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Philip Lowrie: 'It's good to be back on Corrie'

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Dennis Tanner from Coronation Street

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Philip Lowrie has revealed his excitement at returning to Coronation Street more than 40 years after his last appearance on the soap.

As announced at the start of the year, the actor's roguish character Dennis Tanner is making a surprise comeback on the cobbles. It is thought that Lowrie has landed a new six-month contract with the show.

Dennis was one of Coronation Street's original characters, appearing in episode one back in 1960. He was last seen in Weatherfield in 1968.

Speaking to TV Choice about his unexpected return, Lowrie commented: "I've only filmed a few episodes so far, but it feels good to be back! Dennis is a really wonderful character to play because he's a loveable rogue, but there's a depth to him too."

Recent reports have revealed that Dennis is down on his luck when viewers see him again, as he has been living as a tramp.

Lowrie confirmed: "He comes back quite by chance. He's been sleeping rough and Sophie and Sian take pity on him when they meet at the soup kitchen where they volunteer."

Dennis has been tipped to lock horns with old rival Ken Barlow (Bill Roache) upon his return. Show sources have claimed that the Weatherfield veteran "will not be pleased to see him".

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