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Sir Ian McKellen 'wants Coronation Street return'

2014-11-26
roy's rollsSir Ian McKellen reportedly wants to reprise his role in Coronation Street. Antony Cotton - who plays Sean Tully on the ITV soap - said that his close friend has expressed an interest in returning to the cobbles as conman Mel. Speaking about celebrity appearances in soaps, Cotton told journalists: "I think that Corrie has had the greatest cameo, which was from McKellen. His role wasn't just a cameo and he was amazing. "Ian did say to me, and I'm going to put this out there, 'I think it's about time that Mel Hutchwright maybe made a reappearance'." Reflecting on McKellen's original three-week stint in 2005, he added: "It was a brilliant storyline. It was written especially for him and he was playing a scoundrel. It had a start, middle and an end, and it was with amazing characters - John Savident, Barbara Knox, Eileen Derbyshire and Malcolm Hebden. That was a very special cameo." Cotton said that while Coronation Street doesn't really need cameo appearances, McKellen's was "glorious" as it wasn't "shoehorned in". More Stories: > ‘Emmerdale’ teases new gay storyline for Aaron and Robert > Antony Cotton: ‘New Corrie romance could help younger viewers’