Sir Derek Jacobi treads the Coronation Street cobbles
Actor Sir Derek Jacobi has joined the list of illustrious names to have appeared in ITV’s long-running soap opera, Coronation Street.
The movie and stage actor, whose recent work includes The King's Speech and My Week with Marilyn, was visiting the Grenada Television studios in Manchester, where Coronation Street is filmed, and appeared as an extra inside the famous Rovers Return pub.
The 73-year-old is the latest major name to feature in the soap in recent years. Stephanie Beacham, Sir Ian McKellen and Honor Blackman are just a few of the well-known actors to have walked the cobbles for short roles.
In a 2007 interview with the Daily Mail newspaper, Jacobi said: "I have always wanted to be in Coronation Street. But nobody's ever asked me."
His appearance as an extra might well have fulfilled this ambition. Other notable extras include Prince Charles, Cliff Richards, Robbie Williams and Michael Crawford.
A spokesperson for the show told The Telegraph that they have "tried for years to try and sort out a role in the show for Sir Derek but have never quite managed it."
The best TV shows and films coming to the servicetv
Watch the new House of Cards series three trailerTV
Oscars 2015It was the first time Barney has compered the Academy Awards
Oscars 2015 From Meryl Streep whooping Patricia Arquette's equality speech to Chris Pine in tears
Oscars 2015 Mexican filmmaker uses speech to urge 'respect' for immigrants
TV ReviewThe intrigue deepens as we delve further but don't expect any answers just yet
Razzies 2015 Golden Raspberry Awards 'honours' Cameron Diaz and Kirk Cameron
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
- 2 Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes, may now face death penalty
- 3 PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
- 4 Dakota Johnson's 'It's only Isis' Saturday Night Live sketch sparks controversy
- 5 The remarkable archaeological underwater discovery that could open up a new chapter in the study of European and British prehistory
Downton Abbey Christmas special 2014, review: Love is everywhere, actually
Broadchurch series 3: David Tennant and Olivia Colman to return for third season, ITV confirms
EastEnders may bring transgender character to Albert Square to challenge 'traditional' viewers
Game of Thrones season 5 spoilers: What we can expect according to George RR Martin's books
Indian Summers recommissioned: Channel 4 confirm a second series of British Empire drama
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Russia's roadmap for annexing eastern Ukraine 'leaked from Vladimir Putin's office'