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Comedian and Coronation Street actor Roy Barraclough dies

Soap veteran has passed away after a short illness

Former Coronation Street actor Roy Barraclough, who has died today aged 81 after a short illness, his agent said(Image: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire)

Comic actor Roy Barraclough, best known for playing Alec Gilroy in Coronation Street, has died at the age of 81.

It was confirmed by his agent that he died this morning (Thursday June 1) following a short illness.

Michelle Holmes on Coronation Street in 1990 with Julie Goodyear and Roy Barraclough as Bet and Alec Gilroy

Barraclough played conniving Alec in the soap for 22 years before leaving in 1998, during which time he had a tumultuous marriage to Bet and a stint as landlord of The Rovers.

He was also well known for the double-act Cissie and Ada with the late Les Dawson.

Barraclough's other TV work includes roles in Rising Damp, George and Mildred, Casualty, Last Of The Summer Wine and Last Tango In Halifax.

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