Nigel Havers has revealed he would like to reprise his Coronation Street role.

The 63-year-old left the ITV soap in February when his character, charming conman Lewis Archer, fled from Weatherfield in a blaze of glory after fleecing Gail Platt (Helen Worth) out of £40,000. His departure won best exit at the 2013 British Soap Awards.

“Could Archer turn up again? I do hope so,” he told the Daily Mirror about returning for a third stint.

Nigel, who has won villain of the year for his performance as Lewis, previously left Coronation Street in 2010 before returning in 2012.

The actor, who next appears on BBC ancestry show Who Do You Think You Are? on Wednesday, is developing a TV comedy, which he hopes will be commissioned, while he waits for his next job.

He has starred in films like Chariots Of Fire and Empire Of The Sun, and shows such as Downton Abbey, Brothers And Sisters and Dangerfield.

“I don’t have any ambitions. I’m what’s known as a letterbox actor,” he said. “I wait for a script to come through the door. I don’t plan anything.”