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Annie Wallace
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Wallace in 2023
Born (1965-05-06) 6 May 1965 (age 59)
Aberdeen, Scotland
Education Manchester School of Theatre
Occupation Actress
Years active 2004–present
Known for Role of Sally St. Claire in Hollyoaks

Annie Wallace (born 6 May 1965) is a British actress, known for portraying the role of Sally St. Claire in the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks, a role she has portrayed since 2015. She is the first transgender person to portray a regular transgender character in British soap opera history.

Life and career

Wallace was previously a member of the National Youth Theatre in 1981, but she temporarily stopped acting to work in computer science and sound engineering. After eighteen months as a research assistant for the ITV soap opera Coronation Street, from 1998 to 2000, where she advised for and inspired the character of Hayley Patterson, portrayed by actress Julie Hesmondhalgh, she auditioned successfully for the Manchester School of Theatre in 2001, graduating in 2004. She then appeared in various Manchester theatre productions, including Withnail and I and Wyrd Sisters. In 2011, she appeared in an episode of Shameless as school headmistress Miss Heller. Wallace is also a musician, with two albums written and recorded with collaborator John Beresford. She has also worked on several podcast comedy series, as well as sound and video design for various theatrical productions.

On 9 October 2015, it was announced that she would be joining the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks, in a new regular role as Sally St. Claire. Wallace made her first appearance on 29 October 2015.

On 5 January 2018, Wallace took part in an edition of Celebrity Mastermind, where her specialist subject was "Doctor Who – 1970–1980". She came in second place with 21 points, losing to journalist Martin Bell with 24 points. Her chosen charity was Mermaids.


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Shameless Miss Heller Episode: "Beginnings and Ends"
2013 Dream On Barmaid Film
2015–present Hollyoaks Sally St. Claire Series regular

Awards and nominations

On 15 November 2015, she was placed at number 17 on the Rainbow List, published by The Independent on Sunday; a list of the most influential openly LGBTI individuals in the United Kingdom, published annually. ..... On 16 September 2016, she won The National Diversity Awards "Celebrity of the Year" award, at Liverpool Cathedral. On the same day she was placed at No.38 on the DIVA Power List. On 5 October 2016, she was nominated in the BAFTA Scotland Awards 2016 in the category of "Best Actress - Television" for her role in Hollyoaks; the first ever British transgender actress to be nominated for a BAFTA award. On 2 October 2021 she was presented with the Judges Award for Outstanding Trans Activism at the Proud Scotland Awards.

Year Ceremony Award Nominated work Result
2016 Sparkle National Transgender Awards "Trans* Person in the Media/TV of the Year" Hollyoaks
as Sally St. Claire
2016 The National Diversity Awards "Celebrity of the Year" Won
2016 TV Choice Awards "Best Soap Newcomer" Nominated
2016 Icon Awards "Cultural Icon of the Year" Runner-up
2016 Digital Spy Soap Awards "Biggest Unsung Hero" Nominated
2016 BAFTA Scotland Awards 2016 "Best Actress - Television" Nominated
2017 British LGBT Awards "LGBT+ Celebrity Rising Star" Nominated
2018 TRIC Awards "Best Soap Actor" Nominated
2021 Proud Scotland Awards "The Judges Award" for Outstanding Trans Activism Won
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