Danny Dyer and Kellie Bright go head to head

'EastEnders' stars Danny Dyer and Kellie Bright, who play couple Mick and Linda Carter in the BBC One soap, are to go head to head for the Serial Drama Performance prize at the 2014 National Television Awards

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Kellie Bright and Danny Dyer

Danny Dyer and Kellie Bright as Mick and Linda Carter

'EastEnders' stars Danny Dyer and Kellie Bright will go head to head at the 2014 National Television Awards.

The 'Football Factory' actor and the 38-year-old actress have both been shortlisted for the Serial Drama Performance prize following their first year on the BBC One soap.

The on-screen couple have had a tough year of storylines including Linda suffering a brutal rape at the hands of Mick's nephew Dean Wicks (Matt Di Angelo) and their son Johnny (Sam Strike) coming out as gay.

Danny and Kellie will also go up against 'Emmerdale' actress Verity Rushworth (Donna Windsor) and 'Hollyoaks' star Nikki Sanderson, who plays Maxine Minniver in the Channel 4 soap, in the category.

Fellow 'The X Factor' judges Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Simon Cowell - who both rejoined the show last year following a three year hiatus - will also battle it out for the TV Judge award at the ceremony hosted by the ITV talent show's presenter Dermot O'Leary.

The 41-year-old star will also attempt to stop Ant & Dec from taking home the Entertainment Presenter gong for the 14th time at the awards show - which takes place at The O2 in London on January 21 - alongside Keith Lemon and Bradley Walsh.

Meanwhile, 'The Imitation Game' star Benedict Cumberbatch has been nominated for best Drama Performance for 'Sherlock' and will hope to beat Happy Valley's Sarah Lancashire, 'Downton Abbey' actress Dame Maggie Smith and Sheridan Smith for her performance in 'Cilla' to take home the prize.

To vote for your favourites visit nationaltvawards.com or call 0901 888 2015.

The results will be revealed at the NTA ceremony live on ITV at 7.30pm on January 21, 2015.

The full shortlist is as follows:

Serial Drama Performance

Kellie Bright - Linda Carter, 'EastEnders'

Danny Dyer - Mick Carter, 'EastEnders'

Verity Rushworth - Donna Windsor, 'Emmerdale'

Nikki Sanderson - Maxine Minniver, 'Hollyoaks'

Chat Show Host

Alan Carr

Michael McIntyre

Graham Norton

Paul O'Grady

Jonathan Ross

Comedy

'Benidorm'

'Mrs. Brown's Boys'

'Outnumbered'

'The Big Bang Theory'

Daytime

'Pointless'

'The Chase'

'The Jeremy Kyle Show'

'This Morning'

Drama Performance

Benedict Cumberbatch - 'Sherlock'

Sarah Lancashire - 'Happy Valley'

Dame Maggie Smith - 'Downton Abbey'

Sheridan Smith - 'Cilla'

Drama

'Cilla'

'Doctor Who'

'Downton Abbey'

'Sherlock'

Entertainment Presenter

Ant & Dec

Keith Lemon

Dermot O'Leary

Bradley Walsh

Entertainment Programme

'Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway'

'Celebrity Big Brother'

'I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!'

'Through the Keyhole'

TV Judge

Mary Berry

Simon Cowell

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

David Walliams

Factual

'Gogglebox'

'Long Lost Family'

'Paul O'Grady: For The Love Of Dogs'

'Top Gear'

Multichannel

'Celebrity Juice'

'Game of Thrones'

'Geordie Shore'

'The Walking Dead'

Newcomer

Maddy Hill - Nancy Carter, 'EastEnders'

Lee Mead - Ben 'Lofty' Chiltern, 'Casualty'

Cameron Moore - Cameron Campbell, 'Hollyoaks'

Michael Parr - Ross Barton, 'Emmerdale'

Talent Show

'Britain's Got Talent'

'Strictly Come Dancing'

'The Voice UK'

'The X Factor'

Skills Challenge Show

'Come Dine with Me'

'MasterChef'

'The Apprentice'

'The Great British Bake Off'

Serial Drama

'Coronation Street'

'EastEnders'

'Emmerdale'

'Hollyoaks'

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