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Coronation Street gives update on Bill Roache health as he takes break

Coronation Street star William Roache is taking time off after contracting Covid-19 (Picture: REX)

Coronation Street has shared an update on star William Roache’s health after the actor contracted Covid-19.

The actor, who plays Ken Barlow, will be taking a break but has ‘recovered well’ and hopes to be back ‘as soon as possible’.

The soap said in a statement: ‘Following recent reports about his health, William Roache has asked us to clarify that he took time off work after testing positive for Covid.

‘He has recovered well and is looking forward to returning to the cobbles as soon as possible.’

It is a rare break for the veteran actor, 88, who was written out of the ITV soap to allow him time to get better.

His last appearance on screen was on March 10.

Editorial use only Mandatory Credit: Photo by ITV/REX/Shutterstock (8961951bt) Sally Metcalfe, as played by Sally Dynevor, discusses her political stance with Ken Barlow, as played by William Roache, and having decided to stand as an Independent, steamrollers Ken into agreeing to be her campaign manager (Ep 8823 - Fri 22nd Jan 2016). 'Coronation Street' TV Series - Jan 2016

Ken has been written out of the soap to give the actor time to recover (Picture: ITV)

A source had previously told The Mirror that Corrie bosses were ‘currently limiting the time we are filming with the more elderly cast during the pandemic.’

‘Bill is such a well-loved member of the team and everyone is delighted he has recovered so well. We can’t wait to have him back,’ an insider added.

The actor has been in Corrie since the very first episode in December 1960 and even won a Guinness World Record for being the longest-serving male television star in a continuous role.

He recently revealed that is not planning on retiring anytime soon, either, explaining: ‘While I can do it and they want me, I will be there.

‘Retirement is not on the radar at all, I have no plans for that. I don’t even like to think about how they’d write Ken out if I did leave, because hopefully that is never going to happen.’

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