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

Published 29/01/2014 | 13:32

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Coronation Street actress Anne Kirkbride arrives at Preston Crown Court
Coronation Street actress Anne Kirkbride arrives at Preston Crown Court
Coronation Street actress Anne Kirkbride arrives at Preston Crown Court where she is expected to be called to the witness box at the trial of fellow star William Roache, who
denies two counts of raping a 15-year-old girl in east Lancashire in 1967, and four indecent assaults involving four girls aged between 11 or 12 and 16 in the Manchester area in 1965 and 1968. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 29, 2014. Actors from Coronation Street are expected to be called to the witness box today at the trial of fellow star William Roache, who is accused of a string of sexual offences. Anne Kirkbride, who as Deirdre Barlow is on-screen wife to Roache's character Ken Barlow, Chris Gascoyne - his son Peter Barlow in the ITV soap - and actress Helen Worth, who plays Gail Platt, are expected to give evidence in Roache's defence. See PA story COURTS Roache. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Coronation Street actress Anne Kirkbride arrives at Preston Crown Court where she is expected to be called to the witness box at the trial of fellow star William Roache
Coronation Street actor Bill Roache arrives at Preston Crown Court, where he denies two counts of raping a 15-year-old girl in east Lancashire in 1967, and four indecent assaults involving four girls aged between 11 or 12 and 16 in the Manchester area in 1965 and 1968. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 29, 2014. Actors from Coronation Street are expected to be called to the witness box today at the trial of fellow star William Roache, who is accused of a string of sexual offences. Anne Kirkbride, who as Deirdre Barlow is on-screen wife to Roache's character Ken Barlow, Chris Gascoyne - his son Peter Barlow in the ITV soap - and actress Helen Worth, who plays Gail Platt, are expected to give evidence in Roache's defence. See PA story COURTS Roache. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Coronation Street actor Bill Roache 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.

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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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