Coronation Street star Roy Barraclough dies at 81

Coronation Street barmaid Bet Lynch (actress Julie Goodyear) getting a kiss from television groom Alec Gilroy (actor Roy Barraclough)
Coronation Street barmaid Bet Lynch (actress Julie Goodyear) getting a kiss from television groom Alec Gilroy (actor Roy Barraclough)

Former Coronation Street star Roy Barraclough has died at the age of 81.

A spokesman for the Lancashire-born actor said he died on Thursday following a short illness.

A star on the stage and screen, Barraclough was best known for his role as Alec Gilroy in the ITV soap.

Roy Barraclough with his MBE

Roy Barraclough with his MBE

Former Coronation Street actor Roy Barraclough

Former Coronation Street actor Roy Barraclough