ITV this afternoon denied reports that Kevin Kennedy is to reprise his role as Curly Watts on Coronation Street.
The station said in a statement: “Following recent reports that Curly Watts will make a return to the Street, we can confirm that there are currently no plans to bring back his character.”
It has been a decade since viewers last saw Watts on the street - Kennedy played the popular character on the Manchester soap for 20 years until 2003.
It had been reported that Kennedy met with Coronation Street producer Stuart Blackburn to discuss possible story lines for the character.
“They sat down and discussed old storylines and all the new directions they could take the character”, a source told The Sunday Mirror.
"Stuart will now speak to the rest of the production crew and when they have their next forward planning meeting they will work out potential plots. If that all goes well they will get him back in and start filming", they continued.
Since leaving the soap the actor has always spoken fondly of his time on the Street, and said he would be more than happy to return if the opportunity ever arose.