Michael Le Vell returns to the set of Coronation Street today after an on-screen absence of nearly a year.
The 49-year-old actor – who plays mechanic Kevin Webster on the ITV soap – was suspended from the show last February after he was accused of sex assaults on a teenage girl, allegations that he was fully cleared of back in September.
Le Vell is expected to resume filming at the Coronation Street studios in Salford after the soap moved to a new 7.7-acre site this month.
Prior to his arrest and trial, the actor had been a permanent fixture on the show for 30 years, first joining in 1983. Kevin’s sudden absence was explained by ex-wife Sally Webster (Sally Dynevor) who informed viewers last March that he’d left for Germany to care for his sick father Bill.
Back in November, Coronation Street producer Stuart Blackburn revealed what lies in store for the mechanic when he returns to Weatherfield:
“At the point when Kevin was forced to leave for Germany, he was actually looking to get back together with Sally. So when he returns, it’s to a very different world in Coronation Street. He comes back to find Sally’s relationship with Tim, while his daughter Sophie’s world will have changed as well, and in Sally’s eyes, not necessarily for the better.”