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 […]

Transgender soap star Annie Wallace’s pride and joy over Scottish Bafta nomination

From the Sunday Mail – 30th October 2016 SOAP star Annie Wallace can’t hide her delight about her Scottish Bafta nomination. She is incredibly proud and more than a little emotional to be competing for the Best TV Actress gong along with Ashley Jensen and Caitriona Balfe. The 51-year-old, from Aberdeen, who plays headmistress Sally St Claire in Hollyoaks, is the first transgender star to be nominated for a Scottish Bafta. Annie admits the honour is extra special after years of rejection from society as a transgender woman. She said: “It is most unexpected and has hit me for six. […]

Runner-Up in Scottish Icon Awards 2016

Annie won runner-up in the “Cultural Icon of the Year” category, in the Icon Awards 2016, presented at the awards ceremony at the Hilton in Glasgow on 23rd October 2016. Edinburgh artist Mark Vice won first place for promoting and supporting diversity through the arts in Scotland, and his fantastic work with the LGBT+ community. Annie said “I’m delighted to be recognised by my fellow Scots in this category, filled as it was with some seriously wonderful people. It was a fantastic evening, meeting some of my Scottish heroes and heroines. Congratulations to the lovely Mark Vice for winning!”  

Annie and Hollyoaks mentioned in Scottish Parliamentary Motion

This week, Member of the Scottish Parliament for the North-East of Scotland, Ross Thomson, raised a motion congratulating Annie for her BAFTA Scotland nomination, which is attracting cross-party support. “Motion S5M-01896: Ross Thomson, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 07/10/2016 Annie Wallace Nominated for Scottish BAFTAs That the Parliament congratulates Annie Wallace on becoming the first transgender actor to be nominated for the Scottish BAFTAs; understands that Annie, who grew up in the heart of Aberdeen, has played the character of Sally St Claire since October 2015 on the well-established Channel 4 soap, Hollyoaks; notes that she […]

BAFTA Scotland Awards 2016 Nomination

Today, Annie was nominated for the award of “Best Actress – Television” in the 2016 BAFTA Scotland Awards, which will take place on the 6th of November. She is nominated alongside Caitriona Balfe, for Outlander, and Ashley Jensen, for Catastrophe, and is being recognised for her performance in the role of Sally St Claire in Hollyoaks, which she has now been playing for just over a year. Needless to say, Annie is grateful and overwhelmed at this recognition of her work, and is looking forward to visiting Glasgow for the ceremony. Annie is the first ever transgender actress to be […]

Annie WINS “Celebrity of the Year” at the National Diversity Awards!

Shortlisted with Idris Elba, Sally Phillips, Jaymi Hensley, Sir Lenny Henry, Emma Watson, Mo Farah CBE and Kelly Knox, Annie has WON the “Celebrity of the Year” at the National Diversity Awards! Can’t believe this. I won! 😀😀😂❤❤❤ @ndawards xx pic.twitter.com/m6niuTgStz — Annie Wallace (@anniewallace) September 16, 2016

DIVA Power List 2016 Announced

From OutNewsGlobal – 16th September 2016 Introducing DIVA magazine inaugural celebration of the LGBTI+ people who make a real difference. The power list is acknowledgement of the achievements of 100 most influential lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in Britain voted for by you. Thousands of public nominations came in via an online voting form. It’s fair to say, the competition has never been stronger. The list recognises the people who have paved the way for LGBTI equality and celebrates those actively working to raise visibility and change lives. Double Olympic champion Nicola Adams told us: “I feel honoured […]

Icon Awards Shortlist 2016

Scotland very own diversity awards, The Icon Awards, have shortlisted Annie in the “Cultural Icon of the Year” category! The finals will be held on the 23rd of October and Annie is clearly very excited… She said, “I’ve been amazed and humbled over the last year to have attracted nominations from several awards, recognising my contribution to diversity in the media and beyond, but this is the first time that my home country of Scotland has shortlisted me! I moved to Manchester in 1999, but prior to that I was a born and bred Scot, living in Aberdeen (my home […]