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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Coronation Street Ken Barlow / Kenneth Barlow
(1960-2020)
(1960)
His and Hers 2nd Reporter
(1961)
Knight Errant Limited David / Towers
(1960)

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 1960-2020 Coronation Street (TV Series)
Ken Barlow / Kenneth Barlow
- Episode #1.10079 (2020) ... Ken Barlow
- Episode #1.10076 (2020) ... Ken Barlow
- Episode #1.10075 (2020) ... Ken Barlow
- Episode #1.10074 (2020) ... Ken Barlow
- Episode #1.10055 (2020) ... Ken Barlow
 2017 The Missing Crown Jewels (TV Short)
William Roache
 2010 Coronation Street: Tram Crash (TV Mini-Series)
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)
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 (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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As of 2020 he is the longest serving, living television actor in a continuous role in the whole world. He is the longest serving soap actor in the world ever, acting and appearing in the same role uninterruptedly since the first episode of the British soap opera Coronation Street (1960) was made and broadcast in 1960. Appeared and/or credited in an average of 25 episodes per year of the soap for ... See more »

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