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King_Ghidra
11-03-2005, 12:43:47
http://books.guardian.co.uk/news/articles/0,6109,1434836,00.html

Sir Ian McKellen, the actor best-known for his portrayal of the wizard Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy - has signed up to appear in 10 episodes of ITV soap Coronation Street as an author by the name of Mel Hutchwright.
Sir Ian will make his first appearance in the long-running soap in May, when "dodgy novelist" Hutchwright is invited to address the Weatherfield book club. The novelist's steamy bodice-ripper, Hard Grinding, has already featured on the soap, and led to calls to bookshops from viewers who thought it was real and wanted to get their hands on a copy.

Last year Sir Ian, 65, announced in an interview that his only remaining ambition was to appear in Coronation Street. He fulfilled his other long-held desire to play a dame when he took on the role of Widow Twankey in a recent production of Aladdin at the Old Vic.