Corrie’s William Roache awarded OBE as world’s longest-serving actor

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William Roache, 90, who plays Ken Barlow in Coronation Street, was awarded an OBE at Windsor Castle by King Charles today. The actor also earned a Guinness World Record for playing the role continuously for a whopping 62 years.

The soap star was presented the award by King Charles and posed for photos outside Windsor Castle.

William looked elegant in a black morning coat, charcoal trousers and a blue waistcoat.

The legendary actor, who was born in Derbyshire, was commended for his services to drama and charity.

Speaking about the coveted award last year, William said he was “immensely grateful” to Coronation Street, as “without the programme I wouldn’t be in this position”.

He added: “I’m delighted to be receiving an OBE as it’s such a wonderful honour. I can’t tell you how proud I am.”

“Coronation Street has given me so much in life and I absolutely love the programme and everyone who works on the show,” William concluded to The Mirror.

Earlier this year, William spoke about his secret to longevity and how he is still able to enjoy his job at his age.

He gave viewers his key to staying healthy during a conversation with Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby on ITV’s This Morning.

William credited his longevity in part to “fun fitness” – an exercise class he attends once or twice a week.

Talking about the classes, the TV star said: “What’s amazing about that is you’ve got five-year-old [children going] up to me and the exercises are appropriate for everybody.

“It’s like playing tag at school or something.”

Holly responded: “Keeping active like that is so important and that seems to be what your life looks like. There’s no slowing down.”

Delving deeper into his fitness regime, William explained that he does a range of activities including basketball and boxing, which work to increase his heart rate and raise a sweat.

He added: “It’s not like going to the gym and doing a heavy serious workout. It’s called fun fit for a reason.

“We play games like tag zombies. It’s like a form of school game, you’re chasing around.

“We’re doing things that we enjoy all the time. It’s good to be together.”

William went on to admit that there was more to good health than just a regular exercise regime, including finding “the joy in whatever you do”.

He continued: “There’s certainly basics to life like eating enough vegetables and drinking enough water, getting enough exercise, those things.

“But I think probably the worst thing is stress. If you listen to the news and read the papers, there’s not much joy around, is there?

“If you can enjoy yourself and find joy in whatever you do, it makes such a big difference.”

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