‘Coronation Street’ Spoilers: Ken Barlow Actor Bill Roache Discusses Stroke Twist (EXCLUSIVE)

The storyline is set to change the Barlows forever...

‘Coronation Street’ fans were left with a cliffhanger at the end of Monday’s (17 October) episode, when Ken Barlow collapsed in the hallway and we can now reveal that the character will discover that he suffered a stroke, and the road to recovery will not be an easy one.

Actor Bill Roache, who has played Ken since 1960, has discussed the storyline with The Huffington Post UK, revealing the preparation he made ahead of filming the difficult scenes.

Peter will stay at his father's side
Peter will stay at his father's side
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The coming weeks will see Ken’s family rush to his bedside, willing him to get better, but there’s a long road ahead.

“The only thing I said when I first heard about it was that I wanted to speak to somebody on the medical side to make sure that what I was doing was right,” he told us, in an interview you can watch above. “Pippa [a medical expert] came, and was there when we filmed it [the stroke scene].

“She put it right, making sure Ken had no words after the stroke. The stroke is instant and everything goes.

Bill has starred in 'Corrie' since its very first episode
Bill has starred in 'Corrie' since its very first episode
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“And then the after bit, I showed her a way of doing it [acting the suffering]. As an actor you don’t play the infirm. You play trying to speak through it.”

Bill also discussed the coming months, which will see the Barlow family grow when two more members of the family arrive.

The storyline will see the Barlow household full of people again, and Bill admitted that the new faces are welcome, in the wake of a tough year following the death of Anne Kirkbride.

See what he had to say in the video above, and catch up on all the latest soap news and spoilers here.

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