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Longest Serving Soap Opera Actors
Topic Started: May 3 2010, 11:33 AM (507 Views)
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Longest Serving Actors on English Speaking T.V. Soaps(As of 2011, 30+ years)
William Roache l Ken Barlow l Coronation Street l 1960 - present l 51 years
Helen Wagner l Nancy Hughes McClosky l As the World Turns l 1956 - 1981, 1983, 1985 - 2010 l 50 years
Don Hastings l Dr. Bob Hughes l As the World Turns l 1960 - 2010 l 50 years
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Eileen Derbyshire l Emily Nugent Bishop l Coronation Street l 1961, 1962 - 1966, 1967 - present l 49 years
Eileen Fulton l Lisa Miller Grimaldi l As the World Turns l 1960 - 1964, 1966 - 1983, 1984 - 2010 l 48 years
Betty Driver l Betty Preston Williams l Coronation Street l 1969 - present l 42 years
Frances Reid l Alice Grayson Horton l Days of our Lives l 1965 - 2007 l 42 years
Susan Lucci l Erica Kane l All My Children l 1970 - 2011 l 41 years
Erika Slezak l Viki Lord l One Life to Live l 1971 - 2012 l 41 years
Ray MacDonnell l Dr. Joe Martin l All My Children l 1970 - 2010, 2011 l 40 years
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Barbara Knox l Rita Littlewood Sullivan l Coronation Street l 1964, 1972 - present l 39 years
John Clarke l Mickey Horton l Days of our Lives l 1965 - 2004 l 39 years
Anne Kirkbride l Dierdre Hunt Barlow l Coronation Street l 1972, 1973 - present l 38 years
Suzanne Rogers l Maggie Simmons Horton l Days of our Lives l 1973 - 1984, 1985 - 2003, 2004 - present l 38 years
Jeanne Cooper l Katherine Shepherd Murphy l The Young and the Restless l 1973 - present l 38 years
Rachel Ames l Audrey March Hardy, RN l General Hospital l 1964 - 1965, 1969 - 1970, 1971 - 2007, 2009 l 38 years
Kathryn Hays l Kim Sullivan Hughes l As the World Turns l 1972 - 2010 l 38 years
Helen Worth l Gail Potter McIntyre l Coronation Street l 1974 - present l 37 years
Mary Stuart l Jo Gardner Tourneur l Search for Tomorrow l 1951 - 1986 l 35 years
Larry Haines l Stu Bergman l Search for Tomorrow l 1951 - 1986 l 35 years
Patricia Bruder l Ellen Lowell Stewart l As the World Turns l 1960 - 1995, 1998 l 35 years
Marie Masters l Dr. Susan Burke l As the World Turns l 1968 - 1979, 1986 - 2010 l 35 years
Larry Bryggman l Dr. John Dixon l As the World Turns l 1969 - 2004, 2010 l 35 years
Michael Storm l Dr. Larry Wolek l One Life to Live l 1969 - 2004 l 35 years
Ruth Warrick l Phoebe English Wallingford l All My Children l 1970 - 2005 l 35 years
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Leslie Charleson l Dr. Monica Bard Quartermaine l General Hospital l 1977 - present l 34 years
Jacklyn Zeman l Bobbie Spencer, RN l General Hospital l 1977 - present l 34 years
Charita Bauer l Bert Miller Bauer l The Guiding Light l 1950 - 1984 l 34 years
Doug Davidson l Paul Williams l The Young and the Restless l 1978 - present l 33 years
John Beradino l Dr. Steve Hardy l General Hospital l 1963 - 1996 l 33 years
Melody Thomas Scott l Nikki Reed l The Young and the Restless l 1979 - present l 32 years
Elizabeth Dawn l Vera Burton Duckworth l 1974, 1976 - 2008, 2010 l 32 years
Eileen Herlie l Myrtle Lum Fargate l All My Children l 1976 - 2008 l 32 years
Colleen Zenk l Barbara Ryan Coleman l As the World Turns l 1978 - 2010 l 32 years
Susan Seaforth Hayes l Julie Olson Williams l 1968 - 1984, 1990 - 1993, 1993 - 1994, 1996, 1999 - 2003, 2004 - present l 31 years
Eric Braeden l Victor Newman l The Young and the Restless l 1980 - present l 31 years
Stuart Damon l Dr. Alan Quartermaine l General Hospital l 1977 - 2008 l 31 years
Robert S. Woods l Bo Buchanan l One Life to Live l 1979 - 1986, 1988 - 2012 l 31 years
Henderson Forsythe l Dr. David Stewart l As the World Turns l 1960-1990 l 30 years
Julia Barr l Brooke English l All My Children l 1976 - 1981, 1982 - 2006, 2010 l 30 years
Johnny Briggs l Mike Baldwin l Coronation Street l 1976 - 2006 l 30 years

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Next Year: Richard Thorp l Alan Turner l Emmerdale l 1982 - present l 29 years
Kate Linder l Esther Valentine l The Young and the Restless l 1982 - present l 29 years
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Please know how appreciative I am for your having compiled this list. Once again, you're incredible. If only there were more young people like you...could we clone you? I am a list maker, myself...so, you're a much younger version of me...I am happy that you've picked up the mantle.
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Updated for 2011!
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Where is Maggie Jones?
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Thanks for putting together the list. Here's another one to add in the next year column. Y&R just tweeted this out a few minutes ago.

https://twitter.com/#!/Official_YandR/status/56483858467651584

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Happy 29th Anniversary Kate Linder! @KATELINDER 29 years ago today - I said my first line -"Mrs. Chancellor,dinner is served"
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Drew
Apr 8 2011, 05:28 PM
Where is Maggie Jones?
Dead. Six feet under. Oh ... you meant on the list! Either way, she wasn't on Corrie for 30 years or more. :)

Thanks dc!
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Longest Serving Soap Opera Actors
(As of 2013, 30+ years)

William Roache l Ken Barlow l Coronation Street l 1960 - present l 53 years
Eileen Derbyshire l Emily Nugent Bishop l Coronation Street l 1961 - present l 52 years
Helen Wagner l Nancy Hughes McClosky l As the World Turns l 1956 - 1981, 1983, 1985 - 2010 l 51 years
Don Hastings l Dr. Bob Hughes l As the World Turns l 1960 - 2010 l 50 years
Eileen Fulton l Lisa Miller Grimaldi l As the World Turns / Our Private World l 1960 - 2010 l 50 years
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Barbara Knox l Rita Littlewood Tanner l Coronation Street l 1964, 1972 - present l 42 years
Betty Driver l Betty Preston Williams l Coronation Street l 1969 - 2011 l 42 years
Frances Reid l Alice Grayson Horton l Days of our Lives l 1965 - 2007 l 42 years
Anne Kirkbride l Dierdre Hunt Barlow l Coronation Street l 1972 - present l 41 years
Erika Slezak l Viki Lord l One Life to Live l 1971 - 2012 l 41 years
Susan Lucci l Erica Kane l All My Children l 1970 - 2011 l 41 years
Ray MacDonnell l Dr. Joe Martin l All My Children l 1970 - 2011 l 41 years
Suzanne Rogers l Maggie Simmons Kiriakis l Days of our Lives l 1973 - present l 40 years
Jeanne Cooper l Katherine Shepherd Murphy l The Young and the Restless l 1973 - present l 40 years
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Helen Worth l Gail Potter McIntyre l Coronation Street l 1974 - present l 39 years
Rachel Ames l Audrey March Hardy, R. N. l General Hospital l 1964 - 1965, 1969 - 2007, 2009 l 39 years
John Clarke l Mickey Horton l Days of our Lives l 1965 - 2004 l 39 years
Kathryn Hays l Kim Sullivan Hughes l As the World Turns l 1972 - 2010 l 38 years
Leslie Charleson l Dr. Monica Bard Quartermaine l General Hospital l 1977 - present l 36 years
Larry Bryggman l Dr. John Dixon l As the World Turns l 1969 - 2004, 2010 l 36 years
Patricia Bruder l Ellen Lowell Stewart l As the World Turns l 1960 - 1995, 1998 l 36 years
Susan Seaforth Hayes l Julie Olson Williams l 1968 - 1984, 1990 - 1994, 1996, 1999 - present l 35 years
Doug Davidson l Paul Williams l The Young and the Restless l 1978 - present l 35 years
Marie Masters l Dr. Susan Burke Stewart l As the World Turns l 1968 - 1979, 1986 - 2010 l 35 years
Ruth Warrick l Phoebe English Wallingford l All My Children l 1970 - 2005 l 35 years
Michael Storm l Dr. Larry Wolek l One Life to Live l 1969 - 2004 l 35 years
Mary Stuart l Jo Gardner Tourneur l Search for Tomorrow l 1951 - 1986 l 35 years
Larry Haines l Stu Bergman l Search for Tomorrow l 1951 - 1986 l 35 years
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Melody Thomas Scott l Nikki Reed l The Young and the Restless l 1979 - present l 34 years
Elizabeth Dawn l Vera Burton Duckworth l Coronation Street l 1974, 1976 - 2008, 2010 l 34 years
Eric Braeden l Victor Newman l The Young and the Restless l 1980 - present l 33 years
Jacklyn Zeman l Bobbie Spencer, R. N. l General Hospital l 1977 - 2010 l 33 years
Peter Hansen l Lee Baldwin l General Hospital l 1965 - 1986, 1992 - 2004 l 33 years
John Beradino l Dr. Steve Hardy l General Hospital l 1963 - 1996 l 33 years
Sue Nicholls l Audrey Potter Roberts l Coronation Street l 1979 - 1982, 1984 - present l 32 years
James Reynolds l Abe Carver l Days of our Lives l 1981 - present l 32 years
Stuart Damon l Dr. Alan Quartermaine l General Hospital l 1977 - 2008, 2011 - 2012 l 32 years
Colleen Zenk l Barbara Ryan Coleman l As the World Turns l 1978 - 2010 l 32 years
Eileen Herlie l Myrtle Lum Fargate l All My Children l 1976 - 2008 l 32 years
Charita Bauer l Bert Miller Bauer l The Guiding Light l 1952 - 1984 l 32 years
Bill Hayes l Doug Williams l Days of our Lives l 1970 - 1984, 1986 - 1987, 1993 - 1994, 1996, 1999 - present l 31 years
Deidre Hall l Dr. Marlena Evans Black l Days of our Lives l 1976 - 1987, 1991 - 2009, 2011 - present l 31 years
Jerry Douglas l John Abbott l The Young and the Restless l 1982 - 2013 l 31 years
Richard Thorp l Alan Turner l Emmerdale Farm l 1982 - present l 31 years
Kate Linder l Esther Valentine l The Young and the Restless l 1982 - present l 31 years
Robert S. Woods l Bo Buchanan l One Life to Live l 1979 - 1986, 1988 - 2012 l 31 years
Julia Barr l Brooke English l All My Children l 1976 - 2006, 2010 - 2011 l 31 years
Tracey Bregman l Lauren Fenmore Baldwin l The Young and the Restless / The Bold and the Beautiful l 1983 - present l 30 years
Michael Le Vell l Kevin Webster l Coronation Street l 1983 - present l 30 years
Johnny Briggs l Mike Baldwin l Coronation Street l 1976 - 2006 l 30 years
Henderson Forsythe l Dr. David Stewart l As the World Turns l 1960 - 1990 l 30 years
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Next Year: Peggy McCay l Caroline Brady l Days of our Lives l 1983, 1985 - present l 29 years
Edited by Bright Eyes, Jan 27 2013, 02:02 PM.
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Edited above post to add Peter Hansen (Lee Baldwin, General Hospital).
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Edited for 2013!

Any changes due to Prospect Park's returns of AMC and OLTL will be reflected in the 2014 update!
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