William Roache

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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
His and Hers 2nd Reporter
BBC Sunday-Night Theatre Secretary to Cecil


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 1960-2021 Coronation Street (TV Series)
Ken Barlow / Kenneth Barlow
- Episode #1.10439 (2021) ... Ken Barlow
- Episode #1.10438 (2021) ... Ken Barlow
- Episode #1.10435 (2021) ... Ken Barlow
- Episode #1.10430 (2021) ... Ken Barlow
- Episode #1.10429 (2021) ... Ken Barlow
 2021 Saturday Knight Takeaway (TV Movie)
William Roache
 2017 The Missing Crown Jewels (TV Movie)
William Roache
 2010 Coronation Street: Tram Crash (TV Mini Series)
Ken Barlow
 2010 Coronation Street: Tram Crash (TV Movie)
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)
- 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)
Towers / David
- The Star of Java (1960) ... Towers
- 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
Young doctor (uncredited)
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Show Show Self (144 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (20 credits)

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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.

Publicity Listings:

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Alternate Names:

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


5' 9" (1.75 m)


Sara Roache  (her death)  (3 children) | See more »

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Personal Quote:

I'm very fond of Ken but I am also mainly William Roache. And I am here to live my life. See more »


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. See more »

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