Michael Le Vell

Michael Le Vell Biography

Michael Le Vell (born Michael Robert Turner, 15 December 1964) is an English actor. He is best known for his role as garage mechanic Kevin Webster on the ITV soap opera Coronation Street, a role he has played since 1983.

Early life

Le Vell was born in Newton Heath, Manchester.


Le Vell began his acting career in the Oldham Theatre Workshop after taking an interest in amateur dramatics while at school. He had a guest role as paperboy Neil Grimshaw in soap opera Coronation Street. He then went onto star in the BBC shows Fame is the Spur and One by One. Le Vell later attended an audition at Granada Studios for the series Scully, where he met casting director Judy Hayfield. Hayfield presumed that he was present to audition for Coronation Street, and asked him to return the following day to try out for a part. Le Vell was then offered the role of Kevin Webster.

During the 1980s, Le Vell gained status as a gay icon because he wore tight jeans and had a moustache. He was also the first British actor to have his left ear pierced while on screen. Le Vell received a high volume of fan mail from his gay fans. He later stated that his gay following diminished after he shaved off his moustache. His following resurfaced in 2005 after photos of himself dressed as a woman for charity appeared in the Daily Mirror newspaper. 26 years into playing Kevin, Le Vell said he would continue in the role because he still viewed it as "the best job on television".

Personal life

Le Vell lives in Hale, Greater Manchester. He married actress Janette Beverley in October 1986, after she had featured alongside him in Coronation Street. They have two children together. In 2011, Le Vell and Beverley separated after 25 years together because they had become estranged from each other.

Le Vell was a member of the celebrity football team All Stars, who play for charities. In 2007, he was hospitalised during a match. He was a director of Ratio Money, which went into administration on 12 April 2010. This business attempted to exploit a loophole in the Consumer Credit Act to allow people to avoid credit card debts.


In September 2011, Le Vell was accused of a sexual offence, which he strenuously denied. In January 2012, the Crown Prosecution Service dropped the case, citing insufficient evidence. On 14 February 2013, Alison Levitt QC, principal legal adviser to the Director of Public Prosecutions, stated that she had reviewed a decision not to prosecute Le Vell following allegations made against him in 2011. She authorised Greater Manchester Police to charge Le Vell with 19 offences.

ITV announced that Le Vell would not be appearing in Coronation Street "pending the outcome of legal proceedings". Le Vell stated: "I am innocent of these charges and intend to fight them vigorously." He pleaded not guilty to all 19 charges. During the trial at Manchester Crown Court, his barrister described the accuser's evidence as containing a series of inconsistencies. On 10 September 2013, Le Vell was found not guilty on all counts.

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