15/10/2013 03:54 BST | Updated 15/10/2013 03:54 BST

'Coronation Street': Michael le Vell To Return To Weatherfield Early Next Year After Signing New Contract

Michael Le Vell is set to make his 'Coronation Street' comeback early next year after signing a new deal, according to reports.

The 48-year-old actor - who was cleared last month of a string of child sex offences following a month-long trial - has been lined up to return as mechanic Kevin Webster in February.

Michael Le Vell

A source told The Sun: “He just wants to put all this behind him now — and until he is back on the telly he feels like he is being followed by the hell of the last two years.

“Once he is back at Corrie he can begin rebuilding his life.”

Le Vell has been on the ITV soap for over 30 years but hasn't been seen on screen since February, when he was suspended by show bosses.

A storyline about him leaving Weatherfield to take care of is sick dad was quickly put together, and now Corrie's writers are plotting how he'll make his return.

Last month the actor split from his girlfriend following his acquittal.

Blanca Fouche had stood by the star during his court case but he ended the five-month relationship as he 'wanted to be by himself', according to reports.

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