Corrie actor Bill Roache's daughter has died aged 50

Updated / Thursday, 8 Mar 2018 07:15

Corrie actor Bill Roache's daughter Vanya has died aged 50

Coronation Street actor Bill Roache's eldest daughter has died aged 50.

Vanya, the 85-year-old actor's daughter with his first wife Anna Cropper, died on March 2. 

The actor has been granted compassionate leave from the soap following the bereavement.

A source told The Sun newspaper that Roache, who plays Ken Barlow, in the ITV soap, is "utterly heartbroken" and has been told to take as much time away from the cobbles as he needs.

"ITV are giving him all the time he needs but he’s understandably very upset", the source said.

"After hearing the news on Friday he’s been told to take as long as required. There’s no word just yet on when he’ll return."

This is not the first time the actor has lost a child. In 1983, he and and his wife Sara Roache, who died suddenly in 2009, lost their daughter Edwina aged 18 months to pneumonia.

Vanya is survived by her fiancé Toby.