Coronation Street actor Andrew Lancel in court over child sex offences

Andrew Lancel
Image caption The actor's next hearing will be on 15 April when he will be expected to enter a plea

A former Coronation Street actor has appeared in court charged with historical child sex offences.

Andrew Lancel, 42, from Gateacre, Liverpool is accused of five counts of indecent assault on a child under 16.

The actor, who played Frank Foster in the ITV soap, appeared at a preliminary hearing at Liverpool Crown Court under his real name, Andrew Watkinson.

His next hearing will be 15 April when he will be expected to enter a plea with a trial date set for 3 June.

Mr Watkinson, who spoke only to confirm his name, was granted bail.

The offences are alleged to have happened during his trainee acting days in the 1990s in Southport, Merseyside.

The actor appeared in Coronation Street from January 2011 until March 2012.

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