Craig Charles
, who plays Coronation Street cabbie Lloyd Mullaney, is due to leave the soap at the end of August to concentrate on a new series of sci-fi comedy Red Dwarf. But could his departure also free him up to return to the Australian jungle to take part in the new series of I’m A Celebrity?

The actor took part in the popular ITV show last year but was forced to pull out following the death of his brother Dean.

According to The Sun, Craig – who made his name as Red Dwarf’s Dave Lister  – is reportedly heading back to the jungle when I’m A Celeb… returns later this year.

A friend told the newspaper: “There would have been nothing Craig would have enjoyed more than staying but Dean’s death made that impossible.”

Craig’s younger sibling, Dean, died from a heart attack just a few days into the 2014 series of Ant and Dec fronted show. Heartbroken, Craig bid farewell to his camp-mates, which included Melanie Sykes, Michael Burke, Gemma Collins and Carl Fogarty  before flying back to the UK. 

He said: “I’m out of here, guys… my brother died yesterday. I’ve got to go sort things out.

“I just wanted to say goodbye. Look after yourselves.”