Robert Vaughn hustles his way into Coronation Street

The Man from UNCLE star has signed on for a three-week stint with the ITV soap next year

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Robert Vaughn will become The Man from Weatherfield in the New Year, as the actor has signed on to appear in Coronation Street for a three-week stint.

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The Hollywood star will play Milton, a wealthy American who woos Sylvia Goodwin (Stephanie Cole) on a cruise.

Vaughn is perhaps best known for playing Napoleon Solo in spy series The Man From UNCLE in the late 1960s, and has starred as Albert Stroller in the BBC’s con-artist drama, Hustle, since 2004.

“I am delighted to be welcoming The Man From UNCLE to Coronation Street,” said Corrie producer Phil Collinson.

“Robert was a huge part of my childhood and a magnificent actor. I am looking forward to seeing the impact this exotic character has on the ladies of Weatherfield.”

Milton will begin appearing in the soap early next year.

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Besides his spy drama credits, Vaughn has also acted in films as diverse as The Towering Inferno and Teenage Cave Man.