Inside Corrie Alex Bain’s life – from teenage father to trolls as he turns 20

Coronation Street's Alex Bain is celebrating this week, blowing out 20 candles on his birthday cake.

The teen actor joined the cast of Coronation Street as Simon Barlow back in 2008, replacing former child stars Jake and Oscar Hartley in the role.

Born in Lancashire, Alex landed his first role in a Rice Krispies advertisement, before breaking into the world of television.

His next big break came when he starred alongside Steve Coogan in the BBC drama Sunshine, which aired for one season in 2008.

Despite his young age, Alex has enjoyed an exciting life both on and off-screen, having become a father in his teens while appearing on one of the UK's most popular soaps.

Below, we take a look at Alex's life story, exploring everything from his happy relationship to the hard-hitting storylines he has tackled on Corrie.

Controversial storylines

Having been a fixture of Coronation Street for 13 years now, Alex's character Simon has endured a number of traumatising storylines over the years.

In 2013, the child fell victim to bullying at the hands of Grace Piper (Ella-Grace Gregoire) and Faye Windass (Ellie Leach), with the pair cruelly videoing his torment and sharing it around the school.

Simon first started to display worrying anger issues two years later, after his step-dad Kal Nazir (Jimi Mistry) died tragically in a fire.

Acting out, he hurled a remote control at mum Leanne Battersby (Jane Danson) and started drinking heavily with his mates.

Later, his mum was hospitalised when he pushed her against a table, and things reached a breaking point when he was violent towards his cousin Amy Barlow (Elle Mulvaney).

After he broke another boy's leg in a football match, his mum even reported him to the police in 2016, fearing his behaviour could put someone's life in danger.

More recently, he got involved in a terrifying drug ring, with mob boss Harvey going on a gun rampage on the street which left one dead.

Fatherhood

In 2018, it was confirmed Alex had become a father for the first time, welcoming a baby girl with his then-girlfriend Levi Selby.

Aged just 17 at the time, the baby was born shortly after the pair sat their GCSE exams in school.

Coronation Street fans first learned Alex was to become a dad when Levi shared a photo of her baby scan on Facebook, looking forward to the little one's arrival.

Ahead of the delivery, Alex said: "I'm still with my girlfriend, and can't wait to have my own little family!"

Born on December 2, the young parents named their daughter Lydia-Rose, with Levi's mum Judith Calvert posting on social media: "All I can say is my girl did herself proud."

Earlier this year, Alex told Inside Soap: "I adore having a child, I really do, and I wouldn't have it any other way. But don't get me wrong, she runs me ragged!

"It was quite nice to take a breather in lockdown, and have time to slow down and watch my daughter grow. She's actually just started nursery, which is pretty scary.

"My family has always said that I was exactly like she is when I was her age. Before Covid, she was going to dance classes as well, so she's really following in her dad's footsteps. She's always dancing and singing – it's great!"

Love Life

Alex and his childhood sweetheart Levi, with whom he shares his daughter Lydia-Rose, split in 2019, apparently shortly after becoming parents.

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 Corrie star has since found love again, going public in his relationship with new girlfriend Mollie in May of last year.

Making it clear he was head over heels, he said: "I love her so much! Accurate representation of all my moods."

Proving they're still going strong, in November of this year Alex posted a compilation of loved-up pics from their relationship to his 10,500 Instagram followers.

Smitten, he tagged the location as: "Where my heart feels happy!!"

In August, the star celebrated Mollie's 18th birthday with a loved-up snap.

Cruel trolling

In May of tlastis year, Alex was forced to defend himself against cruel trolls on social media, when his parenting skills came under fire.

Fighting back, he took to Instagram stories to highlight the "struggle" of being a "single dad," refusing to accept any further nasty comments.

"Anyone don't like me and the way I've raised my daughter then they can pop up and DM me and we can talk about it honestly had enough," he posted on Instagram stories.

"You all best believe that if I see another comment on my posts about me not being a good dad I will be coming for some heads!

"I have a challenge for these pagans, try being a single dad in the working industry… oh yeah that's right you're some nobodies out here who can't hold relationships!"

Alex finished by adding: "Pathetic excuse for men! Ya'll don't know what sort of stuff I've been through this year!"

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