Coronation Street Icon Bill Roache Faces Second Bankruptcy as HMRC Files Petition Amid Financial Woes

Coronation Street Legend Bill Roache Grapples with Second Bankruptcy Threat

Renowned Coronation Street actor Bill Roache, famous for his role as Ken Barlow since the soap’s inception in 1960, is once again facing bankruptcy.

HMRC has filed a petition against the 91-year-old actor, currently the highest-paid cast member on the ITV show, earning around £250,000 annually.

HMRC’s Bankruptcy Petition: Financial Woes Continue for Bill Roache

The HMRC, while not commenting on individual cases, confirmed the filing of a bankruptcy petition against Bill Roache.

The spokesperson emphasized their supportive approach to customers with tax debts and mentioned pursuing bankruptcy only as a last resort.

Coronation Street’s Response: Bill Roache Remains a Valued Member of the Cast

Coronation Street expressed regret over Bill Roache’s financial situation, affirming his ongoing contract with the show.

Despite the challenges, the actor, who holds the world record for the longest-serving TV actor in a continuous role, remains a beloved member of the cast.

Bill Roache’s Past Bankruptcy: A Recap of Financial Struggles

In the late nineties, Bill Roache faced bankruptcy following a libel battle with The Sun, which labeled him ‘boring Ken Barlow.’

Although he won the case, the court deemed the lawsuit a waste of time, awarding him only £50,000. With significant legal bills and additional debts from suing his lawyers, he ended up in approximately £600,000 of debt.

Renewed Contract and Guinness World Records: Bill Roache’s Enduring Legacy on Coronation Street

Last year, Bill Roache signed a contract to star in Coronation Street for another 12 months, marking his 63rd year on the show.

The 91-year-old actor, holding the Guinness World Record for the longest-serving TV actor, expressed his desire to continue working on the soap and become the first centenarian in an ongoing drama.

Bill Roache’s Hollywood Aspirations: Almost Quitting Coronation Street for Western Films

In May 2022, Bill Roache revealed his near decision to quit Coronation Street to pursue his dream of appearing in Westerns alongside icons like Clint Eastwood.

Despite aspirations to be in films, particularly Westerns, during the middle of his career, he realized his pride and luck in being part of Coronation Street.

Royal Recognition and OBE Honor: Bill Roache’s Career Highlights

Bill Roache received an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in December, awarded by King Charles for his outstanding contributions to acting spanning over 60 years.

The actor, with a previous MBE, humorously recounted King Charles’ playful question about his continued work.

Career Reflections and Intentions: Bill Roache’s Commitment to Coronation Street

Despite contemplating leaving Coronation Street during his 40s, Bill Roache expressed gratitude for the soap and his commitment to continue as long as the show wants him.

He highlighted the fortune of working for an organization happy to have him and revealed his aim to be the first centenarian still working in an ongoing drama.**

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