Roache, William

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Roache, William Gender: M
William Patrick Roache
born on 23 April 1932 at 07:30 (= 07:30 AM )
Place Ilkeston, England, 52n59, 1w18
Timezone GDT h1e (is daylight saving time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Clifford
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 02°53' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 06°34 Asc.s_gemcol.18.gif 11°33'

William Roache (2017)
photo: KeithJustKeith, license cc-by-2.0


British actor, the longest-running player in the UK series "Coronation Street," He has played Ken Barlow in the soap opera Coronation Street since its first episode on 9 December 1960. He is listed in Guinness World Records as the longest serving living television actor in a continuous role.

He and his wife lost their 18-month-old baby to illness on 16 January 1984. In November 1990, a libelous tabloid article was printed and Roache sued the paper and writer. He won the case in court on 29 October 1991. After the case, he created a board game called "Libel."

On 1 May 2013, Roache was arrested on suspicion of having raped a 15-year-old girl in 1967, an allegation he strenuously denied. The Crown Prosecution Service subsequently announced that he was to be charged with two counts of rape. On 6 June 2013, Roache was charged with a further five counts of indecent assault against girls aged between 12 and 16. During the trial, one charge was dismissed outright by the judge citing a lack of evidence and significant flaws emerged in two witnesses' accounts in relation to the other charges. On 6 February 2014, Roache was found not guilty on all charges.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • business associate/partner relationship with Kirkbride, Anne (born 21 June 1954)


  • Work : Begin Major Project December 1960 (Began in "Coronation Street")
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  • Death of Child 16 January 1984 (18 month-old child died)
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  • Crime : Law suit November 1990 (Sued tabloid for libel)
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  • Crime : Trial dates 14 January 2014 in Preston (Alleged rape and sexual assault)
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  • Crime : Trial dates 6 February 2014 in Preston (Acquitted on all charges)
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Source Notes

Frank Clifford quotes David Fisher for a letter from Roache 8/1980 in which he gave the date of April 25. Later, his autobiography (written with Stan Nichols), "Ken and Me," Simon & Schuster 1993, noted the mix-up in his birth date of the 23rd and the 25th. The latter is given on his birth certificate which is dated on the same day but Roache himself believes it is the 23rd.


  • Family : Parenting : Kids -Traumatic event (18-month-old child died)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Same Job more than 10 yrs (23 years in one series)
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Lawsuit instigated (Libel suit, won)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress (TV)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : TV series/ Soap star (Coronation Street)
  • Notable : Awards : Guinness Book of Records
  • Notable : Awards : Public Service (MBE)