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Former Coronation Street legend passes away after short illness

He was in show on and off for 12 years

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Former Coronation Street favourite Roy Barraclough has died aged 81.

The actor played Alec Gilroy, landlord of the Rovers Return, and husband of the iconic Bet Lynch, from 1986 until 1992 before reprising the role between 1996 and 1998.

Roy was best known as Corrie’s Alec Gilroy (Credit: YouTube/Coronation Street)

His agent, Gavin Barker Associates, confirmed to The Sun the Lancashire-born star had passed away in a statement reading:

“Our client Roy Barraclough has passed away today aged 81 after a short illness.”

As well as Corrie, Roy had starred in a number of other TV faves including Casualty, Last Of The Summer Wine, and Last Tango In Halifax.

The 81-year-old had suffered from a short illness (Credit: FameFlynet.uk.com)

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He also formed a partnership alongside the late Les Dawson in the 1970s and they were probably best-known for playing Ada and Cissy, two grotesque ladies of a certain age.

Roy was most recently seen on our screens in the special Are You Being Served Tribute episode that aired on the BBC last year.

He played Mr Grainger in Are You Being Served? Last year (Credit: BBC)

Throughout his time on Corrie, Roy’s biggest storylines included his tempestuous marriage to Bet, and his failed engagement to Rita Sullivan.

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Alec and Bet’s partnership will always be remembered (Credit: YouTube/Coronation Street)

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Since news of his death broke, fans have gone onto Twitter to pay their respects to him.