Bill Roache, a Coronation Street legend, is set to be reunited with his first on-screen wife Anne Reid, 51 years after she was killed off. Let’s see how did Bill Roache reunite with his wife Anne Reid.
The Ken Barlow actor, 89, said it was a ‘lovely moment’ to see the actress again after she was killed off by a faulty hairdryer in 1971 in scenes set to air in an upcoming documentary to commemorate his 90th birthday.
Bill, the soap’s only original star since its inception in 1960, also discovered that Anne, who played his first wife Valerie, had a secret crush on him during her eight-year run.
When asked about the documentary’s highlight, Bill told The Mirror, ‘When Valerie died, she was supposed to meet Ken at the Rovers, so when she walked through the doors finally 52 years later, it was a lovely moment, we both just started laughing.’ It was wonderful to see her again; she doesn’t look any different to me.’
He also revealed that during filming, Anne surprised him by confessing to him that she had a secret crush on him.
Valerie, Ken’s first wife, was the mother of his twin sons Peter and Susan, but she tragically died after electrocuting herself with a faulty hairdryer in scenes seen by nearly 19 million people.
‘I decided to leave, and I was desperate, really desperate, to go,’ Anne said of her time on the soap. Because I knew I was good at comedy, and Valerie Barlow was never going to be funny.’
Anne met her husband Peter Eckersley, one of the show’s producers, while working on the soap, and they were married until he died of cancer in 1981.
‘Peter was very special, hilarious, and wonderful,’ she added. I’ve never met anyone I admired as much, found as funny or as clever as him. But I was a bad wife.’
Anne has landed a slew of major roles since leaving Corrie, including Jean in Dinnerladies and Celia Dawson in Last Tango in Halifax, for which she was nominated for a British Academy Television Award for Best Actress.
Of course, this was not Ken’s final marriage on the cobblestones, as he had a brief affair with Janet Reid from 1973 to 1977 before marrying his longtime love Deirdre from 1981 to 1992, and again from 2005 until she died in 2015.
Bill, who made his Corrie debut 62 years ago, will take center stage in a documentary commemorating his 90th birthday, with stars old and new looking back on his lengthy stint and some of Ken’s most iconic storylines.
From 1961 to 1974, he was married to Anna Cropper, with whom he had a son Linus and a daughter Vanya, who died in 2018.
He then married his second wife Sara, who died suddenly in 2009, and they had two children: Verity and James, as well as Edwina, who died in 1984.
Happy Birthday, Bill airs on ITV on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. Coronation Street airs at 8 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. This is how Bill Roache reunite with his wife Anne.
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