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Former Coronation Street star Roy Barraclough has died aged 81 following a short illness
His agent confirmed today that he passed away following a short illness.
Barraclough made occasional appearances in Coronation Street in 1972 and 1975, playing the rather sleazy Alec Gilroy, theatrical agent to night club singer Rita Littlewood.
He returned permanently to the ITV soap in 1986 and a marriage to Bet Lynch was included in his character's narrative.
After several departures and comebacks, Barraclough finally left Coronation Street at the end of 1998.
Roy's character Alec married Bet Lynch during his time on Coronation Street
Barraclough formed a partnership with comedian Les Dawson, playing two grotesque ladies "of a certain age".
Although the two ladies were outrageous with their humour, Barraclough played Cissy, the more refiened of the pair.
He would later appearred in a sitcom, Mother's Ruin, in which he played a bachelor dominated by his belligerent mother, but the show was not a success.
He made a guest appearance in the 2005 Last of the Summer Wine episode 'Has Anyone Seen A Peruvian Wart?' playing opposite his friend Kathy Staff and has appeared in a variety of TV shows including Casualty, Peak Practice, Funland and recorded a guest role in BBC One’s Billy Goat.
We are saddened to hear that Roy Barraclough has passed away.
Here's an example of the warmth and love he brought to his role as Alec Gilroy pic.twitter.com/yfEhxpJ4Aj
— Coronation Street (@itvcorrie) June 1, 2017
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Tonight's episode of Coronation Street will be dedicated to Roy
On stage, Barraclough enjoyed major success as he turned his hand to musicals and high drama. Most noticably, he starred in The Boy Friend, Gypsy and Death of a Salesman.
Barraclough even earned three awards for stage roles from the Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards.
He was last seen on screen in the role of Mr Grainger from the Are You Being Served? reboot.
Coronation Street paid tribute to the actor today, posting on their Twitter account: "We are saddened to hear that Roy Barraclough has passed away."
Along with a video of Alec Gilroy, the tweet contined: "Here's an example of the warmth and love he brought to his role as Alec Gilroy."
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Coronation Street star Roy Barraclough dies age 81 following short illness
The actor went on to make appearances in Casualty, Peak Practice and Funland
They also said that tonight's episode of Coronation Street will be dedicated to Roy.
His onscreen Corrie wife, played by Julie Goodyear, also paid tribute to her dear friend.
“My dearest friend Roy Barraclough has passed away at 6am this morning," Julie, 75, said in a statement.
“I have no words to describe how devastated I feel. We kept in close touch and spoke to each other at least 2 or 3 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.”