Coronation Street’s Bill Roache gives secret of youthful looks to Eamonn Holmes

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Coronation Street legend William Roache has given the secret to his ageless appearance.

The Ken Barlow actor, who has been on the cobbles for 59 years since the very first episode, explained how he stays looing so young.

The 87-year-old attributed his youthful good looks to a number of factors, including finding time every day for meditation.

This Morning presenter Eamonn Holmes admitted he wanted the secrets – and claimed he looked like he could be Bill’s father.

Bill explained: “Well, it’s the genes to begin with and then it’s what you do with them, isn’t it? You can dissipate yourself with how you live and what you eat.



William Roache revealed his secrets to his good looks



Eamonn Holmes wanted some advice from Bill

“The main thing is aging is a belief system. If you think as I get older I’m going to get slower, ‘Oh I’m 50, I can’t do this now’ you will slow down.

“Your cells renew themselves all the time and if you slow down, your cell renewal process will slow down.

“There are basic things. Are you getting enough sleep? Eight to 10 hours.”



Bill’s life is not as explosive as Ken Barlow’s



Bill appeared on the sofa with Eamonn and Ruth

Bill warned Eamonn to stay away from food with chemicals and take things in moderation, but admitted strict diets are bad as eating has to be enjoyable.

Revealing one of the ways he stays young is by taking a regular fun fitness class, Bill said: “We do a bit of boxing, a bit of basketball, it’s all very competitive… Young children and me, the full spectrum of people. By the end of it you’re absolutely knackered.”

Bill is also a massive fan of meditation, which he calls a “discipline”, and believes everyone should find time to empty their minds.






He taught Eamon and Ruth how to meditate

Taking Eamonn and wife Ruth Langsford through the process, he explained: “I would call it a tea break from life. And what you need is a place in your home and a chair, and when you go to that chair, and if you can go to the same place every time it helps.

“As you walk towards that chair you leave everything, all of your worries, all of your cares, leave them at the door, you will pick them up later. Sit in that chair and have a tea break from life. Doing that for five minutes, that’s a start.”

Bill continued: “You can’t not think and you can’t stop thoughts, but let them come through. You need something to think about, so what I think about is you balance your breathing and you think of the waves coming in on the seashore… Balance and enjoyment are key.”



Bill has been playing Ken Barlow for over half a century

On looking back and thinking he could’ve taken a different career path, Bill admitted he nearly turned down Coronation Street because of a play he was in.

Bill confessed: “Yes, because when it [Coronation Street] was first offered, I didn’t want to do it. I’d just got the lead in a play in 1959, it was the play of the week, the highlight of the week, and I had the lead as a young soldier in Germany.

“So that was coming out and then my agent rang and said, ‘Granada want you, I think it’s for a little comedy…’ And I said, ‘I don’t want to do it.’ And he said, ‘You might as well do the pilot, you’ve got nothing else to do.’ And then he said ‘They want you.’”

*This Morning airs weekdays on ITV at 12.30pm



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