Coronation Street’s Jude Riordan reveals his dad is famous director as he wishes him a happy birthday


CORONATION Street’s Jude Riordan has a secretly famous family member.

His dad Paul is a director and has worked behind the scenes at popular soaps including Hollyoaks, Emmerdale, Casualty and Coronation Street.

Jude Riordan became the youngest ever winner at the NTAs last year
Jude with his famous director dad Paul whose birthday it is today

Ten-year-old Jude wished his TV director dad a happy birthday with a throwback snap of the pair, saying: “Happy Birthday Daddy.”

Corrie child star Jude – who plays Sam Blakeman in the ITV soap – keeps fans updated on social media with the help of his mum.

Paul also shares updates as son Jude becomes a huge star on the cobbles.

The ten-year-old was awarded a National Television Award at the most recent ceremony for Best Newcomer.



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Proud dad Paul said at the time: “Well this is pretty special… Proudest dad on the universe.”

He melted hearts as he became the youngest ever winner awards do – and had to be lifted by host Joel Dommett to reach the mic. 

Cheered on by his co-stars, shocked Jude went on stage to pick up the best newcomer gong from Love Island stars Liberty, Kaz, Millie and Liam.

“Oh my word!” he declared. “This is amazing! I’d just like to say thank you to all my fans for voting for me, and all my Corrie cast and crew for helping me, and my family for supporting me, and yeah – that’s mainly it. Thank you guys!” 

He later admitted that it was “very scary” on stage but was glad that his mum was proud. 

Joel was on hand to give Jude a lift up when he couldn’t reach the microphone

Jude, 10, took home the gong for best newcomer but couldn’t reach the microphone