Coronation Street’s Bill Roache fought Covid in rare soap breakup

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Coronation Street's Bill Roache fought Covid in rare soap breakup


Veteran Corrie star Bill Roache has been offscreen after falling ill with Covid – but has now ‘recovered well’.
The 88-year-old who plays Ken Barlow, tested positive for the disease and was kicked out of the soap opera as he took time to get better.

But the star has improved and is expected to return to the Cobbles “as soon as possible”.

A spokesperson for Corrie said: ‘Following recent reports on his health, William Roache has asked us to clarify that he took time off after testing positive for Covid. He has recovered well and is eager to get back to the cobblestones as soon as possible.



Ken Barlow had been a notable absence from the cobblestones in recent weeks as actor Bill Roache battled Covid

A source said the storylines involving Ken were ‘in the process of being written’ and ‘currently limiting filming time with older actors during the pandemic’.

Other older stars include Barbara Knox, 86, who plays Rita, Sue Nicholls, 77, who plays Audrey, and David Neilson, 72, who plays Roy.

Bill – who last appeared to Corrie on March 10 – told bosses he was eager to get back to the screen.

A source added: “He is doing very well and can’t wait to come back. Bill is such a beloved member of the team and everyone is delighted that he has recovered so well.



They say Bill is “impatient” to come back to the streets



Bill has been a familiar face of the hit soap opera since it first aired in 1960

“We can’t wait to find him. ”

Bill recently insisted that retirement was not an option.

He said, “As long as I can do it and they want me, I’ll be there.

“Retirement is not on the radar at all, I have no plans for it.



Bill, who has been seen onscreen for weeks, previously said he didn’t see himself retiring

“I don’t even like to think about how they would write Ken if I left, because I hope that never happens.”

Bill has been a regular face on the cobblestones since 1960 – when he starred in the very first episode of the soap opera.

He currently holds the title of longest stint in a television series.

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