Shayne Ward is a children's entertainer
Shayne Ward has proved to have many strings to his bow as he is a singer, actor and a children's entertainer
Shayne Ward has become a children's entertainer for his 'Coronation Street' co-stars' kids.
The 32-year-old actor has worked wonders on his fellow cast mate Catherine Tydesley's 22-month-old son Alfie after he was "hired" to put on "private concerts" for him over Christmas, which has led to other colleagues booking the dark-haired hunk - who was crowned champion of 'The X Factor' in 2005 - to sing to their broods too.
Speaking about Shayne's additional part-time job to The Sun Online, Catherine said: "Alfie is a little obsessed with Shayne singing. So over Christmas, we hired Shayne to come and do some private concerts for him. My Alfie really does love him - he's like a little groupie.
"Every time we're in the car, he says, 'Shayne, Shayne,' so I have to play his album so he will fall asleep. When he first met Shayne, he was awestruck.
"Shayne just held onto his hand and sang to him, and Alfie just stared back mesmerised.
"He's amazing with kids. Some of the other 'Corrie' cast are actually going to hire him to do the same. Kids are just fascinated by his singing."
And Catherine - who plays the role of Eva Price in the longstanding soap - has revealed the programme's cast nickname Shayne "Daddy Day Care".
She explained: "We'll have to start calling him Daddy Day Care soon."
Meanwhile, Shayne - who was cast as Aidan Turner in the soap in 2014 - is rumoured to be returning to the music industry in the future and the 'Coronation Street' creators support him "fully".
Speaking previously about the 'That's My Goal' hitmaker's future projects, a source said: "Shayne can't wait to start recording his tracks and show the nation was he's got up his sleeve.
"He has chatted to his 'Coronation Street' co-stars about the music and they are all fully behind him. This will in no way impact his 'Coronation Street' commitments and he's certain he can juggle both."