Veteran Coronation Street actor Bill Roache, who lives in Cheshire, has made his first appearance in court accused of raping a 15-year-old girl.
Appearing at Preston Magistrates' Court, the 81-year-old was led into the witness box and confirmed his full name, address and date of birth.
He was arrested at his home in Wilmslow on May 1 and was later charged with two counts of rape against his alleged victim in 1967.
Roache was bailed to appear for a preliminary hearing at Preston Crown Court on June 10.
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