Craig Charles has returned to 'Coronation Street' after six months off.
The 47-year-old actor has filmed scenes which see his character Lloyd enter into a cab war with former boss Steve McDonald when he opens up his own taxi firm.
A source told the Daily Mirror: "There were all kinds of rumours flying around that Craig wasn't coming back at all.
"But it seems he is back with bang. Craig is well liked by the production crew and has some great banter with them, so he has been missed. It's a relief and a joy that he is back."
Charles initially only wanted three months off to film a new instalment of his sci-fi comedy series 'Red Dwarf', but writers failed to find an easy way to write him back into the ITV soap.
He was last seen leaving to start a new life in November after splitting up with girlfriend Cheryl.
Charles previously claimed he love working with Simon Gregson – who plays Steve – because they enjoy practical jokes together.
He said: "I have great fun on set with Simon Gregson. He's a good mate, and we do a lot of practical joking on set.
"We're neighbours as well, so we spend a lot of time at each other's houses."