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Shayne Ward (born 16th October 1984) has played Aidan Connor on Coronation Street since August 2015. Since Shayne's arrival, he has won two major television awards, both of which are for best newcomer.
The son of an Irish traveller family who settled in Manchester, he began singing to escape from the life of petty crime that surrounded him on his council estate and performed in a pub and club band "Destiny". He then won the 2005 series of The X Factor. His subsequent first single, That's My Goal, as the third fastest-selling record in the history of the UK charts and he went on to release four albums and twelve singles. In 2011, he appeared in the West End musical Rock of Ages for which he won the Newcomer of the Year award at the 2012 What's On Stage Awards.