Actor who began playing the role of Ken Barlow in the soap opera, "Coronation Street," in 1960.
He was an original cast member of "Coronation Street," and, at one point in the show's history, was the only original cast member left on the soap.
His son, Linus Roache, appeared on "Law & Order" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."
He suffered an injury during his service in the Welsh military that left him partially deaf.
He was married to stage and television actress Anna Cooper from 1961 to 1974 and Sarah Roache from 1978 to 2009. He has three daughters, Verity, Vanya and Edwina, and two sons, Linus and James.