The popular actor landed the role of hapless yet loveable Tyrone in 1998 and has been on Corrie ever since, although he still can’t change a tyre after more than 20 years playing a mechanic.
While on set he met Lucy-Jo Hudson, who played Katy Harris from 2002 until 2005, and struck up a romance with his co-star.
They were married in Cheshire in 2009 then in September 2013 welcomed their daughter Sienna-Rae into the world, but they briefly split two-a-half years later.
After several weeks apart they got back together but it was over for good when Lucy-Jo announced they were in the process of divorcing in May 2018.
The exact reason for their split was never revealed – with Alan reportedly joking to pals he was having a ‘mid-life crisis’, which ironically is what Tyrone’s recent scandalous affair has been referred to.
Things started off very amicably between the former couple, who both vowed to work together for the sake of their daughter.
“We’re so amicable. We get on and we speak every day. He comes round for a brew. We will maintain as mummy and daddy,” Lucy-Jo told the Loose Women at the time.
“I’m up and down. It’s difficult. But we’re amicable and talking daily. We will remain friends and I genuinely mean that. We still care for each other.”
Alan started a relationship with another former co-star, Tisha Merry, who played Steph Britton on the cobbles, while Lucy-Jo moved on with boyfriend Lewis Divine.
However, things had clearly turned sour by February 2020 when Alan appeared to lash out at his ex and her new man in a scathing Instagram post.
Alan seemed to take a swipe at Lewis after he referred to Sienna-Rae as his own daughter after Lucy-Jo gave birth to their first child, son Carter.
Celebrating becoming a dad, Lewis wrote: “Our Sienna is delighted and is already making the best big sister, just like I knew she would!”
Alan appeared to take great issue with this, writing a furious Instagram story: “You’re welcome to keep the lying cheating one & call her your own! But not my daughter.”
The Mirror reached out to representatives of Alan and Lucy for comment at the time.
Following on from the drama, Lucy-Jo claimed her ex “must have regretted” striking out at her and Lewis, telling OK! : “I had literally just given birth to Carter when he posted that so I didn’t see it and my head was elsewhere.
“He quickly deleted it so he must have regretted it. I didn’t bother bringing it up with him. Lew and I were both too focused on Carter, so it just didn’t get our attention.”
Seemingly in response, Alan shared a snap of the sunset with the words “No Regrets” written in the corner.
Alan has admitted he doesn’t have much communication with his ex anymore apart from to discuss their daughter.
While opening up about co-parenting Sienna, Alan did point out that she now has her parents and their partners to look after her.
“There’s always going to be ups and downs with a blended family,” he told OK! Magazine in July last year.
“So long as Sienna comes first in all of it, that’s all that matters. Sienna’s got her mum and dad, and she’s also got Lewis and Tisha. It’s just a case that everybody loves her.
“Of course there will be differences of opinion; so long as we’re in that loving way when Sienna is around.
“We don’t have a great deal of communication, it’s only ever about Sienna and that’s all it ever needs to be.”
During the joint interview with girlfriend Tisha, who moved in with him back in 2019, they also discussed plans to have their own kids together.
“He’ll be so amazing,” she told OK! “When we were still friends, I got asked to babysit and asked Alan to come along. We got there and it was just Alan babysitting.
“He’s such a good dad; he’s so caring and loving. He notices everything and his communication with Sienna is so strong. I would love that for our child if we have one.”
She also opened up about being a step-mum, saying: “In all honesty I’ve had a few times where I’ve thought ‘Oh my god, my life has changed so much’. It’s crazy but it’s changing for the better.
“When I first got together with Alan and I became a bigger part of Sienna’s life, my dad said ‘this will be the making of you.’
“It’s tricky when you’ve gone from being a single girl with no one else to think about to someone with a family. It’s the best thing in the world but it can be really daunting.”
The couple did manage to trick fans into thinking Tisha was pregnant when he posted an ultrasound snap.
His followers followers were convinced the couple were about to announce the news they were expecting their first child together, but it turned out to be his liver.
Captioning the post on his Instagram, Alan wrote: “Totally unexpected and we’ve not told anyone, didn’t want to shout it to the world at first until it was confirmed.
“We can now share this wonderful news with you all and we’re very proud to announce … this is a scan of my liver in perfect condition, ready for when the pubs re-open…….”
Alan and Tisha “howled” with laughter after realising fans simply hadn’t read the post and assumed Tisha was pregnant.
The Corrie star’s character has recently shocked fans by ditching Fiz Brown after having an affair with the much younger Alina Pop.
Fiz was devastated when Tyrone’s romance with Alina was exposed and they moved in together.
This week, Fiz was left utterly furious after finding out about her estranged husband sexy photoshoot with his new girlfriend, which prompted her to kickstart a custody battle.
While babysitting the girls, Hope managed to convince Alina that her mum wouldn’t mind if she gave her eyelash extensions.
Fiz called in at the salon flat to collect the girls and was horrified when she saw her daughter’s makeover and heard about the sexy photoshoot.
Later in the week, Hope starts playing up and runs out in front of a car to scare Alina, but will she give the true story to Fiz?
Then at the end of the week, Fiz is left seething with rage when she discovers that Tyrone has been spending even more money going out clubbing with his younger girlfriend again.
Upset, Fiz tells Tyrone that she is intending to apply for a parental consent order for Ruby, leaving Tyrone utterly shocked as he vows to fight her all the way.
When Craig orders Tyrone to do a breathalyser test after a call out, he accuses Fiz of trying to have him arrested in a bid to help her get custody.
Evelyn warns Fiz against starting a custody battle, pointing out that there are never any winners in starting such a thing.
Will Fiz still decide to go ahead with it? And if so will Tyrone lose the girls?
*Coronation Street airs tonight on ITV at 7.30pm and 8.30pm