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!
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.
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.
Catch Phrase: "Oh, Tracy". (whenever Tracy does something bad — which is frequently)
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.
Gossipy Hens: Rare male version. When someone is discussing something private in the Kabin or near him (or even not near him), he can always be seen trying to (non) subtly listen in.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite being a gossipy hen and trying to stick his nose into others' business generally, he does have his kind moments. For example, he comforted Rita when she was upset about the Rovers fire.
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.
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Duration: 2003 —
Birthday: 26 July 1994 (aged 19)
Family: Sinead Tinker (partner); Joseph Brown (son); Cilla Battersby-Brown (mother); Fiz Stape (sister)
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Attention Whore: The main reason she and husband David are a match made in hell.
Jerkass: She sold her young son to her sister and Steve McDonald and went off on holiday.
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.
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.
Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He might be a bit odd but he makes a bloody good full English breakfast.
Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Regarded as one in-universe, though he doesn't fully deserve the reputation.
Disappeared Dad: His father, St John Cropper, left him when he was very young and didn't try to contact him again until 2011. Unfortunately, the letter arrived too late (in 2013), and St John had died three months before.
Family: Carla Barlow (wife); Simon Barlow (son); Ken Barlow (father)
Owner of Barlow's Bookies. Portrayed by Chris Gascoyne.
The Alcoholic: Noteworthy on a show where most consume twice the British average amounts for alcohol and practically live in the pub. Peter is the only actual dry drunk, though by some measures most of the cast qualify as functional alchoholics.
Parental Abandonment: The main reason his relationship is strained is because his father shipped him and his twin sister of to their Scottish grandparents at the age of six following the death of their mother. To be fair though it was how it was done in those days.
Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Around 2003 he was 'the most hated man in Britain' but one recovery from alcoholism and amazingly cute child later, his injury was a central part of the 50th Anniversary special.
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.
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.
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
Family: Kal Nazir (son); Alya Nazir (granddaughter)
Kal's father with whom he runs the gym. Portrayed by Marc Anwar.
Duration: 2014 —
Birthday: 3 November 1957 (aged 56)
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 -
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.
Duration: 2013 -
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.
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.
Duration: 2013 —
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.
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.
Returning and future characters (spoilers!)
This is for characters who have been in the show before, left and are returning; or new characters announced.
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.
This is for characters who have either died or have left the street by moving abroad.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Put on a Bus: Chris Fountain has been fired from the show, following the revelation that he had posted videos of himself rapping explicit and offensive lyrics under disguise as 'The Phantom' on YouTube.
He finally left off-screen in October 2013, for the completely ridiculous and obviously little-thought-about reason mentioned above.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Apron Matron: Was tough and no-nonsense to everyone, including the customers.
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.
Dawson Casting: While Sunita Alahan was born in 1978, Shobna Gulati was born in 1966.
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.
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 DumbNice Guy into a Domestic Abuser; then turn Tyrone's desperate attempts to protect his daughter into evidence of guilt.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.