Corrie’s James Burrows reveals Michelle’s biological son Alex has an ‘ulterior motive’


by Emma Dodds |
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Michelle Connor's biological son Alex Neeson has just returned to Coronation Street - but why is he REALLY there?

Die-hard Corrie fans will remember the heartbreaking storyline of when Michelle Connor discovered her son Ryan had actually been swapped at birth - and her biological son Alex came to the street for a short stay.

Unfortunately, things all got VERY messy after Alex was basically a teenage tearaway (who can blame him?!) and Michelle had to make the tough decision to send him back to his family as she considered Ryan to be her real son.

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But Alex, now played by James Burrows, has now returned to the Street a decade after his first appearance under very mysterious circumstances - claiming to be a junior doctor who just so happened to be sent to Weatherfield's GP on a placement.

James, who previously starred in This Is England, told that although Michelle and Alex have been sporadically been in touch over the years, Alex is very "standoff-ish" towards Michelle when he first arrives.

He said: "He says he’s doing a placement – but is he? In the next few weeks we will see that all unfold but it will reach a point where they make amends."

Alex was last seen in Corrie 10 years ago, played by Dario Coates ©ITV

James reveals that Alex really is just a "nice guy, a normal lad," but his "slightly darker side" comes out through his interactions with Michelle.

However, he stressed that he's "not a baddie," and that he just has "a chip on his shoulder, a bit of swagger, a bit of attitude and a fair few issues!"

Although admitting there's a lot he can't go into at the moment - of course - Alex did say that "all is not as it seems," adding: "Did he orchestrate coming to the street? He claims he was sent there – but it’s really complex. He says it’s a placement but he might have an ulterior motive. It will all unfold..."

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Michelle sent Alex away ©ITV

This storyline wouldn't be complete without the return of Ryan, so we'll get to see how their relationship plays out, with James likening it to a "Cain and Abel scenario."

He also brought up the fact that Michelle has only just lost a biological son, saying: "Now she’s faced with the one she didn’t think she’d see again."


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