X Factor's Shayne Ward joins Coronation Street as Aidan Connor

Published Tuesday, May 12 2015, 11:12 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Shayne Ward is officially joining Coronation Street!

After telling us all about his audition for the show back in March, the former X Factor winner has now received the call saying he's part of the cast!


Shayne Ward performing live at the Olympia Theatre - 26 March 2011


Shayne Ward 26 March 2011

Shayne will make his debut on the Cobbles in August, playing Aidan Connor, a distant cousin of Michelle's who grew up on the same estate as her and Carla. His arrival in Corrie comes when he learns Carla is having problems at the factory and quickly makes enemies with Tracy Barlow's ex-hubby Robert. Yikes.

On the romance side, we're predicting at least one as Aidan's said to set hearts fluttering on arrival. Well, we don't blame them. How gorgeous is Shayne?!

As you'd expect, Corrie fan Shayne is THRILLED.

He 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."

Shayne Ward on ITV's Lorraine, 9 April 2015


Shayne spoke about his Corrie audition on Lorraine last month.

Corrie's Stuart Blackburn added: "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!"

Just last month, Shayne revealed he still hadn't heard back from ITV following his audition but was keeping his fingers crossed.

"I have my management waiting by the phone to see if it's good news or not. I would love to be on the show. I'm a massive fan. And my mum would love it. She knows all the history of the show so it would be crazy!"

Shayne isn't the only famous face we'll be seeing in Weatherfield: former Girls Aloud star Sarah Harding has also signed on for a guest stint.

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