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BABY JOY for Coronation Street’s Sam Aston as he welcomes son to the world

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 28: Sam Aston and Briony Gardner arrive for the British Soap Awards 2016 at the Hackney Town Hall Assembly Rooms on May 28, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage) (Image credit: WireImage)

Coronation Street's Sam Aston has announced happy baby news...

Coronation Street favourite Sam Aston has announced the arrival of his first child with wife Briony Gardener.

The new parents welcomed their newborn son into the world two weeks ago, but have kept the news under wraps as they enjoy being a family of three.

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The pair, who got married last year, announced their happy news on Instagram yesterday, both sharing the same adorable picture of them with their baby boy.

The couple have named their new addition Sonny James Aston.

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The Coronation Street star, who is better known to soap fans as Weatherfield's Chesney Brown, wowed fans with a beautiful family picture.

Coronation Street's Chesney is a dad of five, having just had quads with girlfriend Gemma Winter (Dolly-Rose Campbell).

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Welcome to the world... 

Sam introduced fans to his new son yesterday, announcing: "Welcome to the world little man. Our little ray of sunshine. Sonny James Aston."

Briony shared the same image, admitting that Sonny made a bit of a dramatic entrance to the world by arriving six weeks early...

"Sonny Aston. He calmly entered our world six weeks early on 11.08.20 at 5lb 7oz and we couldn't be more in love."

Yoga instructor Briony was expecting to welcome her baby into the world in September, and had been keeping fans up to date with her pregnancy journey online.

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Sam's alter ego Chesney is a dad of five (Picture: ITV)

However the new parents were taken by surprise when Sonny decided to make an early appearance.

Durning her pregnancy, Briony told OK! Magazine: "We're having a boy! It was a massive surprise when we found out, as there are loads of girls in out families, so we were adamant that we were having a girl!"

Briony also revealed that they found out the sex of their baby at a scan the day before lockdown happened back in March.

"Sam couldn't come with me because of the current rules, so I got the consultant to write the sex on a piece of paper and put it in an envelope and we both then sat in the car and opened it together.

"We were over the moon."

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Claire Crick
Claire Crick

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 


After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and whattowatch.com writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off


She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 


As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.