Hollyoaks star Gemma Merna has admitted that she feels "frustrated" by the lack of attention given to the show.
The actress, who plays Carmel McQueen on the Channel 4 soap, revealed that the cast and crew will be fighting for more recognition this year.
Gemma told the Daily Star, "We are completely underrated as a show, which is so frustrating. People just think we are gorgeous models who have nothing else to offer."
"But the truth is we have some seriously talented actors and we're fed up with being the little sister to Corrie, EastEnders and Emmerdale. We're fighters and we're so passionate about what we do. We have the balls and just go for it. And I think we should get credit for that!"
Merna was nominated for the Best Newcomer title at last year's British Soap Awards, lost out to Coronation Street actress Kym Ryder.
She added, "When we don't pick up awards, it just makes us even more determined to go out and prove we can be even better...we can pack a good punch."
"We're not going to stop fighting to get the recognition we deserve. We're damn good actors and we will prove that over the next 12 months."