Coronation Street's Shayne Ward engaged to Sophie Austin as the couple top off triumphant 2017 following birth of baby

Posted on Dec 27 2017 - 1:25am by admin

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: Shayne Ward and Sophie Austin attend The British Soap Awards at The Lowry Theatre on June 3, 2017 in Manchester, England. The Soap Awards will be aired on June 6 on ITV at 8pm. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)Shayne Ward and Sophie Austin  are engaged  [Getty]

The Coronation Street got down on one knee and asked girlfriend Sophie Austin to marry him, announcing the news on Instagram on Boxing Day (26 Dec 2017).

Shayne revealed the couple’s happy news to his 195 thousand followers by sharing a close up photo of the Call The Midwife’s star’s hand that showed light beaming from her dazzling diamond ring.

The 32-year-old star captioned the stunning photo: “#MrsWardToBe”

Shayne revealed the news with this photo on Instagram [Instagram]

Their fans rushed to offer their “congratulations” to the couple beneath the gorgeous photo, while others admired the stunning engagement ring, as one put: “ring goals”

The couple welcomed their first child – a baby girl – called Willow May into the world recently. Taking to Twitter in December,

He wrote: “Proud to share our incredible news.

Shayne Ward cradles daughter Willow May in cute first online snapShayne Ward cradles daughter Willow May in cute first online snap [Sophie Austin/Instagram]

“Me and Sophie had a beautiful baby girl. We are completely besotted and in love with the deepest of hearts. Our world. Willow May Ward.” 

But Shayne – who has played Aidan Connor for three years on the Cobbles – made another big life decision this year when he decided to leave the ITV soap.

The 33 year old X Factor winner turned actor is set to leave Corrie soon, confirming the news on his Twitter page following widespread reports.

Coronation Street's Catherine Tyldesley and Shayne Ward sign new 12 month contractsCoronation Street’s Shayne Ward  [ITV]

“Hey everyone. I just wanted to Thank you all so much for your Lovely kind Messages regarding the news of my departure from Coronation street next year. I truly love you all.”

However, it is not yet clear why Shayne is leaving the soap, but it’s clear he still has a passion for music and even sang with his Corrie co-star Catherine Tyldesley for song Get Here on her debut album Rise.

She told Inside Soap magazine: “It’s great working with Shayne as he’s given me loads of tips on how to look after my voice.

FROM ITV STRICT EMBARGO Print media - No Use Before Tuesday 12th September 2017 Online Media - No Use Before 0700hrs Tuesday 12th September 2017 Coronation Street - Ep 9252 Monday 18th September 2017 - 2nd Ep Making the decision to still go ahead with the wedding Eva Price [CATHERINE TYLDESLEY] is oblivious to the fact that Maria Connor [SAMIA LONGCHAMBON] has snuck into the venue and gatecrashes the ceremony denouncing it as a ‘sham’! With Aidan Connor [SHAYNE WARD] having come clean alrShane and Catherine on Corrie [ITV]

“I used to gig before Corrie – I sang jazz – and it was always my ambition to one day release an album. I promised my late grandad I would do it.”

And it’s been a busy year for ex Hollyoaks star Sophie, 33, too, as she’s joined the cast of Call The Midwife.

Revealing the news earlier this year, Shayne told Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on This Morning: “Now actually Sophie’s just starting a new job, and she’s probably going to kill me for saying this, but I have to say it because I’m excited for you, but she’s just started Call the Midwife.”

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