Who is Kara-Leah Fernandes? Eastenders star wins big at 2019 TV Choice Awards!

Kara-Leah Fernandes attends the British Soap Awards at The Lowry Theatre on June 01, 2019 in Manchester, England.

Don't worry, the future of TV is in very good hands.

There were plenty of wonderful winners at 2019's TV Choice Awards, but this is one name you'd be wise to note down. 

After a wonderful ceremony, a range of shows and performers were crowned the best in their category. Some champions were anything but surprising; Danny Dyer (Eastenders) for Best Soap Actor, Jodie Comer (Killing Eve) for Best Actress and Line of Duty for Best Drama Series, just to name a few. 

However, as with most awards ceremonies, there were a number of categories that even the most seasoned of TV enthusiasts found tough to call. That's because there's so much talent out there, fuelling the fact that the newcomer awards are always the most difficult to find the favourite. 

(L-R) Beccy Henderson, Jamie-Lee O'Donnell, Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Dylan Llewellyn and Kathy Kiera Clarke attend The TV Choice Awards 2019 at Hilton Park Lane on September 9, 2019 in...(L-R) Beccy Henderson, Jamie-Lee O'Donnell, Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Dylan Llewellyn and Kathy Kiera Clarke attend The TV Choice Awards 2019 at Hilton Park Lane on September 9, 2019 in...

Eastenders star bags the prize!

The Best Soap Newcomer was a tough race, but it was Eastenders' Kara-Leah Fernandes which took the statue home, and deservedly so!

She began playing the role of Bailey Baker at the beginning of 2019 and has already become a fan-favourite, wonderfully holding her own against the more seasoned performers which surround her. Her storyline has been a heartbreaking one so far, with Bailey having to care for her mum Dinah who sadly takes her own life later on. 

She's an absolute credit to the soap, and actually, it's not the first award she's earned for the role; she won in the Best Newcomer category at the British Soap Awards earlier this year too. Although she's probably about nine or ten years old, she has already shown a wealth of promise, and with awards under her belt already, we're ready to watch Kara amaze us for years to come. 

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Kara Leah Fernandes

As you'd gather from her success in the aforementioned newcomer categories, she's only just getting started. 

However, that doesn't mean she hasn't already made an impression on audiences across a handful of projects. Of course, her recurring and essential role on Eastenders is the big one here, but she also starred in TV series The Long Song as Seven Year Old July. This was her first role - back in 2018 - and that same year she appeared as Girl in a short called Carapaces

Obviously 2019 has been the breakout year, with Kara astonishing audiences as Bailey and also making an impression as Ophelia in the BBC series Hold the Sunset

Who was she up against?

It was a well-deserved win, certainly, but we'd also like to shine a spotlight on the other incredible young stars who were nominated in the same category at the 2019 TV Choice Awards:

- Olivia Bromley as Dawn Taylor in Emmerdale

- Maureen Lipman as Evelyn Plummer in Coronation Street

- Asan N'Jie as Ellis Chapman in Emmerdale

Four sensational talents, all destined for great things. A tough contest, but well done Kara!

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