Coronation Street: William Roache loves sons James’ bad boy role!
William Roache has admitted that he was delighted his son was allowed to take on the role of a bad boy on Coronation Street recently.
The 79 year old actor is of course best known as Street staple Ken Barlow and was recently joined on screen by his real life son James, who played his grandson also called James on the ITV soap.
Speaking about the storyline, which saw James becoming involved in fraudulent activities, William said: “I loved this storyline – we really couldn’t have asked for anything better.
“To play a baddy has been great for James. It’s a shocking story, as the character of James was so nice and caring on the surface, but all the time there was this monster lurking within him.”
Meanwhile, James – who is soon set to depart the cobbles when it is revealed his cruel alter-ego stole money from kind-hearted Ken – admitted it would be “fantastic” to return to the soap because it has such a “family significance” for him.
He added to Inside Soap magazine: “If the storyline and the opportunity arose, it would be fantastic to come back.
“Because of James’ disposition, I don’t think he has it in him to become a full-time resident on the cobbles, though. But hopefully Ken won’t hold grudges – and might even want to build bridges with his grandson later on.
“I was very privileged to be asked to ‘Coronation Street’ for this plot. It has such a family significance for me – I really love this place!”