Peter Ash has been attracting Coronation Street viewers’ praise for his portrayal of Paul Foreman.

The character has been through the wringer after being released from prison, being diagnosed with motor neurone disease and having an estranged relationship with his twin sister.

But in real life, the actor’s life is completely different.

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How old is Peter and where is he from?

Peter was born on 4 February 1985, making him 38 years old. He is originally from Marsden in West Yorkshire, but attended high school and college in Moston, Manchester, England.

He first started acting in school plays and with local theatre groups, but he turned professional.

A love for the arts runs in his family as he is cousins with William Ash, who plays Caleb Milligan in Emmerdale.

What has Peter starred in?

Peter’s first acting role on television was in Blue Murder in 2003, which helped him land a bigger role in Casualty later. He played Keith Jowell in six episodes of the medical drama.

When he was 18 he landed the role of Darius Fry in Footballers' Wives, starring on the show between 2003 and 2006.

Peter Ash and his girlfriend Amy Shawcross
Peter Ash and his girlfriend Amy Shawcross

He was also in Street Trilogy at Warwick Arts Centre in Coventry in 2005, before becoming a participant in the 2013–2015 UK tour of War Horse at The Lowry theatre.

Peter started his soap opera journey when he became Harley Frater's acquaintance, who is played by Mollie Lambert in Channel 4’s Hollyoaks back in April 2018.

His biggest role to date is Paul Foreman in Coronation Street. He made his first appearance in 2018 portraying David Platt's cellmate in Highfield Prison.

His character returned to Weatherfield in 2019, when it was revealed that he was also the estranged twin brother of Gemma Winter.

Peter was awarded the 2020 National Television Award for Best Newcomer.

Who is Peter’s girlfriend?

Peter is in a relationship with Amy Shawcross, who works as a nurse.

The couple began dating in 2018. Last year, he celebrated their anniversary with an adorable post on social media. Alongside a snap of them, he wrote: “4 years ago we had our first date in this same pub! Love you”.

Peter Ash with his son Ayden
Peter Ash with his son Ayden

Does Peter have children?

Yes, Peter has one son, named Ayden, who he welcomed back in 2009.

The actor likes to keep his son’s life private, but sometimes shares snaps of him of his social media.

The last picture of his son he posted was during the summer of 2022, where Ayden could be seen enjoying a holiday by the beach.

Peter said: “My son is enjoying a wee holiday in Newquay (one of my favourite places) with his amazing grandparents at the moment! Miss him lots. #SurferDude #Newquay #Cornwall”.

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