Michael Le Vell was reportedly welcomed back to the Coronation Street Christmas party with a standing ovation.

The 49-year-old actor – who has played mechanic Kevin Webster in the soap for 30 years – was cleared of child sex offences following a long and difficult trial earlier this year. Michael was suspended from work at the ITV soap in February when he was charged, but is due back on screens soon.

According to the Daily Star, Michael welled up after receiving an ecstatic welcome from his co-stars when he arrived at the Christmas party. He apparently entered the room to a standing ovation and cheers of, “Michael, Michael!” and a toast was proposed to his return.

The actor arrived at the party at Manchester’s Hilton Hotel with a minder after finding himself the victim of a hate campaign. Despite being found not guilty, he has reportedly received internet death threats and had the back window of his car smashed outside his home.

Other Coronation Street stars pictured enjoying the party included Jack P Shepherd, Paula Lane, Sam Aston, Katie McGlynn, Georgia May Foote and writer Damon Rochefort.