They may be the fiercest of rivals on screen, but EastEnders star Danny Dyer had some words of advice for Coronation Street’s Shayne Ward when they met at an awards ceremony early on in the pop star’s acting career.
Critics and fans of Coronation Street welcomed Ward with open arms when he arrived In Weatherfield, awarding him with the Best Newcomer Award at the NTAs in 2016 just eight months after his first appearance.
Two year’s later, as the 33-year-old former X Factor winner prepares to leave the soap, he has been nominated for the Best Actor gong at the 2018 British Soap Awards.
He faces stiff competition in the form of his co-stars Connor McIntyre (Phelan) and Jack P Shepherd (David Platte) as well as EastEnders Dyer (Mick Carter).
Speaking on ITV's Lorraine, Ward recalled how Dyer gave him some advice that has stuck with him during his time on Corrie.
‘When I won Best Newcomer at the National Television Awards, and he (Danny) won Best Actor what was lovely about it is he came up to me and said: "Keep doing what you’re doing. Keep proving them wrong.’" Ward said.
Speaking about switching from singing to acting, he said: ‘At the NTAs when I got the Best Newcomer that was a huge moment for me, that was the welcome and the foot in the door. And now to be in an iconic show like Corrie, to get this nomination is just amazing.
‘The thing with me, and people always laugh at me for this, but I’m not ashamed to say I want to win this. Of course for everything Corrie, but I want to win this award.’