Coronation Street spoilers: Who is Alex, Michelle Connor’s son, and what is his story so far?

Who is Michelle's son Alex in Corrie and what is his story so far?
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Michelle Connor is set to get a blast from the past in Coronation Street when she comes face to face with her biological son Alex Neeson – nearly 10 years since the storyline was last referenced on screen.

Liz is shocked to find that the new trainee GP at the medical centre is Alex but he swears her to secrecy, telling her that he doesn’t want to speak with his mum. However, when Michelle then cuts her hand at home and heads to the surgery, she sees Alex for herself and wants to rebuild their relationship, determined to find out why they lost touch.

For many years, it seemed almost as if Corrie had retconned Alex out of its history but as the soap now revisits the plotline, here’s what happened way back when Alex was first introduced.

  • Alex was born to Michelle as the same time that Ryan was born to Wendy and Nick Neeson but the babies were accidentally mixed up.
  • Michelle and Dean brought Ryan up as their son – neither set of parents were aware of the baby swap.
  • Alex fell ill at 14 and Wendy and Nick took him to hospital where blood tests revealed that Nick couldn’t be his dad.

  • Nick assumed Wendy had cheated but a DNA test later confirmed that Wendy wasn’t related to Alex either.
  • Nick began watching Ryan, his actual son, from afar after tracking him down with a private investigator.
  • Michelle confronted Nick and he told her that their babies had been swapped but she called him a liar.
  • A DNA test was later taken to confirm what Nick had been telling Michelle and Ryan ran away to find Alex.
  • Alex and Ryan got into a fight after Ryan revealed the truth and Alex was hit by a car in the struggle.
  • The DNA results came back and revealed that Alex was the son of Michelle but both families decided to keep things as they were.
  • However, Michelle waited for Alex outside of his school and introduced herself. Alex later turned up at the Rovers.
  • Alex’s presence caused tension – especially with Ryan. He also caused waves at Liam’s wedding by introducing himself to Michelle’s grandparents as their real grandson.
  • After Alex was caught shoplifting, Michelle agreed to take him in when he gave her address. He refused to go back to Nick and Wendy.
Michelle comes face to face with Alex in Coronation Street
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  • Alex upset Steve when he let Amy wander off and Ryan moved out, unable to cope with Alex being around.
  • Michelle conceded that she would have to send Alex back to Wendy and Nick. Afterwards, Alex refused to see her.
  • Steve reached out to Alex and he agreed to see Michelle again. She took him to Ireland to meet his parents and it was understood that they stayed in touch.
  • Alex was not mentioned on screen again, and Ryan was treated on screen as Michelle’s son, with her even referring to giving birth to him.
  • Alex turns up as a new trainee GP locally and Michelle asks why he hasn’t been in touch. He is played by James Burrows.
  • Ryan is also set to return to the show as part of the storyline, which promises to be dramatic for Michelle.

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