Coronation Street stars praise Shayne Ward for "phenomenal" performance over Aidan Connor's final scenes

Note: This article contains discussion of suicide, which some readers may find upsetting.

Coronation Street star Shayne Ward’s final scenes as Aidan Connor have aired as part of the character’s tragic suicide storyline.

Aidan will be found dead at his flat in Wednesday night’s hour-long special, but Monday was the last time he will be seen on screen. And many of his co-stars, including Catherine Tyldesley who plays Eva Price, praised Shayne for his performance during yesterday’s emotional double bill.

Shayne’s final scene saw Aidan alone, breaking down in his flat. It was added based on the actor’s suggestion.

‘Aidan & Eva’ 💔… heartbreaking , phenomenal performance from @shaynetward tonight. Darling it’s been an absolute pleasure to work with you. Here’s hoping that the work that yourself and our wonderful #corrie team have put into this weeks episodes get people talking and help save lives. #itsoktotalk #mentalhealthawareness help is there – and hope is ALWAYS in your heart – no matter how cloudy …@samaritanscharity @calmzone (photo credit Rosie Hardy copyright @vitalpublicity)

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Catherine described Shayne’s acting as “heartbreaking” and “phenomenal” on Instagram, adding: “Darling, it’s been an absolute pleasure to work with you.

“Here’s hoping that the work that yourself and our wonderful #corrie team have put into this week’s episodes get people talking and save lives.”

Meanwhile, Shayne’s fiancée (and former Hollyoaks star) Sophie Austin posted her own message on Twitter, emphasising the importance of the storyline.

“Soap is one of the biggest platforms we have to get subjects spoken about and [for] awareness given to subjects that are happening every single day affecting so many people!” she wrote.

“This is so important, so please keep this subject open! Talk talk talk.”

Coronation Street stars such as Lucy Fallon (Bethany Platt), Samia Longchambon (Maria Connor), and Georgia Taylor (Toyah Battersby) also commented.

We would encourage anyone who identifies with Aidan’s story to reach out. Organisations who can offer support include Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org), and Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) also has helplines available from 5pm to midnight, 365 days a year, on 0800 58 58 58 (nationwide) and 0808 802 58 58 (London) (www.thecalmzone.net/).

Readers in the US are encouraged to contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-8255 or visit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Digital Spy Soap Scoop video – hit play below for all the latest Coronation Street spoilers, as Aidan’s suicide devastates the Connor family and David finally tells Shona the truth.

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