Former Coronation Street actor Andrew Lancel will appear in court later this month to face five counts of indecent assault on a child under 16.
Merseyside Police said the 42-year-old had been charged under his real name - Andrew Watkinson.
He was charged under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.
The charges relate to "historic" child sex offences, the force said.
Lancel, from Gateacre in Liverpool, is best known for his appearance as the scheming businessman Frank Foster in the ITV1 soap.
His Corrie career began in November 2010 when he was cast as Foster, a business associate of Carla Connor.
Lancel's role ended in March this year when his character was found murdered.
Lancel also played DI Neil Manson in The Bill, and starred alongside Helen Baxendale in Cardiac Arrest.
He has been bailed to appear at South Sefton Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, December 19.