Gay singer George Michael begins his first British tour in 15 years this week, amid rumours that he is set to appear on the cobbles of Coronation Street.

The artist, whose album, Twenty Five, reached number 1 over the weekend, is rumoured to have been offered a cameo role in a Christmas special of hit soap Coronation Street.

He is also reported to have been invited on a guided tour of the set.

A source told The Mirror, “George is a massive soap fan and absolutely adores Corrie and EastEnders. He is glued to them when he is not working and records them when he is away.

“He is not sure whether to take Corrie up on their offer because he is so busy with his tour, but he was over the moon to be asked.

“He will definitely be going to meet everybody this week. He’s really looking forward to getting behind the bar at the Rovers Return and pulling a few pints.”

Michael kicked off his tour in Manchester on Friday in front of 16,500 fans.

The singer will play 14 dates around the UK in November and December 2006.