New Coronation Street star Les Dennis makes his debut on the soap, when his character is rumbled as a burglar.

The comic and former Family Fortunes host, 60, arrives on screen in Coronation Street next week.

He plays a petty criminal, Michael Rogers, who is caught stealing from Gail McIntyre’s house on the famous street.

In the first soap images of the star Gail, played by Helen Worth, arrives home to find Michael, who claims to be inspecting a gas leak, in her living room.

Pushing Gail, Michael jumps in a van and drives off as Kylie Platt, played by Paula Lane, runs after him before Gail discovers her favourite necklace has been stolen.

Les has previously said he is ‘thrilled’ to be joining Coronation Street.

He said: “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.”

Coronation Street producer Stuart Blackburn has called Les ‘a fantastic performer and a real coup for Corrie’.

The actor makes his debut on Monday, March 24.


Press Association