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Kenneth Farrington (born 18th April, 1936) is a British actor who had a regular role on Coronation Street between 1961 and 1984 as Billy Walker, the only son of Rovers Return Inn licensees Jack and Annie Walker. His other credits include The Avengers, Redcap, Danger UXB and Family Affairs, although Ken may be more familiar to recent soap opera viewers as the ruthless businessman Tom King in ITV soap Emmerdale, who was killed off in the programme in December 2006.

Farrington was born and brought up in Peckham, London and won a scholarship to Alleyn's school in Dulwich where he was encouraged in acting by English teacher Michael Croft. After leaving school he joined the National Youth Theatre and RADA. After the interruption of his national service he worked at the Duchess Theatre and the Old Vic before resuming his training at RADA. Until 1981 he was married to Patricia Heneghan who appeared in Coronation Street as Marian Lund in 1961.

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