Wednesday 18 October 2017

Corrie's Shayne Ward expecting baby with ex-Hollyoaks star Sophie Austin

Shayne Ward, who plays Aidan Connor in Coronation Street, attending the British Soap Awards 2016
Shayne Ward, who plays Aidan Connor in Coronation Street, attending the British Soap Awards 2016

Coronation Street star Shayne Ward and ex-Hollyoaks actress Sophie Austin are expecting their first child.

The actor and former X Factor winner, 31, and 32-year-old Austin, who played Lindsey Butterfield in Hollyoaks, are only believed to have been dating since March.

Ward confirmed the news on Twitter, writing: "After much speculation I'm overjoyed to announce that @sophieaustin1 and I are expecting our first child. #blessed."

The former singer, who won the X Factor in 2005, made his debut in Corrie as Aidan Connor, boss of the knicker factory Underworld and cousin of Michelle Connor (played by Kym Marsh) , in August last year.

He signed a year's contract with the ITV soap, which he described as a "dream come true" and went on to win the best newcomer prize at the National Television Awards in January.

Austin, who left Hollyoaks earlier this year, wed long-term fiance Graeme Rooney in July 2015 but the marriage ended.

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