Coronation Street legend Bill Roache wants to carrying on playing Ken Barlow until he is 120.

The 88-year-old actor, who has starred in the ITV soap since its launch 60 years ago, said he still "loves" the show and added: "While they want me I’ll be here."

He was just 28 when he appeared in the first episode on December 9, 1960 and said he would still like to be in the show "in another 30 years if I can make it".

"I’d still like to be in the show when I’m 90, when I’m 100 – even when I’m 120, if I can make it,’’ he told Woman’s Weekly magazine.

Coronation Street star Bill Roache has revealed he would love to still be in the soap when he's 120

"I love Coronation Street, I really do. I remember a director once saying you get scenes in it that are as good as anything you get in films, and that’s true.

"It’s a very happy place to be and I look forward to going into work," he added.

"It’s been wonderful, so while I can do it and while they want me, I’ll be here.’’

Bill has played Ken Barlow ever since Corrie started 60 years ago

The dad-of-five, who served three years as a captain in the army before embarking on his acting career, said ageing was just a "belief system" and he feels as though he is getting "younger every year".

Bill said: "I don’t buy into the idea that ageing means deterioration. It’s a belief system to a large extent.

"People say, 'Oh, I’ve got an ache in my shoulder, it’s old age, I’m getting on'. No, rubbish!"

He continued: "If you’ve got an ache in your shoulder there’s some reason for it, so do something about it and get rid of it.

"I remember jokingly saying when I was 70, 'I’m going to start getting younger every year.'

"But there’s an element of truth in that. I don’t accept that because of your age there are things you can’t do. I just keep going."

Bill holds the Guinness World Record for being the longest serving male TV star in a continuous role and was awarded an MBE in 2001.