Sir Ian McKellen likes the idea of returning to Coronation Street – this time as a permanent character. The Lord Of The Rings star played novelist Mel Hutchwright in 2005.

He told the Daily Mirror: “There’s a part of me which is strongly drawn to the idea of returning and making it a job that simply goes on and on.” He added: “I know it wouldn’t be a universally popular decision – there is still a bit of snobbery about appearing in a soap. More..