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article imageWilliam Roache honoured for 50 years on Coronation Street

By Lynn Curwin     Sep 24, 2010 in Entertainment
William Roache, who is known to Coronation Street fans as Ken Barlow, was honoured for being the world's longest-serving soap actor. He has been with the show since its first episode.
Roache, 78, was presented with the award during a party at Granada TV's studios, when the show’s 50th anniversary was being celebrated.
Both his record and the show’s record for being the longest running soap have been entered in the 2011 Guinness World Records book.
"An award like this is something that creeps up behind you while you are getting on with the job - that job is Coronation Street. I'm lucky to be in it,” The Telegraph quoted Roache as saying.
"I will hold this on behalf of Team Coronation Street."
Roache was given a standing ovation by crew members and guests.
"Everyone connected with Coronation Street is very proud to acknowledge William's richly-deserved record as the world's longest-serving soap actor, and we are just as proud of achieving the record for being the longest-running soap opera in the world,” The Telegraph quoted Kieran Roberts, executive producer, as saying.
William Roache’s sons, Linus and James, recently appeared on the soap, playing the parts of Ken Barlow’s long-lost son and grandson.
Coronation Street’s actual birthday is on December 9, and major events are being planned for the storyline to mark the milestone.
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