DESPITE appearing on Coronation Street, nine-year-old TV star Jude Riordan continues to act "just like every other little boy", explains his proud mum.

Jude Riordan, from Lea Green, first hit our TV screens in 2017 after starring in The Secret Life of Five Year Olds on Channel 4.

Since then the St John Vianney pupil has gone on to appear in CBBC programmes and several adverts.

And in 2018 he landed the coveted role as Tyler in Sky One’s Brassic alongside former Corrie star Michelle Keegan and Vince Gilligan.

Now he is also starring in the role of Sam Blakeman, the long lost son of Nick Tilsley in ITV’s long running soap Coronation Street.

Since he started in the role earlier this month, Star readers have been singing his acting praises.

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However mum Kellie Riordan stresses that Jude takes it all "in his stride".

She said: "Jude is very cool, he just loves being on set and then when he's home he's just like every other boy and he's at school or playing with his friends.

"When he appears on TV, we shout him through and he watches it, then carries on again.

"It's surreal to have our son on Corrie, because it's Coronation Street and you try to watch it and take on board the story line but we just see our Jude.

"It's the same with Brassic too, which has just started filming, which is very strange with the social distancing and regular covid testing of all the cast, but when we watch it we are amazed at him.

"However others have really taken to the character in Corrie too, we've had so many people get in touch with us, even from Canada who just love Jude's portrayal of Sam so that's lovely to hear.

"The messages have been so lovely, thank you to everyone who is supporting him.

"It's amazing to know our son loves something so much that he wants to do all of his life, and he's found it so young.

"We couldn't be prouder of him."