Inside Alex Bain’s life on Corrie – a teen father to trolls as the ITV star turns 20.
Alex Bain, who plays Simon Barlow on Coronation Street, turns 20 today (November 25). He rose to fame as a child star on the ITV soap opera over a decade ago.
This week, Alex Bain of Coronation Street is celebrating his birthday by blowing out 20 candles on his cake.
In 2008, he replaced former child stars Jake and Oscar Hartley in the role of Simon Barlow on Coronation Street.
Alex, who was born in Lancashire, had his first acting role in a Rice Krispies commercial before moving on to television.
His next big break came in the BBC drama Sunshine, which aired for one season in 2008 and starred Steve Coogan.
Alex has had an exciting life both on and off-screen despite his young age, having become a father in his teens while appearing on one of the UK’s most popular soaps.
We explore everything from Alex’s happy relationship to the hard-hitting storylines he has tackled on Corrie in the sections below.
Alex’s character Simon, who has been a regular on Coronation Street for the past 13 years, has been through a number of traumatic storylines.
In 2013, the child was bullied by Grace Piper (Ella-Grace Gregoire) and Faye Windass (Ellie Leach), who cruelly videoed and shared his torment around the school.
After his stepfather Kal Nazir (Jimi Mistry) died tragically in a fire two years later, Simon began to display concerning anger issues.
He threw a remote control at his mother, Leanne Battersby (Jane Danson), and began drinking heavily with his friends.
His mother was taken to the hospital after he pushed her against a table, and things came to a head when he assaulted his cousin Amy Barlow (Elle Mulvaney).
In 2016, his mother reported him to the police after he broke another boy’s leg in a football match, fearing that his actions could endanger someone’s life.
More recently, he became involved in a terrifying drug ring, with mob boss Harvey going on a street shooting spree that left one person dead.
Alex became a father for the first time in 2018, welcoming a baby girl with his then-girlfriend Levi Selby.
The baby was born shortly after the couple finished their GCSE exams in school, when they were both only 17 years old.
Alex was to become a father for the first time when Levi was introduced on Coronation Street.
The news is summarized by Brinkwire.