'I didn't have any control over my sex drive': My 1,000 lovers, by the Street's KenAdmits one night stand with former co-star Pat PhoenixSome lovers referred to him in bed by character's name
'I indulged and I can tell you this: It's not worth it'
09:34 GMT, 15 March 2012
Casanova of the cobbles: Coronation Street star Bill Roache
Coronation Street star Bill Roache claimed last night that he has slept with 1,000 women.
The 79-year-old actor, who plays Ken Barlow in the soap, admitted: ‘I didn’t have any control over my sex drive.’
On screen Mr Roache, who is the only original cast member, has had four wives but only 28 flings since the programme began in 1960.
But off screen, as well as two wives, he has had countless flings and affairs and admitted that he regularly cheated on his first wife.
Some of his lovers have referred to him in bed by his character’s name, Ken, Mr Roache revealed.
He said that the women he has slept with include co-star Pat Phoenix, who played Elsie Tanner, with whom he had a one-night stand.
The pair got together after he went around to her flat for some drinks, but they fell out after a row during filming.
‘Looking back, I didn’t know any better,’ Mr Roache said of his affairs in a TV interview due to be screened next month.
He added: ‘But what I did find out is it does not bring you happiness and it is not the way to be.
‘I had the opportunity, I indulged it and I can tell you this: It’s not worth it.
‘The pain that it caused, and there’s all sorts of dangers.
Romance: Roache also admitted having a brief romantic relationship with Pat Phoenix, who played Elsie Tanner in the ITV soap
One night stand: Mr Roache pictured with Pat Pheonix, as Elsie Tanner, and Peter Adamson, as Len Fairclough, on the set of Coronation Street
‘To love somebody and to make love to somebody that you love is the most beautiful thing in the world.’
The claims were made in an interview with Piers Morgan on his show, Piers Morgan’s Life Stories.
Roache said that he turned to drink after his first wife, Anna Cropper,
left him when she discovered his infidelity. His second wife, Sara,
died in her sleep in 2009.
Screen romances: Ken with Deirdre (Anne Kirkbride) on their wedding day on Coronation Street
Back in the day: Ken pictured visiting a
pregnant Denise Osbourne (Denise Black) in hospital in a scene from 1994
father-of-four said he had stopped his womanising ways by the time he
had met his second wife because he was fed up with it and she knew his
He has a son and a daughter from his first marriage and another son and a daughter by his marriage to Sara.
They had another child, Edwina, who died at just 18 months old.
Mr Roache said the tragedy brought him and Sara closer together.
New love: Roache with his girlfriend, blonde TV weathergirl Emma Jesson
Mr Roache has been dating his current girlfriend, TV weathergirl Emma Jesson, for some time.
The actor, who turns 80 next month, said he plans never to retire. He added: ‘Retiring is not an option. While I can do it and they still want me. I’ll be there.’
In 1991, Mr Roache sued The Sun for branding him ‘Boring Ken Barlow’ – a case he won.
He won damages of 50,000, the same amount the paper had offered to settle out of court.
Because of that, by the rules of libel, Mr Roache was responsible for his own 120,000 costs. Had the jury given him even 5 more, he would have been saved a fortune.