Coronation Street‘s Bill Roache left viewers concerned with his ‘nasty cough’ during his appearance on Monday’s This Morning via Skype.

The soap’s longest-running actor, 87, has been forced into self-isolation as production on the famous ITV show has come to a halt amid the coronavirus pandemic.

And while guiding fans through a meditation session, the screen star reassured fans he was ‘fine’ after coughing during the segment. 

Persistent: Coronation Street’s Bill Roache left viewers concerned with his ‘nasty cough’ during his appearance on Monday’s This Morning via Skype

The media personality struggled to get his words out at the beginning of his TV interview, prompting host Phillip Schofield to ask: ‘Are you alright there?’

Picking up on his cough, fans tweeted: ‘That’s a nasty cough you have their bill #thismorning. [sic]

‘KEN BARLOW HAS A COUGH! DONT PANIC! #ThisMorning…Ken Barlow comes on with a cough [folded hands emoji] #ThisMorning.’ 

‘Yes, I’m fine’, Bill told presenters Phil and Holly Willoughby. ‘I’m here with my two children, I’ve got a nice house here, we’ve been doing a bit of writing and painting’. 

Staying safe: The soap's longest-running actor, 87, has been forced into self-isolation as production on the famous ITV show has come to a halt amid the coronavirus pandemic

Staying safe: The soap’s longest-running actor, 87, has been forced into self-isolation as production on the famous ITV show has come to a halt amid the coronavirus pandemic

'You alright there?' While guiding fans through a meditation session, the screen star reassured hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield he was 'fine' after coughing during the segment

‘You alright there?’ While guiding fans through a meditation session, the screen star reassured hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield he was ‘fine’ after coughing during the segment

Checking up on him: The media personality struggled to get his words out at the beginning of his TV appearance, prompting host Phillip, 57, to ask: 'Are you alright there?'

Checking up on him: The media personality struggled to get his words out at the beginning of his TV appearance, prompting host Phillip, 57, to ask: ‘Are you alright there?’

MailOnline has contacted Bill’s representatives for further comment. 

The TV veteran later explained the importance of meditation, revealing: ‘It is a discipline, thinking about only what you want to think about.

Fear is a lack of love, we are all loving beings. We need to express that, that helps the fear to remove. You need to get into a quiet state, a peaceful state. 

‘I like to think of the gentle waves on the seashores, they come in, you breathe in, they go out, you breathe out.

'That's a nasty cough you have there, Bill': Fans took to Twitter after picking up on his cough

‘That’s a nasty cough you have there, Bill’: Fans took to Twitter after picking up on his cough

‘I’ve got to the point now where I don’t need to meditate. I can be in a busy, crowded place and get into the heart. Meditation gets you into the heart. Feelings are as important as thoughts.’

Bill, who has played Ken Barlow since Corrie’s very-first episode in 1960, also insisted the cast are looking forward to returning to the show to celebrate its 60th anniversary once the COVID-19 outbreak dies down.

He said: We’ve got the 60th anniversary coming up at the end of the year, we’ve got to be back for that. 

‘I think we’re about two months in advance [with filming]. You could do three episodes a week? Would that take us to 4 months? I’m not sure of the maths.’

Reunion: Bill insisted the cast are looking forward to returning to the show to celebrate its 60th anniversary once the outbreak dies down (pictured with Sue Nicholls and Rula Lenska)

Reunion: Bill insisted the cast are looking forward to returning to the show to celebrate its 60th anniversary once the outbreak dies down (pictured with Sue Nicholls and Rula Lenska)

‘You’ve been on Corrie for 60 years, if they had asked you when you started to sign a 60 year contract, would you have?’, Phil, 57, asked, before Bill joked: ‘I would have run a mile!’ 

ITV is expected to air scenes for Corrie – which has entertained the nation since December 1960 – until ‘at least early summer’ as filming for the series comes to a halt in order for the broadcaster to ‘adhere to the government’s latest health guidelines’. 

Coronavirus was classed a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) earlier this month, leading countries such as Italy, Spain and the UK to implement nationwide lockdowns.

As of Monday, COVID-19 has claimed 285 lives out of 5,683 confirmed cases in the UK.

 

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