Neil Drysdale

Hollyoaks soap star Annie Wallace is the first transgender actress to be nominated for the Scottish BAFTAs, it was revealed this evening.

Annie, 51, from Aberdeen, has played Sally St Claire since October 2015 on the long-running Channel Four soap.

She also appeared in Shameless in 2011 as headmistress Miss Heller.

And she is the first transgender person to play a regular male-to-female transgender character in British soap history.

Annie is now up against Outlander’s Caitriona Balfe and Catastrophe’s Ashley Jensen in the Best Actress Television category.

Jude MacLaverty, Director of BAFTA Scotland said: “It’s great. I don’t watch Hollyoaks on a regular basis but I’m delighted.

“It’s brilliant, a completely great, diverse list.”

Annie Wallace, from Aberdeen,

Annie Wallace, from Aberdeen,

A spokeswoman for Annie Wallace’s management said: “We’re thrilled. Annie is doing so well — she’s just won ‘Celebrity of the Year’ at the National Diversity Awards.

“We’re so please she’s becoming an ambassador for diversity in the Arts.

“We’re chuffed to bits for her.”

The Scottish BAFTAs will be held on 6 November.

Also nominated are Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi, Outlander and Mrs Brown’s Boys.

BAFTA Scotland Host Edith Bowman said: “BAFTA doesn’t say what should be in each category, it’s down to the jurors, it’s down to the productions to submit the episodes for the individuals they want to put up for the awards.”