ITV Coronation Street's Ken Barlow star Bill Roache's life off screen with sons who appeared on soap
11.02.2024 - 12:09
Bill Roache has played Ken Barlow on Coronation Street since 1960 and reportedly earns more than £250,000 per year from his role, making him one of the highest paid stars on the show.
The 91 year old also thought to be the highest-paid member of the cast. From his bankruptcy battle to his co-star sons, let's take a look at the veteran actor's life off screen... Corrie star sons Bill's real-life sons have also acted alongside him on the soap, adding a personal touch to his career.
Bill has two children with his first wife Anna Cropper, and their eldest son Linus Roache, born in 1964, is also an actor. Fans might remember Linus playing Peter Barlow - Ken's on-screen son - back in 1975. He took on the role aged nine becoming the fourth actor to play the troublesome character.
Linus maintained family ties to Bill on-screen as he returned to the ITV soap in 2010. Looking completely different as a sharp-suited businessman, he took on the character of Ken's long-lost son, Lawrence Cunningham. In a confusing but happy twist for the Roache family, Linus' little brother James then proceeded to play his on-screen son, James Cunningham.
Ken played a major role in trying to build a relationship between Lawrence and James, after his son refused to accept James was gay. Bill has previously expressed how "enormously proud" he was of their time together on the soap. He once said: "When I'm in New York, no one bothers about me, it's all about Linus.
James is just getting started but will no doubt be just the same." Sadly, Bill's daughter Vanya passed away at the age of 50 on March 4, 2018, due to liver failure. Bill was granted compassionate leave from the soap following her death. He revealed that a car crash prevented him from saying
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