5 soap kids who won awards for their performances

There's so much young talent in soaps

Coronation Street star Jude Riordan is leading the pack of talented soap kids with another awards nomination.

The little one has been nominated not just for his stunning Corrie performances – but also for his work on comedy Brassic.

Sam in Coronation Street after his mum's funeral
Corrie kid actor Jude has had viewers in tears (Credit: ITV)

But being a young soap star with such impressive awards under his belt isn’t a completely novel experience.

In fact there are other stars whose own careers suggest Jude is in for a long and brilliant career himself.

Ellis Hollins, Hollyoaks
Ellis Hollins has played Tom Cunningham since he was three (Credit: FameFlynet)

Ellis Hollins

As little Tom Cunningham in Hollyoaks, Ellis Hollins became something of a young soap star pioneer.

He won a whopping EIGHT awards as a youngster playing the orphan – and has landed himself a long-term career as a bonus.

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When he joined at just age three, the casting agents saw something special as 19 years later he’s still playing the part.

And he shows no sign of slowing down.

Amelia Flanagan keeps audiences impressed with her performances in Emmerdale (Credit: ITV)

Amelia Flanagan

Emmerdale star Amelia Flanagan took home the Best Young Performance award in 2015.

She left viewers completely mesmerised by her performance as April after the loss of her mum Donna.

And she has continued to impress since with a variety of hard-hitting storylines including her dad being sent to prison and her own bullying torment.

Sam Aston has been charming Corrie fans for years (Credit: ITV)

Sam Aston

He’s been in Coronation Street for so long that viewers forget he started out as just a lad.

But the actor began age ten as Chesney and quickly collected both National Television Awards and British Soap Awards.

His high profile storylines have recently seen him become a father of five – but when he was a youngster he was terrorising the likes of Rita Tanner with his conwoman mum Cilla.

Eden Taylor Draper

She scooped scene of the year in 2006 after spending days filming in a flooded mine shaft.

And just a year later took home the best young performance gong at the British Soap Awards.

Kidnappings, mental health troubles and even being framed for murders – Eden has played Belle in Emmerdale through it all.

And now a formidable grown-up actress, she’s established herself as one to watch.

Kara-Leah Fernandes
Kara-Leah Fernandes won the best young performance award in 2019 (Credit: ITV)

Kara-Leah Fernandes

The EastEnders youngster has proved herself more than worthy of her British Soap Award.

Playing Bailey Baker’s torment after her mum’s suicide and the turmoil it threw her family into – she showed herself as an exceptional actress.

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And this year during her homeless storyline Kara-Leah has shown that she’s only growing in strength.

We can’t wait to see what she does in the years to come!

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