'The earth will continue to cleanse itself as material and negative things collapse and cease to be': Bill Roache reveals his apocalyptic spiritual beliefs
15:19 GMT, 5 September 2012
Raising eyebrows: Bill Roache has aired his spiritual beliefs in a new magazine interview
To millions of soap fans, he's Coronation Street's Ken Barlow, Weatherfield's guardian of scientific logic and reason.
But off screen, actor Bill Roache has been raising eyebrows by spouting his slightly apocalyptic spiritual ramblings – leading to comparisons with former sports presenter David Icke.
The 80-year-old actor aired his views in Silent Voices, a magazine dedicated to
the spiritual, metaphysical and paranormal, who asked him for his take the concept that humanity will expire at the same time the Mayan
He answered: 'This will be the Golden Age, when a majority will know they are love and they are spiritual beings.
'The earth will continue to cleanse itself while material and negative things collapse and cease to be.'
Scholars cite the date as being either the 12, 21 or 24 of December this year.
The Mayans were an ancient society who used astrology to create a series of intricate calendars.
their importance of the calendar ending is hotly disputed by experts
and conspiracy theorists, with one camp arguing that the Earth or
humanity will somehow destroy itself, and others arguing that it
signifies a change in global consciousness.
Screen star: Roache is known to millions for playing Ken Barlow in Coronation Street, seen here with Deirdre Barlow (Anne Kirkbride) and Blanche Hunt
The veteran actor, 80, firmly places himself in the latter camp.
He said: 'The energy and light of the Creator is love. Love is the life force, it is everything, it is the law of attraction.
'I have always known that there are beings around me, loving and guiding, and never more so than now.'
Bill has previously spoken out about his strong spiritual beliefs, and is an advocate of reincarnation.
Love life: Roache with his stunning, much younger girlfriend, TV weather girl Emma Jesson