KEN BARLOW has had 24 girlfriends and three wives, but William Roache, the actor who plays him, may have had 1,000 conquests. The Coronation Street icon, who has been with the show since it debuted in 1960, delighted a packed audience at Casino Nova Scotia’s Schooner Room on Friday night with brilliant storytelling and natural charm despite a nasty cough he picked up on his cross-Canada tour.