MBE (born 12th July
) is a British comic actor best known for his role on Coronation Street
as shifty Rovers Return Inn
landlord and theatrical agent Alec Gilroy
. Prior to his first appearance as Alec in June 1972
, Roy had been cast in the programme four times previously; as a Blue John Mines Tour Guide
in June 1965
, then as an electric guitar Salesman
in July 1967
, as window cleaner I-spy Dwyer
in June 1968
and finally Harry
in June 1970
. After appearing for several more episodes in April
and May 1975
, Alec Gilroy was made a permanent character on the Street
in June 1986
when he became manager of the Graffiti Club
, and he was soon married off to Bet Lynch
in what was to become a popular partnership with viewers behind the Rovers bar.
Roy left the programme in September 1992, but returned briefly in July and August 1995. In the same year he appeared in Coronation Street - The Feature Length Special, and returned to the Street for one more stint as Alec from April 1996 to December 1998. Away from the cobbles, he is well-remembered for his 1970s comedy partnership with Les Dawson. He has also appeared in episodes of George And Mildred, Bergerac, Cadfael, Last Of The Summer Wine and Holby City.
Roy was awarded the MBE in 2006 for his charity work.