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 as her subject, Annie was up against comedian Dane Baptiste, who opted for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Vlogger Grace Victory, who tested her knowledge on Beyonce, and broadcaster Martin Bell, who picked Sir William Howard Russell.

Annie, who was the third contestant to take to the spotlight on Friday’s show, chose charity Mermaids to benefit.

Mermaids works to raise awareness about gender nonconformity in children, and campaigns for the recognition of gender dysphoria in young people.

In her specialist subject round, Annie scored 10 points out of a possible 12, passing on two questions, and tying with Martin.

In the following general knowledge round, her impressive knowledge saw her total number of points brought up to 21.

Unfortunately, she was just pipped to first place by Martin, who ended up scoring 24 points following the second round.

Annie said: “It’s really cool, and I was really honoured to be asked to do it.

“I’m really into my quizzes, I’ve always been interested in that kind of thing.

“It’s a fundraiser, and it’s just a bit of fun. It’s not just if you win that your charity gets the money. The only thing you play for is your honour and a little glass trophy.

“It’s always been one of my favourite programmes. I never thought I would have the opportunity to be on it, so it was just delightful.”

Although she didn’t win, Annie said that she was happy to have taken part.

She added: “I’ve watched the whole series and my score would have won a couple of the episodes so my honour is still intact.

“I lost out to a wonderful man. He’s really intelligent and a wonderful man.

“I just thought that if I lost to anyone it should be him.”

The actress, who plays headmistress Sally St Claire in the soap, was the first transgender actor to be nominated for a Scottish Bafta.

Asked by John Humphrys why she thought soaps were such high drama, she said: “People are used to the adventure and excitement.

“It’s not always a horrible cliffhanger. It’s that moment when everyone can go what happened next.”