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Corrie's William Roache: 'Jack Duckworth was powerful and legendary'

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William Roache has praised the "warm and wonderful" Bill Tarmey, who passed away today at the age of 71.

Tarmey played Jack Duckworth for 31 years on the soap, a run second only to Roache's portrayal of Ken Barlow for the past 52 years.

Coronation Street actor Bill Roache arrives for a memorial service for his wife Sara

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Bill Tarmey, Coronation Street

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"Over the years Coronation Street has produced characters who are really powerful and legendary - Jack Duckworth was one of those," said Roache.

"He was the downtrodden loveable rogue who never got anything right but was loved by everyone."

He added: "This was down to Bill Tarmey's incredible skills as an actor, he had amazing comic timing and was a genuinely warm and wonderful human being."

Bill Tarmey's life and career in pictures - photo gallery:
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