Former Corrie star Roy Barraclough dies at 81
Former Coronation Street starÂ Roy BarracloughÂ has died at the age of 81.
A spokesman for the Preston-born actor said he died today following a short illness.
A star on the stage and screen, Mr Barraclough was best known for his role as Alec Gilroy in the ITV soap, and for the double-act Cissie and Ada with local comedy legend Les Dawson.
Gavin Barker Associates said in a statement: "Our client Roy Barraclough has passed away today aged 81 after a short illness."
Mr 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, Mr Barraclough appeared in the BBC's one-off tribute to Are You Being Served? as Mr Grainger.