Who is Shayne Ward, why did Aidan Connor leave Coronation Street, when did he win The X Factor and who is his fiancée?

Who is Shayne Ward, why did Aidan Connor leave Coronation Street, when did he win The X Factor and who is his fiancée?

December 21, 2018

Here's everything you need to know about the actor…

Who is Shayne Ward? What's his background?

Shayne is a 34-year-old performer and TV personality who was born and raised in Manchester.

He first rose to prominence as the winner of The X Factor in 2005, and earned his first number one that year with debut single That’s My Goal.

Since then he has released four albums – a self-titled debut which went to No1 in the UK charts; Breathless, which hit number 2 in 2007; Obsession in 2010, which only reached No15; and Closer, which he released in 2015 independently after he was dropped by his record label.

It climbed to No17 in the UK charts.

As well as his music career, Shayne later took on the role of Staycee Jaxx in the 80s musical Rock of Ages on the West End, and stayed with the show from 2011 to 2012.

Coronation Street is his only television role to date, though he has since said that he does intend to return to music.

When did Shayne Ward join Coronation Street?

Shayne joined the cast as bad boy Aidan Connor in August 2015 – the half-brother of Carla (later revealed in a dramatic storyline), who owned the factory, Underworld.

His character quickly became known as a ladies' man, something which came back to haunt him in a complicated love triangle between Maria Connor (Samia Longchambon) and Eva Price (Catherine Tyldesley).

In a typically dramatic conclusion to the storyline, Aidan felt the wrath of Eva as she went "full bunny boiler" on the discovery of his affair with a devious plot to sabotage their wedding day.

He has proven popular with fans, and as a result, he bagged two gongs for Best Newcomer in 2016 – one at the National Television Awards and the other at Inside Soap awards.

How did Aidan Connor leave Coronation Street?

Aidan Connor committed suicide on Coronation Street on May 7, 2018.

His dad Johnny made the tragic discovery in an hour-long episode on May 9.

Coronation Street Producer Kate Oates said: “Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45 in this country.

"With 84 men taking their lives each week, we quite simply can’t afford to not talk about it."

Is Shayne Ward single?

Shayne is currently loved up with former Hollyoaks actress Sophie Austin, and the pair have been dating since 2016.

The couple welcomed their first daughter, Willow, in 2017.

On Boxing Day the pair announced their engagement.

He was previously in a long-term relationship with Little Boy Blue star Faye McKeever, but they split in 2014.

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