Actor Ian McKellen has said that he would return to 'Coronation Street' in an opportunity arose.

Speaking to the Daily Express, the actor, who played novelist Mel Hutchwright in the soap, said: "I'm a screwed-up piece of paper in the bin. My character rather discredited himself so he couldn't possibly return."

"But 'Corrie' did become like a family to me and I'm still in regular correspondence with a number of them. I was made to feel so welcome by everyone there."

He joked: "The campaign to bring back shifty Mel starts here!"