National Diversity Awards Shortlist 2016

Annie has been shortlisted in the category “Celebrity Of The Year” in this year’s National Diversity Awards alongside Idris Elba, Sally Phillips, Jaymi Hensley, Sir Lenny Henry, Emma Watson, Mo Farah CBE and Kelly Knox! She was nominated following a period of public nominations via their website. The winners will be announced at a ceremony at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral in September. “This is an immense honour”, said Annie. “I’ve only been around publicly for around a year and this is a very prestigious nomination, alongside some seriously impressive names! I’m grateful to all those who nominated me. Thank you so much!” As […]

Pride Power List 2016 Announced

From Out News Global – 25th June 2016 Introducing our celebration of the lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender people who make a real difference. At the end of an uncertain week a ray of light. It’s our inaugural celebration 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 our 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 […]

Blog Post – So what is wrong with the Gender Recognition system?

By Annie – 20th June 2016 Sally gets into some trouble this week on Hollyoaks, as a confrontation with Myra McQueen leads to Myra falling down the stairs at the school. As has been revealed in Inside Soap and Digitalspy, this could have drastic consequences for the headmistress as she is arrested for the incident. Despite the fact that Sally transitioned 26 years previously, she has not, for her own reasons, obtained a Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC) to grant her full legal rights in her reassigned gender. As a single woman, on a day-to-day level, this has no effect on her […]

Hollyoaks spoilers: Will Sally St Claire be sent to a male prison for attacking Myra McQueen?

From Digitalspy – 14th June 2016 Hollyoaks star Annie Wallace has revealed that her trans character Sally St Claire could be sent to a male prison if she gets sent down for attacking Myra McQueen. Sally takes centre stage in dramatic scenes next week as she has a heated clash with Myra at Hollyoaks High, which leads to Myra taking a nasty tumble down the stairs. As Myra is rushed to hospital, the big question on everyone’s lips is whether she fell or whether she was pushed by Sally.  A horrified Sally is arrested in the aftermath and it seems […]

Sally St Claire to be jailed in a male prison?

From Metro.co.uk – 14th June 2016 There could be a terrible ordeal on the horizon for headteacher Sally St Claire as her arrest for allegedly pushing Myra McQueen down the stairs in Hollyoaks could see her landed in a male prison – and actress Annie Wallace has warned that her alter ego may not survive the trauma.  Shocking scenes will see Myra seriously injured during a row with Sally and despite John Paul’s insistence that Sally would never hurt Myra, she is arrested. With James Nightingale telling John Paul that they need a witness to corroborate Sally’s version of events, the […]

Annie’s first British Soap Awards

Annie was down in London last weekend for the British Soap Awards; her first ever visit! “I’ve watched the soap awards since they began in 1999, cheering on my Coronation Street friends, and celebrating their victories privately”, she said, “but this time, I got to go myself – as a Hollyoaks cast member! I was very nervous at the huge press and public attention that the event generates, but had the support of my castmates on hand to help me relax a bit – most were as nervous as me! I travelled to the venue, the Hackney Empire, with the […]

Hollyoaks Actress From Aberdeen Up For Major Soap Award

From the Evening Express – 26th May 2016 A woman who grew up in the Granite City has spoken of her joy at being nominated for a host of national awards. Annie Wallace, who was born in the Holburn area of the city, became the first transgender person to be cast as a transgender character in a UK soap when she took on the role of headteacher Sally St Claire in Hollyoaks. Annie, 51, always dreamed of being an actress but felt her dream would never become a reality. After finishing school at Ashley Road and Aberdeen Grammar School, she […]

The TV Choice Awards – Annie Nominated!

The TV Choice Awards long list has been announced, and we’re delighted to see that Annie has been nominated in the ‘Best Soap Newcomer’ category. Annie said today “This is just amazing. I’m a bit giddy about it, as I haven’t been nominated for an acting award since I was a child, and that was for a Robert Burns recitation! I’m also delighted to see EastEnders‘ Riley Carter Millington in there too, and ‘Boy Meets Girl’ is nominated in the best comedy category as well. Trans actors are out there, and we’re getting long-awaited attention by the industry and attracting […]

Hollyoaks spoilers: Stars reveal what’s next after shock John Paul McQueen and Sally St Claire twist

From Metro.co.uk – 18th May 2016 Hollyoaks viewers were shocked to learn a while back that Sally St Claire was John Paul McQueen’s real father before she underwent her gender reassignment surgery – but not half as stunned as the lad himself is after tonight’s First Look episode! Seeing Pete Buchanan beating John Paul up, Sally raced over, blurting for the villain to leave her son alone. And this is just the beginning of the drama as a shell-shocked John Paul faces the prospect of getting his head around the revelation. With both Sally and Myra having kept him in […]

The National Diversity Awards

Each year a different city across the UK will be chosen to host the annual event. The awards thrived in Manchester for its launch, where diversity is amongst the cities greatest assets. The 2013 ceremony was held in Leeds, representing the brilliant mix of communities in the heart of West Yorkshire and in 2014 the National Diversity Awards were held at the prestigious Hurlingham Club in London. After the glittering success of the 2015 ceremony, which was held at the Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral, the National Diversity Awards are sure to go from strength to strength in 2016. These awards are […]