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William Roache


William Patrick "Bill" Roache MBE is an English actor. He has played Ken Barlow in the soap opera Coronation Street since its first episode on 9 December 1960. He is listed in the Guinness World Records as the longest-serving living television actor in a continuous role. First acting job with Unicorn Players at Princes Theatre Clacton in 1959 with... See full bio »

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Known For

Coronation Street
Coronation Street Ken Barlow / Kenneth Barlow
(1960-2017)
His and Hers
His and Hers Reporter
(1961)
Coronation Street: First Dry Run
(1960)

Filmography

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 1999 Wetty Hainthropp Investigates (TV Short)
Ken Barlow (uncredited)
 1969 All Star Comedy Carnival (TV Movie)
 1961 The Queen's Guards
Field Radio Operator (uncredited)
 1961 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Harry
- Marking Time (1961) ... Harry
 1961 His and Hers
Reporter
 1960 The Bulldog Breed
Space Centre Operator (uncredited)
 1960 Knight Errant Limited (TV Series)
David
- Eve and the Serpent (1960) ... David
 1958 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Secretary to Cecil
- Till Time Shall End (1958) ... Secretary to Cecil
 1958 Behind the Mask (uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

He acted in John Bowen's play, "The Disorderly Women," at the Stables Theatre Club in London, England with Maureen Lipman, Richard Howard, Carla Challenor, Robert Morris, Andre Van Gyseghem, Maureen Pryor, and John Fraser in the cast.

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1 Portrayal | 1 Article | See more »

Alternate Names:

William Roache M.B.E. | Bill Roache MBE | William Roache MBE | William Roach | Bill Roache

Height:

5' 9" (1.75 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on Coronation Street (1960)] While I can do it and while they want me, I will be there. See more »

Trivia:

Spoke out in 1999 of his unhappiness on the sensationalism and violence needed to attract viewers in British soaps. See more »

Star Sign:

Taurus

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