Coronation Street star, Alex Bain, has become a father at the age of 17, after his girlfriend gave birth to their baby daughter.
The actor, who sat his GCSEs earlier this year, and his girlfriend Levi Selby have named their child Lydia-Rose Bain.
A source reportedly told The Sun: “They are absolutely over the moon – it’s the greatest gift they could have hoped for this Christmas.”
The news that the couple were expecting a baby was first revealed in May, when the pair were still 16, after Levi shared a picture of their 12-week scan on Facebook.
In the post, she suggested the due date was 8 December – so it appears the baby girl has arrived slightly earlier than expected.
Friends, family and fans congratulated the couple on Facebook after they revealed they were expecting, with many sharing their own experiences of young parenthood or pregnancy.
One Corrie lover wrote: “Congratulations to you and Alex I’m a massive fan of Simon! Also I’m 17 and pregnant with my first baby due 2nd December! It’s the best thing being pregnant enjoy every moment.”
Another person wrote: “Congratulations to you both!! Going to make fab parents. Ignore the negative comments about both of your ages and becoming young parents. I’m also a young mum, and believe me when they say you are ruining your life etc, it’s not true at all, your life is only now beginning and you will never feel such love of that of a parents. Raising a child can get tough at times, but it’s so rewarding.”
Someone else said: “Although you don’t know me congratulations to you both. P.S. I was pregnant with my son when I was 16 and he was due the same day (arrived the day late tho). Block out all the negativity and good luck.”
Bain plays Simon, the troubled son of Peter Barlow – and grandson of Ken Barlow – on Coronation Street, having been part of the cast for 10 years.
In 2011 he won an accolade for Best Young Performance at the British Soap Awards.