Home Uncategorized Good bye Jack Duckworth! Beth Ivory | June 17, 2008 9:40 am Coronation Street star Bill Tarmey has announced that he intends to retire next year. Video of the Week The 67-year-old actor has played Jack Duckworth in the soap for 29 years and he says he’ll leave when he reaches his 30th anniversary. His decision to go follows the departure of co-star Liz Dawn who played his on-screen wife Vera. Hes looking forward to being out at his place in Tenerife, a friend tells the News Of The World. Liz left the show in January after Vera was killed off in some of the most emotional scenes in Corrie’s history.