Tributes are continuing to be paid to the former Coronation Street star Roy Barraclough who's died at the age of 81. He was best known for his role as Alec Gilroy, the landlord of the Rovers Return, and his partnership with on-screen wife Julie Goodyear from the mid-80s to the mid 90s. Coronation Street actress Bev Callard, who plays Liz McDonald starred alongside Roy Barraclough for several years.
Former Coronation Street actress Julie Goodyear has led tributes to her co-star and on-screen husband, Roy Barraclough, who has died aged 81.
He was best known for his role as Alec Gilroy in the long-running soap.
Barraclough made his first appearance in Coronation Street in 1972 and became a series regular from 1986 to 1992.
He briefly reappeared back in the soap in 1995 and returned for a longer 1996 and 1998.
"My dearest friend, Roy Barraclough, has passed away at 6am this morning.
"I have no words to describe how devastated I feel.
"We kept in close touch and spoke to each other at least two or three times every week.
"I will treasure all the happy times we had working and laughing together. We were just like a married couple - crazy, I know, but true.
"Rest in peace, Roy. I will always love you."
- VIDEO: Roy Barraclough in Coronation Street:
Coronation Street's Beverley Callard paid this tribute:
The actor from Preston was also one half of the double-act 'Cissie and Ada', with comedian Les Dawson in the 1970s and 1980s.
So thrilled to have known and worked with truly wonderful Roy Barraclough miss you so much Roy Are You Being Served ! Mr Grainger ! Genius.
"Roy was a delightful person as well as a wonderful actor and will be greatly missed by all of us connected with the programme.
"The fact that the character of Alec Gilroy was at the heart of the show for so many years and was held in such affection by so many fans is a tribute to Roy's genius, for drama as well as comedy."
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