Coronation Street star Roy Barraclough dies at 81

Pierre Vaugeois
Juin 2, 2017

Best known as one of the landlords of the Rovers Return pub on Coronation Street, his career spanned five decades.

The actor and long-time comedy partner of Les Dawson passed away on Thursday (1 June) following a short illness, his agent confirmed in a statement.

He first appeared in the soap as agent to nightclub singer Rita Littlewood, now better known as Rita Tanner.

In 1986 he became a permanent member of the cast, marrying Bet Lynch.

His other TV work included roles in Casualty, Last Of The Summer Wine, Last Tango In Halifax and Pompidou.

Dawson played Ada Shufflebotham while Barraclough played Cissie, the more "refined" of the two.

Leading the tributes former Corrie actress Goodyear, said she was "devastated" by the loss of her "dearest friend".

Last year, he appeared in the BBC's one-off tribute to Are You Being Served? as Mr Grainger.

"I'm devastated", Dawson's daughter wrote on Twitter.

Barraclough died today at Willow Wood Hospice in Greater Manchester, of which he was a patron, after a short illness.

"I will treasure all the happy times we had working and laughing together".

Coronation Street bosses have promised to dedicate tonight's episode to Barraclough's memory. "We were just like a married couple - crazy, I know, but true", she said.

She said: "Along with Julie Goodyear, Bill Tarmey and Betty Driver, he taught me everything about this job".

'Rest in peace Roy.

He was awarded an MBE in 2006 for services to drama and charity in the North West. He returned for two more years in 1996, playing Alec for 22 years in total, before finally quitting the cobbles in 1998.

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