Michael Le Vell has been charged with 19 sex offences including six counts of rape with a child under the age of 16.
He only confirmed his real name - Michael Turner - and address.
The Coronation Street actor entered no plea but his solicitor indicates he will fully contest the charges.
The case has been referred to Manchester Crown Court for March 20.
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