The most popular soap stars on social media include a Peter Beale actor and former Hollyoaks star
18th January 2022

Monday to Friday we rely on our favourite soap stars to keep us entertained on the small screen.

We're currently waiting to see what Emmerdale's Leyla 'big storyline' is going to be after she struggled with the Meena aftermath. While Phil is soon to heartlessly dump Kat.

If you can't get enough of the characters then chances are you'll probably intrigued about the actors who portray them.

Luckily for us all social media exists to get a window into their lives. Here are the most popular accounts who could pack in their day jobs for some #spons, and they are not entirely who we expected…

Charley Webb

Charley, who portrays Debbie Dingle on ITV's Emmerdale, has a very respectable 544k followers on Instagram. However, she really shines on TikTok where she ropes in her husband Matthew Wolfenden and their sons Buster, Bowie and Ace. 624k enjoy her fun content, which includes a lot of dancing with the family.

Lacey Turner

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She's an Eastenders legend playing Stacey Slater, but despite being on the BBC show for 17 years on and off she's stayed away from reality TV.

Therefore her Instagram is a prime source into who Lacey is and has a following of 466k, where fans can expect to see her adorable children Dusty and Trilby, alongside plenty of interior inspiration.

Ben Hardy

He is one of six actors to take on the role of Peter Beale in Eastenders, but arguably the most successful with one million people keeping up with his antics on Instagram.

Since leaving the soap in 2015, he played Queen drummer Roger Taylor in Bohemian Rapsedy and more recently he had a lead role in BBC drama The Girl Before.

Maisie Smith

Super cool, funny and stylish Maisie has 2.4 million TikTok followers and 1 million on Instagram where she showcases her unique outfits and lovely relationship with her mum.

Ricky Whittle

Hunky Firefighter Calvin Valentine was many young girls' favourite Hollyoaks character – we can't think why! He left the show in 2010 to move to Los Angeles and further his acting career. It worked and Ricky, who has 1 million followers on Instagram and has secured roles on Single Ladies and Mistresses.

Danny Dyer

He is a bit of a legend before he even got the role of Micky Carter on Eastenders so it's unsurprising 1.3 million Instagram users are after an extra insight into Dyer's brain.

Even his bio is excellent – "Actor…Descendant of Thomas Cromwell….197th to the throne…WHUFC".

Helen Flanagan

She may have left Coronotian Street's Rosie Webster behind for maternity leave in 2018, but her popularity hasn't faded with 1 million Instagram followers checking out her feed.

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