01/12/2012 07:03 GMT | Updated 01/12/2012 07:12 GMT

Andrew Lancel, Former Coronation Street Actor, Charged With Sex Offences

Former Coronation Street actor Andrew Lancel has been charged with historic child sex offences, police have said.

The 42-year-old, charged yesterday under his real name Andrew Watkinson, will appear in court later this month to face five counts of indecent assault on a child under 16, Merseyside Police said.

The actor, from Gateacre in Liverpool, is best known for his appearance as Frank Foster in the ITV soap Coronation Street.

He has been bailed to appear at South Sefton Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, December 19.

Merseyside Police said Watkinson has been charged under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

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