Absolutely fantastic news for Coronation Street favourite

The actor, who plays Ali Neeson in the ITV soap, is expecting a child with girlfriend Sophie Coates

The actor, who plays Ali Neeson in the ITV soap, is expecting a child with girlfriend Sophie Coates

Coronation Street star James Burrows has announced he’s going to be a dad – just as his character become a murderer.

The actor, who plays Ali Neeson in the ITV soap, took to Instagram tonight to share the happy news.

The 27-year-old is expecting a baby with girlfriend Sophie Coates.

Sharing a picture of a scan, he told his fans: “Me and my beautiful girlfriend @sophie_coates are over the moon to announce that we’re having a baby. We can not contain our excitement we are so so happy x”

The hunky star’s devoted followers rushed to offer their congratulations.

The happy news came as his life in Coronation Street took a sinister turn.

Dr Ali left fans horrified as he murdered evil gangster Ronan Truman, who had attempted to kill ‘brother’ Ryan Connor.

The crime boss mowed Ryan down before reversing into Leanne Battersby, leaving them to die on the road as he sped away.

But he immediately got his comeuppance as he lost control of his car and was sent crashing into a rusty old fence.