Shaun Williamson's secret son Gary jokes he preferred Corrie to his EastEnders ...

Shaun Williamson's secret son Gary has joked that he preferred rival soap Coronation Street to his dad's show EastEnders before learning of their relation.

While appearing together on Loose Women on Friday, the actor, 54, and his eldest child, 32, chatted about how they connected with each other.  

When asked if he'd grown up seeing Shaun as Barry on EastEnders, Gary hilariously replied: 'I was always more of a Coronation Street fan myself.'  

Joker! Shaun Williamson's secret son Gary (right) hilariously revealed he was 'more of a Coronation Street fan', preferring the soap to his dad's show EastEnders, while appearing on Loose Women on Friday

Joker! Shaun Williamson's secret son Gary (right) hilariously revealed he was 'more of a Coronation Street fan', preferring the soap to his dad's show EastEnders, while appearing on Loose Women on Friday

The Loose Women panel burst out laughing as Gary continued to explain how he was aware of Shaun, with him previously saying he 'admired' the actor on Extras. 

Shaun, who talks about discovering he had a son in his book A Matter of Facts, also explained a little about what happened between himself and Gary's mother.

He said: 'I went to America, said I’ll do what I can when I come back, but I had to go for work. When i got back she’d got together with another gentleman and they’d decided to raise Gary as their own.'

The Loose Women panel, which included Stacey Solomon on Friday, then asked Gary what he knew as a child and if he was aware of his connection to Shaun.

Surprise: The former EastEnders actor (pictured on Loose Women) explained how he was unaware of his son, who he fathered with a circus juggler, until receiving an email in 2013

Surprise: The former EastEnders actor (pictured on Loose Women) explained how he was unaware of his son, who he fathered with a circus juggler, until receiving an email in 2013

He replied: 'I thought the other fella was my father until the age of 26 so you can imagine that being a discovery that happens to you at that age being mind-blowing.

'It was complicated, there was lots of personal circumstances that lead to it being put off and put off and we had some tragedy around the age of 16 and it never felt like the right time.

'Eventually my sister found out and said "enough is enough, it’s about time to give Gary the opportunity to connect with his roots and find out where he comes from".'

Shaun finally connected with his son, who was living in Northern Ireland, in 2013 after being sent an email.

Entertained: The panel, which included Kaye Adams, Judi Love, Nadia Sawalha, and Stacey Solomon, were left giggling after Gary's joke about being more of a Corrie fan

Entertained: The panel, which included Kaye Adams, Judi Love, Nadia Sawalha, and Stacey Solomon, were left giggling after Gary's joke about being more of a Corrie fan

Gary has previously admitted that the news of who his father was came as a shock, especially as he had 'admired' the actor from his role in ' sitcom Extras. 

Writing in his dad's book, Gary said: 'Me and my mates had even planned to go and see him when he was in a show at the

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