Coronation Street’s Roy Barraclough has died aged 81
Former Coronation Street actor Roy Barraclough has died at the age of 81-years-old.
Best know for his role on Coronation Street as the Rovers Return landlord Alec Gilroy, Roy passed away during the early hours of this morning (Thursday June 1) following a short period of illness.
In a statement, Gavin Barker Associates said: “Our client Roy Barraclough has passed away today aged 81 after a short illness.”
The Lancashire-born star had a rich and varied acting career: He made his first appearance on the ITV soap in 1964, before joining permanently in 1986, and was awarded an MBE for services to drama and charity in 2006. Barraclough also appeared in a 2016 revival of Are You Being Served?, as well as Last of the Summer Wine, Casualty and a production of the Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman.
Coronation Street actress Julie Goodyear, who played his on-screen wife Bet Lynch, has led the tributes to the well-loved actor, saying she will “treasure” the happy memories with her co-star.
Julie explained in a statement: “My dearest friend Roy Barraclough has passed away at 6am this morning.
“I have no words to describe how devastated I feel. We kept in close touch and spoke to each other at least two or three times every week.
“I will treasure all the happy times we had working and laughing together. We were just like a married couple, crazy, I know, but true.”
Charlotte Dawson, whose father Les Dawson starred alongside Barraclough in Cissie and Ada, also sent out a message on Twitter.
She wrote: “I’m devastated. At least you get to be reunited with my daddy.”
Omg I'm devastated 😥😥😥😥😥😥💔💔💔💔💔 atleast you get to be reunited with my daddy 😥😥😥😥💔💔😥😥😥💔💔💔💔 https://t.co/58GiJjXWCS
— Charlotte Dawson (@CharlotteDawsx) June 1, 2017