London Evening Standard

Originally Posted By: London Evening Standard

A former Coronation Street actor "used his status" to "flatter and gain the trust" of a 14-year-old boy whom he went on to indecently assault on a number of occasions, a court heard today.

Andrew Lancel, 42, was charged last November under his real name Andrew Watkinson.

Originally Posted By: London Evening Standard

Miss Whittlestone said the abuse started when the actor visit a theatre group in his home town of Southport, Merseyside, where he got to know the victim.

She said the boy was "starstruck" by Lancel who had just landed a role in the television series Cardiac Arrest.

The court heard that Lancel would "compliment" the boy, telling him he had talent and "could go places".

The actor, then aged 23, then allegedly started taking the teenager for coffees.

That progressed on to them going back to his house where the alleged offending was said to have started.

Miss Whittlestone said: "The prosecution case is that the defendant used his status as an actor at that time to flatter and gain the trust of the victim.