It is reported that Coronation Street star William Roache could soon return to the set of the ITV soap as Ken Barlow, having recovered from Covid-19.

The show has explained Ken's absence from Weatherfield with a storyline that he is visiting an old friend in Southampton.

Roache has been a part of the cast since Coronation Street began in 1960. He holds the world record for being the longest-serving actor in a soap.

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An unnamed source told British tabloid The Sun: "Bosses told Bill to take as long as he needed, but he is already feeling loads better.

"He's recovered remarkably well, is itching to get back and is hoping to return to the set by the start of May."

"Anyone else might have taken a lot longer to recover but, despite his age, Bill is as fit as a fiddle," the source added.

If Roache reprises his role as Ken next month, he will not be seen on screens until the summer, as Coronation Street is filmed a number of weeks in advance of transmission.

Coronation Street airs on Virgin Media One and ITV1 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

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