On Thursday morning (1 June), it was announced that Roy - who starred as pub landlord Alec Gilroy in ‘Corrie’ for more than a decade - had died at the age of 81, after a short period of ill health.
Julie, best known for playing Roy’s on-screen wife Bet Gilroy (née Lynch), has now paid her respects, fondly recalling their friendship and time on the cobbles together.
Describing Roy as her “dearest friend”, she said: “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.”
Alec and Bet tied the knot in the 1980s, and had a surprisingly firm marriage at first, until he eventually left her in Weatherfield when he was offered a full-time job on a cruise, which she was not willing to leave her beloved pub behind to travel with him on.
After leaving ‘Coronation Street’ in 1998, Roy continued to work as an actor, most recently as Maurice in ‘Last Tango in Halifax’ and in the ‘Are You Being Served?’ remake, in which he starred as Mr Grainger.
He was awarded an MBE in 2006 for services to drama and charity in the North West.