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Original Coronation Street icon dies as soap writer shares poignant tribute to star
Coronation Street’s original stars has sadly died at the age of 94.Ernst Walder played Ivan Cheveski on the ITV cobbles, one of the original cast members alongside the likes of Ken Barlow star William Roache.He was also the boyfriend of the ITV soap’s co-creator Tony Warren in the 1960s.But today, ex-Corrie writer Daran Little confirmed that the star sadly died last December.He told Twitter followers: “Very sad to read of the passing of dearest Ernst Walder."An original C St cast member who quickly became Tony Warren's boyfriend before Tony caught him in bed with another cast member."He added: “Ernst used to send my sons chocolates every Christmas and was the loveliest man."Ernst held the role of Ivan from 1960 until 1963, and made further appearances in 1966 and 1967.His character Ivan was married to Elsie Tanner’s daughter Linda, and when it turned out Linda was pregnant the pair decided to rekindle their love after an initial separation.In 1984, it was revealed that the couple had gone their separate ways off-screen.His last appearance came in late September that year.Tributes have also been pouring in for Ernst online, with one fan writing: “Rest in Peace Ernst.” Another penned: “Sad to read of the death of Ernst Walder, he played Ivan Cheveski in Coronation Street and was one of the original characters back in 1960. “Extremely close to Pat Phoenix, he had so much charisma in those early years.
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Coronation Street Dennis Tanner star's life - soap exit, record holder and pop career
Coronation street - with his appearance surprising both viewers and Weatherfield residents.He returned to the street on this day in 2011 (May 12), after 43 years away from the soap - with Dennis Tanner actor Philip Lowrie remaining on Coronation Street for a further three years before departing once more.To mark the anniversary of Dennis Tanner's return to the cobbles, Daily Star takes a look inside the life of actor Philip Lowrie - from connections to Victoria Wood to a hidden popstar career.Philip Lowrie was one of the Coronation Street OGs when the soap began on December 9, 1960 - but he originally auditioned for the part of Ken Barlow, before William Roache was offered the role.Instead, Philip was cast as the cobbles first bad-boy Dennis Tanner, with the character fresh out of a six-month stint in prison and hoping to embark on a career as a talent manager and a singer.During his time on the cobbles, a future fan favourite was also introduced as an acquaintance of Dennis' - the lovable Rita Littlewood - later known as Rita Sullivan, who famously ran the cobble's newsagents for many years when she joined the soap as a permanent character in 1972.Two years after joining the soap, Philip shared a similarity with his on-screen counterpart when he decided to embark on a career as a pop star.In 1963, he recorded a single called I Might Have Known at London's famous Abbey Road Studios, but the song failed to reach the UK charts.It is reported that his pop star career did not take off and he continued to play Dennis Tanner until Philip decided to leave Coronation Street in 1968.Dennis was written out of the series after his character left for a new job in Bristol alongside wife Jenny Sutton - and it would be many years
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Corrie Bill Roache's love life - bedding 1,000 women and racy nickname it earned him
Coronation Street legend William Roache, best known for his role as Ken Barlow on the ITV soap opera, turns 90 years old today (April 25).The ITV icon has been in the show ever since it was first aired on December 9, 1960 - making him the longest-serving television star in a continuous role in TV history, which is even listed in the Guinness World Records.During his six decades on-screen, Bill has had many dramatic and iconic storylines, such as the love triangle between Ken, his wife Deirdre (Anne Kirkbride) and her lover Mike Baldwin (Johnny Briggs).On the show Ken has been married four times to three different women, with his relationship with Deirdre being arguably one of the most iconic in TV history.But it would seem that his life off-air has been every bit as soapworthy as his character, Ken Barlow.From claims that the Casanova has bedded 1,000 women to the racy nickname his fellow Corrie castmates has given him, it's no surprise Bill is said to be a bit of a ladies man. Bill has said on numerous occasions how he would like to be in Coronation Street until he reach 100-years-old, which would make him first centenarian to work on a soap.It comes as a special ITV documentary, called Happy Birthday Bill, has been announced, which will celebrate the record-breaking star's life and career.