Actor and comedian Les Dennis is to join the cast of Coronation Street to play a petty criminal. His character, Michael Rogers, will be seen caught up in the lives of a family on the cobbles after he breaks into their house.
The former host of Family Fortunes said today: "I am so thrilled to be joining the cast of Coronation Street. It has always been my favourite television programme as it mixes high drama with some of the best comedy on screen.
“I've loved it since the beginning. I grew up watching all the amazing characters in the show. I now not only have the chance of meeting them, but also working with them. It doesn't get better than that.”
Dennis - who recently guest-starred in the Christmas episode of Midsomer Murders - starts filming on Monday 27 January and will appear on screen from late March. Coronation Street producer Stuart Blackburn said of his latest signing: "“Les is a fantastic performer and a real coup for Corrie. I can't wait for him to join the team."
Les Dennis first came to prominence in 1974 when he won the ITV talent show New Faces. He went on to form a comedy partnership with fellow impressionist Dustin Gee, the pair being best known for their impersonations of Coronation Street characters Mavis Riley and Vera Duckworth. You can see Dennis reprising his Mavis voice for Ricky Gervais in an excerpt from Extras below: