William Roache Cleared – Back to normal now as Ken Barlow !!!

William Roache qualifies for the Films of the fifties site because he actually was in films in the late 1950s – One such film was a small role in the  film Behind the Mask 1958 starring Michael Redgrave, Tony Britton, Carl Mohner, Vanessa Redgrave, Ian Bannen, Brenda Bruce, Lionel Jeffries and Miles Malleson – so he was in a very good company of film actors here. It was a hospital drama.

He was, later on,  in The Bulldog Breed 1960 with Norman Wisdom.

He was today cleared and found not guilty of a number of allegations of sex abuse from years ago in a much publicised trial in England.

He is the World’s longest running actor in the same role, playing Ken Barlow in the very famous British TV Coronation Street continuously from 1960 and still going strong.

A star is born: Bill Roache, as Ken Barlow, with his on-screen family David Barlow, played by Alan Rothwell, and Ida Barlow, played by Noel Dyson, in a Christmas episode in the soap's first year on television - 1960

Above – In a very early episode of Coronation Street.

This is an interesting scene from one of the very first transmitted episodes of that famous British soap opera.

Interesting also in that it shows much of the set and the lighting.

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