List of Coronation Street characters (1971)

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Coronation Street is a British soap opera, initially produced by Granada Television. Created by writer Tony Warren, Coronation Street first broadcast on ITV on 9 December 1960. The following is a list of characters introduced in the show's twelfth year, by order of first appearance.

Ivy Tilsley[edit]

Ivy Tilsley
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Lynne Perrie
Duration 1971–72, 1974, 1975, 1976–94[1]
First appearance 14 June 1971
Last appearance 25 March 1994
Book appearances Coronation Street: The Complete Saga
Classification Former; regular
Occupation Machinist

Ivy Joan Brennan (née Nelson; previously Tilsley) was played by Lynne Perrie. Ivy worked as a machinist at Mike Baldwin's (Johnny Briggs) factory, and was elevated to supervisor. Her best friend was Vera Duckworth (Liz Dawn). In the 1975 episode where the factory was burnt down, Ivy mentions that she is childless and her husband's name is "Jack"; before that, her husband was called "Wilf Tyldesly", and before that "Arthur". Jack himself made two appearances in 1975. By the time she became a street resident and a more regular character, her husband was named "Bert" and they had an adult son, Brian (Christopher Quinten).[2]

There was always tension between Ivy, a devout Roman Catholic, and her daughter-in-law, Gail (Helen Worth), especially after the sudden death of her husband, Bert, who was a calming influence. She did not approve of Gail returning to work and placing her children with a child-minder. When Brian was murdered, the tension continued and Ivy was scandalised when Gail married Martin Platt (Sean Wilson), who was 11 years her junior. She was also bitter that Gail has changed Nick and Sarah-Louise's surname from Tilsley to Platt. Ivy was given the name "Poison Ivy", due to her love of stirring up trouble for Gail. After a short-lived romance with a warehouseman from the factory (whom she dumped when she learned he was divorced), Ivy met Don Brennan (Geoffrey Hinsliff) one night when he drove her home in his taxi. Don was a widower, and the couple were happy for a while, until Ivy's bitterness came between them and Don was tempted to stray.

Ivy was written out of the Street because the actress who played her, Lynne Perrie, had been sacked by studio bosses. It was said that she was on a long-term retreat in a convent, where she had a heart attack and died in her sleep. In order to inherit under the terms of her will, Nick had to change his surname back to Tilsley. Ivy was most concerned with Nick's welfare after Brian's death, and focused most of her attention on him, Sarah-Louise (Tina O'Brien) escaped this attention because she believed that Sarah's real father was Ian Latimer, (despite the DNA test that stated otherwise), and therefore not Brian's daughter.

In December 2006, Ivy's old diary was discovered in the loft of Number 5 by Sophie Webster (Brooke Vincent), who visited her friend Chesney Battersby-Brown (Sam Aston), then residing in the house with his mother Cilla (Wendi Peters), stepfather Les (Bruce Jones) and his sister Fiz's (Jennie McAlpine) boyfriend, Kirk Sutherland (Andrew Whyment). Sophie used the diary to fool several residents into thinking she was psychic by referencing past events written in the diary. David Platt (Jack P. Shepherd), demanded the diary be given to him and read it. He and Maria Sutherland (Samia Ghadie) were amused by it until Maria read a particular passage, containing information about Ivy's bitterness toward Gail and David's father, Martin, and the fact that Gail had intended to have an abortion. David then wrapped the diary as a Christmas present, addressed to Gail. David subsequently read this to his whole family and their dinner guests, the Websters.

Edna Gee[edit]

Edna Gee
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Mavis Rogerson
Duration 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975
First appearance 16 June 1971
Last appearance 1 October 1975
Occupation Machinist

Edna Gee was played by Mavis Rogerson. Edna first appeared in 1971 working at the Mark Brittain mail order warehouse. Edna was the first wife of Fred Gee. Edna was well known in Weatherfield as being a bit of a flirt. In 1973 she attended Hilda Ogden's (Jean Alexander) birthday party and flirted with Ray Langton (Neville Buswell), but ended up in the Ogdens' bedroom with Billy Walker (Ken Farrington). Hilda thought Edna was in the room with Stan. Edna also enjoyed a gossip and along with workmate Ivy Tilsley (Lynne Perrie) started spreading rumours that Elsie Tanner's (Pat Phoenix) husband Alan Howard (Alan Browning) was having an affair. Her other workmates included Elsie, Ken Barlow (William Roache), Emily Nugent (Eileen Derbyshire), Vera Duckworth (Liz Dawn), Gail Potter (Helen Worth) and Tricia Hopkins (Kathy Jones). She attended Emily's wedding to Ernest Bishop (Stephen Hancock) in 1972. In October 1975, Edna celebrated her 40th birthday with Fred in The Rovers Return. The next day Edna was found dead in the warehouse fire, Len Fairclough (Peter Adamson) broke the news to all her friends and workmates.

Mavis Wilton[edit]

Main article: Mavis Wilton


  1. ^ Randall, Tim (2010). Fifty Years of Coronation Street. Headline Publishing Group. p. 191. ISBN 978-0-7553-1846-9. 
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