Monday 23 April 2018

Les Dennis films final scenes as Corrie's Michael Rodwell

Les Dennis has played Michael Rodwell in Coronation Street since 2014
Les Dennis has played Michael Rodwell in Coronation Street since 2014

Actor Les Dennis has filmed his last scenes on Coronation Street as his character prepares for a dramatic exit.

The television host and comedian joined the ITV soap as Michael Rodwell in 2014 but announced he was leaving the cobbles earlier this year.

He revealed in a Twitter post on Saturday morning that he had wrapped up filming for the show this week.

"Filmed my last scenes on @itvcorrie yesterday. Thank you all there for my lovely gifts. Will miss you all," the former Family Fortunes presenter said.

The 63-year-old added: "I was so moved. Will miss being part of the @itvcorrie family. Made so many friends."

The actor took a sabbatical from the show earlier this year to produce and star in a stage production of Alan Bleasdale's Down The Dock Road in Liverpool.

His Coronation Street character, Michael, made a dramatic debut in Weatherfield as a burglar.

But his storyline was one of redemption as he began a relationship with Gail Platt (Helen Worth), who forgave her uninvited guest.

Michael was soon working as a taxi driver for Steve MacDonald's Street Cars, and he became a regular at the Rovers Return.

However, his marriage to Gail hit trouble soon after their wedding, when he discovered his new wife had lied to him about his son.

Michael has also clashed with local builder and soap villain Pat Phelan (Connor McIntyre).

Announcing in July that he was leaving the show, Dennis said: "I always knew that the time would come when I would want the freedom to do more projects, and now feels like the right time.

"The talented team of writers and producers have come up with a very dramatic exit for Michael on the show which will be exciting to film.

"I'll treasure the two-and-a-half years I have been part of such an iconic show and move on with very fond memories, so many lovely friends and colleagues and an ambition achieved."

Press Association

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