Throughout the 1970s, Lancashire born comic actor Roy Barraclough, formed a partnership with comedian Les Dawson.
They played two grotesque old ladies, Ada Shufflebotham and Cissie Braithwaite. The pair created the characters in rehearsals, in homage to the music hall star Norman Evans, before being persuaded by the producer to use them in sketches in the show, Sez Les. Barraclough made occasional appearances in Coronation Street in 1972 and 1975, playing the rather sleazy Alec Gilroy, theatrical agent to night club singer Rita Littlewood. He returned permanently in 1986 and a marriage to Bet Lynch was included in his character's narrative. After several departures and comebacks, Barraclough finally left Coronation Street at the end of 1998. He sadly died aged 81 on 1 June 2017 following a short illness