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'Coronation Street' Craig Charles: 'I'm staying on soap'

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Coronation Street star Craig Charles has confirmed that he will be sticking around on the soap for the foreseeable future.

The actor has been on an extended break from his role as Lloyd Mullaney, who finally returns to Weatherfield in early July.

Lloyd Mullaney from Coronation Street

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Stella is shocked when Lloyd tries to kiss her

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Speaking to Soaplife, the 47-year-old explained that he now hopes to remain on the cobbles following his time away filming Red Dwarf.

Charles commented: "I don't want to leave - I've just signed another extension. I had a three-year deal with options and I've just picked up my options. I'm going to be able to explore different sides to Lloyd's character."

Lloyd's return storyline sees him come face-to-face with Steve McDonald (Simon Gregson) while he is out working for another cab firm.

Charles continued: "He invested in a land deal in Jamaica with a family member, but it went belly up. So he's come back to Manchester and is working for a dodgy old cab firm and one day his engine blows up. When the smoke clears, Steve is standing there and they start chatting.

"Steve offers Lloyd a job back at Streetcars - but Lloyd gets the idea he's inviting him back as a partner."

Asked how Lloyd reacts to the news that Steve only wants him as a driver, the actor replied: "He's not happy. He says they have unfinished business and storms off and sleeps on Eileen's sofa for a couple of nights."

Coronation Street airs Lloyd's return on July 2. Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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