Coronation Street legend
William ‘Bill’ Roache MBE is best known for starring as Coronation Street’s Ken Barlow for over 50 years, making him the longest-serving soap star of all time. Holding a Guinness World Record for being the longest-serving male TV star in a continuous role, Bill’s character has played a key role in some of the show’s biggest storylines.
Becoming an actor in the late 50s following a stint in the army, Bill joined the cast of Coronation Street in 1960 and his character Ken has captured the nation’s attention ever since.
Over the years, Bill has been involved in several high-profile storylines, including discovering his beloved wife, Deirdre, was having an affair with his love rival, Mike Baldwin.
In 1999, at the annual British Soap Awards, Bill was presented with the prestigious ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ and his high-profile persona has seen him appear on some of the UK’s biggest shows including, Celebrity Stars in their Eyes, Bullseye and All Star Family Fortunes.
In 2012 Bill appeared on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories discussing every aspect of his fascinating life both on and off-screen.