The LORD OF THE RINGS star, 64, wishes he could appear in the popular TV programme, but needs to overcome his feelings of intimidation by the show's cast.
The OSCAR-nominated star explains, "I have only ever had two ambitions as an actor - one was to be on Coronation Street, the other to was to play a dame in a pantomime.
"This year (04) at the Old Vic (a London theatre) I will finally get the chance to play WIDOW TWANKY in Aladdin.
"They wrote me into Coronation Street but I was so scared of going in and trying to be as good as the regulars I decided I wouldn't do it."
As for the show's current homosexual storylines involving confused teenager TODD GRIMSHAW, the outwardly gay McKellen adds, "I could sit there and say: 'What are all these gay boys doing - it wasn't like this in my day.'"23/05/2004 10:24