Coronation Street actor Roy Barraclough dies, aged 81

English comic actor Roy Barraclough, who performed as Alec Gilroy landlord of Rovers Return in Coronation Street, has passed away at the age of 81.

His agent confirmed today that he passed away following a short illness.

Barraclough's TV appearances also included Last Tango in Halifax, Last of the Summer Wine and Casualty, with stage work including Death of a Salesman.

He received an MBE in 2006 for services to drama and to charity in the North West.

Roy was most recently seen on our screens in the special Are You Being Served Tribute episode that aired on the BBC a year ago.

Speaking previous year, the actor criticised Coronation Street's plans to move to six episodes a week, saying: "I don't wish them ill but I fear it will all end in tears - the quality is bound to suffer".

But he did remember his years in Weatherfield with fondness, commenting to the Daily Mirror: "They were undoubtedly some of my best years".

The actor made a number of brief appearances in Coronation Street throughout the 1960s and '70s, before becoming a regular face on the cobbles from 1986 until 1992, and returning again in 1996 for two years.

Beverley Callard, who starred as Liz McDonald in the soap, said she will always owe Barraclough.

Julie explained in a statement: "My dearest friend Roy Barraclough has passed away at 6am this morning".

'I will treasure all the happy times we had working and laughing together.

Dawson's daughter Charlotte posted a tribute on Twitter: "Omg I'm least you get to be reunited with my daddy". "We were just like a married couple - crazy, I know, but true", she said.

His onscreen Corrie wife, played by Julie Goodyear, also paid tribute to her dear friend.

  • Salvatore Jensen