His mother Ida is interested in a girl Ken's meeting but Frank objects to his plan to take her to the Imperial Hotel where Ida works in the kitchens.
Ken takes refuge in the pub on the corner, the Rovers Return Inn, where he gives Dennis Tanner a packet of cigarettes when landlady Annie Walker refuses him credit for them.
Of the many women Ken has been paired with, his relationship with Deirdre has been the most enduring.
I am a descent girl and want a good looking partner and also he should be descent and well earning.
My Father is no more and with me and my mom I stay in Lakhimpur and also doing costly coaching in Lucknow for my govt pr..
Ken tries to persuade Susan to go into town with him rather than remain in the area.
Kids scratch Susan's dad's car and hammer nails in the tyre, leaving her and Ken stuck in Coronation Street until it can be fixed.
An intelligent pupil, Ken attends grammar school after passing his 11-plus exam and in 1957 wins a university scholarship; he lives with his parents and brother David (Alan Rothwell) in Weatherfield while studying.
Ken is in conflict with his postman father Frank who thinks he's being a snob about their working class habits.
Having appeared continuously since, December 2010 marked Ken's 50th anniversary on-screen, making Roache the longest-serving actor in a televised soap opera.
Roache was honoured at the 2010 Guinness World Records ceremony for the achievement, when he surpassed actor Don Hastings from the American soap opera As the World Turns, who previously held this title.
Roache has been honoured with a lifetime achievement award at the British Soap Awards for his portrayal of Ken.
Away from the canonical serial, Ken has been portrayed by James Roache (William Roache's son) in the dramatisation The Road to Coronation Street, and by Simon Chadwick in the play Corrie! He has also been spoofed by impressionist Jon Culshaw.
He tells Albert that he doesn't want Susan to see where he comes from. They are interrupted by Ida who tells them that Susan has turned up unannounced at their house.