We love a good soap star villain, and even more so when they’re a desi! Actress Balvinder Sopal who plays the feisty Suki Panesar in Eastenders is up for the ‘Villain of the Year’ in the Inside Soap awards. She’s one of several Asian actors in the limelight for their services to soap in 2020, but she’s the only one who’s evil.
Balvinder joined the cast back in January as Suki, the ruthless mum of Kheerta, Jags, Vinny, and Ash. In that short space of time, she’s proved herself to be a devious blackmailer with a dark past, so it’s not surprising that she’s developed a reputation as a villain.
The other Asian nominees up for awards this year are:
Jaz Deol, (Kheerat Panesar, (Eastenders)
Adam Hussain (Aadi Alahan, Coronation Street)
Best Daytime star
Bharti Patel (Ruhma Carter, Doctors)
Haeisha Mistry (Yasmine Maalik, Hollyoaks along with Ellis Hollins who plays Tom Cunningham)
Our favourite category by far is Best Family, as it’s The Battle of the Desis, as The Sharmas from Emmerdale take on The Maaliks from Hollyoaks alongside some other popular families. But will either of them take the ‘Best Soap Family’ crown?