CORONATION Street star Bill Roache has revealed he wants to be the first 100-year-old actor in a soap.
The 86-year-old soap favourite – who has appeared on the cobbles as Ken Barlow for 58 years – admitted on the Lorraine show earlier today that he still hopes to be on screen in 14 years time.
ITV Coronation Street star Bill Roache has revealed he wants to be the first 100-year-old actor on a soap
When asked if he still had anything left to prove, Bill said: “I’ve been in it for 58 years. I’m in the Guinness Book of Records.
“I’ve got the MBE for services to television. My goal now is to be the first centenarian still working in a serial.
“I think they want me as well. I’m very lucky to have the job. I really appreciate the job and I love it very much.
“The new producer will have his view [on where my storyline goes] and we’ll have a chat.”
ITV The actor, 86, admitted he still hopes to be on screen in 14 years time
Bill also revealed that during his long soap career his character has got through three wives and 23 girlfriends since joining the soap in 1960.
Lorraine Kelly asked him how he remains so youthful, to which he replied: “No, [I don’t feel my age]. Quite honestly, I still feel a bit immature.
“The ageing process is actually a belief system. The body renews its cells all the time.
“If you slow down, your cell renewal process will slow down – it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.”
ITV The Ken Barlow actor said his character had got through 23 girlfriends and three wives during his 58-year career
The star attributed his youthful appearance to meditation, and explained: “That being in the heart, the head is just a computer, if you let that run you, it all wants the detail… give yourself a tea break from life.
“You can leave those things for 10 minutes a day.
“Every human being is pure love. Even Donald Trump, inside he is pure love.
“People like that need more love than anybody else to get through. That beautiful being is imprisoned in that awful ego exterior.
“Every human being is born with love, as love. If you want to be true to yourself and really happy you want to be expressing [that].”
ITV The soap favourite attributed meditation to keeping him young
Viewers took to Twitter to tell the actor how great he looked for his age.
One wrote: “Lorraine William Roache looks good for his age #Lorraine @lorraine”
Another commented: “Can’t believe Bill Roache is 86, he looks bloody good! #lorraine”
In May, Bill exclusively told The Sun’s Bizarre column that he meditates on the toilet for up to three hours at a time.
Explaining how quiet contemplation on the loo can beat stress, he said: “Meditation might sound complicated or alien, but it is a discipline.