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TV bosses will meet actor about return to Street

Sally plays Sally Webster in 'Coronation Street'
Sally plays Sally Webster in 'Coronation Street'
Michael Le Vell
Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell outside Manchester Crown Court after he was cleared of child sex offences
Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell outside Manchester Crown Court after he was cleared of child sex offences
Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell outside Manchester Crown Court after he was cleared of child sex offences
Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell outside Manchester Crown Court after he was cleared of child sex offences
Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell outside Manchester Crown Court after he was cleared of child sex offences
Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell outside Manchester Crown Court after he was cleared of child sex offences
Prosecution barrister Eleanor Laws

Michael Le Vell first joined 'Coronation Street' in 1983 when he was just 18 years old.

He quickly endeared himself to fans, who have followed the trials and tribulations of Kevin, from Brian Tilsley's apprentice mechanic through to his stormy marriage to Sally, played by Sally Dynevor.

He has become one of the soap's most popular characters.

He has not appeared in the programme since being charged.

Last night, a spokesman for the ITV1 programme said: "We are looking forward to meeting with Michael to discuss his return."

He did not appear in any episodes of the soap during the legal proceedings.

Asked when he would return to Coronation Street, Le Vell replied: "I don't know, I might have a holiday first. I'll have to go and have a chat with my boss."

During the eight-day trial, the "demons" in Le Vell's private life were laid bare – his alcoholism and womanising while his wife battled breast cancer.

The court heard of his "dark secret" that he had enjoyed a string of one-night stands behind the back of his wife of 25 years, Janette Beverley.

And he had abandoned the family home to get drunk in the pub each night.

But while Le Vell might be described as a "weak, stupid and drunk man" and a "bad husband", he was not a child rapist, Mr Williamson told the jury during his closing argument.

It was a "strange case of child rape" without any DNA evidence or injuries to the alleged victim, who claimed she had been raped and abused while a young girl, Mr Williamson added.

Le Vell was initially arrested on September 30 2011, but the Crown Prosecution Service did not proceed with the case.

After a review of the evidence following fresh allegations by the girl, he was re-arrested and charged in February this year.

Irish Independent

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