Emmerdale: Miller aiming for TV awards success INTERVIEW

With just hours to go until the National Television Awards in London, the countdown is well and truly on.

Leeds-based soap Emmerdale will find out tonight whether it has won the prize for Best Serial Drama - and leading man Danny Miller will learn if he has won the award for Best Serial Drama Performance.

The actor, who plays Aaron Livesy, has won a string of awards for his portrayal of a character struggling to accept the fact that he is gay.

On-screen boyfriend Jackson Walsh helped Aaron come to terms with his sexuality - but tragedy struck when Jackson, played by fellow nominee Marc Silcock, was paralysed in a train crash.

Danny told the YEP: "It's great to be nominated together and I really think Marc could win his category, I wish him the best of luck.

"For me, I'm up against Lacey Turner, who has a reputation for winning.

But it's great just to be nominated. I'm so grateful to have been given the storyline by Gavin Blyth, who sadly passed away last year, God rest his soul."

Emmerdale viewers are currently seeing Jackson and Aaron go through a tough time as Jackson tries to push Aaron away.

But Danny thinks the pair can work through their problems - if Jackson can accept that Aaron isn't going to leave him.

Danny said: "Aaron feels like he's to blame for the accident and he

keeps telling Jackson he's not going anywhere. If Jackson realises that, I think they can work."

The actor, 20, added: "The reaction to the storyline has been great. I've had letters from people saying they have gone through a similar situation and Aaron's storyline helped them to come out.

"Your sexuality is about feeling comfortable and it's not something to be frowned upon or questioned, not in this day and age. You are who you are."

Meanwhile, as the Emmerdale lads and lasses get dressed up for the red carpet, the YEP's Emmerdale Army are getting ready for the trip to the O2 Arena in London.

We've teamed up with Emmerdale and Company Coaches of Ferrybridge to give 100 readers the chance to go to the awards and cheer on their favourite stars.

Keep reading the YEP this week for all the results and reaction from the big event.

* Voting lines in the National Television Awards are open until midday. Danny is nominated in the Best Serial Drama Performance category, while Marc Silcock is up for Best Newcomer and the show is up for Best Serial Drama.

To vote, visit www.itv.com/emmerdale and follow the links.

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