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‘Coronation Street': ‘X Factor' Winner Shayne Ward Joins ITV Soap As Michelle Connor's Cousin Aiden

12/05/2015 10:31 BST | Updated 12/05/2015 10:59 BST

Shayne Ward will officially be walking down the cobbles of ‘Coronation Street’ later this year after landing a part on the soap.

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The 2005 ‘X Factor’ winner has been cast in the role of Aidan Connor, who is a distant cousin of Rovers barmaid Michelle Connor, who is played by Kym Marsh.

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Shayne Ward is joining 'Coronation Street'

He also knows Underworld boss Carla Connor (Alison King) having grown up on the same estate as her and Michelle.

Aidan - who is already being billed as the soap’s new womaniser - is set to turn up on the Street to help out Carla, who is having problems at the knicker factory.

However, his arrival will ruffle a few feathers as he soon makes an enemy of Tracy Barlow’s ex husband Robert Preston (Tristan Gemmill), who will soon arrive in Weatherfield with his wife, played by Girls Aloud’s Sarah Harding.

Shane has signed a one-year contract with ‘Corrie’ and bosses are already planning to expand his family as Aiden will also be joined by his father and sister later this year.

Speaking of his new 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 in.

"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."

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Aiden will have connections to Michelle and Carla Connor

‘Corrie’ executive producer 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!"

Shayne had previously revealed he had auditioned for the ITV soap last month after he was invited to try out for a role following a false report linking him to the show.

"I was asked about the rumours and I had no idea, that's the gospel truth," he told The Mirror at the time.

"Before we knew it, an audition did come in. I couldn't believe it and neither could my management. I thought it was incredible, I'm a massive fan of the show and my mum is a huge fan.”

Shayne will appear on-screen as Aiden later this year.

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