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Charles back on Coronation Street
Craig Charles
Craig Charles is also back presenting his BBC 6 Music show
Actor Craig Charles has returned to Coronation Street after being suspended from the ITV soap following allegations of drug-taking.

The 42-year-old, who plays cab driver Lloyd Mullaney, thanked his colleagues, fans and family for their support and said he was "happy to be back" filming.

Photographs in a tabloid newspaper in June, which showed him apparently taking drugs, led to his suspension.

Charles was recently cautioned by police for possessing a class A drug.

The Daily Mirror claimed the pictures were taken as Charles was being driven home in a cab after finishing his funk show on BBC digital radio station 6 Music.

BBC return

Following the allegations, the BBC also suspended him.

But the actor has recently returned to host his Saturday evening funk show.

Charles, who found fame in BBC Two sitcom Red Dwarf, went on to host the channel's Robot Wars.

He also took part in Channel 4's The Games before joining Coronation Street in 2005.

Meanwhile, Johnny Briggs, who played Mike Baldwin in Coronation Street until April, is set to return to television.

The 72-year-old is due to appear in a two-part Holby City special on BBC One next month.

Briggs, who spent thirty years working on the cobbled streets of Weatherfield, had been expected to retire and spend most of his time at his home in Florida.

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