Corrie’s Ken Barlow star Bill Roache claims he’s ‘slept with 1,000 women’

Bill Roache is known by many for playing Coronation Street's beloved Ken Barlow.

The 87-year-old ,who plays the legend on the cobbles, has come clean around bedding 1,000 women over the years.

His character is turning 80 in tonight's episode of Corrie.

Bill has revealed his reputation has earned him some interesting nicknames among his fellow soap stars.

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William admitted he was known as C***Roache.

The legendary actor told the Mirror: "I had the opportunity, I indulged in it and I can tell you this: it’s not worth it. The pain that it caused, and there’s all sorts of dangers.

“To love somebody, and to make love to somebody that you love is the most beautiful thing in the world.”

The Corrie star also came clean about apparently having relations with Weatherfield legend Pat Phoenix.

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He revealed: "It was just something that happened one night when we were together. We weren’t right for each other.

"She invited me round to her flat and we had a few drinks, then one thing led to another.

"At that time, she had a reputation and I had a reputation, and she felt we should meet, as it were. It just happened."

The Ken Barlow actor also admitted he regrets some of his past actions.

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He came clean about being unfaithful to his first wife, Anna.

Bill confessed: "I had the opportunity, but that doesn't mean I should do it. I had rehearsals up in Manchester from Monday to Friday. The opportunity was there.

"There were plenty of girls around. I shouldn't have done it. I didn’t have any control over my own sex drive. I didn’t have the strength to control it.

“It depressed me. I’m so sorry for the things that I did. The hurt was the children. I’ll always regret that. Every morning I woke up regretting and hurting.”

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Bill's second wife Sara tragically died in her sleep in 2009.

His daughter Edwina passed away from pneumonia in 1984 when she was just 18 months old.

After Sara's death, Bill was in a relationship with weather girl Emma Jesson, but the couple split up in 2013.

Tragically, his eldest daughter, Vanya, died from liver failure last year.

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