Coronation Street's Bill Roache is set to return to filming after a break due to battling Covid

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    Corrie’s Bill Roache ‘is set to return to filming next week’ following a three-month break due to battling Covid – days after meeting the Queen on set

    Bill Roache is reportedly set to return to filming Coronation Street after his three month break due to contracting Covid in March. 

    The veteran actor, 89, is said to start filming scenes on the cobbles again next week after recently meeting with the Queen on the set of the ITV show. 

    A source told The Sun, ‘Bill couldn’t wait to be back on set and what better way to mark it than with a visit from the Her Majesty.’ 

    Rovers Royalty: Bill Roache, 89, is set to start filming scenes on the cobbles again next week after meeting with the Queen on the set of the ITV show on Thursday. He was forced to take a break from the soap after contracting Covid in March

    Rovers Royalty: Bill Roache, 89, is set to start filming scenes on the cobbles again next week after meeting with the Queen on the set of the ITV show on Thursday. He was forced to take a break from the soap after contracting Covid in March 

    They continued, ‘he hasn’t found it easy being away from the show for so long.’ 

    He last appeared on the show on March 10th, with the soap bosses deciding not to write him out completely, instead writing his part off-screen. 

    Bill, when meeting the Queen on Thursday, told Her Majesty that the first time they met was when he was in Jamaica with the Royal Welch Fusiliers.  

    Battling Covid: He last appeared on the show on March 10th, with the soap bosses deciding not to write him out completely, instead writing his part off-screen

    Battling Covid: He last appeared on the show on March 10th, with the soap bosses deciding not to write him out completely, instead writing his part off-screen

    ‘It’s really marvellous how you’ve been able to carry on’ The Queen said of the show’s filming through the pandemic. 

    He replied to the monarch, ‘well ma’am, you’re the one who has carried on.’ 

    Bill, who plays Ken Barlow, is the only remaining character who still appears on the show since it first began in 1960.  

    During his time on the ITV programme, Ken has been married four times to three different women, as well as being embroiled in several love affairs. 

    Veteran of the show: Bill (far left), who plays Ken Barlow, is the only remaining character who still appears on the show since it first began in 1960; pictured in 1980

    Veteran of the show: Bill (far left), who plays Ken Barlow, is the only remaining character who still appears on the show since it first began in 1960; pictured in 1980 

    Bill previously told how he wants to say on the soap as long as possible, and insisted at its 60th anniversary: ‘While I can do it and they want me, I will be there.

    ‘Retirement is not on the radar at all. I have no plans for that.

    ‘I don’t even like to think about how they’d write Ken out if I did leave. Because hopefully that is never going to happen.’

    Way back when: Bill has admitted that 'Retirement is not on the radar at all. I have no plans for that'; pictured in dated show still

    Way back when: Bill has admitted that ‘Retirement is not on the radar at all. I have no plans for that’; pictured in dated show still 

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