Soon after Alan had his fun on social media, Sally Dynevor, 57, who plays the character of Sally Metcalfe on the ITV soap, wrote to Alan: “Very good, nearly had me xxx.”
Another proceeded to write “congratulations mate,” to which Alan corrected his friend by replying: “Put your glasses on and read it.”
Many fans also waded in to tell the star how “mean” he was for getting their hopes up.
One commented: “That was really mean. Did you know how happy I felt then!”