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Bill Roache admits he has a teenage crush on the Queen

Coronation Street star Bill Roache has admitted he once had a crush on the Queen.

The veteran actor, who has played Ken Barlow on the soap opera since the first episode, turns 90 on April 25.

Reflecting on his first meeting with the monarch – when he was 21 – as he celebrated her 96th birthday on Thursday, he said he was excited to be reunited with her when she visited the set last year.

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The Queen meets Bill Roache and co-stars Barbara Knox, Sue Nicholls and Helen Worth during a visit to the set of Coronation Street (Scott Heppell/PA)

He told ITV’s This Morning: “I don’t know if I should have said that but she was so beautiful.

“Her first Commonwealth tour was in 1953 and I was with the Royal Welch Fusiliers so she came over and we spent a day with her.

“And she’s still (beautiful). She came to the set last year and I reminded her and she remembered that tour.

“She’s still sparkling clean, (her) eyes are still a beautiful blue. She is amazing and wonderful.”

Roache also insisted he would continue to star on the ITV soap for as long as he was able and required.

He said: “As long as I can and as long as they want me, I will be there. To some extent, aging is a belief system. Go on. I get up a lot – my main exercise is not sitting.”

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When you have fun and find joy in everything you do, it makes a big differenceActor Bill Roache

He also said he tries to keep a positive attitude, adding: “The worst thing is stress and if you hear too much news and read newspapers there’s not much joy, is there? So if you enjoy and find joy in whatever you do, it makes a big difference.

“The other thing is getting older, and when you turn 60 (others say) ‘come and sit down… when do you retire?’ but no! If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it, so keep going while you enjoy it for as long as you can.”

Adding that he never stops learning, he said: “They often ask me if the youngsters (on Coronation Street) come and ask me for advice, but no, I feel like I should go and ask them because they are all so good and confident.

“I have wonderful actors around me and I’m learning all the time, and that’s what life is about.”

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