Coronation Street gives new lucrative contracts to five of their top stars including Bill Roache

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As Coronation Street gets ready to celebrate its 60th anniversary on 9th December and viewers get ready to indulge in all the fantastic storylines leading up to it, it appears the soap has some great news.

According to the Sun, the world’s longest running soap has just handed over brand spanking new contracts to five of its most-loved actors.

Bill Roache who has played Ken Barlow since the very first episode is one of the fateful five who have put pen to paper on the fresh agreement.

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Now 88 years old, Bill actually received an updated Guinness World Record last month after serving as an actor on the show for a whopping six decades.

Bill, who will be celebrating his 60th anniversary on Corrie along with the show itself was also gifted a specially commissioned portrait to mark the occasion. Steve McDonald actor Simon Gregson, 46, has also been afforded another year on the show.

Joining Simon and Bill are Michael Le Vell, 55, who plays Kevin Webster and Sally Metclafe star Sally Dynevor, 57. Sue Cleaver, also 57, who’s played Eileen Grimshaw since 2000 will also be sticking around.

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This news means that fans of the show can rest assured that their favourite faces will be stomping along the cobbles for at least another year.

A source told The Sun: “These are the lifeblood of the show and, frankly, it would not be Corrie without them.

“Despite a difficult year, bosses were delighted when they agreed deals, keeping them on screen until at least 2021.

"Between them, they have given nearly 200 years to the show.”

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The news that these five long-time stars of the show won’t be going anywhere comes shortly before the ITV soap’s 60th anniversary episodes. Expect the much anticipated return of a couple of older cast members, including Bill Roache and Rita Tanner actress Barbara Knox, 87.

Covid-19 filming restrictions have forced the pair off screen for several months, but the pair make a comeback to help lead the residents in a protest against Ray Crosby’s development plans.

Coronation Street is also hosting Race to the Rovers – a live event that aims to bring cast, crew and fans together with special guest

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