Famous characters to hit the cobbles
Most famous ex-resident
A young Ben Kingsley played wannabe lothario Ron Jenkins in the soap for a brief spell in 1966.
Longest-running cast member
Bill Roache (aka Ken Barlow) has played the role for 51 years, and has had 28 love interests in that time.
Most random guest stars
Ian McKellen did a 10-episode stint as a dodgy novelist tenant of Emily Bishop's in 2005. Comedian Peter Kay also appeared in an episode in 2004 as a prospective date of barmaid Shelly Unwin.
Most unexpected casting
Boyzone member Keith Duffy joined the show in 2002, and stayed for three successful years, rejoining again for short spells in 2010 and 2011.