Coronation Street star Alex Bain’s life away from the cobbles, from career success to teen pregnancy

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Coronation Street actor Alex Bain has become somewhat of a household name among fans of the soap, playing the part of Simon Barlow.

Alex rose to fame as a child star and first appeared on the cobbles back in 2008, and he’s since been involved in a series of tense plots.

If you’ve been keeping up with Corrie over the past few weeks then you’ll have seen Simon, played by Alex Bain, get pulled into the murky world of drug gangs.

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And as Leanne attempts to save him, it seems things are only getting worse for the youngster as he falls deeper into trouble.

Actor Will Mellor has now been cast to play the role of Harvey, a drug lord set to pile on the pressure on Simon, using threats to get what he wants.

So, as the star becomes the centre of attention on the hit ITV soap, we take a look at what Alex gets up to when he’s not on our screens. Let’s take a look…

Who is Alex Bain?

Alex Bain was born on 25 November 2001, and he recently celebrated his 19th birthday.

The star replaced former child stars Jake and Oscar Hartley to play the role of Simon in 2008, and he’s been on the cobbles since.

The Lancashire born star’s successful acting career first began in a Rice Krispies advert and he then broke into the world of television.

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Over his time on the soap, Alex has been involved in tense plots, including being the victim of bullying at the hands of Grace Piper played by Ella-Grace Gregoire, and Faye Windass, played by Ellie Leach, in 2013.

Simon then displayed anger issues and he even hurled a remote control at mum Leanne Battersby, played by Jane Danson.

The star has also been involved in storylines involving abandonment and he also broke another boy’s leg in a football match.

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Off-screen, Alex is active on social media, and he has 15,000 followers.

The star tends to share inspirational quotes on his platform and his bio states that he’s the CEO and Founder of Mjöllnir Productions Ltd, however it’s not known what the company is as he’s yet to post.

Who is Alex Bain dating?

Alex is currently dating new girlfriend Mollie, and the pair went public with their relationship in May of last year.

Sharing a loved-up festive snap, Alex took to Instagram recently and posted a photo of himself and Mollie snuggled up on a seat with Christmas lights in the background.

The star didn’t caption the snap, but shared various images of himself and his girlfriend.

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Before dating Mollie, Alex was with childhood sweetheart Levi, and the 19 year shares a daughter, Lydia-Rose, with her.

A source told The Sun at the time: "It's a shame they couldn't make the relationship work but they've gone their separate ways.

"They're both now just trying to move on but they absolutely adore their daughter."

The news of Alex becoming a father was confirmed in 2018, and Alex was 17 years old at the time.

The Corrie star’s daughter was born just after he and Levi had sat their GCSE exams in school.

Excited for the birth of his baby, Alex said at the time: “I'm still with my girlfriend, and can't wait to have my own little family!"

The child star recently opened up on "dark times" he has faced during his decade in the spotlight.

But, the teen star says his job, family, girlfriend, and two year old daughter have been his "saviours" through it all.

He said: "If I didn't stick at the job that I'm in now I would have been lost.

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"Corrie has kept me going and especially having a daughter has kept me going – it gives me something to do.

"I've got a wonderful girlfriend Mollie and she's been there for me, because she's struggled as well, she's a performer too.

"My family have been great and have always looked after me. They just said: 'you go in your own your lane, don't listen to what people say, because they're the people who are jealous of what you've got.'

"It has been a struggle over the years, but I think now I’m on the up," he continued to tell The Sun

Speaking about his struggle at not seeing his girlfriend for the best part of a year, Alex continued to tell the publication: "It's been tough. We've spent a lot of time apart.

"We've spent maybe three quarters of our relationship not physically being able to see each other. It was a struggle, but I’ve got FaceTime and Zoom."

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