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I have slept with 1,000 women, claims Corrie's own Casanova

CORONATION St star Bill Roache has admitted sleeping with up to 1,000 women.

In his most revealing interview to date, Bill, who has played Ken Barlow for over five decades, confessed to that he regularly cheated on his first wife, Anna Cropper.

Bill, who will be 80 years old this year, added that he even had a very brief affair with Pat Phoenix, who played Elsie Tanner.

"It was just a one-off," the English actor said. "It was just something that happened one night when we were together. We weren't right for each other. She invited me round to her flat and we had a few drinks, then one thing led to another. At that time, she had a reputation and I had a reputation, and she felt we should meet, as it were. It just happened."

Speaking to Piers Morgan on an upcoming episode of Life Stories, Bill admitted at first that he had slept with "more than 100" women. However, when asked if the real figure was closer to 1,000, he replied: "Well, I'm not denying it."

He said he always regretted his flings and the hurt they caused.