Bill Roache's drunken family discovery

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 7 September 2012
Bill Roache

Bill Roache

'Coronation Street' legend Bill Roache discovered his grandfather was a violent alcoholic while filming 'Who Do You Think You Are?' and his mother had to be sent away from him when she was a young baby

'Coronation Street' legend Bill Roache discovered his grandfather was a violent alcoholic while filming 'Who Do You Think You Are?'

The 80-year-old actor - who plays Ken Barlow in the ITV1 soap - delved into his past for the BBC One TV ancestry series and learnt his mother was sent away as a baby to live with an aunt to avoid her "horrible" dad Albert.

He says on the show: "A picture is emerging of a drunken, violent, horrible man. And the minute he has a child, it is taken away and brought up by someone else."

Bill said his mother, Hester, never talked about her past but knew his family was held together by his "amazing" grandmother Zillah Waddicor.

Bill - who recently claimed the world would change dramatically with a "golden age" of spiritualism from December 12 - also discovers his great-grandad gave electric shocks to Victorian clients on Blackpool seafront to cure them of "nervous diseases".

Bill's episode of 'Who Do You Think You Are?' will air on BBC One at 9pm on September 26.

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