Comeback for Coronation Street's first bad boy

Coronation Street's original bad boy, Dennis Tanner, is returning to the cobbles.

Philip Lowrie, who appeared in the first episode of the soap in 1960, is reviving his role and will begin filming in March before hitting screens in May.

Dennis, son of Corrie legend Elsie Tanner, moved in with his mother after being released from prison.

He left the Street in 1968, when he married Jenny Sutton and moved to Bristol, but viewers were kept up to date with his antics.

The character's return will mean a reunion with former sparring partner Ken Barlow (William Roache), who was also in the soap's first episode. Lowrie originally auditioned for the role of Barlow prior to the show's launch.

The actor - now in his mid-70s - became a national heart-throb thanks to the roguish role.

After leaving the show he has worked in theatre but has also taken a number of TV roles including appearances in hit series such as The Liver Birds and was a regular on a number of Victoria Wood shows.

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