Corrie veteran admits learning lines is getting harder

TVBy Sunday World
Roache has been on the show since 1960
Roache has been on the show since 1960

Coronation Street actor Bill Roache has admitted learning his lines "is getting a bit harder", according to reports.

The 83-year-old actor, who plays Ken Barlow in the ITV soap, is also believed to have stated he is not a fan of doing live episodes.

"I just keep going. I turn up and learn my lines," he told the Mirror.

"It is getting a bit harder to learn them but it does not have the same pressure as if you do a live episode. They are a nightmare."

The popular soap celebrated ITV's 60th birthday last year with a live episode.

Roache claimed viewers enjoyed watching the live episodes to see "if people will mess up and it is a nightmare".

The actor, who has played Barlow since Corrie's first episode in 1960, was also disapproving of celebrity cameos on the show.

He said: "It is OK if they are good actors but I don't like them bringing in people who are known for something else."

Earlier in the week, he said his late co-star Anne Kirkbride was an alcoholic, according to The Sun newspaper.

He said Kirkbride, who played his on-screen wife Deirdre Barlow for 42 years, had stopped drinking before her death but had been taking anti-depressants.

Kirkbride died in January last year aged 60. She had been diagnosed with breast cancer and had also suffered a stroke.

Following Roache's reported comments, Kirkbride's husband David Beckett insisted that she had not drank alcohol for many years before her death.

He told The Sun: "Whilst Anne did describe herself as an alcoholic, as many alcoholics do, she had not touched a drop of alcohol for 30 years or more."