Nigel Havers wanted for full-time Coronation Street role

'Coronation Street' bosses want Nigel Havers to join the soap permanently but not sure if he can after signing a lucrative deal to appear in pantomime

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Nigel Havers

Nigel Havers

'Coronation Street' bosses want Nigel Havers to join the soap permanently.

Producers have been impressed with the actor's portrayal of smooth-talking Lewis Archer and are keen to give him a full-time contract.

However, Nigel has signed a lucrative deal to appear in pantomime 'Jack and the Beanstalk' later this year and now bosses are trying to see if they can write the scripts around his stage stint in December.

A Corrie source said: "Nigel is adored. But there was no way he could turn down the cash on offer."

If they can't come up with a solution, his departure from Weatherfield would be a big blow for fans as well as the writers, who had planned to keep viewers in the dark about whether Lewis and Audrey Roberts (Sue Nicholls) would set up home together.

Their current romance has been a hit with viewers, but it now seems that Audrey - who had a heart attack last week - will be left heartbroken as Lewis heads off into the sunset again.

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