Les Dennis
Coronation Street bosses have announced that Les Dennis is joining the soap's cast. ITV

As Michelle Keegan prepares to bow out of Coronation Street, comedian and actor Les Dennis is heading to the cobbles as the soap's new bad boy.

The 60-year-old funnyman has been cast as wayward Michael Rogers, a petty criminal.

Although show bosses are keeping tight-lipped about plot details, it was confirmed that his character will get caught up in the lives of one Weatherfield family after breaking into their home.

"I am so thrilled to be joining the cast of Coronation Street. It has always been my favourite television programme, mixing high drama with some of the best comedy on screen," Dennis said of his new role.

"I've loved it since the beginning. I grew up watching all the amazing characters in the show. I now not only have the chance of meeting them, but also working with them. It doesn't get better than that."

Dennis is expected to start shooting scenes later this month before making his debut in March.

Corrie's series producer Stuart Blackburn added: "Les is a fantastic performer and a real coup for Corrie. I can't wait for him to join the team."

Dennis, who is best known for presenting gameshow Family Fortunes for 15 years, has also appeared in Spamalot, new play Jigsy, and Certified, as well as taking on TV roles in Brookside, Family Affairs and Crossroads.