William Roache – the Coronation Street star has surprised a lot of people with the revelation that he has slept with 1,000 women.
Roache is the only one of the original 1960 show’s cast to still be in the soap and has a reputation as something of a bore. After this revelation perhaps he it is just that he is tired by the time he gets on set?
The man who is better known to the nation as Ken Barlow says that his bed-hopping led to the breakdown of his first marriage in 1974 after his wife discovered the truth about his infidelity. Bill Roache, who is now 79-years old, also says that as well as his romantic problems he has also had to battle with alcohol problems and depression.
The actor’s 51+ years on Corrie make him not only the longest-serving soap star in Britain but also the world. Amongst his many conquests he can apparently claim former Corrie regular Pat Phoenix, who played the part of Elsie Tanner until 1984. The couple had a one-night stand which seems to have been a result of them both having something of a romantic reputation on the set and Phoenix deciding it was time they did something about it.
As his on-screen character Ken Barlow, Roache has been married 4 times, twice to the same woman (Deidre Barlow), and has also had affairs with 23 other women including Joanna Lumley’s character of Elaine Perkins.
Bill Roache is certainly not the only man with a dull reputation who has managed to bed an impressively large number of women as the French writer Georges Simenon famously bedded over 10,000 women in his lifetime. This still does not seem to have been enough for the writer of the Maigret detective novels who said: “I literally suffered from knowing that there were millions of women in the world that I would never know.”
Carol Vorderman – the Loose Woman, and former Countdown maths wizard was showing off her other title of Rear of the Year as she spent the day at the races yesterday.
Carol and her pal, multi-millionaire lingerie businesswoman Michelle Mone, went to Cheltenham for Ladies Day. Mone made her fortune from MJM International, which is famous for the cleavage enhancing bra Ultimo.
The girls seemed to have a good day with smiles all round as they waved their betting slips about and went off to collect their winnings. The pair was at the races courtesy of the lifestyle management company Grove Life, which looks after various things for the rich and famous such as finding a new home, new car, a holiday or even sorting a night out.
Carol was wearing a Bruce Oldfield coat and a nice tight-fitting Roland Mouret dress, designed to show off her shapely rear, while Michelle wore a leopard-print F&G top with a black Roberto Cavalli trouser suit.
Carol and Michelle’s big win of the day came from the 9-2 Bobs Worth who beat the previously unbeaten Grands Crus to win the RSA Chase. Bobs Worth was obviously the horse of choice for the showbiz set as Lily Allen later took to Twitter to express her delight at the horse’s victory.
Other attendees at this year’s Cheltenham Festival Ladies Day included Princess Anne, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Zara Phillips and husband rugby star Mike Tindall.