Soap From The Box

Soap From The Box

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.


May 9, 2021 40 min

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
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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 in...

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May 2, 2021 51 min

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 ambassa...

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May 2, 2021 39 min

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 @AndersonZima
Tik Tok @zima...

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April 25, 2021 46 min

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 M...

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April 25, 2021 57 min

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:

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April 18, 2021 45 min

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 Emmerd...

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April 18, 2021 52 min

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! 


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April 11, 2021 54 min

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 ...

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April 11, 2021 63 min

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:

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April 4, 2021 38 min

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:

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April 4, 2021 56 min

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, ...

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March 28, 2021 35 min

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...

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March 28, 2021 33 min

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:

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March 21, 2021 56 min

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 @shereemurph...

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March 21, 2021 51 min

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 iss...

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March 14, 2021 49 min

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: @lindalusardi
Twitter: @lusardiofficial


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March 14, 2021 48 min

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 weddi...

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March 7, 2021 49 min

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.

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March 7, 2021 56 min

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:

The conversation also covers issues related to storylines Charlie h...

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