Bill Roache

Coronation Street guide dog retires

Coronation Street guide dog retires

Coronation Street’s guide dog Mr Quinn is retiring after six years. The talented pooch – whose first scenes were alongside Chris Gascoyne – worked with blind extra Annie Giles-Quinn, but he will no longer be pawing along the cobbles as she now has a new ‘Corrie’ canine, Miss Sally. A tweet on the official ‘Coronation Street’ Twitter account read: "Let... »

Ian Beale among soap characters priced out of today’s property market

Ian Beale among soap characters priced out of today’s property market

Ian Beale, Ken Barlow and Eric Pollard are among the soap characters who would have to up sticks if they were purchasing their properties nowadays. Research by One 77 Mortgages has found the Albert Square resident – portrayed by Adam Woodyatt – wouldn’t be able to afford his Walford house if he had to buy the abode in the current financial climate after the price of his pad incre... »

Coronation Street bosses ‘tell big stars to take pay cut’

Coronation Street bosses ‘tell big stars to take pay cut’

‘Coronation Street’ bosses are said to have told some of their more experienced stars to take a pay cut. Cobbles veterans such as Bill Roache – who has played Ken Barlow since the first-ever ‘Corrie’ episode in December 1960 – and Barbara Knox (Rita Sullivan), who reportedly earn around £250,000 a year, are expected to be affected as show bosses look to "ev... »

Coronation Street writers plan for John Stape to be crazed killer

Coronation Street writers plan for John Stape to be crazed killer

‘Coronation Street’ writers didn’t plan to turn John Stape into a crazed killer. The evil former cobbles resident – who was played by Graeme Hawley – couldn’t help but bump people off in Weatherfield during the actor’s four-year stint on the soap, and former ‘Corrie’ scribe Damon Alexis-Rochefort has revealed the storyliners only turned him int... »

Coronation Street stars to take on Army Tug of War team

Coronation Street stars to take on Army Tug of War team

‘Coronation Street’ stars will take on the Army Tug of War team in a special festive forces show. Simon Gregson – who plays Steve McDonald on the ITV soap – Antony Cotton (Sean Tully), Victoria Ekanoye (Angie Appleton) and Melanie Hill (Cathy Matthews) teamed up with crew and supporting cast members to take on the Army’s official team for Christmas programme ‘To... »

Nick Pickard nearly missed Hollyoaks 2nd recall

Nick Pickard nearly missed Hollyoaks 2nd recall

Nick Pickard nearly didn’t go to his second recall audition for ‘Hollyoaks’ because he had a plasterer coming to a bar he owns. The 43-year-old star is the longest-serving cast member in the soap’s history after appearing as Tony Hutchinson in the show since the first episode in 1995, but he has his mum to thank for convincing him to attend the try-out for the programme. He... »

Coronation Street awarded for services to humanity

Coronation Street awarded for services to humanity

‘Coronation Street’ has received an award in recognition for the soap’s services to humanity. Dr Robina Shah, Queen Elizabeth’s Representative and High Sheriff of Greater Manchester, presented the ITV show with a Certificate of Commendation after promoting awareness of personal trauma, domestic violence, and sexual, physical and emotional abuse, among other experiences, thr... »

Coronation Street and Emmerdale ‘most important shows on ITV’

Coronation Street and Emmerdale ‘most important shows on ITV’

‘Coronation Street’ and ‘Emmerdale’ are the "most important" shows on ITV. Kevin Lygo, head of studios at the channel, insists ITV’s two soaps play a huge role in the network’s success, and he personally "loves" ‘Corrie’ – which features the likes of Bill Roache (Ken Barlow) and Helen Worth (Gail Platt) – and couldn... »

Joanna Lumley was ‘too posh’ to go into Corrie’s Rovers Return

Joanna Lumley was ‘too posh’ to go into Corrie’s Rovers Return

Joanna Lumley was told she was "too posh" to go in the Rovers Return when she starred on ‘Coronation Street’. The 72-year-old actress portrayed Ken Barlow’s (Bill Roache) love interest Elaine Perkins for eight episodes in 1973, but when she asked to go in the famous fictional pub, she was told her alter-ego would be far to upmarket to step foot in the backstreet boozer,... »

Bill Roache: Corrie has lost its community feel

Bill Roache: Corrie has lost its community feel

Bill Roache believes ‘Coronation Street’ has lost its sense of "community". The 86-year-old actor is the longest-serving male TV star in a continuous role after playing Ken Barlow since the soap’s first episode in December 1960, but he "hardly knows" some of his co-star’s names nowadays, compared to there being just 15 cast members in the show when he st... »

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