ALE END­ING?

Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! - ■ by SU­SAN HILL sun­day@dai­lystar.co.uk

COR­RIE favourite Shayne Ward plays a fairy­tale prince in our ex­clu­sive pho­tos…

The dreamy shots of him with co-star Catherine Tyldes­ley will thrill fans long­ing for a happy end­ing to their ro­mance.

But Shayne has re­vealed even his mum calls him a “dirty dog” over his saucy screen an­tics.

His char­ac­ter Ai­dan Con­nor has been romp­ing with Weather­field’s hottest babes in re­cent months.

This week view­ers will see the cli­max of Ai­dan’s love tri­an­gle sage in­volv­ing Eva, played by Cath who turns 34 to­day, and Maria, played by Samia Longcham­bon, 35.

The sto­ry­line will be at the heart of the drama as the soap goes from five shows to six this week.

In Wed­nes­day night’s dou­ble episode Ai­dan tells Eva about his romps with hair­dresser Maria.

He is un­aware Eva found out months ago then lied about be­ing preg­nant and has since been plot­ting her re­venge. Eva and Ai­dan walk down the aisle but Maria throws ev­ery­thing into doubt by gate­crash­ing the cer­e­mony. Speak­ing about his Cor­rie role, Shayne, 32, said: “I love that a lot of peo­ple don’t see me as

Shayne but as Ai­dan Con­nor. It’s cer­tainly helped my con­fi­dence a lot in terms of my act­ing abil­ity.

“It’s great be­cause it means peo­ple be­lieve it. Even my mum calls me a dirty dog. I was over hers the other day. My aun­tie Su­san and aun­tie Theresa were like ‘Jeez, you dirty, dirty dog! That poor woman!’

“I was like, ‘Stop there, you do know it’s not real?’”

Shayne wel­comed a baby girl called Wil­low, with his ex-Hol­lyoaks girl­friend So­phie Austin, 33, in De­cem­ber.

The cou­ple watch Cor­rie to­gether and de­spite his char­ac­ter’s an­tics, brunette So­phie, who played se­rial killer Lindsey But­ter­field in the Chan­nel 4 soap, laughs about it.

He added: “I’ve seen So­phie snog peo­ple in Hol­lyoaks. I know that was be­fore we got to­gether, so it’s dif­fer­ent, but at end of the day she knows that for the art you’ve got to make it be­liev­able.”

And he re­vealed his on-screen kisses are as raunchy as off-screen.

He said: “I’m sure we’ve all seen on-screen kisses where they don’t do it prop­erly and it frus­trates me. Put a bit of tongue in!

“We watch it to­gether. I love the show, I’ve al­ways watched it, but I watch it a hell of a lot more now for con­ti­nu­ity.

“But I’ll know when some­thing’s com­ing up and will be like, ‘Do you want a brew?’. There was one episode that saw me kiss both Cath and Samia. Luck­ily she laughed about it.”

Shayne filmed his first Cor­rie scenes with Ali­son King who is re­turn­ing to the show as Carla Con­nor later this year.

And in a dra­matic twist, Ai­dan’s dad Johnny dis­cov­ered that he was Carla’s bi­o­log­i­cal dad – mak­ing her Ai­dan’s half-sis­ter.

Shayne said: “It’s all very ex­cit­ing. No-one knows what’s go­ing to hap­pen as it’s all top se­cret. But for me she’s one of the most captivating ac­tresses I’ve ever watched on screen.

“She was in my first scene and just made me feel so re­laxed. That’s what I’ve loved over the last two years I’ve been here – every­one makes you so re­laxed. I learn ev­ery day. Ali helped me a hell of a lot.”

Corona­tion Street moves to six episodes weekly from to­mor­row, with three sets of dou­bles on Mon­day, Wed­nes­day and Fri­day, air­ing at 7.30pm and 8.30pm on ITV.

■ RO­MANCE: Ai­dan and Eva as Romeo and Juliet ■ DOUBT: Samia as Maria at the cou­ple’s wed­ding

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