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Les Dennis Announces Departure From 'Coronation Street' After Two Years


Les Dennis Coronation Street

Coronation Street’ actor Les Dennis has announced that he’s quitting the long-running ITV soap, and promises that his character Michael Rodwell is being set up for a “very dramatic exit” later this year.

The 62 year old actor and former ‘Family Fortunes’ presenter joined the popular soap in 2014, playing the incompetent burglar, who won the heart of his victim Gail, whom he later married. With his character’s departure, fans are speculating whether his long-standing feud with Pat Phelan will end up in murder, or whether the door will be left open for a future return.

Les DennisLes Dennis at the National TV Awards in 2016

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Connor McIntyre - Guests arrive at Coronation Street star Ryan Thomas' leaving party at Rosso Restaurant in Manchester at Rosso Restaurant - Manchester, United Kingdom - Saturday 4th June 2016

Coronation Street, Connor Mcintyre and Ryan Thomas
Coronation Street, Sue Cleever and Ryan Thomas
Coronation Street, Sue Cleever and Ryan Thomas
Coronation Street, Sue Cleever and Ryan Thomas
Coronation Street, Jack P Sheppard and Ryan Thomas

Colson Smith - Coronation Street star Debbie Rush 50th birthday party at New York New York in Manchester at New York New York - Manchester, United Kingdom - Saturday 9th April 2016

Coronation Street, Colson Smith and Debbie Rush
Coronation Street, Mickey North and Debbie Rush
Coronation Street, Mickey North and Debbie Rush
Coronation Street, Ellie Leach and Debbie Rush
Coronation Street, Ellie Leach and Debbie Rush
Coronation Street, Ian Poulson Davis and Debbie Rush

Shane Ward - Coronation Street cast arrive at Euston Stationa ahead of the National Television Awards at National Television Awards - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 20th January 2016

Coronation Street and Shane Ward
Coronation Street and Shane Ward
Coronation Street and Shane Ward

Lucy Fallon - The Coronation Street cast arrive at Euston for the National Television Awards at National Television Awards - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 20th January 2016

Coronation Street and Lucy Fallon
Coronation Street, Katie Mcglynn and Colton Smity
Coronation Street, Colton Smith and Lucy Fallon
Coronation Street and Lucy Fallon
Coronation Street and Shane Ward
Coronation Street and Jenni Mcalpine

Tristan Gemmill - New members of the Coronation Street cast spotted at Media City after filming - Manchester, United Kingdom - Thursday 6th August 2015

Coronation Street and Tristan Gemmill
Coronation Street and Tristan Gemmill
Coronation Street and Tristan Gemmill
Coronation Street and Tristan Gemmill
Coronation Street and Tristan Gemmill
Coronation Street and Tristan Gemmill

Sarah Harding Axed From 'Coronation Street' After Just 4 Episodes


Sarah Harding Coronation Street

Sarah Harding’s soap career would seem to have crashed and burned after barely having taken off, with the news that her ‘Coronation Street’ character Joni Preston is to be removed from the show after just four episodes.

Former Girls Aloud singer Harding, 33, played the estranged wife of Robert Preston in the long-running ITV soap this week, but was slammed by ‘Corrie’ fans and TV critics for her acting skills. In the aftermath, the show has decided not to take up the option of extending her character’s storyline.

Sarah HardingSarah Harding in London earlier this week

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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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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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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'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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