Emmerdale’s gay storyline has helped it bag the most nominations at the British Soap Awards.

The plotline sees Aaron Livesy (played by Danny Miller) struggle to come to terms with being gay and the mixed reactions of his family and friends.

His coming out episode has been nominated for Best Single Episode, while the plotline has been nominated for Best Storyline.

Miller has been nominated for Best Dramatic Performance for his portrayal of bad boy Aaron.

Emmerdale has been nominated in each of the nine award categories, ahead of Coronation Street and EastEnders which have eight nominations each.

Aaron is not the first gay character to appear in the soap and follows Grayson Sinclair (played by Christopher Villiers) and Jonny Foster (Richard Grieve).

Another contender for Best Storyline is EastEnders, for ‘Who Killed Archie?’.

Lacey Turner, who plays Stacey in the BBC One show, was nominated for Best Dramatic Performance, and the soap’s live episode, in which she was named as Archie’s killer, was nominated for Best Single Episode.

EastEnders’ gay storyline was not nominated for an award, although John Partridge, who plays gay character Christian Clarke, and Marc Elliot, who plays Christian’s boyfriend Syed Masood, were both nominated for Sexiest Male.

The award ceremony will be held this Saturday.