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As Kevin Webster, he's been a favourite with Coronation Street's millions of viewers for 30 years. Today the actor Michael Le Vell, whose real name is Michael Turner, was charged with 19 sex offences against a child. In a statement today he vowed to fight the charges vigorously.
ITV News reporter Martha Fairlie reports:
Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell, who has been charged with child sex offences, said in a statement today that he is innocent of all charges and will "fight them vigorously".
Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell, who has been charged with child sex offences, will not be appearing in any further episodes pending the outcome of legal proceedings, a spokesperson for ITV has said.
Michael Le Vell is best known as the garage mechanic Kevin Webster in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street - a character he has played for 30 years.
Born Michael Turner in Manchester, he landed the role after a short guest appearance as the paperboy Neil Grimshaw.
Le Vell made his first appearance as Kevin in 1983 (just before 19:00 in the video above) when he landed a job as an apprentice in Brian Tilsley's garage.
ITV says of his character: "A no-nonsense garage mechanic who likes an uncomplicated life and his tea on the table when he comes home from work."
He has also appeared in the TV shows One by One, Fame is the Spur and The Last Song.
Michael Le Vell was first arrested in September 2011 and questioned over alleged child sex offences, but the matter was later dropped.
However, Greater Manchester Police said the actor, from Hale, Cheshire, had been charged with sex offences against a youngster after a review of evidence by lawyers from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
Michael Le Vell, 48, whose real name is Michael Turner, is accused of 19 sex offences including raping a child, indecently assaulting a child and sexual activity with a child.
Michael Le Vell has been charged with 19 child sex offences, including rape and indecent assault, Greater Manchester Police said.
He is due to appear at Manchester Magistrates' Court on Wednesday February 27.
Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell, who plays garage boss Kevin Webster in the soap, has been charged with child sex offences, Greater Manchester Police said tonight.