Winners of Proud Scotland Awards announced

On Saturday 2nd October, the great and the good of Scotland’s LGBT+ community convened at the Sheraton Edinburgh hotel for the annual Proud Scotland Awards,  given for outstanding achievements for and by the country’s LGBT+ community. As part of that, our Annie received the special “Judges Award”, which honours an individual whose distinguished accomplishments and service to the LGBTQ+ community in Scotland or further afield are self-evident and acclaimed. Annie’s award was for “Outstanding Trans Activism”, and honours her 25 years of passionate and creative activism, as well as her place as a role-model to other trans people as patron…Continue reading Winners of Proud Scotland Awards announced

Pride Power List 2021 Announced

Once again, Annie has been featured in the prestigious Pride Power List 2021 (at No. 26). Started in 2012 the Pride Power List aims to celebrate those powerful, dedicated and wonderful people within the LGBTQI community. The people who do everything in their power to make LGBTQI life that little bit brighter.  While lesbian, bisexual, queer, trans and intersex people are more visible than they were 25 years ago – whether that’s within the realm of business, politics, the arts, the media, sport or anywhere else – in some circles, their voices remain marginalised, and their life experiences dismissed. Too many…Continue reading Pride Power List 2021 Announced

Hollyoaks star Annie Wallace on Hayley Cropper’s impact and why transphobes will “ultimately fail”

From the Digital Spy website – 25th June 2021 Decades before trans representation started to improve with the likes of Pose and Euphoria, Coronation Street introduced Hayley Cropper to the cobbled streets of Weatherfield. Back in 1998, Julie Hesmondhalgh’s character was the first trans person to appear in a British soap opera, and the success of Hayley’s role was down in large part to Annie Wallace, who helped advise on and inspire the character’s story. Since Hayley’s groundbreaking debut, Wallace has continued to make history in the world of soaps with her own role as Sally St Claire on Hollyoaks. Annie’s introduction to the show in 2015 made her the…Continue reading Hollyoaks star Annie Wallace on Hayley Cropper’s impact and why transphobes will “ultimately fail”

Annie Wallace reflects on inspiring soap’s first ever trans character in Corrie’s Hayley Cropper

From metro.co.uk – 9th June 2021 Hollyoaks star Annie Wallace has reflected on what it was like to inspire Coronation Street’s Hayley Cropper, soapland’s first ever transgender character. While the Coronation Street writers initially created the character of Hayley, played by Julie Hesmondhalgh, Annie was brought on to advise on storylines, even letting them in on incidents from her own life to weave into the story. Speaking on Loose Women, the 56-year-old explained: ‘After the first couple of months, she went away to Amsterdam, that’s when they called me in to give advice on how the storylines could be fleshed out in…Continue reading Annie Wallace reflects on inspiring soap’s first ever trans character in Corrie’s Hayley Cropper

Hollyoaks star Annie Wallace updates fans on filming amid new lockdown

From Digital Spy – 6th January 2021 Hollyoaks actress Annie Wallace has shared a filming update following new lockdown restrictions in the UK. Tweeting yesterday (January 5), the Sally St Claire star wrote to her followers: “First day of 2021 back at work today at House of @Hollyoaks. Our stringent anti-COVID policies and procedures work well, and I certainly feel safe there. “I know we, and the other soaps, are lucky in this respect.” After reading this, Annie’s fans were glad to hear she was in good hands and that the soap is still able to film. “So pleased. Must be great…Continue reading Hollyoaks star Annie Wallace updates fans on filming amid new lockdown

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…Continue reading Pride Power List 2019 Announced

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…Continue reading Soap star in spotlight at Aberdeen Women’s Day event

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…Continue reading Hollyoaks star leads first ever pride parade in Aberdeen

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…Continue reading Inspirational Talk from actress Annie Wallace

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…Continue reading Annie nominated in annual TRIC Awards for Best Soap Actor