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Favourite stars past and present of Eastenders, Coronation Street, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks chat behind the scenes stories and give us a rare, intimate insight into their lives.
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Kelli Hollis

Kelli Hollis

2021-05-0940:27

Lee is joined by Kelli Hollis, who played Ali Spencer in Emmerdale.Kelli chats to Lee about playing a gay character, her first scene in the Woolpack, her work on Shameless and reveals proof that James McAvoy is lovely. You can find Kelli on Instagram and Twitter @kelli.hollis————————————————————————————————————————————————————————Lee Salisbury directed Continuing Drama for over 10 years.  Notable episodes including the Cot Death in Emmerdale and Barbara Windsor’s leaving episodes for Eastenders.  He s now a Series Producer… and of course a Podcaster!Thanks to David Stevens at The Bothy for editing and technical wizardry.@davidstevens_editor @the__bothyThanks to Iain McCallum for his press help.Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @soapfromthebox
Julie Hesmondhalgh

Julie Hesmondhalgh

2021-05-0901:00:26

Welcome to the show Julie Hesmondhalgh who played Hayley Cropper in Coronation Street.Julie chats to Lee abut how important Corrie has been in her life, her wonderful relationship with David Neilson who played Roy, Hayley’s red coat, taking her mum to the Soap Awards and her work on Catastrophe, Cucumber and Broadchurch. They talk in depth about Julie’s portrayal of a transgender character and how she hopes Hayley has encouraged inclusion and diversity.  Find out more about these issues here:https://lgbt.foundation/http://www.pfc.org.uk/Julie’s time portraying Hayley also involved storylines about pancreatic cancer and exploring issues around the right to die.  If these issues affect you, you can find information and support here:https://www.pancreaticcancer.org.uk/https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/euthanasia-and-assisted-suicide/https://www.dignityindying.org.uk/Julie is involved in the Manchester based theatre company Take Back and you can check them out here:https://www.takebacktheatre.com/You can find Julie onInstagram @jhesmondhalghTwitter @juliehes————————————————————————————————————————————————————————Lee Salisbury directed Continuing Drama for over 10 years.  Notable episodes including the Cot Death in Emmerdale and Barbara Windsor’s leaving episodes for Eastenders.  He s now a Series Producer… and of course a Podcaster!Thanks to David Stevens at The Bothy for editing and technical wizardry.@davidstevens_editor @the__bothyThanks to Iain McCallum for his press help.Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @soapfromthebox
Gemma Merna

Gemma Merna

2021-05-0251:21

The Hollyoaks legend that is Gemma Merna, also known as Carmel McQueen, comes to Soap From The Box!Gemma reveals all to Lee about wearing fishnet stockings to her Hollyoaks audition, her friendship with Jennifer Metcalf, dealing with overnight fame, winning at the Soap Awards, her breast enlargement, yoga, her time on the TV show Splash and how she’d love to do Strictly. The chat also covers Gemma’s love of yoga.  She is an ambassador for Myga yoga and you can find them on Instagram @myga_yogaYou can find Gemma on Instagram and Twitter @gemmamerna———————————————————————————————————————————————————————Lee Salisbury directed Continuing Drama for over 10 years.  Notable episodes including the Cot Death in Emmerdale and Barbara Windsor’s leaving episodes for Eastenders.  He s now a Series Producer… and of course a Podcaster!Thanks to David Stevens at The Bothy for editing and technical wizardry.@davidstevens_editor @the__bothyThanks to Iain McCallum for his press help.Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @soapfromthebox
Zima Anderson

Zima Anderson

2021-05-0239:01

Neighbours, everybody needs good… you know the rest!  Zima Anderson aka Roxy Willis from Neighbours joins Soap From The Box this week.Zima chats to Lee about how she always wanted to be on Neighbours, how gymnastics helps her wellbeing, what she does in between takes while filming and how Lee should really be called Meadow Salisbury! You can find Zima on social here:Instagram @justzima Twitter @AndersonZimaTik Tok @zimaanderson———————————————————————————————————————————————————————Lee Salisbury directed Continuing Drama for over 10 years.  Notable episodes including the Cot Death in Emmerdale and Barbara Windsor’s leaving episodes for Eastenders.  He s now a Series Producer… and of course a Podcaster!Thanks to David Stevens at The Bothy for editing and technical wizardry.@davidstevens_editor @the__bothyThanks to Iain McCallum for his press help.Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @soapfromthebox
Shobna Gulati

Shobna Gulati

2021-04-2546:38

Lee is joined by Shobna Gulati who played Sunita Alahan in Coronation Street.They chat about Snoop Dogg’s love of Corrie, how Barbara Windsor was always supportive, being cast for Eastenders and Corrie in the same week and appearing in both a Boy George video and Bollywood. Shobna also tells all about her iconic role in Dinnerladies, her work in soon to be released feature film Everyone’s Talking About Jamie and her book Remember Me?: Discovering My Mother As She Lost Her Memory.They reminisce about Shobna’s appearance in the Children In Need special East Street, that combined Eastenders and Corrie and was directed by Lee.  Relive it here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGTYY3qONHMYou can find Shobna on Instagram and Twitter @shobnagulati ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————Lee Salisbury directed Continuing Drama for over 10 years.  Notable episodes including the Cot Death in Emmerdale and Barbara Windsor’s leaving episodes for Eastenders.  He s now a Series Producer… and of course a Podcaster!Thanks to David Stevens at The Bothy for editing and technical wizardry.@davidstevens_editor @the__bothyThanks to Iain McCallum for his press help.Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @soapfromthebox
Natalie Anderson

Natalie Anderson

2021-04-2557:46

Lee talks to close friend Natalie Anderson who played Alicia Gallagher on Emmerdale.Natalie tells Lee about her magical memories of Emmerdale, how difficult it was to leave, the fact that she was on Pop Idol, her work in The Royal plus her experience of being in Wicked.  The conversation does cover the Emmerdale storyline when Alicia was attacked.  If these issues affect you, you can find information and support here:https://rapecrisis.org.uk/https://www.thesurvivorstrust.org/Check out Natalie’s own website and podcast here:https://www.thecapsule.co.uk/And take a look as her production company here:https://houseintheroad.com/You can find Natalie on Insta @natjanderson and Twitter: @AndersonNatalie————————————————————————————————————————————————————————Lee Salisbury directed Continuing Drama for over 10 years.  Notable episodes including the Cot Death in Emmerdale and Barbara Windsor’s leaving episodes for Eastenders.  He s now a Series Producer… and of course a Podcaster!Thanks to David Stevens at The Bothy for editing and technical wizardry.@davidstevens_editor @the__bothyThanks to Iain McCallum for his press help.Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @soapfromthebox
Louisa Clein

Louisa Clein

2021-04-1845:36

Louisa Clein, who played Maya Stepney in Emmerdale, joins Lee on Soap From The Box.Louisa and Lee talk in-depth about her award winning portrayal of Maya in the controversial storyline about grooming young Jacob Gallagher.  They also chat about her time in Judge John Deed, the equal representation of women in soap, getting the giggles in front 1000 people and drinking real beer in the Woolpack!For the grooming storyline, the Emmerdale team sought advice from Barnardo’s and if these issues affect you, you can find information and support here:https://www.barnardos.org.uk/what-we-do/protecting-children/sexual-abusehttps://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-is-child-abuse/types-of-abuse/grooming/You can find Louisa on Instagram and Twitter @Louisaclein————————————————————————————————————————————————————————Lee Salisbury directed Continuing Drama for over 10 years.  Notable episodes including the Cot Death in Emmerdale and Barbara Windsor’s leaving episodes for Eastenders.  He s now a Series Producer… and of course a Podcaster!Thanks to David Stevens at The Bothy for editing and technical wizardry.@davidstevens_editor @the__bothyThanks to Iain McCallum for his press help.Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @soapfromthebox
Lukas Radovich

Lukas Radovich

2021-04-1852:23

Soap From The Box says ‘G’day Mate’ to Lukas Radovich who plays Ryder Jackson in Home and Away. Lukas and Lee chat about joining the Stewart dynasty, their shared love of the retro opening titles and how Lukas felt to be part of the first same sex kiss screened on Home and Away.  Plus - it turns out that Lukas actually has the greatest Star Wars name ever AND all is revealed about Lee’s own appearance in Home and Away The Musical! You can watch the video for Secret Lover by Yuma X starring Lukas here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QVsrbntckcAnd check out the Groovehouse cover of the Home and Away theme here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMjU0OdaxxMLukas mentions the Telethon charity in Western Australia that he has worked with.  You can find out more and donate here:https://www.telethonkids.org.au/Lukas speaks about being part of the storyline involving Ryder and Ty that culminated in the first same sex kiss screened on Home & Away.  If the experiences explored in that storyline affect you, you can find information and support here:https://lgbt.foundation/https://www.stonewall.org.uk/You can find Lukas on Instagram @lukas.radovich————————————————————————————————————————————————————————Lee Salisbury directed Continuing Drama for over 10 years.  Notable episodes including the Cot Death in Emmerdale and Barbara Windsor’s leaving episodes for Eastenders.  He s now a Series Producer… and of course a Podcaster!Thanks to David Stevens at The Bothy for editing and technical wizardry.@davidstevens_editor @the__bothyThanks to Iain McCallum for his press help.Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @soapfromtheboxHuge thanks to Podcorn for sponsoring this episode. Explore sponsorship opportunities and start monetizing your podcast by signing up here: https://podcorn.com/podcasters/
Deena Payne

Deena Payne

2021-04-1154:32

Part 2 of this week’s Soap From The Box double bill features Deena Payne who played Viv Hope in Emmerdale for 18 years. Lee and Deena chat about her using a cockney accent in her Emmerdale audition, chemistry with her onscreen husband Bob, her early days in girl-band Cats UK and recent work on Calendar Girls, plus meeting the Queen - twice!There’s also surprise messages from some very special friends and Deena talks about her work as a Naturopath, giving advice on healthy habits and diet.————————————————————————————————————————————————————————Lee Salisbury directed Continuing Drama for over 10 years.  Notable episodes including the Cot Death in Emmerdale and Barbara Windsor’s leaving episodes for Eastenders.  He s now a Series Producer… and of course a Podcaster!Thanks to David Stevens at The Bothy for editing and technical wizardry.@davidstevens_editor @the__bothyThanks to Iain McCallum for his press help.Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @soapfromthebox
Paula Lane

Paula Lane

2021-04-1101:03:22

Welcome to Part 1 of this week’s Soap From The Box double whammy. In this episode Lee chats to Paula Lane, who played Kylie Platt in Coronation Street. Lee and Paula talk about her introduction to Corrie, making her character different to herself, grief in soap, her work in Call The Midwife and their recent collaboration on the play The Ceremony.  Relive Kylie Platt’s best moments here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLxv87sXlqYFind Paula on Social here:Insta @paula_laneyTwitter @lane_paula————————————————————————————————————————————————————————Lee Salisbury directed Continuing Drama for over 10 years.  Notable episodes including the Cot Death in Emmerdale and Barbara Windsor’s leaving episodes for Eastenders.  He s now a Series Producer… and of course a Podcaster!Thanks to David Stevens at The Bothy for editing and technical wizardry.@davidstevens_editor @the__bothyThanks to Iain McCallum for his press help.Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @soapfromtheboxHuge thanks to Podcorn for sponsoring this episode. Explore sponsorship opportunities and start monetizing your podcast by signing up here: https://podcorn.com/podcasters/
Lynne McGranger

Lynne McGranger

2021-04-0438:08

On this episode of Soap From The Box Lee is joined by the legend from down under that is Lynne McGranger, who has played Irene Roberts on Home and Away for over 27 years.Lee and Lynne talk about how she started out on the show, her love of Panto, her advice for young actors and Ed Sheeran’s appearance on Home & Away! Relive Lynne’s first appearance on Home and Away here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouHYW03Q0VEFind Lynne on social here:Instagram @lynnemcgrangerTwitter @LynneMcGranger————————————————————————————————————————————————————————Lee Salisbury directed Continuing Drama for over 10 years.  Notable episodes including the Cot Death in Emmerdale and Barbara Windsor’s leaving episodes for Eastenders.  He s now a Series Producer… and of course a Podcaster!Thanks to David Stevens at The Bothy for editing and technical wizardry.@davidstevens_editor @the__bothyThanks to Iain McCallum for his press help.Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @soapfromthebox
Danniella Westbrook

Danniella Westbrook

2021-04-0456:38

Sister to Ross and Grant and daughter of Peggy, Sam Mitchell was a force to be reckoned with in Eastenders and Danniella Westbrook took on the infamous role at just 16. Since then her off screen story has been like a rollercoaster. Highs, lows, twists and turns and every single moment has been documented by the press. Lee worked with Danniella on her last stint in Albert Square and they talk frankly and openly about her addiction, the press attention and what life holds in store for her now. If the issues discussed affect you, you can find information and support here:https://www.wearewithyou.org.uk/https://www.mind.org.uk/Find Danniella on social here:Instagram: @danniellawestbrook_73Twitter: @westbrookdanni ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————Lee Salisbury directed Continuing Drama for over 10 years.  Notable episodes including the Cot Death in Emmerdale and Barbara Windsor’s leaving episodes for Eastenders.  He s now a Series Producer… and of course a Podcaster!Thanks to David Stevens at The Bothy for editing and technical wizardry.@davidstevens_editor @the__bothyThanks to Iain McCallum for his press help.Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @soapfromthebox
Soap From The Box has gone international!  As well as bringing you all the gossip from the UK’s biggest soaps, Series 2 now brings you stars of Neighbours and Home & Away.This week Lee chats to Lucinda Cowden and Geoff Paine who play Melanie Pearson & Clive Gibbons in Neighbours.Lee has always been a massive Neighbours fan, and this chat covers the real residents of Ramsey Street, being part of the show in the 80s and their amazing return, plus the origins of THAT laugh.  Find Lucinda and Geoff on social here:Instagram: @lucindacowden Twitter: @CowdenLucinda @geoffpaine————————————————————————————————————————————————————————Lee Salisbury directed Continuing Drama for over 10 years.  Notable episodes including the Cot Death in Emmerdale and Barbara Windsor’s leaving episodes for Eastenders.  He s now a Series Producer… and of course a Podcaster!Thanks to David Stevens at The Bothy for editing and technical wizardry.@davidstevens_editor @the__bothyThanks to Iain McCallum for his press help.Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @soapfromthebox
Jennifer Metcalfe

Jennifer Metcalfe

2021-03-2833:56

On this episode of Soap From The Box, Lee is joined by Jennifer Metcalfe, who plays Mercedes McQueen on Hollyoaks.  Jennifer chats to Lee about how she loves to play Mercedes, her favourite time over her 15 years on Hollyoaks, filming abroad, living Up North and becoming a mum. The chat does cover the STD and stillbirth storylines Jennifer has portrayed.  If these issues affect you, you can find information and support here:https://countthekicks.org/https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/sexual-health/Find Jennifer on Twitter @missjenjomet————————————————————————————————————————————————————————Lee Salisbury directed Continuing Drama for over 10 years.  Notable episodes including the Cot Death in Emmerdale and Barbara Windsor’s leaving episodes for Eastenders.  He s now a Series Producer… and of course a Podcaster!Thanks to David Stevens at The Bothy for editing and technical wizardry.@davidstevens_editor @the__bothyThanks to Iain McCallum for his press help.Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @soapfromthebox
Sheree Murphy

Sheree Murphy

2021-03-2156:59

This week’s dessert serving of Soap From The Box is a selection box of soap as Lee chats to long time friend Sheree Murphy, who played Tricia Dingle in Emmerdale, Eva. Strong in Hollyoaks and Dakota Davies in Neighbours.  Sheree talks to Lee about how Emmerdale changed her life, the embarrassment of kissing scenes, I’m a Celebrity… and slapping - and then KISSING - Paul Robinson in Neighbours! Find Sheree on social @shereemurphy————————————————————————————————————————————————————————Lee Salisbury directed Continuing Drama for over 10 years.  Notable episodes including the Cot Death in Emmerdale and Barbara Windsor’s leaving episodes for Eastenders.  He s now a Series Producer… and of course a Podcaster!Thanks to David Stevens at The Bothy for editing and technical wizardry.@davidstevens_editor @the__bothyThanks to Iain McCallum for his press help.Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @soapfromthebox
Part 1 of this week’s Soap From The Box double whammy is a double whammy itself, as Lee reunites the Moon brothers, Tony Discipline and Matt Lapinskas who played Tyler and Anthony Moon in Eastenders. The boys tell Lee how they got their roles in Eastenders, what it’s like having David Essex as a mentor, being compared to the Mitchell bothers and life after Albert Square.  Matt talks about his ADHD and Dyslexia.  If any fo these issues affect you, you can find information and support here:https://add.org/https://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/Watch the Moon brothers in action here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z63IldmgO08Find Tony and Matt on social here:Instagram @tonydiscipline @mattlapinskasTwitter @T_Discipline_ @mattylapinskas————————————————————————————————————————————————————————Lee Salisbury directed Continuing Drama for over 10 years.  Notable episodes including the Cot Death in Emmerdale and Barbara Windsor’s leaving episodes for Eastenders.  He s now a Series Producer… and of course a Podcaster!Thanks to David Stevens at The Bothy for editing and technical wizardry.@davidstevens_editor @the__bothyThanks to Iain McCallum for his press help.Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @soapfromthebox
Linda Lusardi

Linda Lusardi

2021-03-1449:39

For this week’s second dose of Soap From The Box, Lee is joined by long time friend Linda Lusardi who played Carrie Nicholls in Emmerdale.  They chat about drinking Sambuca together, Linda’s first ever Emmerdale scenes and being voted the best ever Page 3 Model.  Plus there’s a surprise message from her Dancing On Ice partner, Dan Whiston.Find Linda on social here:Instagram: @lindalusardiTwitter: @lusardiofficial—————————————————————————————————————————————————————————Lee Salisbury directed Continuing Drama for over 10 years.  Notable episodes including the Cot Death in Emmerdale and Barbara Windsor’s leaving episodes for Eastenders.  He s now a Series Producer… and of course a Podcaster!Thanks to David Stevens at The Bothy for editing and technical wizardry.@davidstevens_editor @the__bothyThanks to Iain McCallum for his press help.Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @soapfromthebox
Jeremy Edwards

Jeremy Edwards

2021-03-1448:59

The first serving of this week’s double helping of Soap From The Box is Jeremy Edwards, who played Kurt Benson in Hollyoaks and Danny Shaughnessy in Holby City. In a jam packed chat, Lee and Jeremy talk about being in Hollyoaks from the start, his return for the 25th Anniversary, the innocent times of SMTV, Celebrity Big Brother, how he ended up hating the fame, his marriage to Rachel Stevens, being offered £2 million for his wedding pictures and… how he once worked in a bank! Phew! Remind yourself of Jeremy’s amazing work on Hollyoaks here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylCcJ4X2uwAThe conversation does cover some big Hollyoaks storylines that include heroine addiction and male rape.  If any of these issues affect you, you can find information and support here:https://rapecrisis.org.uk/get-help/looking-for-information/support-for-men-and-boys/https://www.actiononaddiction.org.uk/Find Jeremy on social here:Instagram: jq_edwardsTwitter: @jqedwards—————————————————————————————————————————————————————————Lee Salisbury directed Continuing Drama for over 10 years.  Notable episodes including the Cot Death in Emmerdale and Barbara Windsor’s leaving episodes for Eastenders.  He s now a Series Producer… and of course a Podcaster!Thanks to David Stevens at The Bothy for editing and technical wizardry.@davidstevens_editor @the__bothyThanks to Iain McCallum for his press help.Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @soapfromtheboxHuge thanks to Podcorn for sponsoring this episode. Explore sponsorship opportunities and start monetizing your podcast by signing up here: https://podcorn.com/podcasters/
Ross Adams

Ross Adams

2021-03-0749:55

Your second serving of Soap From The Box this Sunday is a chat with Ross Adams who plays Scott Drinkwell on Hollyoaks.  Lee knows Ross from his days off screen working in the office at Coronation Street.So that means there’s double the soap gossip for them to catch up on!Lee gets the lowdown Ross’s time in production, his first job being with Patrick Stewart, how to handle kissing scenes plus who is the worst giggler on set. Enjoy Ross’s work on Hollyoaks here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Um5ZwRniNgYou can find Ross on social here: Twitter @ross_adamsInstagram @officialrossadamsTik Tok @officialrossadams—————————————————————————————————————————————————————————Lee Salisbury directed Continuing Drama for over 10 years.  Notable episodes including the Cot Death in Emmerdale and Barbara Windsor’s leaving episodes for Eastenders.  He s now a Series Producer… and of course a Podcaster!Thanks to David Stevens at The Bothy for editing and technical wizardry.@davidstevens_editor @the__bothyThanks to Iain McCallum for his press help. Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @soapfromtheboxHuge thanks to Podcorn for sponsoring this episode. Explore sponsorship opportunities and start monetizing your podcast by signing up here: https://podcorn.com/podcasters/
Charlie Hardwick

Charlie Hardwick

2021-03-0756:55

Charlie Hardwick, who played Val Pollard on Emmerdale, joins Lee for the first of this week’s double helping of Soap From The Box.Charlie chats all thing Emmerdale, including working with Jenna Coleman, THAT helicopter crash, wig secrets, and flirting in a fluffy jumper!Relive Charlie’s incredible Emmerdale ending here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJf2cM_JBvYThe conversation also covers issues related to storylines Charlie has been a part of, including HIV, homophobia and Islamophobia. Charlie & Lee are both big believers in equality, diversity and inclusion, and you can find out more about these issues here:https://www.theredcard.org/https://blacklivesmatter.uk/https://www.nat.org.uk/https://www.mend.org.uk/Find Charlie on Twitter @CharlieHActor—————————————————————————————————————————————————————————Lee Salisbury directed Continuing Drama for over 10 years.  Notable episodes including the Cot Death in Emmerdale and Barbara Windsor’s leaving episodes for Eastenders.  He s now a Series Producer… and of course a Podcaster!Thanks to David Stevens at The Bothy for editing and technical wizardry.@davidstevens_editor @the__bothyThanks to Iain McCallum for his press help. Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @soapfromthebox
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