Scottish Daily Mail

When long­est-serv­ing soap star Ken had a wob­ble on the cob­bles

- By Eleanor Sharples TV & Ra­dio Re­porter

HE holds the Guin­ness World Record for the long­est-serv­ing soap star, hav­ing appeared in Coro­na­tion Street’s very first episode in 1960.

But Wil­liam Roache has re­vealed that he once pon­dered quit­ting the cob­bles.

The ac­tor, 88, who has played Ken Bar­low, pic­tured, in 4,634 episodes, was speak­ing ahead of Cor­rie’s 60th an­niver­sary on De­cem­ber 9.

Roache said: ‘In my 40s I had a long think about it. But I just loved it so much. As some­one quite rightly said, “Dur­ing the year you’ll get some scenes that are as good as any­where in any film or play”. You get won­der­ful job sat­is­fac­tion.’ Ken has had a tu­mul­tuous time in the street, in­clud­ing mar­ry­ing four times, twice to Deirdre. Re­flect­ing on the soap’s suc­cess, Roache said: ‘It’s about small peo­ple in a back­street fac­ing ad­ver­sity. Ev­ery­one can iden­tify with that.’ He added that ‘north­ern hu­mour’ played a part. ‘In times of so much poverty and so on, it was their hu­mour that kept them go­ing.’

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