Coronation Street star Antony Cotton threatened to call people after being on the receiving end of anti-gay abuse on Twitter.
The actor, who plays Sean Tully in the soap, was told by user ‘kittykatlovex’: “I hope you get AIDS and die you freak.”
He responded: “I think we should report this one to the police.”
Later, Cotton wrote: “Don’t worry tweeps – I’m not upset! She looks like Worzel Gummidge!”
He added: “It is important to stand up, speak out and stamp out homophobia.
“And for that reason it’s important that I stand up for myself and make a point at least.
“Homophobia has no place in our society.
“What anyone thinks of me, the actor off the telly, is none of my business.
“But as a gay man, I am proud of who I am and the community I am part of. Some people are gay, get over it.”
The ‘kittykatlovez’ account has now been suspended.