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Northern soap queens to taste on-screen reality this April

ITVBe’s brand-new reality TV series Drama Queens, which promises a glimpse into the lives of soap queens from Hollyoaks, Coronation Street and Emmerdale, will launch on Wednesday 10th April at 9pm on ITVBe & ITVX for eight episodes.

Drama Queens will take viewers beyond the scripted drama of the screen, and into the real lives of soap’s top personalities.

Watched by over 10 million people a week, Amy Walsh, Brooke Vincent, Ellie Leach, Jamelia, Jorgie Porter, Laura Norton, Lucy Fallon, Roxy Shahidi and Rita Simons are now opening the doors to their real lives, showcasing their personalities, struggles, and triumphs.

Focused on Manchester and the Northwest, Drama Queens promises exclusive access to the cast’s professional commitments, as they juggle late-night finishes, photo-shoots, and last-minute line learning, with their family lives.

Viewers can expect an inside look at the real, unscripted lives of the beloved soap stars, going behind the scenes of red-carpet events, awards ceremonies, holidays, house moves, and precious family moments. With the soap stars leading interconnected lives, the series introduces the genuine friendship groups between them.

Follow Jorgie as she juggles Hollyoaks with home life, navigating modern relationship complexities with fiancé Ollie and son Forrest. See how she supports Ollie’s ventures, including promoting his clothing line, and join them on a journey to Marbella for a deeper look into their history and aspirations.

Meanwhile, Jamelia embarks on a transformative journey, prioritising her own well-being and family over the glitz of Hollyoaks. As she prepares to bid farewell to the show, we witness her emotional transition, packing up her life in the UK to start anew in Dubai, all while cherishing the bond with her four daughters.

Ellie’s life takes a triumphant turn as she basks in the glory of her Strictly Come Dancing victory, shedding light on her post-soap career uncertainties and newfound confidence. However, with newfound fame comes its own set of challenges, as Ellie learns to navigate the spotlight with the unwavering support of her loved ones.

Lucy finds solace and fulfilment on the familiar cobbles of Corrie, where she has forged lasting bonds with her on-screen family and fans alike. As she embraces the joys of motherhood and romance, Lucy grapples with the desire for a deeper commitment, setting the stage for a romantic getaway to Amsterdam.

Brooke launches herself into a whirlwind journey of self-discovery, balancing motherhood with her aspirations of becoming a stage actor. Despite facing setbacks and mum guilt, Brooke’s determination shines through as she prepares to make her mark on the theatre stage.

Amy’s story develops amidst the emotional rollercoaster of a gripping storyline on Emmerdale. Juggling the demands of her career with the complexities of newlywed life and motherhood, Amy finds solace in the unwavering support of her friends and colleagues.

Laura’s return to work on Emmerdale marks a poignant chapter in her journey, as she contends with the challenges of parenting children with Ushers Syndrome. Amidst their advocacy work, Laura and her partner Mark strive to find balance in their hectic lives, celebrating milestones and overcoming obstacles together.
Roxy’s journey on Dancing on Ice offers a glimpse into her relentless pursuit of perfection, juxtaposed with the demands of her burgeoning career on Emmerdale. Amidst the chaos, Roxy finds solace in holistic therapies and unwavering friendships, lending support to her colleagues in their personal and professional endeavours.

Rita’s story unfolds as she commences a new chapter in her life, relocating to the North for a fresh start on Hollyoaks. Reflecting on her colourful career and personal struggles, Rita deals with major life decisions, from embracing a clean-living lifestyle to navigating the complexities of motherhood and career aspirations.

Drama Queens is made by Lime Pictures and has been commissioned by ITV’s Paul Mortimer, director of reality commissioning & acquisitions and controller, ITV2 & ITVBe, and Amanda Stavri, commissioning editor, reality. Developed by Becky Cadman, creative director: Formats & talent, Lime Pictures and executive produced by Cheryl Price.

Rebecca Kenny-Smith, director of programming, unscripted, Lime Pictures said: “We’re thrilled to bring audiences a new kind of reality show that goes beyond the glitz and glamour, offering a genuine and raw portrayal of what it’s really like to be a soap star.”

ITV’s Mortimer added: “ITV are excited to bring a brand-new commission to viewers’ screens in 2024, which will showcase the real lives of some of the country’s best-loved soap stars. This behind-the-scenes journey is bound to strengthen the bond between audiences and these beloved TV personalities, reigniting your love for them in a whole new way.”

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