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Coronation Street legend Bill Roache has shared a look inside the wonderful home he shares with his "perfect" son and daughter.
The Ken Barlow actor, who has played the character for 60 years, took OK! Magazine on an exclusive tour around his Cheshire abode sharing a peek at his wonderful collection of royal memorabilia and family mementoes. Watch the video above for full tour!
Bill, 88, told us how he has been spending his time in lockdown painting with his daughter Verity turning their dining room into an art room, enjoying cinema nights and meditating.
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While Bill has lived alone since his wife Sarah died in 2009, two of his adult children, Verity, 39, and Will, 34, have been staying with him for the past five months during the coronavirus pandemic.
Taking OK! on a tour of his charming home wearing a pair of light blue shorts and a white t-shirt Bill explains what he's been up to.
“This is really the dining room but during lockdown it has become the art room," the soap star says as he shows off a piece of Verity's work in the traditional settings.
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The room is decorated with red and gold curtains, matching lamps and traditional dark wood furniture as well as plenty of family photos.
In one black and white picture it shows Bill as a young man, with others of his children when they were young.
Elsewhere in the house some very royal photos take pride of place in the drawing room, as Bill explains his meetings with the Queen and Prince Charles.
"We have some interesting photos in here. This is one with the Queen which I am very proud of," Bill said in the video tour, which you can watch above.
"I’m on my own with her there when Preston got the Freedom of the City [in 2002], then there’s one of Prince Charles I met him when he came and visited the studio. And that’s Laurence Olivier… took that picture myself," he added.
Verity joins her dad on the tour as she explains the drawing room is also a hub for their movie nights.
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“Every night we have cinema night in here," she said, settling into one of the comfy white chairs.
“We have our day then we come in here and put the television on," Bill added, "It’s usually a series and then a movie… We like a comedy series and a good old film."
The room keeps with the traditional theme of Bill's charming home, with matching cream carpets, heavy embroidered curtains and ornaments scattered on every surface.
Over in the country style kitchen which is decorated in all white cabinets and fittings, Bill and Verity say it's where they spend most of their time.
“This is the hub of the home, we spend so much time here," Verity said.
“Yeah we do don’t we, coffee, meals, big discussions, all sorts of things, arguments," chuckling away to each other, Bill joked, "Oh we argue all the time don’t we!"
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When Bill, who is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest-serving male television star in a continuous role, wants some time alone he turns to the conservatory.
"The conservatory is my place, I come here to relax and meditate in here too," he explained, "It’s very, very peaceful and quiet."
The room allows in the sunlight brightening up the peaceful space which also features white sofas and draped curtains.
There is also another spot that the family can enjoy just outside of the conservatory, with a small terrace area that looks out onto the surrounding garden.
Bill, who is also dad to New York-based actor Linus Roache, 56, told OK!: "It’s been wonderful having the house full again. Every night, we’ve had a movie club and watched all the old classics, like Cleopatra and My Fair Lady. I’m a big Will Ferrell fan, too, so we watch a lot of his films as well."
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