Coronation Street star Roy Barraclough dies aged 81
1 June 2017 - 1:00 PM

Coronation Street star Roy Barraclough dies aged 81

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Former "Coronation Street" actor Roy Barraclough has died at the age of 81.

The Lancashire-born star, who is best known for playing Rovers Return landlord Alec Gilroy in the long-running ITV soap, passed away on Thursday (01.06.17) following a short illness, his agent has confirmed.

In a statement, Gavin Barker Associates said: "Our client Roy Barraclough has passed away today aged 81 after a short illness."

Barraclough, who was awarded an MBE for services to drama and charity in 2006, first appeared in "Coronation Street" in 1964, before he joined the soap on a permanent basis in 1986.

Julie Goodyear, who played his on-screen wife Bet Lynch, has led the tributes to the comedic actor, saying she will "treasure" the times they spent together.

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Julie explained in a statement: "My dearest friend Roy Barraclough has passed away at 6am this morning.

"I have no words to describe how devastated I feel. We kept in close touch and spoke to each other at least two or three times every week.

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"I will treasure all the happy times we had working and laughing together. We were just like a married couple, crazy, I know, but true."

Barraclough was also known for his partnership with Les Dawson, starring alongside the TV icon as one half of the gossip-loving northern housewives Cissie and Ada.

The comedy creation was a big hit on British TV in the 1970s and 80s, and Charlotte Dawson, Les" daughter, has paid her condolences on Twitter.

She wrote: "I'm devastated. At least you get to be reunited with my daddy."

During his lengthy career, Barraclough also appeared in a 2016 revival of the sitcom "Are You Being Served?", as well as "Last of the Summer Wine", "Casualty" and a stage production of the Arthur Miller play "Death of a Salesman".

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