Coronation Street legend Bill Roache has “recovered well” after suffering from Covid disease.
The veteran – who plays Ken Barlow on the soap – tested positive for the disease and was written off the long-running show as he took the time to get better. reports the mirror.
The 88-year-old has recovered and will be returning to the Cobbles “as soon as possible”.
A Corrie spokeswoman said: “Following recent reports on his health, William Roache has asked us to clarify that he has been taking time off after testing positive for Covid. He has recovered well and is looking forward to getting back to the cobblestones as soon as possible. “
A source said that storylines with Ken are “being written” and that they also “currently limit the time we shoot with the older cast members during the pandemic”.
Other older stars include Barbara Knox, 86, who plays Rita, Sue Nicholls, 77, who plays Audrey, and David Neilson, 72, who plays Roy.
Bill, who last performed in Corrie on March 10th, told bosses he wasn’t expecting to get back on screen.
A source added: “He is really fine and looks forward to his return. Bill is such a popular member of the team and everyone is happy that he has recovered so well.
“We can’t wait to have him back.”
Bill recently insisted that retirement was out of the question.
He said, “While I can and they want me, I’ll be there.
“Retirement is not on the radar at all, I have no plans for that.
“I don’t even like to think about how they would write Ken out if I left because hopefully that will never happen.”
Bill has been a regular face on the cobblestone since 1960 – when he starred in the soap’s first episode.
He currently holds the title for the longest time in a television drama.