Bill Roache: I've bedded 1,000 women

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Bill Roache

Bill Roache has confessed to bedding 1,000 women, including a 'Coronation Street' co-star, during his womanising days.

Bill Roache has confessed to bedding 1,000 women, including a 'Coronation Street' co-star.

The 79-year-old actor - who plays straight-laced Ken Barlow in the ITV1 soap - explained he "deeply" regrets his womanising ways, which saw him regularly cheat on his first wife Anna Cropper because he had no "control" over his sex drive.

Asked whether the number of women he had slept with was close to the figure of 1,000, he said: "Well, I'm not denying it. Looking back, I didn't know any better. But what I did find out is it does not bring you happiness and it is not the way to be.

"I had the opportunity, I indulged it and I can tell you this - it's not worth it. The pain that it caused, and there's all sorts of dangers. I regret it deeply. I had the opportunity, but that doesn't mean I should do it.

"I had rehearsals up in Manchester from Monday to Friday. The opportunity was there. There were plenty of girls around. I shouldn't have done it. I didn't have any control over my own sex drive. I didn't have the strength to control it."

Bill also admitted for the first time that he seduced co-star Pat Phoenix - who played 'Corrie' battleaxe Elsie Tanner - as a "one-off" before the pair fell out after a row during filming and didn't speak for two years.

Speaking on 'Piers Morgan's Life Stories', which airs on ITV1 next month, he explained: "It was just a one-off. It was just something that happened one night when we were together. We weren't right for each other. She invited me round to her flat and we had a few drinks, then one thing led to another.

"At that time, she had a reputation and I had a reputation, and she felt we should meet, as it were. It just happened."

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