Actor Philip Lowrie has set a new world record for the longest gap between TV appearances in the same show after returning to UK soap opera Coronation Street following a 43 year absence.

Philip first appeared as the character Dennis Tanner in Coronation Street's debut in 1960.

He remained part of the cast until 1968 before re-joining the cast to reprise the role in May this year.

Commenting on his Guinness World Records title, Philip Lowrie said: "I've always been proud to have been a member of the original cast of Coronation Street and now I'm doubly proud to be honored with an entry in the Guinness World Records book for returning to play a part that I've always loved."

Philip's break from the show is one of thousands of new records that appear in the new Guinness World Records 2012 Edition book, which is out around the world this week.