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ITV Coronation Street's Ken Barlow star Bill Roache's life off screen with sons who appeared on soap

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Bill Roache has played Ken Barlow on Coronation Street since 1960 and reportedly earns more than £250,000 per year from his role, making him one of the highest paid stars on the show.The 91 year old also thought to be the highest-paid member of the cast.

From his bankruptcy battle to his co-star sons, let's take a look at the veteran actor's life off screen... Corrie star sons Bill's real-life sons have also acted alongside him on the soap, adding a personal touch to his career.

Bill has two children with his first wife Anna Cropper, and their eldest son Linus Roache, born in 1964, is also an actor. Fans might remember Linus playing Peter Barlow - Ken's on-screen son - back in 1975.

He took on the role aged nine becoming the fourth actor to play the troublesome character. Linus maintained family ties to Bill on-screen as he returned to the ITV soap in 2010.

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