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Coronation Street SPOILER: Carla Connor shares a steamy kiss with hunky GP Alex Neeson... after trying to persuade him to mend his rift with mum Michelle

Coronation Street have been teasing Carla Connor's new romance for weeks.

And the identity of the Cobbles favourite's new beau has been revealed, as snaps for next week's episodes show Carla (Alison King) locking lips with Ali Neeson.

Carla's steamy encounter with the Weatherfield GP, played by James Burrowes, will threaten her friendship with Ali's biological mother, Michelle Connor (Kym Marsh).

Kiss: Carla Connor (Alison King) locks lips with Michelle's son Ali Neeson (James Burrowes) in next week's Coronation Street

Kiss: Carla Connor (Alison King) locks lips with Michelle's son Ali Neeson (James Burrowes) in next week's Coronation Street

Alex, or Ali as he is now known, arrived on the Street as the new trainee GP last month, as the ITV soap's baby swap storyline was revisited. 

Michelle and Ali's relationship has been strained since he returned to Weatherfield, with an upcoming episode showing Carla trying to help mend her friend's relationship with her son.

In scenes set to be air on March 21, Michelle's fiancé Robert Preston dupes Ali into joining him and Steve McDonald for a drink at The Rovers, to try and persuade him to come to the wedding.

Dangerous: Carla's steamy encounter with the Weatherfield GP will threaten her friendship with Ali's biological mother, Michelle Connor (Kym Marsh)

Dangerous: Carla's steamy encounter with the Weatherfield GP will threaten her friendship with Ali's biological mother, Michelle Connor (Kym Marsh)

But when the plan goes awry, Carla tries to bring Ali round too, inviting him to join her at Roy's flat and plying him with wine as she sings Michelle's praises.

But Ali has other ideas, moving in for a steamy kiss with Carla after confessing he's always had a crush on her.    

Speaking to Radio Times last year, Coronation Street boss Kate Oates teased a rift would occur in Michelle and Carla's friendship, explaining: 'What we'll have are these two strong Connor women – Carla and Michelle – on opposing sides and in conflict for a change.' 

He's got other ideas! Michelle and Ali's relationship has been strained since he returned to Weatherfield, with Carla trying to help mend her friend's relationship with her son

He's got other ideas! Michelle and Ali's relationship has been strained since he returned to Weatherfield, with Carla trying to help mend her friend's relationship with her son

Alex was previously played by Daario Coates during his last appearance on Corrie in 2008, when Michelle discovered her son Ryan – played then by Ben Thompson – was not biologically hers.

In a hospital mix-up, Michelle found out she had been raising the wrong child for 16 years, and was soon reunited with her biological son Alex.

After moving in Michelle, the good times weren't to last and soon Alex left Corrie, before his reappearance in February as the Street's new GP. 

Meanwhile Ryan – recast as actor Sol Heras – moved to Ibiza to work as a DJ, and has also been rarely heard from since his departure in 2013. 

Coronation Street continues on Wednesday at 7:30pm on ITV.

Pals: Speaking to Radio Times last year, Coronation Street boss Kate Oates teased a rift would occur in Michelle and Carla's friendshi

Pals: Speaking to Radio Times last year, Coronation Street boss Kate Oates teased a rift would occur in Michelle and Carla's friendshi

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