Hollyoaks star Kieron Richardson says he’s “shocked” to have made the sexiest male category in this year’s British Soap Awards.

The gay actor, 27, said to the Liverpool Echo: “It’s a bit of a laugh but being competitive I want Hollyoaks to win as many awards as possible.

“There are two people from Hollyoaks up for the same award, so that will split the vote – people who love Danny will vote for him and people who love me will vote for me, whereas Corrie fans will vote for their own.”

Mentioning Hollyoaks co-star Danny Mac, Kieron said: “I love Danny to bits. He’s better looking than me. But I’ve got good cheekbones and an all-right face. I’m doing it for all the people who hate going to the gym and love eating crisps, burgers and kebabs, and also for gay people.”

At the start of the year, Kieron posed naked for Gay Times’ special ‘naked’ issue in support of the Terrence Higgins Trust.

Gay Hollyoaks actor PJ Brennan also took part in the shoot.

The pair play on-screen gay couple Doug and Ste in the Channel 4 soap.