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Characters: Coronation Street
This is the list of characters and their tropes for Coronation Street. Be warned though, as a Long Runner, the cast is voluminous. Only current characters have full character sheets since doing one for the hundreds that have existed in the shows history would probably be a lifelong project. Characters not currently appearing on the show and certain very notable dead characters have their own section with brief descriptions at the bottom of the page.

This page is current as of May 2014 in Coronation Street. If you are not caught up, beware spoilers!

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    The Rovers Return Inn 

Property Owner: Liz and Steve McDonald

Steve McDonald

Duration: 1989 —

Birthday: 26 June 1974 (aged 40)

Family: Michelle Connor (partner); Liz McDonald (mother); Amy Barlow (daughter)

Cab driver and owner of Streetcars and the Rovers. Portrayed by Simon Gregson.

Michelle Connor

Duration: 2006 —

Birthday: 21 April 1976 (aged 38)

Family: Steve McDonald (partner); Ryan Connor (son; Adoptive — her real biological son hasn't been seen in years), Carla Barlow (sister-in-law); Liam Connor, Jr (nephew)

Formerly worked at Underworld with Carla. Now the barmaid in the Rovers. Portrayed by Kym Marsh.

Liz McDonald

Duration: 1989 –- 1998, 2000 -– 2001, 2003 -– 2011, 2013 -–

Birthday: 3 November 1957 (aged 56)

Family: Steve McDonald (son); Amy Barlow (granddaughter); Jim McDonald (ex husband)

Nιe Elizabeth Greenwood. Returned late 2013 after two years of living in Spain — bought the Rovers with Steve. Portrayed by Beverley Callard.

     1 Coronation Street 

Property Owner: Ken Barlow

Ken Barlow

Duration: 1960 — (returning)

Birthday: 9 October 1939 (aged 74)

Family: Deirdre Barlow (wife); Peter Barlow (son); Tracy Barlow (adoptive daughter); Simon Barlow (grandson); Amy Barlow (granddaughter); Carla Barlow (daughter-in-law)

The oldest continuously present character on the show. Portrayed by Bill Roache.

  • Arch-Enemy: Mike Baldwin, for literally decades, until his death a few years ago.
  • Cultural Rebel: Ken was the first in his family to attend University and has always aspired to somewhat more intellectual than his neighbours and family.
  • Long Runner: Worth noting, as he is the only remaining original cast member from the first episode (from 1960!) and has never left the show at any point.
    • He was out of the show due to the real-life sexual abuse allegations against him. He was found not guilty in February 2014, so it is likely he will be back sometime soon.
  • Politically Motivated Teacher: An ardent socialist, he enjoyed sharing his views with a captive audience or just anyone really.
  • Put on a Bus / Real Life Writes the Plot: He was out of the show whilst his trial was in progress. The explanation given was that he was visiting Canada. Having been found not guilt, it is very likely that the The Bus Will Come Back.
  • Unto Us a Son and Daughter Are Born: His son and daughter, Peter and Susan.
  • Why Couldn't You Be Different?: He has had moments of this with all of his adult children. While somewhat justified (like when Tracy killed her boyfriend), his treating Peter (who is basically a well meaning chronic screw-up) and Lawrence (who had just met a few weeks ago) like this is an example of his frustration with his working class existence.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Frequently. His last affair was only a couple of years ago and he has never been faithful to any of his wives. Although his current wife Deirdre is not that much better, having had several affairs herself.

Deirdre Barlow

Duration: 1972, 1973 —

Birthday: 8 July 1955 (aged 58)

Family: Ken Barlow (husband); Tracy Barlow (daughter); Amy Barlow (granddaughter)

Nιe Deirdre Hunt. Another one of the longest running characters. Portrayed by Anne Kirkbride.

Tracy Barlow

Duration: 1977 — 1983, 1985 –- 1997, 1999, 2002 — 2007, 2010 –-

Birthday: 24 January 1977 (aged 37)

Family: Rob Donovan (partner); Deirdre Barlow (mother); Ken Barlow (adoptive father); Ray Langton (biological father); Amy Barlow (daughter); Blanche Hunt (grandmother); Peter Barlow (stepbrother); Carla Barlow (sister-in-law)

Nιe Tracy Langton. Deirdre's daughter who works in Underworld. Portrayed by Kate Ford.

  • Arch-Enemy: Practically everyone on the street except Deirdre, Peter and Rob, but in particular, over the years —
    • Tina McIntyre.
    • Steve McDonald's wives and girlfriends:
      • Karen.
      • Becky.
      • Michelle (especially since Tracy slept with her son Ryan and pretended to be pregnant by him).
    • Gail McIntyre (who she tried to get convicted of murder) and Gail's family.
  • Creator's Pet: Let's be honest.
  • Consummate Liar: Although not so much any more, since everybody knows what she's like.
  • Fan Nickname: Tracyluv.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Since her return, she has almost never done anything nice for anyone if she wasn't planning to get something out of it or screw them over in the end.
  • Flanderization: Upon her return in 2002, she was more of a simple Jerkass with moments of sympathy, but for a time after her return in 2010, she had degraded into almost a cartoonish Card-Carrying Villain. She's returned to simple Jerkass behaviour currently.
  • The Ghost / The Unseen: After becoming a teenager, she spent several years living in her room, before she finally reappeared.
  • Jerkass: One of, if not, the biggest one currently on the show.
  • Little Brother Is Watching: An inversion, since it's her older stepbrother Peter whose opinion matters far more her to than almost anyone else. Her mother can tell her to leave Steve alone daily for weeks on end but it's not until Peter tells her to give it up that she actually relents.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Made her own mother lie under oath about her murder of Charlie Stubbs.
  • Morality Pet: A bit of an odd example with her older stepbrother Peter, who is far from helpless and actually something of an Anti-Hero himself. Since her return, he is literally the only person she is ever truly nice or kind to (even with her daughter Amy its usually all about Tracy), most noticeably after she found out his then-wife Leanne had cheated on him.
  • Off on a Technicality: She did serve three years in prison for the murder of Charlie Stubbs. She was released on Christmas Eve 2010 because the expert who handled her forensic evidence was found to be corrupt and his evidence was null and void.
  • The Other Darrin: Played by no less than four different actresses.
  • Smug Snake
  • Spoiled Brat: Even as an adult.

Rob Donovan

Duration: 2013 –-

Birthday: Unknown

Family: Tracy Barlow (partner); Carla Barlow (sister); Peter Barlow (brother-in-law)

Works at Underworld. Portrayed by Marc Baylis.

  • Arch-Enemy: Peter Barlow, his (half) sister Tracy's boyfriend and his brother-in-law.
  • Jerkass: Of the highest order. Him and Tracy are a match made in hell. He takes this to a whole new level when he brutally murders Tina.

Amy Barlow

Duration: 2004 –-

Birthday: 9 February 2004 (aged 10)

Family: Tracy Barlow (mother); Steve McDonald (father); Deirdre Barlow (grandmother); Liz McDonald (grandmother); Blanche Hunt (great-grandmother)

Tracy and Steve McDonald's daughter. Portrayed by Elle Mulvaney.

  • Embarrassing First Name: It was changed pretty soon, but her name when she was under Roy and Hayley's custody was Patience Cropper.
  • The Voiceless: Rarely, if ever, speaks on-screen.
  • Who's Your Daddy?: Initially thought to be the daughter of Roy Cropper. Tracy kept the true paternity to herself until she felt it was appropriate — the middle of Steve McDonald's wedding to Karen.

    2a Coronation Street (Above Audrey's Salon) 

Property Owner: Audrey Roberts

Maria Connor

Duration: 2000 —

Birthday: 5 May 1983 (aged 31)

Family: Liam Connor, Jr (son); Kirk Sutherland (sister)

Nιe Maria Sutherland. Hairdresser at Audrey's Salon. Portrayed by Samia Smith.

Liam Connor, Jr.

Duration: 2009, 2010 —

Birthday: 3 July 2009 (aged 4)

Family: Maria Connor (mother); Liam Connor (father); Kirk Sutherland (uncle); Michelle Connor (aunt); Ryan Connor (first cousin)

Portrayed by Charlie Wernshall.

     3 Coronation Street 

Property Owner: Norris Cole

Emily Bishop

Duration: 1961, 1962 –- 1966, 1967 —-

Birthday: 18 October 1929 (aged 84)

Nιe Emily Nugent. Long-running grandmotherly character. Portrayed by Eileen Derbyshire.

  • Crisis of Faith: Had one when her husband Ernest was shot dead during a robbery in 1978. And again in 2006 when Ernest's killer came and tried to make amends.
  • Granny Classic: Acts as this to most of the street despite never having had children herself.

Norris Cole

Duration: 1994 — 1997, 1999 –-

Birthday: 5 March 1940 (aged 74)

Emily's lodger. Runs The Kabin with Rita Tanner. Portrayed by Malcolm Hebden.

     4 Coronation Street 

Property Owner: Kevin and Sally Webster

Sally Webster

Duration: 1986 —

Birthday: 14 July 1967 (aged 46)

Family: Rosie Webster (daughter); Sophie Webster (daughter); Tim Metcalfe (partner); Kevin Webster (ex husband)

Nιe Sally Seddon. Uppity seamstress at Underworld. Portrayed by Sally Dyvenor.

  • Love Hungry: To Tim Metcalfe.
  • Jerkass: Treated Carla Barlow like dirt after she was raped by Frank Foster and worked for him instead. Although she did apologise for it after, and is working with Underworld again.
  • Rich Bitch: Often seen as this by the other factory girls. To be fair though, she is very snobbish and big-headed.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: She likes to consider herself middle-class, despite working in a factory.
    • There was a hilarious scene in April 2014 when Maddie called Sally and Kevin middle-class — Sally was delighted with that description but Kevin got rather offended.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Cheated on Kevin with car salesman Ian Davenport in 2002.

Tim Metcalf

Duration: 2013 —

Birthday: Unknown

Family: Faye Windass (daughter); Sally Webster (partner)

Window cleaner. Portrayed by Joe Duttine.

  • Parental Neglect: When Faye lived with him, he left her on her own, let her go hungry and didn't pay for her to go on school trips. Anna hoped these factors will make Faye come back to live with her — they did, eventually.
  • You Look Familiar: The actor Joe Duttine played a completely different character in 2010 — he was one of two policemen, DS Max Carr, who investigated Gail's alleged murder of Joe McIntyre.

     5 Coronation Street 

Property Owner: Council

Chesney Brown

Duration: 2003 —

Birthday: 26 July 1994 (aged 19)

Family: Sinead Tinker (partner); Joseph Brown (son); Cilla Battersby-Brown (mother); Fiz Stape (sister)

Street vendor. Portrayed by Sam Aston.

Sinead Tinker

Duration: 2013 —

Birthday: Unknown

Family: Chesney Brown (partner); Beth Tinker (aunt); Craig Tinker (first cousin)

Portrayed by Katie McGlynn.

Beth Tinker

Duration: 2011 —

Birthday: 21 November 1974 (aged 39)

Family: Kirk Sutherland (partner); Craig Tinker (son); Sinead Tinker (niece)

Machinist. Portrayed by Lisa George.

  • Abhorrent Admirer: To Steve.
  • Expy: Probably of Cilla Battersby-Brown, who left the show a few years previous to her arrival.
  • Gossipy Hens: Almost as bad as Norris Cole.

Kirk Sutherland

Duration: 2000 —

Birthday: 28 January 1982 (aged 32)

Family: Beth Tinker (partner); Maria Connor (sister); Liam Connor, Jr (nephew)

Van driver for Underworld. Portrayed by Andrew Whyment.

  • Dumb Is Good: He is a very kind soul whatever else you can say about him.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Has said more than once he understands dogs better than people.
  • Too Dumb to Live: He's lucky the residents of the street are kind (particularly his ex Fizz and sister Maria) or he would have starved years ago.

Craig Tinker

Duration: 2011 —

Birthday: 1998 (aged 15/16)

Family: Beth Tinker (mother); Sinead Tinker (first cousin)

Student. Portrayed by Colson Smith.

  • Creepy Child: When he first appeared.
  • Keeping Secrets Sucks: Craig thought that a lit cigarette he had smoked had set the Rovers on fire (it was actually Karl Munro). Karl found out and tried to coerce and finally threaten to kill his mother in order to keep him quiet.
  • Parental Neglect: His mother often buys him chips for his dinner.
  • Secret Keeper: For Karl Munro, whom he saw leaving and locking the door of the Rovers the night of the fire. He eventually confesses and Karl is jailed.

     6 Coronation Street 

Property Owner: Owen Armstrong

Anna Windass

Duration: 2008 —

Birthday: 1967 (aged 46/47)

Family: Owen Armstrong (partner); Gary Windass (son); Faye Windass (adoptive daughter); Jake Windass (grandson)

Portrayed by Debbie Rush.

Owen Armstrong

Duration: 2010 —

Birthday: 20 September 1958 (aged 55)

Family: Anna Windass (partner); Izzy Armstrong (daughter); Katy Armstrong (daughter); Jake Windass (grandson); Chesney Brown (grandson)

Builder. Portrayed by Ian Puleston-Davies.

  • Fan Nickname: Ricky Gervais (due to his likeness to said).
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Flies into a rage at the slightest provocation, whether it's at Tim or Karl or Stella.
  • Jerkass: For him, violence seems to be the only answer.
    • He physically threatened Eileen when she stole some money off him.
    • He physically threatened Faye's real dad and tried to warn him off.
    • He started destroying what he had already built in the Rovers when Stella couldn't pay.
    • He threw Tina out of his flat when she refused to give his daughter her son; arguably justified but still it meant making his grandson homeless and having to live with Rita.
  • Not So Stoic: When his grandson Jake was in an incubator, he was seen crying for the first time.
  • Overprotective Dad: He moved onto the street simply to stalk/watch over his daughter, Izzy.
  • Papa Wolf: To both his daughters and to Faye Windass.

Faye Windass

Duration: 2011 —

Birthday: 13 March 2002 (aged 12)

Family: Anna Windass (adoptive mother); Tim Metcalfe (father); Jake Windass (nephew)

Nιe Faye Metcalfe. Student. Portrayed by Ellie Leach.

  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Although not a teenager yet, definitely qualifies as one.
  • Evil Orphan
  • Jerkass: To her mother, Anna Windass — she even claims that Anna has hit her in order to get to live with her father.
  • Parental Neglect: When she came to live with her father, heleft her on her own, let her go hungry and didn't pay for her to go on school trips. Anna hoped these factors would make Faye come back — she did, eventually.

Katy Armstrong

Duration: 2010 — 2014

Birthday: 10 September 1994 (aged 19)

Family: Owen Armstrong (father); Joseph Brown (son); Izzy Armstrong (sister);

Works at Prima Doner. Portrayed by Georgia May Foote.

Joseph Brown

Duration: 2011 —

Birthday: 24 December 2011 (aged 2)

Family: Katy Armstrong (mother); Chesney Brown (father); Fiz Stape (aunt)

Portrayed by an uncredited actor.

     7 Coronation Street 

Property Owner: Dev Alahan

Devendra 'Dev' Alahan

Duration: 1999 —

Birthday: 2 March 1964 (aged 50)

Family: Asha Alahan (daughter); Aadi Alahan (son); Sunita Alahan (former wife)

Corner Shop owner. Father of Asha and Aadi. Widower of Sunita. Portrayed by Jimmi Harkishin.

Asha and Aadi Alahan

Duration: 2006, 2009 —

Birthday: 13 January 2006 (aged 8)

Family: Dev Alahan (father); Sunita Alahan (mother)

Twin daughter/son of Dev and Sunita. Portrayed by Tanisha Gorey and Zennon Ditchett.

     8 Coronation Street 

Property Owner: David and Kylie Platt

Gail McIntyre

Duration: 1974

Birthday: 16 April 1958 (aged 56)

Family: Nick Tilsley (son); David Platt (son); Sarah Platt (daughter); Bethany Platt (granddaughter); Audrey Roberts (mother); Kylie Platt (daughter in law)

Nιe Gail Potter. Frequently married daughter of Audrey Roberts. Portrayed by Helen Worth.

  • Arch-Enemy: Eileen Grimshaw, who took great pleasure in gloating when Lewis Archer stole all her money.
  • Extreme Doormat: Her last husband was a drug addict who stole from her repeatedly and drowned while trying to fake his own death but she loved him anyway.
    • Her life savings were stolen from her by conman Lewis Archer.
  • Miscarriage of Justice: Was suspected of killing her husband Joe, who was trying to fake his death and drowned. Fortunately, she was found not guilty.
  • My Beloved Smother: Her boys never do anything wrong despite being two of the show's main antagonists for the past few years.
  • Parental Obliviousness

David Platt

Duration: 1990 —

Birthday: 25 December 1990 (aged 23)

Family: Kylie Platt (wife); Lily Platt (daughter); Max Turner (adoptive son); Gail McIntyre (mother); Audrey Roberts (grandmother); Nick Tilsley (half brother); Sarah Platt (half sister); Bethany Platt (niece)

Hairdresser. Portrayed by Jack P. Shepherd.

  • Attention Whore: His main reason for doing anything.
  • Jerkass: Spent many years as this, now wavers between it and Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • Momma's Boy: Despite once shoving her down the stairs, he was the first person to run to her when she was falsely imprisoned for Joe McIntyre's murder.
  • Smug Snake
  • The Sociopath: He was played as one for several years but this behaviour has disappeared over time as he's apparently 'mellowed out'.
    • This trait returned again recently, when he found out about Kylie cheating with Nick. While he still loved her, he was furious with Nick and had no problem smashing up his flat.
  • The Unfavorite: Compared to high achiever Nick and teenage mother Sarah Louise, he never got much attention and he never fails to remind his mother of that.
  • Troll: At one stage, it was possibly the only way to really describe his character. He simply liked getting a rise out of people or stirring up trouble for other people.
  • The Woobie: It's hard not to be feel sorry for him, now that he has been kicked out of his own house, denied access to his kids and been treated like a complete monster. All for 'trying to kill' his brother Nick (which was a genuine accident).

Kylie Platt

Duration: 2010 —

Birthday: 24 August 1987 (aged 26)

Family: David Platt (husband); Max Turner (son); Lily Platt (daughter); Becky Granger (sister); Gail Platt (mother in law); Nick Tilsley (brother in law)

Nιe Kylie Turner. Portrayed by Paula Lane.

Max Turner

Duration: 2010 —

Birthday: 5 September 2006 (aged 7)

Family: Kylie Platt (mother); Lily Platt (half sister); David Platt (adoptive father); Gail McIntyre (step-grandmother); Audrey Roberts (step-great-grandmother); Nick Tilsley (step-uncle); Sarah Platt (step-aunt); Bethany Platt (step-cousin)

Kylie's son from a previous relationship. Portrayed by Harry McDermott.

Lily Platt

Duration: 2013 —

Birthday: 26 August 2013 (aged less than 1)

Family: Kylie Platt (mother); David Platt (father); Max Turner (half brother); Nick Tilsley (uncle); Becky Granger (aunt); Gail Platt (grandmother); Audrey Roberts (great-grandmother)

Portrayed by an uncredited actor/actress.

     9 Coronation Street 

Property Owner: Tyrone Dobbs

Tyrone Dobbs

Duration: 1998 —

Birthday: 17 December 1982 (aged 31)

Family: Fiz Stape (partner); Ruby Dobbs (daughter)

Car mechanic. Portrayed by Alan Halsall.

Fiona 'Fiz' Stape

Duration: 2001 —

Birthday: 25 September 1984 (aged 29)

Family: Tyrone Dobbs (partner); Hope Stape (daughter); Chesney Brown (sister); Joseph Brown (nephew); Cilla Battersby-Brown (mother)

Nιe Fiona Brown. Machinist at Underworld. Portrayed by Jennie McAlpine.

  • Arch-Enemy: Sally Webster, for a time after she was released.
    • Kirsty Soames, when she was physically abusing Tyrone.
  • Fiery Redhead: At times.
  • Genki Girl
  • Miscarriage of Justice: Was found guilty of murder, along with her husband John Stape, even though it was only him. Fortunately, he confessed before he died and she was released.
  • Plucky Girl
  • Prison Episode: Several, when she was in prison before her trial for murder.

Hope Stape

Duration: 2010 —

Birthday: 6 December 2010 (aged 3)

Family: Fiz Stape (mother); John Stape (father); Chesney Brown (uncle); Joseph Brown (first cousin)

Baby daughter of Fiz and John. Portrayed by an uncredited actress.

  • Disappeared Dad: Her father John Stape died of his injuries sustained while on the run for murder.

Ruby Dobbs

Duration: 2012 —

Birthday: 9 September 2012 (aged 1)

Family: Tyrone Dobbs (father); Kirsty Soames (mother)

Portrayed by an uncredited actress.

     10 A Coronation Street (Above the front of The Kabin) 

Property Owner: Rita Tanner

Rita Tanner

Duration: 1964, 1972 —

Birthday: 25 February 1932 (aged 82)

Family: Dennis Tanner (husband)

Nιe Rita Littlewood. Owner of the Kabin. Portrayed by Barbara Knox.

Dennis Tanner

Duration: 1960 — 1962, 1963 — 1968, 2011 –- 2014

Birthday: 1 April 1942 (aged 72)

Family: Rita Tanner (wife)

Unemployed. Left with Gloria Price on a tour of the world but came back shortly after leaving. Portrayed by Philip Lowrie.

  • The Bus Came Back: He was on Coronation Street in the Sixties and came back after a 43 year absence.
  • Jerkass: His completely unnecessary and cruel gloating at Rita, his wife, as he drove off on an adventure with Gloria Price.

     11 Coronation Street 

Property Owner: Eileen Grimshaw

Eileen Grimshaw

Duration: 2000 –-

Birthday: 7 October 1961 (aged 52)

Family: Todd Grimshaw (son); Jason Grimshaw (son); Julie Carp (half sister);

Switch operator for Streetcars. Portrayed by Sue Cleaver.

  • Arch-Enemy: Gail McIntyre, for a number of years now, though it's cooled more recently as they has less to do with each other. They still happily snipe at each other in the street though.
  • Butt Monkey: Even by soap standards, Eileen has a hard life.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Mama Bear: God help you if you hurt one of her boys.
  • Stoic Woobie: Refused to cry in public even at her father's funeral. Occasionally slides into Jerkass when she expresses affection through yelling.

Jason Grimshaw

Duration: 2000 –-

Birthday: 27 June 1983 (aged 31)

Family: Eileen Grimshaw (mother); Todd Grimshaw (brother);

Builder. Portrayed by Ryan Thomas.

Todd Grimshaw

Duration: 2001 –- 2004, 2007, 2011, 2013 -–

Birthday: 13 January 1985 (aged 29)

Family: Eileen Grimshaw (mother); Jason Grimshaw (brother)

Returned (in late 2013) after nine years of living in London. Portrayed by Bruno Langley.

  • Gayngst: When he was going out with Sarah Platt, she was pregnant with their baby and he realised he was gay. It didn't help matters that he kissed her brother and was having an affair with nurse Karl Foster during it.
  • Manipulative Bastard
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Like with Ryan Connor, he has devolved from a likable, studious character to a selfish and derelict jerk.
  • Straight Gay
  • The Woobie: Despite the above, he was not allowed to see his premature baby son Billy when he was alive (as Sarah and Gail wouldn't let him). He only got to speak to him at the baby's funeral.

Sean Tully

Duration: 2003, 2004 –-

Birthday: 13 September 1976 (aged 37)

Machinist at Underworld and barman. Portrayed by Antony Cotton.

     12 Coronation Street (Above the back of The Kabin) 

Property Owner: Julie Carp

Julie Carp

Duration: 2008 —

Birthday: 1977 (aged 36/37)

Family: Eileen Grimshaw (half sister)

Machinist. Portrayed by Katy Cavanagh.

     13 Coronation Street 

Property Owner: Kevin Webster

Sophie Webster

Duration: 1994 —

Birthday: 4 November 1994 (aged 19)

Family: Sally Webster (mother); Kevin Webster (father); Rosie Webster (sister); Jack Webster (half brother); Maddie Heath (partner)

Religious daughter of Kevin and Sally. Works in Dev's Corner Shop. Portrayed by Brooke Vincent.

Maddie Heath

Duration: 2013 –-

Birthday: 3 February 1997 (aged 17)

Family: Sophie Webster (partner)

Car cleaner at Kevin's garage. Formerly homeless girl at the shelter where Sophie Webster volunteers. Portrayed by Amy Kelly.

     15 A Coronation Street (Above the D&S Corner Shop) 

Property Owner: Dev Alahan

Leanne Tilsley

Duration: 1997 –- 2000, 2004 –-

Birthday: 2 July 1981 (aged 33)

Family: Nick Tilsley (husband); Les Battersby (father); Stella Price (mother); Gloria Price (grandmother); Eva Price (half sister); Simon Barlow (adoptive son)

Nιe Leanne Battersby. Works at Nick's Bistro. Portrayed by Jane Danson.

Eva Price

Duration: 2011 —

Birthday: 10 February 1988 (aged 26)

Family: Stella Prince (mother); Gloria Prince (grandmother); Leanne Tilsley (half sister)

A high-maintenance Underworld secretary. Portrayed by Catherine Tyldesley.

  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Frequently acts like this, even though she is in her early twenties.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: To Nick Tilsley. Refused to accept that it was over and even tried to wreck her sister's wedding so that she could be with him.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Frequently wears dresses that accentuate her cleavage.

Simon Barlow

Duration: 2003, 2008 –-

Birthday: 6 July 2003 (aged 10)

Family: Peter Barlow (father); Leanne Tilsley (adoptive mother); Ken Barlow (grandfather)

Birth name Simon Richards. Student. Portrayed by Alex Bain.

  • Innocent Prodigy
  • Jerkass: Recently, to Sunita's kids when he made some rude comments about their mother. He's also lied to try and get Carla in trouble with Peter.

     14 A Victoria Street (Above Elliot & Sons Butchers} 

Property Owner: Claire Peacock (possibly)


     15 A Victoria Street (Above Street Cars} 

Property Owner: Steve McDonald and Lloyd Mullaney

Lloyd Mullaney

Duration: 2005 –- 2006, 2007 –-

Birthday: 1964 (aged 49/50)

Family: Jenna Kamara (daughter)

Cab driver at Streetcars. Portrayed by Craig Charles.

  • British Accents: He has a Scouse (Liverpool) accent, in contrast to most of the characters.
  • Expy: Many consider him an Expy of Charles's other best known character, Dave Lister
  • Token Minority: One of the street's first black regulars, the powers that be seemed to struggle with what to do with him other than have him date the show's only other black character. Although more recently he has been involved in more storylines of his own.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Steve McDonald, who he co-owns the local cab firm with.

Jenna Kamara

Duration: 2012 –-

Birthday: 24 April 1984 (aged 30)

Family: Lloyd Mullaney (biological father); Mandy Kamara (mother)

Former Physiotherapist, before she got fired for kissing Sophie Webster. Portrayed by Krissi Bohn.

  • Lipstick Lesbian: There were no obvious indications that she was a lesbian before her storyline with Sophie.

     16 A Victoria Street (Above Roy's Rolls) 

Property Owner: Roy Cropper

Roy Cropper

Duration: 1995 –-

Birthday: 21 September 1954 (aged 59)

Family: Hayley Cropper (widowed wife); Sylvia Goodwin (mother)

Full name Royston Cropper. Owner of Roy's Rolls. Portrayed by David Neilson.

     18 A Victoria Street (Above Prima Doner) 

Property Owner: Dev Alahan


     19 A Victoria Street (Adjacent to the Builder's Yard) 

Property Owner: Jason Grimshaw

Steph Britton

Duration: 2013 —

Birthday: 22 February 1995 (aged 19)

Family: Luke Britton (brother)

Works in Nick's Bistro. Portrayed by Tisha Merry.

    Flat 8 Victoria Court 

Property Owner: Nick Tilsley

Nick Tilsley

Duration: 1981 –- 1996, 1997 –- 1999, 2002, 2003 –- 2004, 2009 –-

Birthday: 3 December 1980 (aged 33)

Family: Leanne Tilsley (wife); Gail McIntyre (mother); Audrey Roberts (grandmother); David Platt (brother); Sarah Platt (sister); Bethany Platt (niece); Lily Platt (niece); Kylie Platt (sister in law)

Owner of Nick's Bistro. Portrayed by Ben Price.

  • Bishounen: In his younger years.
  • Dawson Casting: His current actor, Ben Price, is ten years older than his character's age.
  • Mr. Fanservice: When he was being portrayed by Adam Rickitt.
  • Smug Snake
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Has changed from a likeable enough character to a horrible Jerkass who claims (wrongly) that his brother David tried to kill him and tries to force him to leave the street.
  • Who's Your Daddy?: He was a possible father of Kylie's daughter Lily. It turns out she was David's.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Cheated on Leanne with his sister-in-law Kylie Platt at Christmas 2012.

     9 A Rosamund Street (Above Barlow's Buys) 

Property Owner: Peter Barlow

Carla Barlow

Duration: 2006 –-

Birthday: 3 January 1975 (aged 39)

Family: Peter Barlow (husband); Rob Donovan (brother)

Nιe Carla Donovan. Owner of Underworld. Portrayed by Alison King.

     5 Grassmere Drive 

Property Owner: Audrey Roberts

Audrey Roberts

Duration: 1979 –- 1982, 1984, 1985 –-

Birthday: 23 July 1940 (aged 73)

Family: Gail McIntyre (daughter); Nick Tilsley (grandson); David Platt (grandson); Sarah Platt (granddaughter); Bethany Platt (great-granddaughter); Lily Platt (great-granddaughter)

Nιe Audrey Potter. Owner of Audrey's Salon. Portrayed by Sue Nicholls.

     28 Grayling Street 

Property Owner: Gary Windass (possibly)

Izzy Armstrong

Duration: 2010 –-

Birthday: 24 January 1986 (aged 28)

Family: Gary Windass (partner); Jake Windass (son); Owen Armstrong (father); Katy Armstrong (sister); Joseph Brown (nephew)

Full name Isabelle Armstrong. Portrayed by Cherylee Houston.

Gary Windass

Duration: 2008 –-

Birthday: 1986 (aged 27/28)

Family: Izzy Armstrong (partner); Jake Windass (son); Anna Windass (mother); Faye Windass (adoptive sister)

Builder. Portrayed by Mikey North.

Jake Windass

Duration: 2013 —

Birthday: 27 May 2013 (aged 1)

Family: Gary Windass (father); Izzy Armstrong (mother); Owen Armstrong (grandfather); Anna Windass (grandmother); Katy Armstrong (aunt); Faye Windass (adoptive aunt); Joseph Brown (first cousin)

Biological son of Izzy Armstrong and Gary Windass. Carried by Tina McIntyre. She initially refused to hand him over to his biological parents but did so after seeing how upset they were.

  • Dead Guy Junior: Tina was going to change his name to Joe, in honour of her deceased father before she gave him back to Gary and Izzy.


Property Owner: Mary Taylor

Mary Taylor

Duration: 2008 –- 2009, 2010 –-

Birthday: 1974 (aged 39/40)

Batty admirer of Norris. Lives in a motor home on the street. Portrayed by Patti Clare.

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Norris certainly views her as this; he has never accepted her advances or her attepts to get close to him.
  • Big Eater: Much to Norris's annoyance, she has an absent minded habit of endlessly eating the sweets in the Kabin while working.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Her piano playing — came in handy when Rita Tanner needed someone to accompany her singing in the Rovers at Christmas 2010 ("A Winter's Tale" by David Essex).
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Of the highest order.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Although she can be arrogant and rude at times, she does have kind moment. For example, when she won a flight to America as a prize in a competition, she instead gave the tickets to Roy and Hayley so that they could go and see Sylvia.
  • Large Ham
  • Regional Speciality: Is well trained in a variety of different cuisines of different cultures (French, Greek, Moroccan, Russian, Spanish etc) and has put on themed nights in Roy's Rolls and The Bistro, before she got fired
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Towards Norris.
    • And then Roy Cropper, for a while.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Like Norris, she appears to have a much higher opinion of her talents and skills than other people.
  • Younger than They Look: Perhaps due to her dress sense or hairstyle; she is only meant to be 39 years old.

     Rest of Weatherfield 

Alya Nazir

Duration: 2014 –-

Birthday: Unknown

Family: Kal Nazir (father); Sharif Nazir (grandfather)

Kal's university student daughter. Portrayed by Sair Khan.

Sharif Nazir

Duration: 2014 –-

Birthday: Unknown

Family: Kal Nazir (son); Alya Nazir (granddaughter)

Kal's father with whom he runs the gym. Portrayed by Marc Anwar.

Luke Britton

Duration: 2014 —

Birthday: Unknown

Family: Steph Britton (sister)

Works in Webster's Auto Centre. Portrayed by Dean Fagan.

  • Mr Fix It: He is a car mechanic like Tyrone and Kevin.

Khalid 'Kal' Nazir

Duration: 2013 –-

Birthday: Unknown

Family: Widowed with two kids

New gym instructor who is helping Dev Alahan and Nick Tilsley get in shape. Portrayed by Jimi Mistry.

  • Mr. Fanservice: At least, he was to Sinead and Beth Tinker, who ogled him when he first came to the Rovers.

Andrea Beckett

Duration: 2013 –-

Birthday: Unknown

Family: Neil Beckett (husband); Lloyd Mullaney (partner)

Steve McDonald's friend from college. Portrayed by Hayley Tamaddon.

  • The Lad-ette: Which is why she gets on so well with Steve and Lloyd — and why Michelle is so worried about/jealous of her.
  • Your Cheating Heart: She cheats on her husband with Lloyd. Although Lloyd himself has no idea at all she is already married.

Tony Stewart

Duration: 2003, 2014 —

Birthday: 14 March (age unknown)

Family: Jason Grimshaw (son); Eileen Grimshaw (ex-partner)

Jason's father who last appeared ten years ago. Portrayed by Terence Maynard.

  • The Atoner: He comes back to Weatherfield in order to try and make up his absence to his son, Jason.

Pat Phelan

Duration: 2013 —

Birthday: Unknown

Family: Valerie Phelan (wife)

A (rich) bankrupt businessman who first appeared refusing to pay Owen Armstrong for work done and Owen robbed one of his motorcycles until he payed what he owed. Now is in business with Owen. Portrayed by Connor McIntyre.

  • All Men Are Perverts / Covert Pervert: He tries to come onto Anna Windass when she turns up at his house to apologise for shouting at him. All while still married to Valerie.
  • Blackmail: Gary Windass assaulted him and left him for dead in panic (in reaction to Phelan calling his mother Anna a tart). Phelan is using the threat of telling the police (backed up by CCTV evidence) to keep all the money the Armstrong/Windass family are owed.
  • Jerkass: From refusing to pay Owen for work done back in 2013, to trying to have an affair with Owen's partner Anna, to withholding their profits and investment from the Armstrongs/Windasses, there doesn't seem to be any kinder side to him.
  • Unholy Matrimony: His wife Valerie is a Rich Bitch who is no better than her husband. She doesn't sympathise with Anna at all when the latter tries to tell her about Phelan's pass at her.


Peter Barlow

Duration: 1965 –- 1971, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1986, 2000 –- 2003, 2007, 2008 –-

Birthday: 5 April 1965 (aged 49)

Family: Carla Barlow (wife); Simon Barlow (son); Ken Barlow (father)

Owner of Barlow's Bookies. Portrayed by Chris Gascoyne.

     Returning and future characters (spoilers!) 

This is for characters who have been in the show before, left and are returning; or new characters announced.

Kevin Webster

Duration: 1983 —

Birthday: 3 September 1965 (aged 48)

Family: Sally Webster (ex-wife); Rosie Webster (daughter); Sophie Webster (daughter); Jack Webster (son)

Car mechanic. Portrayed by Michael Le Vell. Will return in three months' time (Le Vell is undergoing rehab). Said to be have returned to Germany to help Bill, his father, again.

  • Hair-Trigger Temper
  • Jerkass: To some since the affair, to others he's simply Strangled by the Red String.
  • Miles Gloriosus: Considering that he only ever starts fights with harmless characters.
  • Mr Fix It: He's a car mechanic, with Tyrone and Tommy.
  • Papa Wolf: Mostly towards Rosie (even though the things he defended her from were usually her fault!)
  • Put on a Bus: Due to Michael Le Vell's sexual offence allegations. He is said to be in Germany visiting his sick father Bill.
    • The Bus Came Back: Le Vell has been found not guilty on all counts, and apparently in talks to return to the show with a "major storyline".
  • Took Alevel In Jerkass: During his recent affair with his best friend's wife which produced a son, Jack. Most considered the plot rushed and out of character and a textbook case of Romantic Plot Tumor.

Jack Webster

Duration: 2010 —

Birthday: 6 September 2010 (aged 3)

Family: Kevin Webster (father); Molly Dobbs (mother); Rosie Webster (half sister); Sophie Webster (half sister)

Jack Dobbs. Portrayed by Jaxon Beswick and Maddox Beswick.

James 'Jim' McDonald

Duration: 1989 –- 2000, 2003 -– 2005, 2007, 2009 -– 2011, 2014 -–

Birthday: 14 November 1955 (aged 58)

Family: Steve McDonald (son); Amy Barlow (granddaughter); Liz McDonald (ex wife)

Steve's father and Liz's ex-husband. Portrayed by Charles Lawson. Was sent to prison in 2011 for armed robbery of a bank. Returning in the summer 2014.

Cilla Battersby-Brown

Duration: 2003 — 2007, 2014

Birthday: 17 December 1965 (aged 48)

Family: Fiz Stape (daughter); Chesney Brown (son); Hope Stape (granddaughter); Joseph Brown (grandson); Leanne Tilsley (stepdaughter)

Fiz and Chesney's mother and Les Battersby's wife. Portrayed by Wendi Peters. Left for Las Vegas in 2007.. Returning briefly in 2014.

  • Embarrassing Middle Name: Her middle names are Petunia Aurelia.
  • Expy: Beth seems to be an expy of her, which should be interesting to see when Cilla briefly returns in 2014.
  • Put on a Bus: She left the show for Las Vegas in 2007.

     The Dead and the Departed 

This is for characters who have either died or have left the street by moving abroad.

Marcus Dent

Duration: 2007 –- 2008, 2011 –- 2014

Birthday: 1977 (aged 36/37)

Where currently: London, England.

Midwife at Weatherfield's hospital. Portrayed by Charlie Condou. Left for London.

Tina McIntyre

Duration: 2008 –- 2014

Born: 18 February 1991

Died: 2 June 2014 (aged 23)

A barmaid in the Rovers Return. Surrogate mother of baby Jake Windass for Izzy Armstrong and Gary Windass. Portrayed by Michelle Keegan. Was murdered by being battered over the head with a pipe by Rob Donovan and died from her injuries.

  • Arch-Enemy: Tracy Barlow, who teases and mocks Tina whenever she can about her surrogacy, her boyfriend leaving and anything she can think up of, generally.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Towards Peter Barlow — she wouldn't accept that they cannot have a relationship (he is married) and she kept pursuing him or trying to make him jealous.
  • Daddy's Girl: Was very upset when her father died and tried to blame Gail even after the trial found her not guilty. They made up though.
  • Famous Last Words: Immediately before she gets bludgeoned to death.
    Tina: I was born gobby.
    Rob: You'll die gobby, too.
  • Little Miss Snarker
  • The Mistress: Peter's, although she didn't want to be. Odd, since Tina was cheated on by Graeme only a couple of years ago and was left devastated.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Has won the 'Sexiest Female' award at the Soap Awards for a number of years running. In recent months she is often seen wearing revealing clothes or next to nothing.
  • No One Could Survive That: What many viewers thought when she managed to survive and get up from being shoved off the builder's yard balcony. She manages to survive being beaten with a pipe too, leaving Rob shocked that she's still not dead.
  • Pipe Pain: After Rob finds out (after the immediate above trope) that she is still alive after falling, he brutally batters her around the head with a pipe after she threatens him.
  • The Scrappy: She gradually became this in the eyes of the fans of the show, after her seemingly out of the blue personality change (cheating with Peter after knowing full well how horrible it is — see above) and her Jerkass behaviour (threatening to report Rob and Tracy's illegal merchandise simply out of spite) before she died.
    • Another cause was her being featured too often in every scene leading up to her death.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: The first reason mentioned immediately above.
  • Too Dumb to Live: After being shoved from the builder's yard balcony by Rob she survives but immediately continues to goad and threaten him despite the fact he just tried to murder her and that she can barely even stand.
    • "Know when to shut up" indeed, Rob.

Stella Price

Duration: 2011 — 2014

Birthday: 11 August 1963 (aged 50)

Family: Eva Price (daughter); Leanne Tilsley (daughter); Gloria Price (mother)

Where currently: New York City, USA.

Formerly The Rovers landlady and barmaid. Became the owner after Liz McDonald left, since her son Steve and daughter-in-law Becky couldn't be the licensees because of their criminal records. Portrayed by Michelle Collins. Left to go and live in New York City with a friend.

  • Absurdly Youthful Mother: To Eva and Leanne.
  • Fake Accent: Collins has a natural London accent. Opinions vary on how good/bad her Manchester accent is.
  • Mrs. Robinson: Briefly went out with Jason Grimshaw, who is twenty years younger than her.

Gloria Price

Duration: 2012 — 2014

Birthday: 1942 (aged 71/72)

Family: Stella Prince (daughter); Eva Price (granddaughter); Leanne Tilsley (granddaughter)

Where currently: Unknown.

Stella's interfering mother. Portrayed by Sue Johnston. Left to take a tour of the world with Dennis Tanner.

  • Gold Digger: Planned to marry the rich Eric Babbage for his money before he dropped dead in the Rovers, although she claimed to love him.
  • Unexpected Inheritance: Eric's first will left everything to his estranged wife, so she did not expect to get anything. However, a more recent will, found later on, left her £80,000 but she used all of this money to help Stella finish rebuilding the Rovers.

Hayley Cropper

Duration: 1998 –- 2014

Born/Died: 1966 — 20 January 2014 (aged 47/48)

Family: Roy Cropper (husband); Christian Gatley (son); Maisie and Sam Gatley (grandchildren)

Birth name Harold Patterson. Machinist and Supervisor at Underworld. Portrayed by Julie Hesmondhalgh. She was suffering from terminal pancreatic cancer. Towards the end of her life, she committed suicide by taking a lethal overdose of her medication with Roy by her side.

  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: She dies with Roy by her side on their bed. Anna and Carla come in to discover her in Roy's arms.
  • Mercy Kill: Hayley gives herself a lethal dose of medication in order to end her suffering from the final stages of cancer. She insists that Roy not help her or touch the glass she is drinking or her medicine in case anyone thinks he helped her.
  • Only Sane Employee: Her title of supervisor at the factory often amounts to this managing the Greek Chorus of Deadpan Snarker's and Cloud Cuckoo Lander's is quite a challenge.
  • Only Sane Woman: Frequently, when husband Roy gets carried away with his eccentricities, or at Underworld where she is the supervisor.
  • Plucky Girl: In a street full of them Hayley is a stand-out although still a bit too practical to be a Pollyanna.
  • The Topic of Cancer: Hayley discovers that she has stage two pancreatic cancer in July 2013, and that she only has a 20% chance of living longer than five years.
    • She would have succumbed to this illness in a matter of weeks had she not taken control of it and ended her life the way she wanted to.
  • Transgender: A male-to-female transsexual, she was born a man named Harold. She underwent sexual reassignment surgery in Amsterdam soon after meeting Roy.
  • Younger than They Look: It was unclear how old Hayley was meant to be on-screen, but the real life actress is only 43 years old — while her character probably looked closer to 50, due to her clothes and her hairstyle.
    • She was born in 1966, making her 47 or 48 when she died.

Brian Packham

Duration: 2010, 2011 — 2013

Birthday: 20 August 1963 (aged 50)

Where currently: Wales.

Formerly a Primary school principal. Portrayed by Peter Gunn. Accepted a museum job in Wales and left Julie Carp.

Tommy Duckworth

Duration: 1992 — 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2011 –- 2013

Birthday: 9 September 1992 (aged 21)

Family: Jack Duckworth (grandfather); Vera Duckworth (grandmother); Terry Duckworth (father); Tina McIntyre (former partner)

Where currently: Canary Islands, Spain.

Car mechanic. Portrayed by Chris Fountain. Stormed off to the airport and left because Tina let her ex-boyfriend and step-brother David Platt stay over while his family are angry at him.

Ryan Connor

Duration: 2006 –- 2010, 2012 –- 2013

Birthday: 14 January 1992 (aged 22)

Family: Michelle Connor (adoptive mother); Liam Connor, Jr (first cousin)

Where currently: Ibiza, Spain.

Works at Prima Doner. Portrayed by Sol Heras. Is working as a DJ in Ibiza.

  • The Other Darrin: Had completely changed appearance when he came back in 2012.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Got thrown out of college and came back to the street as a drug addict willing to rob his own mother's factory just to get a hit. Thankfully, he got better.

Karl Munro

Duration: 2011 — 2013

Birthday: 27 April 1963 (aged 51)

Family: Stella Price (wife)

Where currently: Prison; Manchester, England.

Stella's villainous husband. Burned down the Rovers Return in March 2013, killing Sunita Alahan and injuring himself and Stella in the process. Portrayed by John Michie. Was arrested and got a life sentence (minimum 25 years) for murder and arson.

  • Fake Nationality: His actor is Scottish.
  • The Gambling Addict: He develops a gambling addiction in 2011, which leads him to having an affair with Sunita.
  • Jerkass: Has always had hints of this, but has become a full on Jerk Ass and villain by 2013.
  • Love Makes You Crazy / Love Makes You Evil: He didn't start out as a villain, but when Sunita dumps him, he is willing to do anything to get Stella back like setting fire to Jason's van, burning down the Rovers, and killing Sunita when she begins to recover from the smoke inhilation.
  • Manly Tears: He is driven to tears when he 'kidnaps' Stella in a taxi and she tells him that it is over and to leave her alone.

Paul Kershaw

Duration: 2010, 2011 –- 2013

Birthday: 19 August (age unknown)

Family: Eileen Grimshaw (former partner); Lesley Kershaw (former wife)

Where currently: Unknown.

Fireman. Portrayed by Tony Hirst. Fired by new producer in 2013. He left in August 2013, after splitting up with Eileen.

  • Early-Bird Cameo: In the Tram Crash live episode, he was one of the firefighters trying to rescue Molly.
  • Mistaken for Racist: By Lloyd Mullaney and Lloyd's daughter Jenna. A big argument ensued between him and Lloyd over it, and was one of the reasons he and Eileen eventually split up.

Mandy Kamara

Duration: 2012 –- 2013

Birthday: Unknown

Family: Jenna Kamara (daughter); Lloyd Mullaney (former partner)

Where currently: Wythenshawe, England.

Cook in the Rovers Return. Portrayed by Pamela Nomvete. She left in August 2013 after splitting up (again) with Lloyd Mullaney and moved to Wythenshawe.

Sylvia Goodwin

Duration: 2011 — 2013

Birthday: circa 1935 (aged about 78/79)

Family: Roy Cropper (son)

Where currently: Tenerife, Spain.

Worked in Roy's cafe. Portrayed by Stephanie Cole. Quit of her own accord in 2013 for health reasons. Left the Street after Hayley was diagnosed with cancer (without on-screen explanation until after) and is currently living elsewhere with her sister Jean.

Sunita Alahan

Duration: 2001 –- 2006, 2009 –- 2013

Born/Died: 1978 — 3 April 2013 (aged 34/35)

Family: Dev Alahan (former husband); Aasha Alahan (daughter); Aadi Alahan (son)

Nιe Sunita Parekh. Barmaid. Wife of Dev Alahan. Mother of Asha and Aadi. Was murdered in hospital by Karl Munro in April 2013 after inhaling smoke in the Rovers fire of March 2013. Portrayed by Shobna Gulati.

Kirsty Soames

Duration: 2011 — 2013

Birthday: 24 May 1983 (aged 31)

Family: Ruby Dobbs (daughter); Tyrone Dobbs (former partner)

Where currently: Outside UK.

Policewoman then worker in Underworld. Mother of Ruby Dobbs. Ex-girlfriend of Tyrone Dobbs. Is in prison for perjury/domestic abuse of Tyrone. Portrayed by Natalie Gumede. Left due to storyline. Was in prison in Manchester for lying in court but was released in April 2014.

  • Berserk Button: Tyrone even mentioning his ex's.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She started out as this and only got worse with time.
  • Domestic Abuser
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Subverted and deconstructed. Kirsty emotionally and physically abused Tyrone and it was played for drama. When Tommy and Tina told people that Kirsty was abusing him, nobody believed them, and Tyrone was too scared to admit it.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Despite being relatively new, Kirsty managed to manipulate quite a lot of people to get her own way, leading to massive bouts of Karma Houdini. She was able to turn the whole street against Tina and Tommy after they found out about her abusive nature and tried to expose her; she managed to seriously injure Fiz and make her look like a crazy jealous ex with her accusations; and managed to turn the local opinion of Tyrone from a Good Is Dumb Nice Guy into a Domestic Abuser; then turn Tyrone's desperate attempts to protect his daughter into evidence of guilt.
  • Yandere

Rosie Webster

Duration: 1990 –- 2012

Birthday: 24 December 1990 (aged 23)

Family: Sally Webster (mother); Kevin Webster (father); Sophie Webster (sister); Jack Webster (half brother); Jason Grimshaw (former partner)

Where currently: London, England.

Portrayed by Helen Flanagan. Left to do a reality tv show in London.

Becky Granger

Duration: 2006 –- 2012

Birthday: 1980 (aged 33/34)

Family: Danny Stratton (partner); Kylie Platt (sister); Lily Platt (niece); Max Turner (nephew); David Platt (brother in law); Steve McDonald (ex-husband)

Where currently: Barbados.

Worked in the Rovers Return. Portrayed by Katherine Kelly. Quit of her own accord in 2012 to work on Mr Selfridge. Left in January 2012 with a new love interest, moving to Barbados.

  • Arch-Enemy: Tracy Barlow
  • Berserk Button: Anyone treating Roy or Hayley Cropper badly.
  • Jerkass: When she first turned up, eventually became a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • Lady Drunk
  • Mama Bear: Though neither of the children she had with Steve were actually hers (Max being her sister's son, and Amy being Steve's daughter with Tracy Barlow).
  • Ms. Fanservice: Particularly in her reaction to being angry at Steve, which was to dress in revealing clothing, then go out, get drunk and get attention from men at other bars.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Her general reaction to any sort of bad news was to get drunk and smash up whatever was nearest.

Betty Williams

Duration: 1969 –- 2011

Born/Died: 4 February 1920 — 16 April 2012 (aged 92)

Family: Gordon Clegg (son)

Nιe Elizabeth Preston. Iconic character that worked in the Rovers Return. Portrayed by Betty Driver. Actress died. Died on-screen also, while living away with her son.

John Stape

Duration: 2007 –- 2011

Born/Died: 22 November 1979 — 28 October 2011 (aged 31)

Family: Hope Stape (daughter); Fiz Stape (former wife)

School teacher. Portrayed by Graeme Hawley. Died in October 2011 after crashing a car on the way to court to try and get Fiz off the hook.

Cheryl Gray

Duration: 2010 –- 2011

Birthday: 17 January 1981 (aged 33)

Family: Russ Gray (son); Chris Gray (ex-wife); Lloyd Mullaney (former partner)

Where currently: Unknown.

Portrayed by Holly Quin-Ankrah. Fired by producer, along with her family. Left with her son Russ after finding out Chris had lied about his cancer.

Graeme Proctor

Duration: 2008 –- 2011

Birthday: 1990 (aged 23/24)

Family: Xin Proctor (wife); Tina McIntyre (former partner)

Where currently: London, England.

Butcher and window cleaner. Introduced as friend of David Platt for Juvenile. Portrayed by Craig Gazey. Left with Xin after marrying her.

Xin Proctor

Duration: 2011

Birthday: 23 September 1987 (aged 26/27)

Family: Graeme Proctor (husband)

Where currently: London, England.

Nιe Xin Chiang. Friend of Tina that married Graeme in order to remain in the UK. Portrayed by Elizabeth Tan. Left with Graeme after marrying him.

Jack Duckworth

Duration: 1979, 1981, 1982 -– 2010

Born/Died: 7 November 1936 — 7 November 2010 (aged 74)

Family: Vera Duckworth (wife); Terry Duckworth (son); Tommy Duckworth (grandson)

Full name John Harold Duckworth. Practically stepfather of Tyrone Dobbs. Portrayed by Bill Tarmey. Died of a heart attack in November 2010.

  • Friend to All Living Things: Particularly to pigeons, which he kept out in his back yard.
  • Henpecked Husband: Vera was always giving out to him over minor things (such as his pigeons). She even did this after she died (in the scene where she came to accompany Jack when he died):
    Vera: Look at the state of that collar! Is it too much effort to go and look in the mirror?

Blanche Hunt

Duration: 1974 -– 1978, 1981, 1996, 1997, 1998 -– 2009

Born/Died: 22 January 1936 — 3 May 2010 (aged 74)

Family: Deirdre Barlow (daughter); Tracy Barlow (granddaughter); Amy Barlow (great-granddaughter)

Nιe Blanche Linfield. Portrayed by Maggie Jones. Died of a heart attack off-screen in Portugal in May 2010.

Veronica 'Vera' Duckworth

Duration: 1974, 1976 -– 2008, 2010

Born/Died: 3 September 1937 — 18 January 2008 (aged 70)

Family: Jack Duckworth (husband); Terry Duckworth (son); Tommy Duckworth (grandson)

Nιe Veronica Burton. Wife of Jack. Mother of Terry. Grandmother of Tommy. Practically stepmother of Tyrone Dobbs. Portrayed by Elizabeth Dawn. Died of a heart attack in January 2008; appeared in ghostly form when Jack died two years later.

  • Apron Matron
  • The House of Windsor: She believed herself to be a 2nd cousin once removed of Queen Elizabeth II, from an illegitimate child of King Edward VII — it is unknown whether or not this was true or just a tale.
  • Jacob Marley Apparel: Averted; when she appeared in 2010, she was wearing different clothes from when she died two years previously.
  • Tearjerker: Her death, and particularly Jack's reaction to it.

Adam Barlow

Duration: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 — 2007

Birthday: 3 May 1988 (aged 26)

Family: Mike Baldwin (father); Ken Barlow (grandfather); Peter Barlow (half brother)

Where currently: Canada.

Portrayed by Iain de Caestecker and Sam Robertson. He lived with Granddad Ken for a while after leaving school. Last heard to be in Canada being cared for by Ken.

Daniel Osbourne

Duration: 1995 –- 1997, 2007

'Birthday: 4 January 1995 (aged 19)

Family: Ken Barlow (father); Peter Barlow (half brother)

Where currently: Unknown.

Portrayed by Lewis Harney. The youngest son of Ken Barlow, currently living with his mother. Mostly mentioned when Peter wants to make Ken feel guilty.

Mike Baldwin

Duration: 1976 –- 2006

Born/Died: 16 February 1942 — 7 April 2006 (aged 64)

Family: Adam Barlow (son); Danny Baldwin (son); Warren Baldwin (grandson); Jamie Baldwin (grandson)

Portrayed by Johnny Briggs. Owned the factory over the road (amongst other things), for most of its existence starting as Balwin's Casuals and then after it became Underworld. Mike was a tenacious self-made man who got where he was by hard work and a lot of charm, not that he ever let anyone forget it. Mike always liked Deirdre and that turned into an affair in 1983 unfortunately Deirdre decided to stay married to Ken. Ken would never forgive Mike for the affair although Mike and Deirdre would remain friends until his death. A few years later Mike would marry Ken's daughter Susan (at least partly to annoy Ken) but his sexism (she wanted to work he wanted a housewife) would cost him the relationship. Susan left him after telling him she aborted his baby. A few years later he would meet Alma Sedgewick, arguably the love of his life who he then dumped for a young blond tart. This would be a pattern for them and they would break up and get back together several times for much the same reason. In 2001, Peter Barlow revealed that Susan had lied and had actually had a son with Mike named Adam. Mike's rivalry with Ken flared up again when Susan died and the two men fought for custody of Adam. As he was getting older, Mike decided to bring in a partner: his nephew Danny Baldwin. It was revealed that Danny was actually Mike's son. However, they never got much time together as Mike developed Alzheimer's disease. Mike died outside the factory in the arms of Ken Barlow, of a heart attack, on 7 April 2006.

Richard Hillman

Duration: 2001 –- 2003

Born/Died: 20 December 1951 — 14 March 2003 (aged 51)

Family: Gail McIntyre (former wife)

Ex-husband of Gail McIntyre. Serial killer — murdered his ex-wife (at the time) and Maxine Peacock, Ashley's wife. Died when he drove a car with Gail, David and Sarah into a canal. Famously called 'Norman Bates with a briefcase' by Gail. Portrayed by Brian Capron.

Susan Barlow

Duration: 1965 –- 1971, 1973, 1979 –- 1980, 1981, 1985 –- 1987, 2001

Born/Died: 5 April 1965 — 11 February 2001 (aged 35)

Family: Ken Barlow (father); Peter Barlow (brother); Simon Barlow (nephew)

Portrayed by Katie Heanneau, Wendy Jane Walker, Suzy Patterson and Joanna Foster. Ken's oldest daughter and Peter's twin sister. She famously married Mike Baldwin and had his son. Died in a car crash trying to run away from a custody fight with Mike. Mostly mentioned when Ken wants to manipulate Peter.

Valerie Barlow

Duration: 1961, 1962 –- 1971

Born/Died: 26 November 1942 — 27 January 1971 (aged 28)

Family: Ken Barlow (former wife); Peter Barlow (son); Susan Barlow (daughter); Simon Barlow (grandson); Adam Barlow (grandson)

Nιe Valerie Tatlock. Portrayed by Anne Reid. Ken's long suffering first wife and mother of Susan and Peter. She kept house and home together while Ken was busy being involved in politics and getting involved with other women. Was the street's first hairdresser and ran her own shop out of number 9. Died when faulty wiring on her hair dryer electrocuted her and started a fire in her home.

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