Craig Charles admits he missed Coronation Street

Craig Charles has admitted that he was surprised by how much he missed being on Coronation Street.

The actor, who plays Lloyd Mullaney, has been on a break from the Weatherfield drama to film a new series of the cult show Red Dwarf.

Speaking to itv.com, Charles said: "How does it feel to be back? It feels brilliant actually. I'd never thought I'd say this but you kind of miss the place after a while.

"I've missed playing Lloyd because I love playing him as a character and, of course, I miss the Steve McDonald stuff.

"I've missed the cab office and I've even missed the chair. It's good to be home."

Charles, who has played Lloyd since 2005, has signed a new three-year contract to stay on Corrie.

He told Soaplife: "I don't want to leave - I've just signed another extension. I had a three-year deal with options and I've just picked up my options. I'm going to be able to explore different sides to Lloyd's character."

Lloyd's return storyline sees his bump into McDonald (Simon Gregson) while he is working for another cab firm.

The actor said: "He invested in a land deal in Jamaica with a family member, but it went belly up.

"So he's come back to Manchester and is working for a dodgy old cab firm and one day his engine blows up. When the smoke clears, Steve is standing there and they start chatting.

"Steve offers Lloyd a job back at Streetcars - but Lloyd gets the idea he's inviting him back as a partner."

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