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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 Ken Barlow / Kenneth Barlow
(1960-2019)
(1960)
His and Hers 2nd Reporter
(1961)
Paul O'Grady: For the Love of Dogs Himself / Ken Barlow
(2014)

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 1960-2019 Coronation Street (TV Series)
Ken Barlow / Kenneth Barlow
- Episode #1.9773 (2019) ... Ken Barlow
- Episode #1.9771 (2019) ... Ken Barlow
- Episode #1.9770 (2019) ... Ken Barlow
- Episode #1.9757 (2019) ... Ken Barlow
- Episode #1.9756 (2019) ... Ken Barlow
 1999 Wetty Hainthropp Investigates (TV Short)
Ken Barlow (uncredited)
 1969 All Star Comedy Carnival (TV Movie)
Kenneth Barlow
 1961 The Queen's Guards
Field Radio Operator (uncredited)
 1961 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Harry
- Marking Time (1961) ... Harry
 1961 His and Hers
2nd Reporter
 1960 Coronation Street: First Dry Run (TV Movie)
Kenneth Barlow
 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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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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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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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. See more »

Trivia:

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. See more »

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Taurus

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