James Roache

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James Roache
Born William James Roache
(1985-12-29) 29 December 1985 (age 31)
United Kingdom
Occupation Actor
Years active 2005 – Present

William James Roache (born 29 December 1985) is an English actor who is perhaps best known for his roles in connection with his father William Roache. In Coronation Street he played James, the long-lost grandson of Ken Barlow (played by his father). He also played the role of his own father William as a young man in the BBC drama The Road to Coronation Street.

Personal life[edit]

Roache was educated at Oxford Brookes University. [1] He is the son of William Roache and the late Sarah Roache and the half-brother of actor Linus Roache.[2]


James Roache has appeared on popular television shows such as Cold Blood and Four Seasons before going on to join the cast of Coronation Street alongside his father and brother as part of a storyline surrounding Ken Barlow and his long-lost son, played by real life son Linus. The characters were introduced as part of the soap's 50th anniversary. Linus Roache played James's father Laurence on the soap which saw the pair's relationship strained by Laurence's attitudes towards James's sexuality. The storyline was left open, and both executive producer Phil Collinson and William Roache have expressed interest in revisiting the story in the future.

He then appeared in The Road to Coronation Street, playing a younger version of his father William Roache during the time Coronation Street creator Tony Warren was attempting to bring the soap to television.

It was announced on 20 December 2010 that James Roache would be joining the cast of Coronation Street full-time in 2011[3] reprising the role of James Cunningham. He returned on 29 April 2011 and departed in July 2011.


Year Title Role Note
2005 The Marchioness Disaster Matthew
2006 Sellafield Student Presenter (voice-over)
2006 The Innocence Project Stuart
2007 Cold Blood (TV series) Loss
2007 Rise of the Foot Soldier Happy Eater Waiter
2009 Four Seasons Lucas Conroy
2010 The Road to Coronation Street William Roache
2010-2011 Coronation Street James Cunningham (character)


  1. ^ https://archive.is/20100529175131/http://showcase.dingothief.com/past-shows/2010-march/james-roache/. Archived from the original on May 29, 2010. Retrieved September 22, 2010.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "James Roache". IMDb. Retrieved 2017-04-02. 
  3. ^ "Corrie: Ken's grandson, played by James Roache, is set to return. Coronation Street". ITV.com. Archived from the original on 2012-10-13. Retrieved 2012-01-26.