William Roache

English actor

William Patrick Roache MBE (born 25 April 1932) is an English actor. He has played Ken Barlow in the British soap opera Coronation Street since its first episode on 9 December 1960.

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Roache in December 2012
William Patrick Roache

(1932-04-25) 25 April 1932 (age 88)
Years active1958–present
Anna Cropper (m. 1961–1974)
Sarah Mottram (m. 1978–2009)

(her death)
Partner(s)Emma Jesson (2010–2012)[1]
ChildrenLinus Roache (born 1964)
Vanya Roache (born 1967)
Verity Roache (born 1981)
Edwina Roache (deceased)
James Roache (born 1985)

Early lifeEdit

Roache was born in Basford, Nottinghamshire. He grew up in Ilkeston, Derbyshire.


Roache played the leading role in a Granada Television play called Marking Time. It was shown on ITV in 1961. In a 2007 interview, Roache said, "Tony Warren, who created Coronation Street, saw it and thought I was right for Ken Barlow." In 2008 Roache's autobiography Soul on the Street was published.first acting job Clacton

Personal lifeEdit

Roache lives in Cheshire. He supports the Conservative Party.[2]

Sex crime chargesEdit

On May 1, 2013, Roache was arrested at his home on suspicion of raping a 15-year-old girl in the 1960s.[3] He was found not guilty of two counts of rape and four indecent assaults on teenage girls on February 6, 2014.[4]


  1. Published Tuesday, Sep 25 2012, 13:58 BST (25 September 2012). "Corrie's Bill Roache cools romance with weather girl Emma Jesson?". Digital Spy. Retrieved 1 May 2013.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. "Bill Roache: His strange life and times". 15 March 2012 – via www.telegraph.co.uk.
  3. "Street star Roache in rape arrest". 1 May 2013 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  4. http://news.sky.com/story/1207537/william-roache-corrie-star-found-not-guilty