LATEST: Former British soap actor CHRIS QUINTEN has been charged with rape.

The 48-year-old actor, who played unfaithful mechanic BRIAN TILSLEY in long-running show Coronation Street, was first investigated after a woman was raped outside a central London nightclub on 25 June (05).

Quinten, ex-husband of American chat show host Leeza Gibbons, is currently on bail and will appear at Horseferry Road magistrates' court in the British capital tomorrow (24AUG05).