Shayne Ward is coming to Coronation Street it has been announced.
The popstar and former X Factor winner will play the role of Aidan Connor, a distant cousin of Michelle (Kym Marsh) who grew up on the same estate as her and Carla (Alison King). Aidan will arrive in Coronation Street this August after hearing that Carla is having problems at the factory.
Good looking and charming, Aidan’s arrival will set female hearts fluttering – but he’s no pushover and quickly makes an enemy of Tracy Barlow’s (Kate Ford) ex-hubbie Robert Preston (Tristan Gemmill).
Executive producer Stuart Blackburn said, ”When Shayne came in and auditioned we knew he was up against some very stiff competition. But he blew us away from the very get go delivering a charm and a swagger that is perfect for the character. I can’t wait to see him in action!”
Talking about the role Shayne said, “On hearing the news I had been offered the part on the show I was in total disbelief. It still hasn’t sunk it. Shayne Ward the lad from Manchester, given such a role on such an iconic show – it is an absolute dream come true. I’m excited to walk down those famous cobbles.
“My family and friends know just how much this means to me and I cannot wait to do them all proud. 2015 has been a great year for me so far and I look forward to joining the Coronation Street family.”
Aidan is the first of the new Connor clan to arrive in Weatherfield and will be followed in the coming months by his dad and sister.
Shayne recently released his new studio album Closer and has found success on the West End in Rock of Ages as Stacee Jaxx. He has also appeared in War of the Worlds.
He has signed a one year contract with Coronation Street.