Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell has revealed he will be returning to work soon.

The 49-year-old, who has reportedly been in rehab, told his Facebook fans that he would reprise his role as garage mechanic Kevin Webster on the ITV soap in coming weeks and thanked his followers for their unwavering support.

“Hi all, sorry not been on here for ages but I’ve had a few things to sort out,” he wrote.

“But I’m back now and I’m back to work in a few weeks, I’m so looking forward to getting back to the job I love and all the people there who are like my second family I love them all.

“And thank you all for the great support you have given me over some very hard times for me and my family.”

Michael, who has played the role of Kevin for 30 years, was suspended from work on Coronation Street in February 2013 when he was charged with child sex offences. He was cleared of all charges following a trial last September and returned to work in March this year, before taking a three-month break to seek professional help for ‘personal issues’.

During his suspension, the actor was written out of the soap, with estranged wife Sally Webster (Sally Dynevor) revealing dad-of-two Kevin had gone to Germany to look after his father Bill after he suffered a heart attack. Since Kevin left, Sally has begun a relationship with Tim Metcalfe (Joe Duttine).

Producer Stuart Blackburn has signalled an explosive plot for Kevin when he returns, saying: “When he returns, it’s to a very different world in Coronation Street.”