One of the nation’s favourite actors, William Roache MBE has been at the heart of British life for over fifty years, impressing his legions of fans and peers with his memorable performances on the long-running ITV soap Coronation Street.
Acting in some of the classic soap’s most memorable storylines, Roache’s fantastic performances as Ken run the full spectrum from high drama and emotion to social commentary and sublime comic performances. Over the years, he has formed memorable acting partnerships with Anne Kirkbride (Deirdre Barlow), Maggie Jones (Blanche Hunt) and Johnny Briggs (Mike Baldwin).
Celebrating his 80th birthday this year, Roache is one of the nation’s best loved personalities and has featured widely on television and radio shows such as Piers Morgan’s Life Stories and Loose Women. Roache is also the author of two books, ‘Soul on the Street’ and ’50 Years on the Street’, where he tells his memorable stories from a lifetime in the public eye and also shares his acting knowledge and experience.
Roache is currently recognised as the world record holder as the longest running actor in a drama serial for his role as Ken Barlow in Coronation Street, which he has performed since the shows very first episode. He has also been on a tour of Canada and is shortly to embark on a tour of New Zealand, in order to meet his international fans and raise the profile of Coronation Street to audiences outside the UK.
Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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