Eastenders heartthrob Danny Dyer has been voted Britain’s favourite soap star by our Great British Bingo audience.
We surveyed almost 200 people to find out who they’d pick as their favourite from the four major soaps: Eastenders, Coronation Street, Hollyoaks and Emmerdale.
Dyer got around 13% of the vote (24 people) beating his closest rival by 9 votes! Unsurprisingly, the majority of those who voted for him were female (66%) – we’re more Alfie Moon fans ourselves, but each to their own – with 4 men picking Dyer and 4 choosing to remain anonymous.
Dyer joined the soap on Christmas Day 2013 as the Queen Vic’s new landlord. Prior to arriving on the show, he’d expressed his desire to become a permanent fixture in Walford, claiming that he wanted “to do an Ian Beale”.
The full list is dominated by baddies we love to hate and loveable icons who will go down in Soap history, like Dot Cotton and Vera Duckworth.
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June Brown, aka Dot, has been a regular cast member in Eastenders since 1985. Yep, that’s 30 years! She has been appearing less and less in the show of late as her eyesight has worsened but even when she finally retires, she won’t be forgotten. Known for her chain-smoking, religiosity and being mother to notorious badman Nick Cotton, she’s been a vehicle for interesting storylines about health, parenting and faith.
Would any soap list be complete without Phil Mitchell. His face has become a proxy for East-end hardman who despite all his bravado is vulnerable on the inside. Over the years, he has been involved in dodgy dealings, family feuds and the compelling whodunnit storyline of Who Shot Phil? He made a triumphant return after being written out of the show in 2003.
Cain Dingle of Emmerdale fame (played by Jeff Hordley) is another bad boy, described as a “master criminal”, who has developed something of a conscience since his return to the show in 2009, after a long break. Storylines have revolved around his felonious activities and his relationships with several female characters, as well as being attacked by his father Zak in another whoddunit plot.
The former manager of the Queen Vic and loveable scamp, Alfie Moon has a special place in soapland. His entrance to the show was a classic example of his try-his-luck attitude: he manages to land a job at the Queen Vic after pulling himself a pint and being mistaken for the new manager by Peggy. He is best known for his turbulent relationship with Kat Slater and bringing a sense of humour to the show.
Posted by:Ben Barker on Thursday, August 13th, 2015