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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 25 April 1932Ilkeston, Derbyshire, England, UK
Birth NameWilliam Patrick Roache
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

William Roache was born on April 25, 1932 in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, England as William Patrick Roache. He is an actor, known for Coronation Street (1960), Comic Relief: Red Nose Night Live 05 (2005) and Ken and Me (2001). He was previously married to Sara Roache and Anna Cropper.

Spouse (2)

Sara Roache (1978 - 7 February 2009) (her death) (3 children)
Anna Cropper (1961 - 1974) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (13)

Spoke out in 1999 of his unhappiness on the sensationalism and violence needed to attract viewers in British soaps.
Is a dedicated 'druid', a kind of astronomy group which predict the fate of their lives by the turning of the moon.
Father of actors Linus Roache and James Roache.
Was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Soap Awards in 2000 after playing his role as Ken Barlow in highly watched British soap-drama Coronation Street (1960) for 40 years, after appearing in the very first episode on 9 December 1960.
He was awarded the M.B.E. (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2001 Queen's New Years Honors List for his services to television drama.
Longest serving, living television actor in a continuous role in the world. Longest serving soap actor in the world ever and as of 2014 still acting/appearing in same role, uninterruptedly since the first episode of Coronation Street was made and broadcast in 1960. Appeared and/or credited in an average of over 28 episodes per annum of Coronation Street for more than 54 years.
Was a contestant on Ant and Dec's Gameshow Marathon, a part of ITV's 50th birthday celebrations.
Served in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers.
In 1984, he and his wife lost their 18 month old daughter, Edwina Roache, from a virus.
Father of Linus (born 1964) and Vanya (born 1967) by his first marriage and father of Verity Elizabeth (born 1981), Edwina (born 1982, died 1984) and William James (born 1986) from his second marriage.
Wife Sara Roache died suddenly and unexpectedly on 7th February 2009. She collapsed and never regained consciousness. She was 58.
Is one of 7 Coronation Street (1960) actors to win the Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Soap Awards. The others are Barbara Knox, Johnny Briggs, Elizabeth Dawn, Betty Driver, William Tarmey and Helen Worth.
He was played by his son James Roache in The Road to Coronation Street (2010).

Personal Quotes (10)

I've got a great chat-up line, "Would you like to be 1,001?"
I had rehearsals up in Manchester from Monday to Friday. The opportunity was there. There were plenty of girls around. I shouldn't have done it. I didn't have any control over my own sex drive. I didn't have the strength to control it.
I'm just Ken's caretaker. You could say I'm having two incarnations, two for the price of one.
There's a very complex situation here that was stirred up by the Jimmy Savile business. Paedophilia is absolutely horrendous, paedophiles should be sought out, rooted out and dealt with. But there's a fringe here. There's a fringe of people, particularly pop singers, they have these groupies, these girls, who come, they're sexually active, sexually mature, they don't ask for their birth certificate. They don't know what age they may be but they're certainly not grooming them and exploiting them. But they can be caught in this trap. These people are instantly stigmatized. Some will be innocent, some will not. But until such time as it's proven, there should be anonymity for both.
If someone has done something wrong, the law will take its course. But even so, all of us, whether they're proven guilty or not, we should not be judgemental about anybody, ever. We shouldn't go around condemning, unforgiving. We should always be totally forgiving about everything.
Everything that happens to us is being a result of what we have been in previous lives.
I'm very fond of Ken but I am also mainly William Roache. And I am here to live my life.
If you think about something, you bring it about.
[on Coronation Street (1960)] While I can do it and while they want me, I will be there.
[on his 2013 trial] In these situations there are no winners, and I think we should all be much kinder to ourselves.

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