Bedding 1,000 women, secret cancer, age deceit – what Corrie originals did next

Coronation Street celebrated its landmark 10,000th episode last Friday night, with an episode which saw Rita Tanner (Barbara Knox) head to Blackpool to spread her ex-husband Dennis Tanner's ashes.

Dennis was one of the original characters who appeared in the very first episode, played by Phillip Lowrie, alongside Ken Barlow (Bill Roache), who is still in the soap to this day.

Despite appearing in Corrie for its entire run so far, actor Bill Roache has managed to fit a lot in, while the other original stars had full lives too.

Of course, some of the Corrie OGs have since died, but Daily Star Online decided to take a look back to see what some of them did after their time in the ITV soap.

Ken Barlow played by Bill Roache – 1,000 notches on his bedpost

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Legendary actor Bill Roache, 79, claims to have slept with 1,000 women over the years, including a number of affairs while he was with his two wives.

One of the women he slept with includes Corrie co-star Pat Phoenix, who played Elsie Tanner, though it was just a one-night stand.

Speaking of the incident, which caused Pat to snub him for years afterwards: "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."

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But Bill said he regrets his womanising ways during a chat with Piers Morgan on his show Life Stories back in 2012.

He told the Good Morning Britain host: "I had the opportunity, but that doesn't mean I should do it. I had rehearsals up in Manchester from Monday to Friday. The opportunity was there.

"There were plenty of girls around. I shouldn't have done it. I didn't have any control over my sex drive. I didn't have the strength to control it.

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He continued: "It depressed me. I'm so sorry for the things that I did. The hurt was the children. I'll always regret that. Every morning I woke up regretting and hurting."

Bill has been married twice – to Anna Cropper between 1961 and 1974, and then to Sara McEwan Mottram from 1978 until her death in 2009.

The actor had five children – Linus, Vanya, Verity, James and Edwina – however, tragically, Vanya died aged 50, while baby Edwina tragically died aged 18 months.

Elsie Tanner played by Pat Phoenix – Secret cancer battle

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Pat Phoenix played iconic character Elsie Tanner, one of the first sex symbols of British TV, with Prime Minister James Callaghan even famously describing her as "the sexiest thing on television".

Her personal life was regularly reported on in the press and she was later married three times, including to Corrie co-star Alan Browning, who died from liver failure in 1979 after alcohol-related problems.

She went on to marry actor Anthony Booth, who is former Prime Minister Tony Blair's father-in-law.

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In March 1986, two years after her final appearance in Corrie, Pat was diagnosed with lung cancer after a collapse at home.

The actress smoked a whopping sixty cigarettes a day.

She continued to work after her diagnosis, hiding it from most people including her future husband Anthony Booth.

But in the summer, her condition deteriorated and it leaked in the press that she had just weeks to live.

Eight days after marrying Booth, Pat died in her sleep ahed just 62.

According to Corrie historian Daran Little, Pat wanted her funeral to be a lively one and had a large brass band playing.

Dennis Tanner played by Philip Lowrie – World Record title holder

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Philip Lowrie played Dennis Tanner in the very first episode of Corrie in December 1960.

He hasn't appeared in the soap since 2014 but Dennis was mentioned last week when Rita discovered he'd died off-screen.

Rita was devastated by the news and made it her mission to try and scatter his ashes where he wanted.

Aged just 24 when he joined Corrie in 1960, Philip stayed on the show until 1968 and returned 43 years later, in 2011, as the same character.

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It was in this year that he was presented with a certificate from Guinness World Records, for being the person with the longest gap between TV appearances on the same show.

His final on-screen appearance as Dennis was in August 2014, after wife Rita caught him attacking Norris and trying to steal from the Kabin.

Off-screen, Dennis asked Rita for a divorce and was revealed to be suffering with dementia, which eventually caused his death.

Sadly, his final wish for his ashes to be scattered in Blackpool never happened, as his urn was smashed by an ambulance.

Ena Sharples played by Violet Carson – Shunned public life

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Violet Carson played legendary character Ena Sharples for 20 years between 1960 and 1980, earning the title of ITV Personality of the Year for the portrayal in 1962.

She left the soap in 1980, but is still remembered for the hairnet that retired caretaker Ena wore on almost every occasion.

Funnily enough, nobody knew that her April 1980 departure would be her final appearance on the show.

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Sadly, after suffering a series of strokes during the 1970s, Violet was forced to leave Corrie after becoming ill with pernicious anaemia.

While it was expected that she would return down the line, that never happened as she was not well enough to do so.

After she retired, Violet lived in a bungalow in Blackpool with her sister Nellie and shunned public life, refusing to make any public appearances.

She later underwent surgery for an abscess though never fully recovered.

Aged 85, Violet died in December 1983, almost 23 years to the day that she first appeared on Coronation Street.

Annie Walker played by Doris Speed – Lied about her age

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Doris Speed played Annie Walker on Coronation from its inception in 1960 until 1983.

The role of Annie was reportedly written specifically for Doris when her friend Tony Warren created Corrie.

But a little white lie about her age saw her leave the soap and never come back.

In 1983, the Daily Mirror revealed that Doris was actually 15 years older than she claimed she was.

The publication proved through her birth certificate that she was botn in 1899 and not 1914 as she had claimed, though the certificate was not printed.

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She fainted on the Corrie set when she learned the news about her age had come out and was told to go home and rest.

However, a few weeks later her home was burgled while she was asleep and she never went back to Corrie.

The stress from these incidents had caused her to have a minor breakdown and she spent the rest of her days in a nursing home.

Doris died aged 95 in November 1994.

Coronation Street airs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7.30pm and 8.30pm on ITV

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