Roache stated in 2010 that he has no plans to leave the role and will remain in Coronation Street for as long as they will have him.Ken was introduced as the educated son of a working-class family."She's been great with me, she said, 'Babes, people move on in four days' so it's just one of those things."Everyone who is in the public eye is going to deal with it. She said to me the other day, 'I feel like your mum'.She said she'Il talk to you in the same way that she talks to her children."I do feel like we have similar personalities and we really do get on. ' But she's just great, and she's given me such a massive support system.
Ken and Deirdre's fictional relationship made newspaper headlines in Britain in 1983 due to Deirdre's adultery with Mike Baldwin.
The storyline captured both media and viewer interest.
20 million people tuned in to watch Ken's discovery of the affair.
The storyline lead to a feud between Ken and Mike, prominent in both characters' narratives until Mike's screen death in 2006.
In March 2017, Coronation Street centred a "whodunit" storyline around the character, where Ken is pushed down the stairs by an unknown assailant, with the storyline being dubbed, "Who Attacked Ken? On , Ken's attacker was revealed as his son, Daniel Osbourne (Rob Mallard).