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In pictures: Celebrity soap cameos
Sir Ian McKellen in Coronation Street
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Sir Ian McKellen (right, standing) has starred in some of the most successful films in history and had two Oscar nominations - but one of his lifelong ambitions was to join the growing number of celebrities who have taken minor roles in TV soaps.
The Prince of Wales enjoys a scotch with Coronation Street landlady Natalie Barnes, played by Denise Welch in the Rovers Return pub
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The Prince of Wales popped into the Rovers Return to mark Coronation Street's 40th birthday in December 2000. Viewers saw characters watch a news report about the prince visiting Weatherfield.
Sir Cliff Richard as an extra in an episode with Andy McDonald (Nicholas Cochrane) and Liz McDonald (Beverly Callard)
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Sir Cliff Richard (centre) was seen as an extra having a drink in a 1997 episode with Andy McDonald (Nicholas Cochrane) and Liz McDonald (Beverly Callard).
Little Britain's David Walliams (left) at the wedding of Alfie Moon (Shane Richie) and Kat Slater (Jessie Wallace).
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Little Britain's David Walliams (left) was drafted into EastEnders to play a fake registrar at the wedding of Alfie Moon (Shane Richie) and Kat Slater (Jessie Wallace).
Peter Kay with Shelley Unwin (Sally Lindsay)
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Comedian Peter Kay appeared in Coronation Street to take Shelley Unwin (Sally Lindsay) on a date. The Phoenix Nights star, who co-wrote his role, also played a shop fitter in 1997 before finding fame.
Sir Norman Wisdom as Ernie Crab with Jack Duckworth (Bill Tarmey) and Tyrone Dobbs (Alan Halsall)
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Veteran funnyman Sir Norman Wisdom turned up in Corrie last year, playing elderly fitness fanatic Ernie Crab.
Peter Purves with Angie Watts (Anita Dobson) in EastEnders.
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Former Blue Peter host Peter Purves had a cameo role in EastEnders in 1987 to interview the Albert Square residents for a fictional TV documentary. The characters were horrified by the way he misrepresented them.

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