Coronation Street star Simon Gregson's real name revealed after he signs up for I'm A Celebrity

CORONATION Street's Simon Gregson is about to be on our screens an awful lot more after he signed up to this year's I'm A Celeb.

The Sun revealed the soap legend, who plays Steve McDonald, will face his EastEnders counterpart Adam Woodyatt in the castle next month.

Setting up a vintage series, they will be joined at Gwrych Castle in Wales by Richard Madeley, 65, who has penned a £200,000 deal.

But while viewers will know Simon as either a Gregson or a McDonald, neither of those are his real name.

The actor, 47, was born Simon Alan Gregory in 1974 and he used that name as a child actor until he was old enough to join Equity.

But there was already a Simon Gregory and, under the acting union's rules he had to chance it because no two performers were allowed to use the same name.

So when he turned 16, his credit on screen changed to Simon Gregson, and has remained so until today.

The star joined Coronation Street in 1986 aged just 15 when producers visited his school in Stockport looking to people to play the teenage twin sons of the McDonald family.

His schoolmate, Nicholas Marc Cochrane, got the role of Andy McDonald and bosses needed someone who looked similar.

They searched for another class member with the same height, build and hair colour with Simon the only pupil fitting the bill.

However, he has , staying for seven years and popping up now and again after that.

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