A Coronation Street actor Bruno Langley has been charged with sexual assault in Manchester after a woman in her 30s made a statement to police on October 1st. 

The 34-year-old actor who announced his departure from the soap this weekend is due to appear in court in Manchester on November 28. 

Langley who plays the character Todd Grimshaw started in the soap in 2001 and was the first person to play a gay character.

Speaking to entertainment news website Digital Spy the actor said: "Sadly, I will no longer be working on Coronation Street. Acting on the show has been the fulfilment of a personal dream.

"Playing the role of Todd Grimshaw since I was 17 years old has been a huge part of my life, and an absolute honour.

"I would like to thank all of my friends who work on the show for their love, friendship and support during this extremely difficult period."

He added: "I will make a further statement in due course, and when I am able to do so."

According to the Press Association, the actor's contract ended on October 26 following an internal inquiry into the assault allegation.

Langley played Todd for three years from 2001 before leaving the show and coming back a few times over the years.

The actor has also been in theatrical productions of Calendar Girls and The Mousetrap and in Doctor Who and Dalziel And Pascoe.