Coronation Street veteran Bill Roache has predicted the world will "change dramatically” on 12 December.

Roache, who plays scholarly Ken Barlow in the long-running ITV soap, has shown himself to be a rather spiritual man...

In an interview with Silent Voices, a spiritual, paranormal and metaphysical magazine, Roache said: "This will be the Golden Age, when a majority will know they are love and they are spiritual beings.

“The earth will continue to cleanse itself while material and negative things will collapse and cease to be.”

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The Queen meets Bill Roache who plays Ken Barlow

It's not the first time Roache has spoken about his unusual spiritual beliefs and a "Golden Age". Interviewed on a Welsh chat show in December last year, he said he believed in telepathy, reincarnation and that natural disasters are caused by "negative energy".

"There are some cleansings that have to take place, where negative energy has to be discharged, and these will be in the form of earthquakes, hurricanes, floods and tsunamis [in 2012]," he told chat show host Kevin Moore. "So all the bad things coming to the surface will be seen and they will fall away.

“We’ll move into the golden age, which will be a wonderful age where we’ll all love, we’ll communicate telepathically. We’ll all be aware of our spiritual selves, and it will be a beautiful place to be.”

Luckily he's not actually predicting the world will end on 12 December, however - unlike the ancient Mayan prophecies which believe the date marks the end of the world on the calendar.

Actor Seth Rogen last year revealed that he was left speechless by a conversation in which George Lucas, the producer of Star Wars and other Hollywood hits, told him of his belief that the world would end in 2012.

And in May a poll revealed nearly 15 percent of people worldwide believe the world will end during their lifetime and 10 percent think the Mayan calendar could signify it will happen in 2012.

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  • 19. Brookside 1994: Beth and Margaret's lesbian kiss

  • 18. EastEnders 1998: Tiffany is run over and killed

  • 17. Coronation Street 1996: Raquel leaves the Street

  • 16. Emmerdale 2011: Aaron helps Jackson end his life

  • 12. EastEnders 2005: Den is murdered by Chrissie

  • 15. Coronation Street 2006: Mike Baldwin dies

  • 14. EastEnders 2009: Sonia gives birth not knowing she's pregnant

  • 13. Emmerdale 2003: Chris poisons himself and then proceeds to frame Charity

  • 11. Hollyoaks 2008: Niall's explosive revenge on the McQueen family

  • 10. EastEnders 2007: Stacy and Max's affair is revealed

  • 9. Emmerdale 1997: Kim lets Frank die

  • 8. Coronation Street 2003: Tricky Dickie drives the Platts into the canal

  • 7. EastEnders 2009: Danielle dies in Ronnie's arms

  • 6. Brookside 1995: The body under the patio is dug

  • 5. Emmerdale 1993: The plane crash

  • 4. Coronation Street 1998: Deirdre is sent down

  • 3. EastEnders 2001: Kat tells Zoe she's her mum

  • 2. Coronation Street 2010: The tram crash

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