Timothy West is set to grace the cobbles on 'Coronation Street'.

The 78-year-old star of stage and screen will play carpet salesman Eric, the new boyfriend of Gloria Price, who is portrayed by Sue Johnston.

A spokeswoman for the show confirmed he will make his debut next year.

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Timothy West is joining Corrie

Timothy - who is married to 'Fawlty Towers' actress Prunella Scales, who appeared on 'Coronation Street' in 1961 - joins other illustrious actors who have previously appeared on the ITV1 soap including Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ben Kingsley.

The Daily Star reported Gloria, who has been absent from Weatherfield in recent weeks, will return in early 2013 with Eric on her arm.

Timothy became a household name in the 1970s when he played the lead role in ITV series 'Edward The Seventh'.

Other notable screen roles include Granada TV's 'Brass', BBC drama 'Bedtime' with Sheila Hancock and BBC sitcom 'Not Going Out'. Most recently, he was seen in 'Titanic', written by Julian Fellowes, and psychological thriller 'Exile'.

The Yorkshire-born actor recently complained about not getting much TV work.

"I don't get very much work on television now simply because I haven't done very much work on television lately. The casting directors want you to have been on screen in the last month looking exactly as you do now, otherwise it confuses them," he said in an interview for Sky Arts programme 'Living The Life'.

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  • 19. Brookside 1994: Beth and Margaret's lesbian kiss

  • 18. EastEnders 1998: Tiffany is run over and killed

  • 17. Coronation Street 1996: Raquel leaves the Street

  • 16. Emmerdale 2011: Aaron helps Jackson end his life

  • 12. EastEnders 2005: Den is murdered by Chrissie

  • 15. Coronation Street 2006: Mike Baldwin dies

  • 14. EastEnders 2009: Sonia gives birth not knowing she's pregnant

  • 13. Emmerdale 2003: Chris poisons himself and then proceeds to frame Charity

  • 11. Hollyoaks 2008: Niall's explosive revenge on the McQueen family

  • 10. EastEnders 2007: Stacy and Max's affair is revealed

  • 9. Emmerdale 1997: Kim lets Frank die

  • 8. Coronation Street 2003: Tricky Dickie drives the Platts into the canal

  • 7. EastEnders 2009: Danielle dies in Ronnie's arms

  • 6. Brookside 1995: The body under the patio is dug

  • 5. Emmerdale 1993: The plane crash

  • 4. Coronation Street 1998: Deirdre is sent down

  • 3. EastEnders 2001: Kat tells Zoe she's her mum

  • 2. Coronation Street 2010: The tram crash

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