Kevin Kennedy returning to Coronation Street

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Kevin Kennedy is set to return to 'Coronation Street' to reprise his role as hapless supermarket assistant manager Curly Watts after holding "extremely positive" talks with the ITV soap's boss Stuart Blackburn.

Kevin Kennedy is set to return to 'Coronation Street'.

The 51-year-old actor is to reprise his role as hapless supermarket assistant manager Curly Watts - who he played for 20 years - after holding "extremely positive" secret talks with the ITV soap's boss Stuart Blackburn, who is believed to be keen to bring some of the show's older characters back.

A 'Coronation Street' source said: "Curly is an absolute Street legend. He was involved in some brilliant storylines. There have been murmurings that he may be in line for a comeback for years, but now it looks like the time has come. He recently had a dinner meeting with Stuart Blackburn and it was -extremely positive.

"Stuart has a real sense of the history of 'Corrie' and has a great deal of affection for some of the older characters. Curly Watts certainly fits into that bracket.

"They sat down and discussed old storylines and all the new directions they could take the character. Stuart will now speak to the rest of the production crew and when they have their next forward planning meeting they will work out potential plots. If that all goes well they will get him back in and start filming."

Kevin's return is thought to have come at a good time after Michael Le Vell - who been charged with 19 child sex offences, which he has repeatedly denied - has been written out of the soap as mechanic Kevin Webster until after his trial.

The source added to the Sunday Mirror newspaper: "It couldn't come at a better time. The situation with Le Vell has left them short of an iconic character from that era. Curly would definitely plug that gap."

However, fans of the show should not expect to see Kevin back on the Weatherfield cobbles "imminently" as he took to Twitter to thank fans for their positive reaction to the news of his negotiations about returning to the soap, but insisted "nothing is definite".

He wrote: "Thanks for your lovely messages , yes I had lunch with Stuart ,Coro's producer but nothing is imminent or even definite (sic)"

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