One of Britain's finest actors, Sir Derek Jacobi, is to make his debut on Coronation Street.
Better known for I Claudius than soaps, the founder member of the Royal Shakespeare Company has long harboured an ambition to appear on the iconic TV series.
Now the star, who usually takes a leading role on the big screen, has landed a walk-on part on the small screen.
He will appear in the background as a regular at the Rovers Return, in a scene filmed last week during a visit to the set in Manchester.
Production staff have confirmed the unlikely piece of casting, but say he will be hard to spot.
Sir Derek was such a fan he reveals how he once tried to get Bradley Walsh to smuggle him onto the set.
Coronation Street is broadcast on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays on ITV1 and ITV1 HD.