Behind-the-scenes Corrie pics unveil Ken Barlow’s surprise actual age

Coronation Street have given fans a sneak peak at Ken Barlow's birthday party.

The Weatherfield legend will be surrounded by his nearest and dearest for a big knees up in The Rovers.

A behind-the-scenes snap has revealed exactly how old Ken is – and it may come as quite a surprise to viewers.

Ken is celebrating a very special birthday as he has reached the grand old age of 80, which can be seen on the bunting above Claudia's head.

But actor William Roache is actually even older than his much-loved character, who has been on the cobbles since the first ever episode in 1960.

William, who is the longest-serving male TV star in a continuous role, looks incredible for 87-years-old.

Ken's birthday bash looks set to be a cracker as another legend is making a surprise cameo.

Emily Bishop, played by Eileen Derbyshire, is returning to the soap to celebrate Ken’s birthday in October.

Corrie bosses announced the comeback on Twitter by sharing a picture of Emily's comeback.

They wrote: "This week we're filming Ken's 80th Birthday party and look who surprises him with a special video message – it's Emily!

"See it all on screen in October".

In the other preview snaps, Shona, Sarah and Faye look ready to hit the town while gathered at the Platt house.

While Gemma watches on as her mum argues with brother Paul in the street.

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

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