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Coronation Street star passes away after short illness

Former Coronation Street star Roy Barraclough has passed away after a short illness, aged 81.

Roy, a star on the stage and screen, was best known for his role as Alec Gilroy in the ITV soap.

A spokesman for the actor said, “Our client Roy Barraclough has passed away today aged 81 after a short illness.”


He appeared as a talent agent in Corrie in the early 1970’s before becoming a regular face on the cobbles from 1986 until 1992 and returning again in 1996 for two years.

Corrie: Roy was a regular on the hit sitcom | ITV

People will remember his marriage to Bet Lynch, played by Julie Goodyear, during his time in Weatherfield.

Barraclough was seen on screens most recently last year, in a revival of classic sitcom Are You Being Served?.

He was awarded the MBE for services to drama and charity, and had been the patron of Willow Wood Hospice in Greater Manchester for more than 20 years.

He died at the hospice following his illness.


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