Coronation Street star Sam Aston and his wife have become parents - six weeks earlier than they expected.
The 27-year-old soap star - who found fame aged 10 playing Corrie’s Chesney Brown - is now a father to a baby boy, named Sonny.
Aston proudly announced on social media: “Welcome to the world little man. Our little ray of sunshine. Sonny James Aston.”
His wife, yoga teacher Briony Gardner, revealed their son was actually born two weeks ago, and the birth had been “calm” despite being premature.
Sharing the same picture she wrote: “Sonny Aston. He calmly entered our world 6 weeks early on 11.08.20 at 5lbs 7oz and we couldn’t be more in love.”
Aston’s character Chesney Brown became a teen dad on the soap when his girlfriend Katy Armstrong (Georgia May Foote) unexpectedly got pregnant while they were dating at school. And last year saw Chesney become father to four more children, when his girlfriend Gemma Winter (Dolly-Rose Campbell) gave birth to quadruplets.
Aston and Gardner first met 11 years ago at a theatre workshop, quickly becoming friends until 2012 when they decided to take their relationship to the next level.
They became engaged in 2017, with Aston proposing in front of 250 people at a charity golf dinner, and were married in May 2019.
The couple announced they were expecting their first child in June this year.
Aston told OK! magazine: “We're having a boy! It was a massive surprise when we found out, as there are loads of girls in our families, so we were adamant we were having a girl.”
Gardner went for her scan to discover the gender one day before lockdwon began.
She said: “'Sam couldn't come with me because of the current rules, so I got the consultant to write the sex on a piece of paper and put it in an envelope and we both then sat in the car and opened it together. We were over the moon.”