CORRIE star Andrew Lancel today admitted he was surprised by his National Television Award nomination.
The Liverpool actor is up for Serial Drama Performance for his role as evil factory boss Frank Foster.
Andrew, 41, will go head-to-head with his Corrie co-stars Alison King, who plays his ex-fiancee Carla, Jane Danson, who plays Leanne and Chris Gascoyne, who plays Peter.
He told the ECHO: “I was surprised because I’d only been in Corrie for a few months, whereas I was in The Bill for seven years.
“With the exception of the fabulous Katherine Kelly, who plays Becky, and Simon Gregson, who plays Steve, the nominations for that category have gone to those of us who were involved in the rape storyline.
“I was chuffed because people seem to have got a hold of what we were trying to do with that storyline.”
Rape Crisis calls increased by 800% after Coronation Street character Carla Connor was raped by fiancé Frank. Andrew said: “I’ve been on screen now for eight months and I’m really pleased Ali and I are up there to represent Corrie.
“The reaction since I’ve been on the cobbles has been great.
“The Bill was hugely popular but Corrie hovers above the hemisphere. People must vote for Corrie. It is a great northern drama and it deserves to pick up the big gongs.
“Whenever I go round Liverpool people say they didn’t know I live round here. But I love Liverpool and I’m very happy to be able to champion the city.”
The ITV soap is up for Serial Drama against Hollyoaks, while Coronation Street star Chris Fountain is up for best newcomer.
Southport-born comedian Lee Mack is named in the categories of Situation Comedy (Not Going Out) and Entertainment Presenter.
The funnyman also goes head-to-head with Paul O’Grady and John Bishop, who are up for the Entertainment Presenter award.
Paul’s show, Paul O’Grady Live, is listed in the Talk Show nominations. Jason Isaacs and David Morrissey will battle it out in the Male Drama Performance category, while Lesley Sharp is up for Female Drama Performance.