Veteran British soap star Michael Le Vell has been charged with a string of child sex offences.

The Coronation Street veteran, real name Michael Turner, has been charged with 19 offences including "raping a child, indecently assaulting a child and sexual activity with a child".

A statement from a Greater Manchester Police spokesman reads: "The charges... relate to offences against a child between 2001 and 2010."

Le Vell, 47, will appear before magistrates in Manchester, England on 27 February (13).

The actor was questioned by cops on suspicion of an offence involving a young girl in 2011, but the investigation was dropped last year (12).