Coronation Street legends Bill Roache, who plays Ken Barlow, and Barbara Knox, who plays Rita Tanner, have returned to the cobbles to film. [38] The waxwork was returned to the exhibition in February 2014 following Roache's acquittal. Born in 1977 to parents Deirdre and Ray Langton, Tracy became a Barlow when Ken adopted her in 1986, five years after marrying her mum. "[10] He added: "But Tony Warren, who created Coronation Street, saw it and thought I was right for Ken Barlow". For other inquiries, Contact Us. To inquire about a licence to reproduce material, visit our Syndication site. Ken turned down a teaching job in Surrey so he didn't have to leave Weatherfield, and told Frank he was turned down so Frank wouldn't feel guilty. Coronation Street's William Roache unveiled a huge picture of himself. Bill Roache was arrested in May 2013 on suspicion of having sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl in 1967. The 81-year-old, who has played Ken Barlow in the ITV soap since its launch, was arrested at his home in Wilmslow, Cheshire, this morning. For further details of our complaints policy and to make a complaint please click this link: thesun.co.uk/editorial-complaints/, Comments are subject to our community guidelines, which can be viewed, Bill Roache first appeared as Ken Barlow in Coronation Street in 1960. ‘I’d still like to be in the show when I’m 90, when 
I I’m 100, even when I’m 120 if I can make it,’ he says. Bill celebrate their 60th anniversary – the 88-year-old actor shows no signs of slowing down. The Sun website is regulated by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), Our journalists strive for accuracy but on occasion we make mistakes. Bill and Anna also had daughter Vanya, born 1967. Older actors will be excluded from television dramas until social distancing rules have eased, the head of ITV has said, joking that he doesn’t want Ken Barlow’s death on his hands. [citation needed], Roache's 2008 autobiography was entitled Soul on the Street. The 88-year-old actor, who has starred in the ITV soap since its launch 60 years ago, said he still "loves" the show and added: "While they want me I’ll be here." He said he had impressed members of the Coronation Street cast by the accuracy with which he read their astrological charts for them. Bill's daughter Vanya passed away at the age of 50 on March 4, 2018, due to liver failure and he was granted compassionate leave from the soap. [26] He wrote about his interest in astrology in his biography, which he learned by taking a correspondence course from the Faculty of Astrological Studies. British actor William Roache (centre), who plays Ken Barlow in television drama Coronation Street, arrives at Preston Crown Court on January 14, 2014. Here's all you need to know about the acting veteran who has opened up about his 2013 arrest in a new memoir... Bill Roache, 86, is a TV actor from Basford, Nottinghamshire. But 88-year-old Bill - … [19], In 1991, Roache won a libel action against The Sun, which had described him as boring and unpopular with his fellow Coronation Street stars. The 88-year-old actor, who has played Ken Barlow since 1960, unveiled a huge portrait of himself on This Morning. 679215 Registered office: 1 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9GF. He writes, "As the policeman was speaking, the colour seemed to drain from everything and there was a sort of mist around us.". He said: "The pain of losing a child is unbearable. BILL Roache has become one of the most recognisable faces on British television after six decades on Coronation Street. The legendary character - who is played by actor Bill Roache in the ITV soap - … [1], Roache[2] was born in the Basford suburb of Nottingham on 25 April 1932,[3][better source needed] the son of Joseph William Vincent Roache, a doctor, and Hester Vera, daughter of Albert and Mary Zillah Waddicor. His next ambition is to break records again, this time as the first centenarian soap actor. Ken and Deidre Barlow in 1981 (Image: PA) "Peter, please believe me when I say things will get better, and I believe you will get better from this illness. He is listed in the Guinness World Records as the longest-serving living television actor in a continuous role. [39] Roache resumed filming on Coronation Street in June 2014, and returned to the screen on 4 August of that year. Bill has two children with his first wife Anna Cropper. He joined the British Army in 1953 and left in 1956 after reaching the rank of captain. On April 18, 2018, Bill, unfortunately, fell foul of a fake news website's article claiming he had died. The couple also had a daughter named Vanya (1967–2018). [36], On 6 February 2014, Roache was found not guilty on all charges. In September and October 2005, he appeared as a celebrity contestant in Ant & Dec's Gameshow Marathon. However, they did reconcile and became good friends. On 26 September 2012 Roache was featured on the BBC series Who Do You Think You Are?, researching his family history. In his memoir Life and Soul serialised by The Mirror Bill talks about what he experienced when he was arrested. [12] In 1999, Roache was the recipient of the British Soap Awards Lifetime Achievement Award for his role as Ken Barlow. Roache: "I'm vegetarian because I don't want animals being killed for me. Early days: The 87-year-old actor’s character Ken has had a turbulent time on the show, enduring failed relationships, scheming step-children and even being held at gunpoint (pictured 1961) In 2018, the book Life and Soul: How to Live a Long and Healthy Life was released, in which Roache shares his personal philosophy and life experiences. [11] Ken and Me, Roache's first autobiography, was published in 1993, covering his life on and off screen. Newcastle-born artist Leigh Lambert has created a series of artworks encapsulating soap opera Coronation Street's 60 years on ITV. Linus Roache, Actor: Mandy. Ken Barlow actor Bill Roache, 85, has fallen victim of a death hoax, with a fake news website saying he had died from heart failure. He appeared in various stage productions, then had uncredited roles in several films, and later small parts in television serials including Knight Errant Limited and Skyport. William Patrick "Bill" Roache MBE is an English actor. [15], Roache is currently the world's longest-serving television actor in a continuous role (as of March 2018) after the 2010 cancellation of the American soap opera, As the World Turns, where Don Hastings played Bob Hughes since October 1960 without a break. Mr Roache is the longest-serving TV soap actor, having portrayed Ken Barlow since Coronation Street began in 1960. Ken Barlow actor Bill Roache, 85, has fallen victim of a death hoax, with a fake news website saying he had died from heart failure. The 81-year-old actor, who has played strait-laced Ken Barlow for five decades, has been charged with two counts of raping a 15-year-old girl in 1967. "To not be able to say goodbye to Vanya was awful but I take some comfort in knowing she is in a better place and at peace. opened up about his 2013 arrest in a new memoir... car crash meant he wasn't able to say goodbye to Vanya, Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). Early days: The 87-year-old actor’s character, Ken Barlow, has had a turbulent time on the show, enduring failed relationships, scheming step-children and even being held at … [40], In 1999 he was awarded the British Soap Awards Lifetime Achievement Award for his role as Ken Barlow. The Coronation Street star has since responded Kenneth "Ken" Barlow is a fictional character from the British ITV soap opera Coronation Street, played by William Roache. The main piece, … [14] He is currently Coronation Street's longest serving actor, having been on the show from day one. In October 2008, he revealed on BBC Breakfast that he had had a two-year feud with fellow Coronation Street player, the actress Pat Phoenix, during which they did not speak to each other, stemming from her changing a scene involving the two of them. Next year, Coronation Street will turn 60 years old, which means that Ken Barlow actor Bill Roache will celebrate his 60th anniversary too, as he first appeared in the show's debut episode! [33][34] Roache appeared at Preston Crown Court on 2 September and pleaded not guilty to all charges. Eccles was Blanche Hunt's dog before being passed to daughter Deirdre and then husband Ken Barlow. The 88-year-old actor - who has played Ken Barlow in the ITV soap opera since 1960 - admitted he was sad that many of the older cast will not be able to return to the set as soon as filming resumes. He revealed to The Mirror how a car crash meant he wasn't able to say goodbye to Vanya before she died at a hospital in Chichester. https://www.dailystar.co.uk › tv › who-corrie-ken-barlow-actor-21451768 Ken Barlow has a reputation on the iconic street as being a womaniser after racking up four marriages and dating 27 women between 1960 and 2007. Born 25 April 1932, the 85-year-old actor is the fourth longest-serving soap actor in the world, behind Lesley Saweard, Patricia Greene and June Spencer, who all starred in The Archers. ITV soap star Bill Roache was born on 25 April 1932. Ken started work as Assistant Personnel Office… Bill Roache, 86, … "The Sun", "Sun", "Sun Online" are registered trademarks or trade names of News Group Newspapers Limited. Tragically, Edwina died aged just 18-months-old due to bronchial pneumonia. The 82-year-old actor, who played Ken Barlow on the ITV soap, said he felt ''so blessed, honoured and privileged'' to have worked alongside the ''beautiful'' actress, who played his on-screen wife Deirdre Barlow, for more than 40 years. [43], But Tony Warren, who created Coronation Street, saw it and thought I was right for Ken Barlow. His character Ken Barlow is thought to have been born on 9 October 1939, which would make him 80-years-old. Roache was later educated at Rydal School. William Patrick Roache MBE (born 25 April 1932) is an English actor. Coronation Street's 10,000th episode ended in a shock climax as Ken Barlow announced he's leaving the cobbles after 60 years, as actor William Roache confirms he is staying on the show. He debuted in the soap's first episode on 9 December 1960. Roache was awarded an MBE in the 2001 New Years Honours. In 2003, Roache appeared on Celebrity Stars in Their Eyes as Perry Como singing the song "Catch a Falling Star". In May 2018, Bill set out on a tour of Canada with his own show The Ken Barlow effect - giving a glimpse into his life on Corrie. ‘I’d still like to be in the show when I’m 90, when I’m 100, even when I’m 120 if I can make it,’ he says. The character of Ken Barlow made his debut on the … He is best known for playing Ken Barlow on the long-running soap opera Coronation Street since it was first broadcast on 9 December 1960. A second daughter, Edwina, died at the age of 18 months on 16 November 1984. The Coronation Street star has been a resident of the ITV soap for over 50 years as Manchester-born Ken Barlow, who has been through his share … [16], Roache lives in Wilmslow, Cheshire. While production on the ITV soap got back up and running again in June, actors over 70 were told to stay at home to protect them from coronavirus. Roache married his second wife, Sara McEwan Mottram, in 1978. "What happened was that Ken was out looking for Daniel [Osbourne] on the hill and Peter [Barlow] had to say 'your father's been out looking for you and he's really tired.'" [13], On 13 April 2012, Piers Morgan interviewed Roache for his ITV series Piers Morgan's Life Stories. News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. Albert Waddicor was a violent alcoholic, but his wife was a successful businesswoman, who ran a restaurant and tea rooms at Alton Towers, which had been opened as a tourist attraction- but not at that time a theme park- after the death of the 20th Earl of Shrewsbury. The 81-year-old first left Corrie in 2017 after suffering a near-fatal heart attack, but returned briefly for a storyline involving Ken Barlow moving to retirement home [20][21], Roache is a supporter of the Conservative Party, in stark contrast to his character Ken Barlow, who has been stereotyped as a Labour supporter. [7] He joined the British Army and was commissioned into the Royal Welch Fusiliers in 1953. The actors, who are 88 … Later that year, Ida died in a road accident. Coronation Street stalwart Ken Barlow (played by William Roache) has never had it easy, but even the most ardent viewer will know how hard he is finding it to deal with Peter's alcoholism. Actor William Roache has pledged his future to Coronation Street, saying that he will never leave the role of Ken Barlow. Bill is the longest-serving member of the Coronation Street cast, Coronation Street's Ken Barlow suffers devastating stroke after shock return of son Peter. Peter and twin sister Susan are the children of Ken Barlow and Valerie Tatlock, born in 1965. The 87-year-old actor, who plays Coronation Street cast member Ken Barlow on the cobbles, told hosts Ruth Langsford and Eamon Holmes how he stays fit and healthy with his hectic lifestyle. However acting legend Bill, who plays Ken Barlow in the hit ITV soap, is alive and well. Linus Roache began his acting career with a two-week appearance as a young Barlow on Coronation Street (1960) at the age of 11. Loose Women fans mock William Roache blunder as show suggests Coronation Street's Ken Barlow actor is 120 years old. But here are the group who make up the longest-serving continuing actors from the soap. https://www.ok.co.uk › lifestyle › bill-roache-age-how-old-14362532 The job of supporting Frank largely fell to Ken, as David now lived in London. Roache was honoured at the 2010 Guinness World Recordsceremony for the achievement, … [4][5][6] His grandfather was a Freemason who was interested in such things as theosophy, esotericism, hypnotism, spiritualism, and homoeopathy, as well as the teachings of philosopher and educationalist Rudolf Steiner. The 81-year-old first left Corrie in 2017 after suffering a near-fatal heart attack, but returned briefly for a storyline involving Ken Barlow moving to retirement All details on the site celebsbar.com [8], After leaving the military, Roache turned to acting. During the ongoing trial, an image of Bill was removed from Madame Tussauds in Blackpool because of fears it would be vandalised but was returned in 2014 when he made his Corrie comeback. Bill is best known for holding down the role of Ken Barlow in Coronation Street since 1960, landing him in the Guinness World Records book as the longest-serving male television star in a continuous role. Over the past 14 years, Coronation Street has seen a number of cast changes, but one character who has stayed the same is Eccles, Ken Barlow’s beloved … But 88-year-old Bill - who has played Ken Barlow for 60 years - has now said he could return to Weatherfield as early as next month. [23][24], Roache became patron of the Ilkeston-based production company Sustained Magic Ltd in 2006. A year later, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant. Having appeared continuously since, December 2010 marked Ken's 50th anniversary on-screen, making Roache the longest-serving actor in a televised soap opera. [17][28][29] The Crown Prosecution Service subsequently announced that he was to be charged with two counts of rape. A representative told The Sun Online they would not be commenting on the “fake news”. The 82-year-old actor will return to Weatherfield to reprise his role as Ken Barlow after a jury cleared him of all charges following a trial in February. Roache dated weather girl Emma Jesson from 2010 to 2012. The 81-year-old actor - who plays Ken Barlow in the ITV soap - has not appeared since his arrest over allegations of rape and indecent assault in 2013. An exploding mortar round left him with tinnitus. To see all content on The Sun, please use the Site Map. Ken was created by Tony Warren as one of Coronation Street's original characters. He denied the claims and pleaded not guilty to all charges. This service is provided on News Group Newspapers' Limited's Standard Terms and Conditions in accordance with our Privacy & Cookie Policy. CORONATION Street fans are in shock after Ken Barlow announced he is quitting the cobbles after eighty years. Bill's wife Sarah Mottram also died suddenly in 2009 at the age of 58. That makes the actor 86 years of age. William James Roache (born 29th December 1985) is the son of actor William Roache who plays Ken Barlow and his deceased wife Sara.In September 2010, he appeared as Ken's long-lost grandson James Cunningham, alongside his half-brother Linus Roache who played his father Lawrence.After a week's stint, he returned in the role for three months between April and July 2011. Yet a decade later – as both the soap and Bill celebrate their 60th anniversary – the 88-year-old actor shows no signs of slowing down. He is listed in the Guinness World Records as the longest-serving male television star in a continuous role. As a result, he was liable for the £120,000 costs incurred. He left in 1956 with the rank of captain. Until 1972, Ken was credited as "Kenneth Barlow". [17] His eldest son, by his first wife Anna Cropper (1938–2007), is actor Linus Roache (born 1964). The 81-year-old first left the ITV soap in 2017 after suffering a near-fatal heart attack, but returned briefly for a storyline involving Ken Barlow moving to retirement home. The actor also added: "Ageing is a belief system" and "if you slow down, cell renewal process slows down." [9] He played the minor role of a space centre operator in the Norman Wisdom film The Bulldog Breed. Linus has appeared twice, in fact, firstly playing Ken’s on-screen son Peter Barlow between 1973 and 1975, and then returning for four episodes in 2010 as Ken… Ken was absent from April 2013 to August 2014 as he was put on hiatus when alleged offences including sex abuse charges dating back to the 1960s were made against William Roache. Ken Barlow has become a Coronation Street icon along with Deidre and Blanche. Roache grew up in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, where he attended a Steiner school set up by his grandfather, a physician and surgeon, in the family's garden. 5. Eldest son Linus Roache is also an actor. He is listed in the Guinness World Records as the longest-serving male television star in a continuous role. She died suddenly on 7 February 2009 at their home, at the age of 58. The 85-year-old has been a mainstay on the ITV soap since its inception in December 1960 and has no intention of quitting the cobbles anytime soon. He also played a boy with the bubonic plague in The Onedin Line (1971). He spent much of the next two decades on stage. Coronation Street fans were in tears as Ken Barlow made his departure from the cobbles after nearly 60 years. 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Coronation Street stalwart Ken Barlow (played by William Roache) has never had it easy, but even the most ardent viewer will know how hard he is finding it to deal with Peter's alcoholism. It was highly prestigious, though, and I have tried to hunt it down but there is no trace of it. [36][37] Following his acquittal, Roache gave a brief statement saying that there had been "no winners" and expressing his intent to "get back to work". [32] On 6 June 2013, Roache was charged with a further five counts of indecent assault against girls aged between 12 and 16. (Image: ITV) Eccles is the longest-running dog actor on the show. Next year, Coronation Street will turn 60 years old, which means that Ken Barlow actor Bill Roache will celebrate his 60th anniversary too, as he first appeared in the show's debut episode! [41][42], In March 2007, he was awarded the Honorary degree of Doctor of Letters by the University of Chester in recognition of his contribution to television. View our online Press Pack. Shortly before joining Coronation Street at the beginning of the programme in 1960, Roache played the leading role in a Granada Television play called Marking Time, transmitted on ITV in 1961. In February 2014, he was acquitted of all charges. In an interview with the Liverpool Post in 2007, Roache recalled "I played a young soldier in Germany who fraternised with a German girl, although I can't remember now how it ended. 2017 saw Ken involved in a mystery storyline when he was attacked by an unknown assailant who pushed him down the stairs. Peter Barlow is played by Chris Gascoyne (Image: ITV). [citation needed] In 2010, 50 Years on the Street: My Life with Ken Barlow, a memoir focusing on Roache's work on Coronation Street, was published to coincide with his fiftieth year playing Ken. His scenes with Deidre Hunt stole the show with their first and second weddings both getting more viewers than the royal wedding between Prince Charles and Princess Diana. [36] An image of Ken Barlow had been removed from the Madame Tussauds waxwork exhibition in Blackpool due to fears it might be vandalised. The Coronation Street star has since responded Roache and Cropper were married from 1961 until divorcing in 1974. William Roache has revealed when he … The character, played by Bill Roache, opted to leave his home to move to a nearby He later entered All Star Family Fortunes, hosted by Kay, but lost by two points to his competitors. Before joining Coronation Street, Bill landed the lead role in a televised play called Marking Time, although it wasn't broadcast until a year after his Coronation Street debut in 1960. He said: "What you eat affects how you live." It wrongly published: “Son Linus Roache said in a statement that Bill died of heart failure on the night of Wednesday.”. In 2007, as a guest for Daily Politics, he championed Sir John Major as Britain's greatest post-war prime minister. The 84-year-old has spent 56 years on the cobbles. The legendary character - who is played by actor Bill Roache in the ITV soap - … Bill remarried Sarah Mottram in 1978 and together they had three more children, Verity, James and Edwina. "But your children going before you is horrendous.". Appearing on ITV's Lorraine the 87-year-old actor rubbished the rumours, saying "Someone rang me up to say, 'I take it you're dead'. He is best known for playing Ken Barlow on the long-running soap opera Coronation Street since it was first broadcast on 9 December 1960. [18] With Sara, he had a daughter named Verity (born 1981) and a younger son, actor James Roache (christened William; born 1985). William Patrick Roache MBE (born 25 April 1932) is an English actor. Coronation Street's William Roache unveiled a huge picture of himself. William Roache net worth: William Roache is an English actor who has a net worth of $5 million dollars. 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