Roy Barraclough (Actor)
Born 1935, Died 2017. Roy began his career as a draughtsman, taking time off to work as an entertainer in a holiday camp on the Isle of Wight. Roy joined the repertory company at Stoke and then Oldham in 1966. Whilst at Oldham he made his first TV appearances for Granada Television, including Coronation Street in 1964. In 1969, he was cast as Harry Everitt in Yorkshire Television’s first soap opera Castle Haven. Although the soap only lasted a year, Roy became a regular guest actor on Yorkshire TV shows.
Throughout the 1970s, Roy formed a partnership with comedian Les Dawson and also made guest appearances in the sitcoms The Lovers, Rising Damp and George and Mildred. Roy also made occasional appearances in Coronation Street in 1972 and 1975, playing Alec Gilroy, theatrical agent to night club singer Rita Littlewood. He returned permanently in 1986 and a marriage to Bet Lynch was included in his character’s narrative. After several departures and comebacks, Roy finally left Coronation Street for good at the end of 1998.
In the 2006 New Year Honours, Barraclough was awarded an MBE for services to drama and to charity in the region of North West England. In 2009, Roy played the vicar in the BBC drama
All the Small Things and from 2012 to 2013 he played Maurice in Last Tango in Halifax. In 2016 he played Mr Grainger in a one-off revival episode of Are You Being Served?