this year’s portfolio pays tribute to the heroes of Pulse Nightcluband the record-breaking number of LGBTQ staff members at the White House, as well as out Olympians from […]