Ken was introduced as the educated son of a working-class family.
Portrayed as moralistic and a political activist, Ken differed from the other, predominantly working-class characters in the soap opera.
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).
Despite his somewhat antagonistic role in the show's early years, Ken developed a reputation among critics for representing an archetypal "boring man".
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.
Ken goes to No.1 and chats to pensioner Albert Tatlock.He debuted in the soap's first episode on 9 December 1960.Having appeared continuously since, December 2010 marked Ken's 50th anniversary on-screen, making Roache the longest-serving actor in a televised soap opera.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.Ida embarrasses Ken by showing Susan his baby photos.