Shayne Ward dreams of working with Anna Friel.

The 33-year-old former 'Coronation Street' star - who played Aidan Connor on the show for three years until his emotional departure from the soap in May earlier this year - has praised the ''gifted and superb'' actress and admitted he'd love to star opposite the 44-year-old actress in a new project.

He tweeted: ''I've Been thinking a lot recently about who I would love to work with if ever given the opportunity... Answer: @annafriel YOU ARE A GIFTED AND SUPERB ACTRESS. #Onecandream (sic).''

And the former 'X Factor' winner's suggestion proved to be a hit with his fans.

In response to the tweet, one fan wrote: ''Amazing. What a choice!''

Another fan wrote: ''Oh yes she is amazing one of my favourites.''

Shayne can next be seen opposite fiancee Sophie Austin in horror movie 'Stairs' and recently revealed he'd been on a diet to play a soldier in the movie.

He said:''I've definitely had to correct my diet for the part, so that involves curbing my sweet tooth a bit.''

Shayne is said to be putting the hours in at the gym to ''buff up'' for the physical role.

A source said recently: ''Shayne is really excited about the project and wants to do his fans justice with it.

''It's an independent film and he hopes it will show off his acting skills in his first feature film. His preparation has involved a lot of time in the gym as he needs to buff up for the part.''

Shayne previously blamed the 'Corrie' canteen's Fish and Chips Friday deal for boosting his size by three stone since he first stepped foot on the cobbles in August 2015.

He said: ''I will miss it when I leave but it's not done favours for the dad bod. The canteen has a really great menu but then it also has really naughty food.

''Put it this way - it's your choice, but then if you eat from the naughty menu you've got to make sure you don't put weight on, which is what happened to me really.

''Fish and chips Friday is on every single week and they have lots of sweet food like hot chocolate fudge brownie or rhubarb and apple crumble.''