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Corrie legend Bill Roache admits he ‘fancied’ The Queen when he first met her

Corrie legend Bill Roache admits he 'fancied' The Queen when he first met her 2

Bill Roache has admitted that he fancied The Queen when he first met her aged 21.

The Coronation Street legend, 89, made the revelation in new ITV documentary Happy Birthday Bill on Tuesday which celebrates his upcoming landmark 90th birthday.

And looking back on momentous times in his life, the Ken Barlow actor told how he found Her Majesty, 95, ‘very attractive’ when he first laid eyes on her back in 1953.

Soft spot: Bill Roache has admitted that he fancied The Queen when he first met her aged 21 (pictured in 2002)

Soft spot: Bill Roache has admitted that he fancied The Queen when he first met her aged 21 (pictured in 2002)

Recalling how he’s always had a fondness for the monarch since their very first meeting, Bill said: ‘I’ve met the Queen eight times.

‘I first met her when I was 21 and I was in the Army and we had the day with her which was very nice.

‘I really fancied her! I don’t know if that’s heresy but she was very attractive.’

The TV special looked back at the life and times of the star, with Bill reflecting on his schooldays growing up in Colwyn Bay, North Wales.

Corrie legend Bill Roache admits he 'fancied' The Queen when he first met her 3

Memories: The Coronation Street legend, 89, made the revelation in new ITV documentary Happy Birthday Bill on Tuesday which celebrates his upcoming landmark 90th birthday

While he also touched on his time in the army, having joined the Royal Welch Fusiliers in 1953 before being stationed in Kingston, Jamaica. 

It there that he first met The Queen, who was on a royal visit to the Commonwealth Caribbean country.

In the film, Bill showed off a picture of a army regiment’s party, of which Her Majesty attended.

Memories: looking back on momentous times in his life, the Ken Barlow actor told how he found Her Majesty, 95, 'very attractive' when he first laid eyes on her back in 1953

Memories: looking back on momentous times in his life, the Ken Barlow actor told how he found Her Majesty, 95, ‘very attractive’ when he first laid eyes on her back in 1953

Affection: 'I really fancied her! I don’t know if that’s heresy but she was very attractive' [pictured Bill and his co-stars meeting The Queen on the Coronation Street set last year]

Affection: ‘I really fancied her! I don’t know if that’s heresy but she was very attractive’ [pictured Bill and his co-stars meeting The Queen on the Coronation Street set last year]

Bill exclaimed: ‘This is the party with the Queen! I remember being there because she was fascinated by the regimental goat.

‘The goat ate cigarettes, two cigarettes a day, and she was feeding him.’

Meanwhile Bill was reunited with his first on-screen wife Anne Reid – more than 50 years after she was killed off. 

Scenes in the documentary saw Bill stating it was a ‘lovely moment’ to see the actress again after she was killed off by a faulty hairdryer in 1971.

Back together! Meanwhile Bill was reunited with his first on-screen wife Anne Reid - more than 50 years after she was killed off

Back together! Meanwhile Bill was reunited with his first on-screen wife Anne Reid – more than 50 years after she was killed off

Bill, who remains Corrie’s only original star from its inception in 1960, also discovered that Anne, who played his first wife Valerie, had a secret crush on him during her eight-year stint on the soap.

Ken’s first wife Valerie was mother to his twins Peter and Susan, but she was tragically killed after electrocuting herself on a faulty hairdryer, in scenes watched by nearly 19 million viewers.

Discussing her time on the soap, Anne said: ‘It was my decision to leave and I was desperate, really desperate, to go. Because I knew I was good at comedy and there was no way that Valerie Barlow was ever going to be funny.’ 

Blast from the past: The Ken Barlow actor said it was a 'lovely moment' to see the actress again after she was killed off by a faulty hairdryer in 1971

Blast from the past: The Ken Barlow actor said it was a ‘lovely moment’ to see the actress again after she was killed off by a faulty hairdryer in 1971

Iconic: Anne starred as Ken's first wife on Coronation Street for eight years until she was killed off in 1971 after being electrocuted by a hairdryer (pictured in 1969)

Iconic: Anne starred as Ken’s first wife on Coronation Street for eight years until she was killed off in 1971 after being electrocuted by a hairdryer (pictured in 1969)

Elsewhere, Bill revealed he has ‘no intention of retiring’ and will continue to play much-loved character Ken Barlow.

The actor  has played Ken on the ITV soap since it aired in 1960 and is set to continue as he believes ‘if you want to do something, it shouldn’t matter what age you are’. 

Speaking on people’s reaction to him working at the age of 89, he said: ‘People will say when are you retiring? Are you going to take a break? But then what happens? 

‘Whilst I can do it, and whilst they will have me, I have no intention of retiring. I am so fortunate to work for an organisation that is happy to have me. 

He is even listed in the Guinness World Records as the longest-serving television star in a continuous role. 

Going strong: Elsewhere, Bill revealed he has 'no intention of retiring' and will continue to play much-loved character Ken Barlow

Going strong: Elsewhere, Bill revealed he has ‘no intention of retiring’ and will continue to play much-loved character Ken Barlow

Loyal: The actor has played Ken on the ITV soap since it aired in 1960 and is set to continue as he believes 'if you want to do something, it shouldn't matter what age you are'

Loyal: The actor has played Ken on the ITV soap since it aired in 1960 and is set to continue as he believes ‘if you want to do something, it shouldn’t matter what age you are’

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