Also known as Bill Tarmey, he is a soap opera veteran who played Jack Duckworth on Coronation Street from 1977 to 2010.
He worked in construction before earning his first acting role in 1976.
He won the 2011 British Soap Awards for Best Exit and Lifetime Achievement.
He had two children, Carl and Sara, with wife of fifty years Alma Tarmey.
He appeared in over 600 episodes of Coronation Street, which is also true for young actress Michelle Keegan .