Sunday 22 May 2022 02:13 AM Coronation Street legend Bill Roache almost quit soap to star in Westerns ... trends now

Sunday 22 May 2022 02:13 AM Coronation Street legend Bill Roache almost quit soap to star in Westerns ... trends now
Sunday 22 May 2022 02:13 AM Coronation Street legend Bill Roache almost quit soap to star in Westerns ... trends now

Sunday 22 May 2022 02:13 AM Coronation Street legend Bill Roache almost quit soap to star in Westerns ... trends now

Coronation Street legend Bill Roache has revealed he nearly quit the soap to pursue his dream of appearing in Westerns alongside the likes of Clint Eastwood.

The actor, 90, who has played Ken Barlow in the ITV soap since it was first broadcast in December 1960, has admitted he first aspired to star in films when he launched his career as an actor.

He told the Sunday People: 'When I started out I wanted to be in films, particularly I wanted to be in Westerns.

Change of plans: Coronation Street legend Bill Roache, 90, has revealed he almost quit the soap to pursue his dream of appearing in Westerns alongside the likes of Clint Eastwood, 91

Change of plans: Coronation Street legend Bill Roache, 90, has revealed he almost quit the soap to pursue his dream of appearing in Westerns alongside the likes of Clint Eastwood, 91

'There was a time in the middle of my career, when I was in my 40s, I thought if ever I'm going to get out and do something else, now is the time.

'But I only thought about it. I never actually did it. I realised I'm really proud of Coronation Street, lucky to be in it.'

Bill is the only original cast member left in Corrie, with the serial being the longest-running show of its kind in the world.

Born to perform: Clint has appeared in a variety of Western films, including as Hogan in Two Mules for Sister Sara in 1970 (pictured)

Born to perform: Clint has appeared in a variety of Western films, including as Hogan in Two Mules for Sister Sara in 1970 (pictured)

High hopes: While Bill has played Ken Barlow in the ITV soap since it was first broadcast in December 1960, he hoped for a Movie career like Clint (Clint pictured in 2020)

High hopes: While Bill has played Ken Barlow in the ITV soap since it was first broadcast in December 1960, he hoped for a Movie career like Clint (Clint pictured in 2020)

He admitted he may have struggled if the filming schedule hadn't have changed as the show used to go out live on television.

Bill says he enjoys the way it works today, with the actor

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