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Soaps ‘hardest working’ stars of 2021 revealed – from Coronation Street, Emmerdale and EastEnders

It’s been another busy year in the land of soap.

There’s been tear-jerking scenes, shocking moments and more deaths than we’d care to think about.

The Christmas Day ratings revealed Coronation Street to be the top festive soap with 3.25 million viewers, closely followed by ITV’s Emmerdale, which was watched by 3 million.

Just making it into the top 10 most-watched programmes was the festive EastEnders special, with an audience of 2.9 million.

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It has now been revealed which soap stars have been the ‘hardest working’ this year.

New research from OLBG, analysed historical TV data to discover how many episodes each actor has been in.

The study found Coronation Street’s Tyrone Dobbs, aka Alan Halsall, who has been at the epicentre of a festive love triangle, was soap’s hardest working actor of the year.

He appeared in 128 episodes of Corrie but was also joined at the top spot by Emmerdale’s resident landlady, Chas Dingle (Lucy Pargeter) and Gabby Thomas (Rosie Bentham).



Coronation Street’s Tyrone star Alan Halsall topped the list

Making up the top five was Claire King, who plays Emmerdale’s Kim Tate, with 118 episode under her belt this year, following by Abi Franklin actress Sally Carman as she took centre stage in one of the soap’s biggest storylines. She appeared in 117 episodes.

Finishing up the list are:

6. Lawrence Robb – Emmerdale’s Mackenzie Boyd – 113 episodes

7. Mollie Gallagher – Coronation Street’s Nina Lucas – 111 episodes

8. Jane Danson – Coronation Street’s Leanne Battersby – 108 episodes

9. Michael Le Vell – Coronation Street’s Kevin Webster – 107 episodes



Corrie couple Abi and Kevin – aka Sally and Michael also made the list

10 = Paige Sandhu – Emmerdale’s Meena Jutla – 105 episodes

10 = Sally Ann Matthews – Coronation Street’s Jenny Connor – 105 episodes

All of the top 10 actors were involved in heavy storylines this year, from gut-wrenching heartbreak to serial killing – with Coronation Street and Emmerdale dominating and EastEnders not making the list.

However, looking at the hardest-working soap actors of all time, Eastenders legend and I’m A Celebrity… alumnus Adam Woodyatt aka Ian Beale gets second place, having starred in over 3,900 episodes – just behind William Roache, who plays Corrie icon Ken Barlow who has featured in 4,000.

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