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22/03/2015 05:40 GMT | Updated 22/03/2015 05:59 GMT

'Coronation Street' Actor Michael Le Vell Celebrates One Year Sober, 12 Months After Rehab Stint

'Coronation Street' actor Michael Le Vell is celebrating 12 months clean and sober, after managing to keep away from alcohol for almost a full year.

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Michael, who plays mechanic Kevin Webster in the ITV soap, took himself to rehab last year after a troublesome period, during which he admitted trying cocaine to deal with a child sex abuse case he had become embroiled in.

He was later found not guilty on all charges, but after returning to work on 'Corrie' for just a few weeks, decided to go to rehab to deal with some "personal issues".

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Michael Le Vell

A source tells The Mirror: "Michael is doing very well indeed and has surprised himself. There have been some very dark and testing times but he has learned to just take each day at a time.

"He doesn't look too far in the future. Each day or week without booze is a triumph, but he also knows those 12 months are behind him and the important thing now is to go another 12 months without a drink - by taking each day at a time."

Michael reportedly credits regular Alcoholics Anonymous meetings with keeping him on the road to sobriety, and will soon receive his 'bronze chip', given to members of the organisation who manage a full year without drinking.

Since turning his life around, Michael is now fully back in the swing on the 'Corrie' cobbles, with his character even landing a new love interest in the past few weeks.

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