Due to an air raid, his mum Ida Barlow gave birth to him unaided under the kitchen table.His father Frank Barlow was either at work or in service.
He has appeared in ITV serial drama Coronation Street for 58 years, joining the cobbles in its first episode on 9 December 1960. In fact, his services to the entertainment industry saw him awarded with an MBE in 2011. They stayed together until her death aged 59 in 2009. There is a certain unhappiness that I missed out as a father the first time,’ he said.
The couple had three children together – James, 32, and Verity, 37. I didn’t have the strength to control it.’ And he admitted hurting at the thought of the pain he caused his two children, adding: ‘It depressed me. ‘I’m very close to Linus now, which is great, but unfortunately I don’t see my daughter.
Billy tried to use what he knew to get Emily and Deirdre to do favours for him but Mike had something on Billy, he heard about Billy's dodgy dealings in Jersey and shut him up.
Deirdre worried that Ken was too friendly with his secretary Sally Waterman and she worried it was payback for Mike.
The letter was to remain unfound for the next 50 years. In July 1981 Ken married Deirdre and he became a much better father to her daughter Tracy Barlow (formerly Langton) than Ray ever was.
In August 1961, Susan had a son, Lawrence Cunningham, and Ken never knew at the time that he had become a father that month. In 1971 Val was electrocuted when her and Ken moved into the new masionettes on the other side of Coronation Street. But Deirdre saw Ken as a boring old man who liked reading books when not teaching.
In December 1960, Ken was romancing Susan, who, unbeknown to him, was a few weeks pregnant.
In early January 1961 Ken and Susan were involved in a "Ban The Bomb" protest.
The Coronation Street star has been a resident of the ITV soap for over 50 years as Manchester-born Ken Barlow, who has been through his share of heartbreak and plot twists.
But after years of difficult family turmoil, the 85-year-old actor has been hit yet again with the death of his daughter.
The character has been involved in many storylines over the years, mostly dealing with his love life and conflicts with his family, which has been going on since the show's inception.