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

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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