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Girls Aloud's Sarah Harding To Join 'Coronation Street'


Sarah Harding Coronation Street Girls Aloud

The worlds of pop music and soap operas collide with news that Sarah Harding, a former member of Girls Aloud, is to make some guest appearances in ‘Coronation Street’.

The 33 year old singer will temporarily join the cast of the long-running soap institution for four episodes later this year. She’ll apparently play a feisty character who stirs up trouble for Tracy Barlow.

Sarah Harding
Sarah Harding is to feature briefly in 'Coronation Street' later in 2015

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Picture - Darcy Oake - Britain's Got... Manchester United Kingdom, Thursday 26th February 2015

Darcy Oake - Britain's Got Talent magician finalist Darcy Oake paid a visit to the old cobbles on the set of soap opera Coronation Street. Darcy dropped by Coronation Street 'The Tour' whilst in Manchester promoting his U.K. tour. at Britain's Got Talent - Manchester, United Kingdom - Thursday 26th February 2015

Coronation Street and Darcy Oake
Coronation Street and Darcy Oake
Coronation Street and Darcy Oake
Coronation Street and Darcy Oake
Coronation Street and Darcy Oake

Picture - Samie Ghadi - Coronation Street... Manchester United Kingdom, Tuesday 20th January 2015

Samie Ghadi - Coronation Street cast members at the studios, where filming has been suspended for the day, due to the death of former corrie actress Anne Kirkbride who played Deirdre Barlow - Manchester, United Kingdom - Tuesday 20th January 2015

Coronation Street and Samia Ghadi
Coronation Street

Picture - Katie McGlynn - 'A Night... Manchester United Kingdom, Saturday 5th July 2014

Katie McGlynn - 'A Night of Superheroes,' the annual Coronation Street Ball charity bash for Caudwell Children, at The Palace Hotel - Manchester, United Kingdom - Saturday 5th July 2014

Coronation Street, Krissi Bohn and Amy Kelly
Coronation Street, Krissi Bohn and Amy Kelly
Coronation Street and Katie McGlynn
Lawson and Coronation Street
Coronation Street and Katie McGlynn

Picture - Katie Mcglynn - Cast members... Manchester United Kingdom, Sunday 25th May 2014

Katie Mcglynn - Cast members of 'Coronation Street' arrive at Manchester Piccadilly train station after attending the British Soap Awards in London the previous night (24May14) - Manchester, United Kingdom - Sunday 25th May 2014

Coronation Street and Katie Mcglynn
Coronation Street and Katie Mcglynn

Video - Coronation Street 'The Tour' Takes Place At The Old Set In Manchester


The press preview Coronation Street 'The Tour' at the old set of the British soap at Granada Studios in Manchester. Glimpses of famous locations on the cobbled street set can be seen including the infamous Rovers Return Inn, the café Roy's Rolls and the butchers Elliot & Son.

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80-Year-Old Corrie Actress Barbara Knox Arrested For Drink Driving


Barbara Knox Coronation Street

Barbera Knox rolled back the years and had somewhat of a Justin Bieber moment when she was arrested for drink driving on March 10, The BBC have reported. Knox, who plays the character of Rita Tanner on the ITV soap – and has done since 1972 – was in the car with her daughter, who was also charged. A spokesperson for Coronation Street declined to comment, but told The Independent: “This is a personal and private matter.”

Barbara KnoxBarbara Knox was arrested on suspicion of drink driving

Cheshire Police said: "Police stopped a car in Hollow Lane, Knutsford, and a 56-year-old woman from Gloucestershire was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving.” The spokeswoman added: “An 80-year-old woman from Knutsford arrived at Knutsford police station and was also arrested on suspicion of drink-driving. She was bailed pending further inquiries."

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Coronation Street's 'Rita' Gives Knutsford Police Easiest Arrest of 2014


Barbara Knox Coronation Street

Coronation Street actress Barbara Knox, 80, has been arrested for suspected drink driving. The soap veteran - who plays Rita Tanner (previously Sullivan) - was allegedly arrested after driving herself to Cheshire's Knutsford Police Station to demand the release of her daughter - who had been arrested for the same offence. 

Barbara KnoxBarbara Knox Was Arrested On Suspicion of Drink-Driving

Knox's daughter Maxine Ashcroft was reportedly pulled over and breathalysed following an afternoon out with her mum - she was found to be almost three times the legal limit for driving.

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Corrie Actor Michael Le Vell's Accuser Deemed "Inconsistent" In Statement


Michael Le Vell Coronation Street

Michael Le Vell, the former Coronation Street actor who is being tried for 12 child sex offences, could have been handed a life-line as the court statement from one of the accusing girls was deemed "inconsistent" by the actor's solicitor. Le Vell, who is on trial under his real name, Michael Turner, denies all charges of sexual abuse to the underage girls.

Michael Le Vell court
Le Vell prior to his three day trial

Although the accuser's lawyer stated that the allegedly abused girl had "no reason to lie," Le Vell's defence were steadfast in their claims that her stories struggled to make sense. The accusing girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons surrounding her age, claims that she was repeatedly abused by the Coronation Street actor, who plays car mechanic Kevin Webster in the show, from the age of six until she was fourteen.

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Is The 'Marmite' Advert Really Offensive, or Really Funny? [Video]


Coronation Street Michael Buerk

A television advert for Marmite, which uses a tongue-in-cheek approach to animal and child neglect, has prompted more than 250 complaints in less than 24 hours.

The TV ad follows a team parodying animal of child welfare officers visiting houses to save and re-home jars of Marmite neglected by their owners. Shot in a documentary style, the company's ad is part of a £2 million campaign and aired during ITV's Coronation Street, sparking a furious debate on Facebook and Twitter.

According to the Guardian, the Advertising Standards Authority received more than 250 complaints that the advert trivializes the work of animal charities and child protection agencies. 

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Coronation Street Stars Stung By Channel 4’s ‘Dispatches’ Promoting Brands Illegally On Twitter


Brooke Vincent Catherine Tyldesley Coronation Street

Despite legal threats from ITV, Channel 4 will go ahead and air its undercover sting that reportedly shows Coronation Street actresses promoting products on Twitter that, unbeknownst to the performers involved, were fakes set up by Dispatches to expose marketing rules being breached.

Brooke Vincent
Brooke Vincent: Stung By Channel 4's Dispatches.

Celebs, Brands and Fake Fans, the hour long Dispatches programme features actors including Brooke Vincent and Catherine Tyldesley who are secretly filmed receiving beauty products from a bogus “new” cosmetics firm; some of which were later tweeted about. The documentary makers set up a fake cosmetics brand “Puttana Aziendale” which means – we kid you not – “corporate whore.”

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Did Thieves Know Helen Flanagan Was Alone By Using Twitter?


Helen Flanagan I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here Coronation Street

The former Coronation Street actress Helen Flanagan has been left "shaken but unharmed" after burglars broke into her house in Prestbury, Cheshire, locking herself and a friend in a row while they stole jewellery and a mobile phone before fleeing. Police are investigating the break-in, reports BBC News.

Ms Flanagan's spokesman said she was "very shaken" though unharmed after the incident. Writing on her Twitter page earlier in the day, the I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here star appeared to let slip that she was in her large detached home alone as Manchester City star boyfriend Scott Sinclair was away. "Super tired today, which makes me emotional, sensitive and mental!" she added.

The incident occurred after Helen was seen out in Alderley Edge yesterday afternoon. Later, police were seen outside the property and interviewed Helen while taking evidence from inside. A spokesman for Cheshire Police said they were treating the incident as an aggravated burglary. "We are investigating a burglary at a private address in Prestbury reported at 11.50pm on Monday 17 June," he said, "Thieves broke into the detached property and stole items of jewellery and a mobile phone."

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Coronation Street Star Andrew Lancel Cleared Off Indecent Assault (In Just 29 Minutes)


Andrew Lancel Coronation Street

Coronation Street actor Andrew Lancel - real name Andrew Watkinson - has been cleared of four counts of indecently assaulting a 15-year-old boy in the 1990s. The actor, 42, from Liverpool had been on trial at Liverpool Crown Court though a jury took just 29 minutes to make its decision and clear the star of all wrongdoing.

Lancel, who played the devious Frank Foster on Coronation Street, was charged in November with indecently assaulting a youngster in 1994 when the pair met at a theatre group. Judge Clement Goldstone QC directed the jury to find Mr Watkinson not guilty on two of six counts he originally faced because the complainant said he couldn't be sure the alleged abuse happened before he turned 15. 

Lancel, who appeared in Coronation Street in January 2011 and March 2012 denied any sexual contact ever took place between himself and the boy and maintained that he was simply a "sort of mentor" to the aspiring actor. His solicitor Stuart Nolan said in a statement, "Andrew would like to thank his family and friends and all parties for their support and prayers.He just wants to spend time with his family."

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Coronation Street's Michael Le Vell Pleads Not Guilty To Child Sex Abuse Claims


Michael Le Vell Coronation Street

Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell was in court today facing 19 charges of sexual offences against a child, with the actor pleading not guilty to all charges brought against him. The actor, real name Michael Turner, played mechanic Kevin Webster on the long-running soap opera for nearly 30 years, making him one of the longest serving actors on the show.

The actor began his stint at Manchester Crown Court today (May 17) to face charges stemming between 2001 and 2010, during which time he is alleged to have committed at least 19 separate acts of sexual abuse to minors. These alleged charges include six counts of rape, six of indecent assault and seven of sexually touching minors. Appearing under his real name the actor denied each charge brought to him.

Le Vell, a native of Hale, Cheshire, was first accused of sexually assaulting a minor in September 2011, but the inquiry was dropped due to lack of evidence after the actor had been questioned by police. The charges soon reemerged though and in January this year when the Crown Prosecution Service decided to review the evidence and found ample suggestion to link Le Vell with the charges. He was released on bail following questioning. The Corrie actor has been absent from the show since the charges reemerged earlier this year, with ITV saying that he will continue to remain absent from the show until the charges have been resolved.

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