Coronation Street's Bill Roache gives update on when older cast can return

Coronation Street’s William Roache has shared an update on when the older castmembers can return to the cobbles.

Younger members of the cast returned to work recently, following safety guidelines, but ITV bosses announced that those older than 70 have been asked to remain home for now.

And Bill – who plays iconic Ken Barlow in the soap – teased when they may be returning to our screens.

Appearing on Good Morning Britain, the 88-year-old told Kate Garraway and Adil Ray: ‘The over-70s haven’t been called yet. I’ve been told I might be called after August.

‘I hope so. We’re ready and willing, but not yet, not yet.’

Teasing what we can expect when the entire cast are back, he revealed the writers have been tasked with being ‘inventive’.

Which could mean that anything could happen…

‘The writers are told to be inventive so I’m hoping they come up with something,’ he continued.

‘I would like to get back, I have been speaking to my colleagues and those who are working say there’s a wonderful camaraderie.

‘Although they are doing distancing there’s a great feel at work, so I’m quite looking forward to that.’

While Bill has not been able to return to Weatherfield just yet, he has been keeping busy at home with his family.

Lifting the lid on life in isolation, the soap legend said he had picked up a string of hobbies thanks to his children – who he has locked down with.

‘I’ve been very fortunate, I understand it has been very difficult for many people, but I have my two children, Will and Verity, with me,’ he added.

‘[They] are normally in London, so we’ve been living together and getting on very well. 

‘We have a cinema in the evening, with a comedy show like Vicar of Dibley, and then an old feature film.

‘During the day, we do our own thing. My daughter Verity is an artist, she’s taught me to draw a bit. 

‘I’ve been doing some drawing and also some writing. I’ve been writing a story which I’m really enjoying.’

Lockdown at the Roache residence sounds like the most fun.

Good Morning Britain continues on weekdays, at 6am, on ITV.

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