Who was Ali in Coronation Street and what happened between him and Gary?

Ali Neeson (James Burrows) returned to The Cobbles two years ago for work and a lot has happened to the character since then.

The mainstay and local doctor bid goodbye to the residents of Weatherfield back in March in emotional scenes which left viewers who had grown fond of the character in bits.

He turned his back on The Cobbles and decided to start afresh somewhere new after one too many showdowns with Gary Windass (Mikey North) – a character that has caused more than a bit of trouble since then.

But who was Ali and happened between him and Gary?

Who was Ali in Coronation Street?

Alex ‘Ali’ Neeson is Michelle Connor’s (Kym Marsh) biological but estranged son that she had with her late husband Dean.

Although Michelle was Ali’s birth mother, he was accidentally switched at birth with Ryan Connor and raised by Nick and Wendy Neeson instead.

Ali first left Weatherfield in 2008, but returned in 2018 after was put on a work placement at Rosamund Street Medical Centre because he is a Doctor.


After Ali’s return to The Street in 2018, plenty of drama ensued that involved acts of both heroism (he was the one who saved Hope from the factory fire) and unfortunate decision making on his part (he also had a drug problem and was hospitalised due to an overdose).


What happened between Ali and Gary in Coronation Street?

Amongst it all Ali had a long and complicated love affair with Maria (Samia Longchambon).

Maria cheated on her then-fiancé, Gary, with Ali and thus ensured and ongoing feud between Gary and Ali.


Ali was determined to stop Maria from marrying Gary but she wouldn’t listen to his warnings and, in the end, chose to stay with Gary rather than heed Ali’s warnings.

After one last showdown between Gary and Ali – which saw the latter arrested for assaulting Gary but later let out on bail – Ali decided that he couldn’t stay in Weatherfield and watch Maria throw her life away.

He made the huge decision to leave Weatherfield – much to Gary’s delight – and start afresh somewhere new.

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