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Corries Roy Barraclough Dies

The former Coronation Street actor died today aged 81 after a short illness.

The Lancashire-born actor’s agent confirmed his death this morning.

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

Gavin Barker Associates said in a statement: “Our client Roy Barraclough has passed away today aged 81 after a short illness.”

Since news of his death emerged, fans have been paying tribute to his memory on social media.

One fan wrote on Twitter: “Sad to see one of Preston’s greats leave us.”

Another said: “Sad to hear the news about actor Roy Barraclough. Fantastic character actor. He was wonderful in Coronation Street and with Les Dawson #RIP.”

One posted: “RIP Roy Barraclough. Thanks for all the laughs.”

Barraclough appeared as a talent agent in Corrie in the early 1970s before becoming a regular face on the cobbles from 1986 until 1992 and returning again in 1996 for two years.

As Gilroy, he was best known for his stormy marriage to Bet Lynch, played by Julie Goodyear.

His other TV work includes roles in Casualty, Last Of The Summer Wine and Last Tango In Halifax.

Last year, Barraclough appeared in the BBC’s one-off tribute to Are You Being Served? as Mr Grainger.

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