Pride Power List 2019 Announced

From The Independent – 6th June 2019 On Saturday 6 July, the capital commemorates Pride in London – celebrating the lives, achievements, history and future of the LGBT+community. To coincide with the jubilant occasion, the Pride Power List 2019 has been released, revealing the members of the LGBT+ community in the UK who have made the greatest positive impact in the past year in the fight for the equality and inclusion of LGBT+ individuals. Published exclusively in The Independent, this year’s list received a staggering 50,000 nominations from the general public, a far cry from the small number of nominations received during its inaugural year in […]

Soap star in spotlight at Aberdeen Women’s Day event

From Evening Express – 23rd Feb 2019 Annie Wallace, who is known for her role as Sally St Claire in Hollyoaks, will be among the speakers at the event, due to take place at Aberdeen University. It is the sixth time the university is hosting the celebration. This year’s theme will focus on driving gender balance across the world. Annie is the first transgender person to play a male-to-female transgender character in British soap history. She has also featured on Channel 4 series Shameless in 2011 as well as performing multiple times at the fringe in Edinburgh. Also speaking at […]

Hollyoaks star leads first ever pride parade in Aberdeen

From STV – 26th May 2018 The first ever Grampian Pride Parade has taken place in Aberdeen. The event is being led by Aberdeen-born Hollyoaks actress Annie Wallace on Saturday. The march, on Union Street, is celebrating the region’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) community. Singer Sandi Thom, from Banff, Aberdeenshire, is due to lead further celebrations at the Grampian Pride Village, which has been set up at the Beach Boulevard. Justine Smithers, of Grampian Pride, said: “It’s something I’ve always wanted for Aberdeen, and never thought it possible, but we’re finally here today! “People have been able to hold […]

Inspirational Talk from actress Annie Wallace

From Aquinas College – 31st January 2018 Annie Wallace who plays Sally St.Claire in the E4 soap Hollyoaks, is an actress from Aberdeen, Scotland. A former National Youth Theatre member, she graduated from the Manchester Metropolitan School of Theatre in 2004, and has also appeared in many theatre productions. Annie shared her acting journey where she faced many rejections before finally getting her big break in Shameless in 2011 followed by being cast in Hollyoaks in 2015. Annie inspired students with her inside stories and acting techniques. Getting her first big part at the age of 50, she is a […]

Annie nominated in annual TRIC Awards for Best Soap Actor

From the TRIC Awards website – 22nd January 2018 This year’s Awards marks 49 years of the TRIC Awards. To celebrate this special occasion TRIC has collaborated with media partner, ERT and for the first time ever TRIC offers the industry and ERT readers the opportunity to cast their vote, selecting their very favourite TV & Radio shows and personalities. We are delighted to invite you to vote by completing the voting form below, please select one option from each category. You will have until the end of the month to make your vote count. Please remember that voting will be […]

Aberdeen soap star Annie shines on Celebrity Mastermind

From the Evening Express – 9th January 2018 An Aberdeen actress has proved what a bright spark she is by coming second in Celebrity Mastermind. Hollyoaks actress Annie Wallace, from Aberdeen, took on the popular television challenge for its eighth episode of the season. The celebrity version of the British quiz show, hosted by John Humphrys, began as a one-off special in 2002, and sees celebrities take to the famous chair to answer questions on their chosen specialist subject. Ten episodes are now broadcast in each series, which runs during December and January. Choosing Doctor Who from 1970 to 1980 […]

DIVA Power List 2017 Announced

From DIVA Magazine – 21st December 2017 Gone are the days of shame and secrecy and living a half life in the closet; we’ve kicked and screamed our way out and ripped that closet door off its hinges and today, the achievements of the LGBTQI+ community are regularly celebrated in mainstream newspapers, at glitzy awards ceremonies, and at fancy government receptions. Here at DIVA HQ, we believe that’s something worth shouting about, and that’s why we’re are asking you to nominate people for the DIVA Power List. We aim to celebrate some truly amazing individuals from our community; people who […]

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 […]