Coronation Street star Bill Roache was left ‘moved’ as he was gifted a lifesize painting of himself.
The huge oil-on-canvas portrait was given to the 88-year-old soap veteran to mark the 60th anniversary of the soap.
Sitting for the artist several times over the past year, Bill, who plays Corrie legend Ken Barlow, was finally able to see the finished piece as it was revealed to him live on air.
Shocked, he declared: ‘Oh Wow. Stunning! It’s genius!’
‘I’ve got a big area in the stairwell,’ he then revealed. ‘As I come down the stairs every morning I’ll be faced with that.
‘I’m so moved, I think it’s a wonderful gift. Thank you ITV and thank you Michael [the painter].’
‘It’s really wonderful, it’s a combination of classical and the sort of warm presence. It’s just stunning.’
The actor was seen looking emotional as he was presented the portrait at his Cheshire home, with the team keeping a social distance at the grand unveiling.
A second version of the portrait will be hung in the Manchester studios where Coronation Street is filmed, so he can continue to ‘look over’ the street for decades to come.
But viewers were taken aback by the sheer size and detail of the artwork, agreeing that as stunning as it was, it was huge.
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The presentation was just a number of special events and commissions in order to celebrate Coronation Street’s anniversary.
Bill has been on the soap since the beginning, becoming one of the longest reigning soap stars ever thanks to his appearance as Ken Barlow.
When asked what is to come for his character in the upcoming celebrations, Bill teased Ken is about to face more family hardship.
‘The usual dealing with my dysfunctional family,’ he said, adding it will focus around his on-screen son, Peter (Chris Gascoyne).
‘Peter’s got a few drinking problems coming up and so I’ve been dealing with all that.’
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