Bill Roache's New York award

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Bill Roache

'Coronation Street' actor Bill Roache will receive the award for world's longest-serving soap actor at a Guinness World Record ceremony in New York next month.

Bill Roache will be named the world's longest-serving soap actor at a Guinness World Record ceremony in New York next month.

The 'Coronation Street' actor - who made his first appearance as former teacher Ken Barlow on the ITV1 show's debut episode on December 9, 1960 - is due to take over the record from US actor Don Hastings on November 22.

Bill admitted his delight at the honour and said he has no plans to retire.

He said: "Guinness World Records have been in touch and want to fly me over to New York for some sort of ceremony with Don Hastings.

"I always say that while I can still do it and while they still want me, retiring isn't an option. The show is character based and if the characters are good you can't go wrong."

It was recently revealed that 'Coronation Street' would receive the Guinness World Record for the longest-running television soap opera in the world.

Bill has previously admitted he almost turned down his record-breaking role.

The 78-year-old actor said he was initially unsure of accepting the offer because he already had quite a successful career but changed his mind when his agent told him it was guaranteed work for six weeks.

He said: "Those six weeks have now stretched into 50 years, and the programme is still going strong. Nobody could have known way back then what an impact it would have."

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