The Royle Family star Ricky Tomlinson revealed he recently received a prank phone call from a certain eminent aristocrat, Downton Abbey’s Lord Grantham!

Ricky explained to What’s on TV at the British Soap Awards, where he was an awards co-presenter with Debra Stephenson: “I got a phone call the other day from Lord Grantham from Downton Abbey! It was Sue Johnston, winding me up, with Hugh Bonneville…

“I’m lying in bed, 9 o’clock in the morning… ‘Hello, this is Lord Grantham here, How dare you…!’ But that’s how it is in the business, we’re all great mates.”

We quizzed Ricky about a possible return for the much-loved comedy The Royle Family. He revealed: “I think there’s a real good chance that we’ll do one now that, thank God, and I mean that, thank God Caroline [Aherne] is over her illness. She’s on the mend, she’s doing tremendous and Craig (Cash, series co-creator) is doing well, so fingers crossed eh.”

Caroline has battled lung cancer during the past years after earlier recovering from eye and bladder cancer.

Watch Ricky Tomlinson and Debra Stephenson present awards when the British Soap Awards screen on ITV on Thursday, May 21.