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Saturday 19 April 2014

'Bill Roache was always a gentleman around me', reveals Corrie star

Coronation Street actress Anne Kirkbride arrives at Preston Crown Court
Coronation Street actress Anne Kirkbride arrives at Preston Crown Court

Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride has told a jury that her on-screen husband William Roache, from Wilmslow, Cheshire, was "always a perfect gentleman" around her.

Ms Kirkbride, a stalwart of the ITV soap as Deirdre Barlow, was called as a character witness for the actor who is accused of a series of sex assaults.

Roache, 81, is accused of using his fame and popularity to exploit "starstruck" youngsters for sex in the mid to late 1960s.

He denies two counts of rape and four counts of indecent assault involving five complainants aged 16 and under between 1965 and 1971.

Giving evidence from the witness box at Preston Crown Court, Ms Kirkbride was asked what one word she would use to describe Roache.

She replied: "Lovely."

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