List of Coronation Street characters (2012)

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Coronation Street is a British soap opera first broadcast on 9 December 1960. The following is a list of characters that first appeared or will appear in 2012, by order of first appearance. All characters were introduced by series producer, Phil Collinson. Milton Fanshaw, a new love interest for Sylvia Goodwin, arrived in January. Rob Donovan made his first appearance in July. Gloria Price, Ruby Dobbs, Mandy Kamara and her daughter, Jenna made their debuts in September. Penny Thornley arrived in October and Carole Evans made her debut in November.

Milton Fanshaw[edit]

Milton Fanshaw
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Robert Vaughn
First appearance 27 January 2012
Last appearance 19 February 2012
Introduced by Phil Collinson
Classification Former; recurring

Milton Fanshaw, played by Robert Vaughn,[1] made his first on-screen appearance on 27 January 2012.[2] Milton was introduced as a new love interest for Sylvia Goodwin (Stephanie Cole).[3] The character and casting were announced on 2 November 2011.[3] Vaughn had a three-week guest stint with the show.[4] Of Vaughn's casting, Coronation Street producer Phil Collinson commented: "I am delighted to be welcoming The Man from U.N.C.L.E. to Coronation Street. Robert was a huge part of my childhood and a magnificent actor. I am looking forward to seeing the impact this exotic character has on the ladies of Weatherfield."[1] The actor began filming his first scenes on 7 December 2011.[5] Steve White from the Daily Mirror reported that Vaughn would be using the former dressing room of Betty Driver (who played Betty Turpin).[6] The dressing room had been locked after Driver's death in October 2011.[6] Milton is a wealthy American man who meets Sylvia while she is away on a cruise.[3] itv.com said Milton "puts the cat firmly amongst the pigeons."[7] Will Thorp (who played Chris Gray) called Vaughn's casting "incredible", while a Coronation Street insider said Vaughn's casting had given the show's cast a "massive boost."[1] Jaci Stephen of the Daily Mail said Milton brings "some light relief" to the show.[8]

Milton is first mentioned as an American guest on Sylvia's cruise. Until Sylvia's son, Roy Cropper (David Neilson), banned her from talking to him on the phone, Sylvia called Milton up each day for hours and then charged it to Roy's Rolls. After that, they Skyped each other, after Sylvia heard about it from Sophie Webster (Brooke Vincent) who'd been trying to contact estranged girlfriend, Sian Powers (Sacha Parkinson). Milton and Sylvia become close and is first seen when Sylvia and Norris Cole (Malcolm Hebden) have a competition to see who can play the best music. Mary Taylor (Patti Clare) later sabotages the competition by bruising Norris' hand so he cannot play. Sylvia later takes Milton to Nick Tilsley's (Ben Price) Bistro claiming that it is her son Roy's restaurant. When Milton finds out the truth Sylvia apologises to him and he accepts. He says that even though Roy isn't rich he does have good qualities. He later draws up a plan to go into business with Roy and rename Roy's Rolls Beef Incounter and make it a steak house. When Roy declines Milton's offer Milton decides to go it alone and carry on with his plan without Roy. He decides to buy Ashley Peacock's (Steven Arnold) old butcher's with Sylvia but when Roy confronts her saying she is ungrateful for everything he and Hayley Cropper (Julie Hesmondhalgh) have done for her she changes her mind and tells Milton she doesn't want to go into business with him.

Alison Soames[edit]

Alison Soames
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Dawn Hope
Duration 2012, 2013
First appearance 24 May 2012
Last appearance 25 March 2013
Introduced by Phil Collinson
Classification Former; recurring

Alison Soames, played by Dawn Hope, made her first screen appearance on 24 May 2012.[9] The previous month, Natalie Gumede revealed that Kirsty Soames' parents would be introduced to Coronation Street. The actress commented that seeing Kirsty's parents would give viewers "more of a clue as to what made her the way she is."[10] Hope's casting was announced on 18 May.[11] Daniel Kilkelly from Digital Spy reported that Alison and her husband Edwin (David Lonsdale) are invited to their daughter's birthday party, where they discover she is engaged and pregnant. Kilkelly added "Both Kirsty and Alison appear fearful of Ed, which is explored further when Kirsty later opens up to Tyrone about her troubled past…"[11] In August 2012, producer Phil Collinson revealed that Alison and Edwin would be making nother appearance the following month.[12] In January 2013, Kilkelly reported that Alison would be returning, in the wake of Kirsty's accusations that Tyrone was abusing her.[13]

Edwin and Alison arrive at their daughter's surprise birthday party, after being invited by her fiancé Tyrone Dobbs (Alan Halsall). The couple are shocked when they learn that Kirsty is engaged and pregnant. They leave after Edwin learns that Kirsty has been dismissed from the police force. Kirsty reveals to Tyrone that she and Alison have been subject to Edwin's domestic abuse for years and Kirsty resents her mother for sticking by him. Alison returns to Weatherfield a few months later. She reveals to Kirsty that she has left Edwin, after they disputed over going to see her and their granddaughter Ruby. Kirsty and Tyrone invite Alison to live with them, in return for help in caring for Ruby. However, a few days later, Edwin arrives and kidnaps Ruby, as a mean of blackmailing Alison to come back to him. Kirsty pleads with her mother not to go, but Alison returns home with Edwin.

Alison returns on 4 March 2013, when Tina McIntyre (Michelle Keegan) and Fiz Stape (Jennie McAlpine) went to look for her. They tell her everything about Kirsty's domestic violence against Tyrone. Alison refuses to believe it and storms out. But, she came to Kirsty's and decides to play along with the lie. However, after a few hours, she demands Kirsty to tell the truth, which she then does. Alison persuades Kirsty to tell the truth in court, saying that she'll be free of the nightmare she is living and she'll be proud of her no matter what. Kirsty agrees to do so, but then, she saw Alison walking out of Tina's flat, and now refuses to go to the police. Kirsty then tells Alison about Fiz being Tyrone's girlfriend. Tina and Fiz beg Alison to tell the police for Tyrone and Ruby's sake, but she refuses, saying that she won't choose them over her daughter. Alison returns while Kirsty is giving evidence against Tyrone. She tells her she is ashamed of her. Alison meets Kirsty at the café and offers to help her in the house, on condition that she tells the truth. Kirsty angrily refuses and tells Alison she is not welcome into the house anymore.

Rob Donovan[edit]

Rob Donovan
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Marc Baylis
Duration 2012–14
First appearance 9 July 2012
Last appearance 5 November 2014
Introduced by Phil Collinson
Classification Former; regular
Profile
Occupation Factory Manager (2012–13)
Factory Co-owner (2013)
Bookmaker (2013)
Debt Collector (2013)
Pawnbroker (2013–14)
Home Prison

Robert Darren "Rob" Donovan,[14] played by Marc Baylis, made his first screen appearance during the episode broadcast on 9 July 2012.[15][16] Rob is the estranged brother of Carla Connor (Alison King).[16] Rob was originally named "Darren" and had previously been mentioned in the series and by cast and crew members during interviews.[17][18][19][20] He was not in Carla's life as he was serving an eight-year stint in Strangeways prison for armed robbery.[21] In 2008, the serial's executive producer Kim Crowther told Kris Green from Digital Spy that her team had discussed the character. She said that there were no plans to introduce him, but it was likely that he would appear in the future.[19] While King told Green that she imagined Carla's brother to be "stunningly charming, but a complete minger inside". She explained that he was likely to be "rough as old boots" because they are from a "really rough family". She added that Carla would have "a brother who's absolutely brilliant with her".[21] Coronation Street fans later got the wrong impression that Luke Strong (Craig Kelly) was Carla's brother.[20] In 2010, King told Green that she always expressed her interest in him joining the series but nothing came of it. She said that she would like him to come and live with Carla and "get off with" Michelle Connor (Kym Marsh).[18]

In March 2012, the serial announced that their intention to introduce Rob and started the casting process. A Coronation Street representative said that they were going to see "lots of different actors" audition for the role. They also planned "exciting storylines" because fans had "been keen to meet [Rob] for some time".[17] A writer from itv.com said that Rob will "turn heads and break hearts as the new moody bad lad of the Street". Rob will "ruffle a few feathers" and "waste no time in setting his sights on some of Coronation Street's most eligible women".[17] Among those who auditioned for the role was Jamie Lomas; while actor Marc Bannerman also expressed his interest in the part.[22] However, Baylis was cast in the role and his casting was announced on 3 May 2012.[16][23] Of joining the soap, Baylis said "I feel incredibly honoured to be joining the very talented cast of Coronation Street. Rob is an exciting character to play and I am hoping he is going to ruffle a few Weatherfield feathers."[16] Coronation Street's producer Phil Collinson added that he was pleased to welcome Baylis to the cast and branded him "the latest in a long line of handsome Corrie charmers."[16] Rob arrives in Weatherfield after being in prison and he seeks Carla's help to make a fresh start.[16] Collinson said Rob would "set hearts fluttering" and he soon develops a reputation as a ladies man, especially when he sets his sights on Eva Price (Catherine Tyldesley).[16] A writer for itv.com's official Coronation Street website described Rob as "a bit of a rogue with a twinkle in his eye", while Collinson called him a "handsome bad boy".[23] When asked by Digital Spy's Daniel Kilkelly about the character's name, Collinson revealed that Darren is Rob's middle name and that Carla does not have another brother.[24] Baylis was nominated for Best Newcomer at the Inside Soap Awards. He also received nominations for "Sexiest Male" at The British Soap Awards 2013 and 2014.[25]

On 16 June 2014, it was announced that Baylis would be leaving his role as Rob towards the end of year and won't be being killed off. He will be leaving at the same time as Carla's husband, Peter Barlow (Chris Gascoyne) so fans will be left wondering which man is punished for the murder of Tina McIntyre (Michelle Keegan) - the crime that Rob committed.[26] Baylis spoke about his exit, "Chris and I are both leaving at the end of the year, around the same time. This is why we can't talk openly about it because it doesn't give anything away. It entices everyone a little bit more. We're trying to keep it as open as possible so it's fortunate that we are both moving on to pastures new."[26] Talking about his departure from the soap, he said, "It is with a heavy heart that I move on, but it is an experience that I will treasure forever."[26]

When Carla and Peter leave Weatherfield for Los Angeles, Rob steps in to help Michelle run the factory. Shortly after Carla and Peter return for Christmas, Carla announces that she is going back to LA and selling the factory to the highest bidder. Knowing that he cannot find the money to make a bid, Rob decides to cook the books so the broker gives them a low valuation. When Carla returns for good, Rob and Michelle worry they will be caught out. Carla does find out and sacks Rob, threatening to report him for fraud. Rob goes into business for himself, stealing clients and orders from Underworld. Realising that she cannot beat Rob at his tricks, Carla offers Rob 30% share in the factory, much to Michelle's disliking. Rob begins dating Tracy Barlow (Kate Ford). Rob and Tracy currently stay at Number 1 Coronation Street with Deirdre Barlow (Anne Kirkbride) and own a shop, Barlow's Buys. The shop is where Barlow's Bookies used to be. After becoming engaged, Rob and Tracy embark on a series of illegal schemes, which are witnessed by Tina McIntyre (Michelle Keegan). Rob also discovers that Tina is having an affair with Peter behind a pregnant Carla's back. On the night of his engagement party, Rob visits Tina and asks her not to tell Carla about the affair, as it will ruin her happiness. Tina refuses and threatens to call the police and expose his scams. Rob chases her up to the balcony of the building yard and pushes her, causing her to lose her balance and fall onto the cobbles below. To Rob's horror, Tina survives the fall, however after Tina threatens to go to the police, Rob beats her with a metal pipe and she dies in hospital the following week.

Feeling guilty and angry at Peter for having an affair with Tina and breaking Carla's heart, he put a plan in action on framing Peter for Tina's murder. It seemed to work when he got sentenced to life, but after Carla told the police the truth, Rob fled Weatherfield. He asked Tracy to run away with him, but unbeknownst to him, she called the police herself and told them to come and arrest Rob. A devastated Rob disowned both Carla and Tracy, and gave himself up to the police. A month later, he got sentenced to 25 years imprisonment.

Gloria Price[edit]

Gloria Price
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Sue Johnston
Duration 2012–14
First appearance 5 September 2012
Last appearance 21 February 2014
Introduced by Phil Collinson
Classification Former, regular
Profile
Occupation Dry Cleaner (?-2012)
Barmaid (2012–14)
Businesswoman (2013)
Talent Agent (2014)

Gloria Price, played by Sue Johnston, made her first screen appearance on 5 September 2012.[27] Daniel Kilkelly of Digital Spy reported in early March 2012 that Coronation Street producers were looking to cast Stella Price's (Michelle Collins) mother. Kilkelly said Johnston was thought to be at the top of the producers' wish list.[28] The character and Johnston's casting was announced on 2 April 2012 by series producer Phil Collinson.[29] Collinson said he was "delighted" to welcome Johnston to the cast of Coronation Street.[29] He added "She has been at the heart of the very best comedy and drama the UK has produced over last 30 years and will step into the heart of Coronation Street as her character, Gloria, takes up running The Rovers with daughter Stella."[29] Johnston began filming her first scenes on 26 April 2012.[30] However, two weeks later Johnston fell ill and scripts had to be rewritten.[31] Johnston resumed filming in July and the date of her on screen introduction was changed to September.[32]

Gloria arrived in Coronation Street from Spain, where she had been running a bar. She initially told her daughter she would be staying for a short time, but this eventually turns into a few months and Stella "becomes suspicious about what her mum has really been up to abroad and why she isn't returning."[29] A writer for itv.com said sparks would fly between Gloria and Stella. Gloria will also have her eye on Dennis Tanner (Philip Lowrie) and Lewis Archer (Nigel Havers).[29] The writer added "Larger than life, ballsy and outspoken Gloria will be in the great tradition of strong Weatherfield women who don't take no for an answer and live life to the full."[29] Collinson thought Gloria was a "very vivid, brilliant character" and called her feisty and domineering.[33] Claudia Connell from the Daily Mail praised the character, stating that she may fill the void left behind by Maggie Jones (Blanche Hunt).[34] Connell commented "Brassy, mouthy and not afraid to dish out the backhanded compliments, she manages to upset the entire street within minutes of arriving–not least her own daughter."[34]

On 20 June 2013, it was announced that Johnston was to leave Coronation Street to pursue other roles.[35] Producers left the door open for a potential return for Gloria in the future.[35] She departed on 21 February 2014.[36]

Storylines[edit]

Gloria arrives in Weatherfield to visit her daughter, Stella Price (Michelle Collins), and her granddaughters, Leanne Battersby (Jane Danson) and Eva Price (Catherine Tyldesley). When she learns that Stella has broken up with Karl Munro (John Michie), she tries to get them back together, but this fails. Gloria soon takes over the running of Stella's pub, The Rovers Return, and enters a "Pub of the Year" contest, run by a local magazine. Gloria soon comes into conflict with Norris Cole (Malcolm Hebden) and Mary Taylor (Patti Clare), and later discovers that they have left negative remarks about her on their comment cards. Gloria is quick to help when Kirsty Soames (Natalie Gumede) goes into labour in the pub. She later flirts with Dennis Tanner (Philip Lowrie), much to his wife Rita's (Barbara Knox) annoyance. Gloria later helps Gail Platt (Helen Worth) out with a plan to test Lewis Archer's (Nigel Havers) loyalty to Audrey Roberts (Sue Nicholls). Gloria tells Lewis that she is terminally ill with cancer and he keeps it a secret, while supporting her. Audrey finds out about the plan, but decides to not to tell Lewis about it. Gloria asks Lewis to run away with her, but he refuses. When he tells Stella about Gloria's illness, she reveals that she is fine and it was all part of her and Gail's plan. Lewis gets his revenge on Gloria, by helping to reveal that she has cheated in the "Pub of the Year" competition. Stella then throws her out and she leaves Weatherfield.

Gloria returns to Weatherfield with her new fiancé Eric Babbage (Timothy West) in February 2013. Eric hears Stella cast Gloria as a "gold digger", making him have second thoughts about their wedding. He tells Gloria's youngest granddaughter Eva that he is calling off his engagement with Gloria and would much prefer it if Eva came with him on an upcoming cruise. Stella tells Gloria what Eric has been up to, but shortly afterwards, Eric dies, leaving Gloria and Eva devastated. Gloria sells her engagement ring, and Eva sells the necklace that he gave her, so that they could both give Eric a good send off. Gloria is shocked to learn that Stella is dating Jason Grimshaw (Ryan Thomas) and she remains friends with Karl, but feuds with his current girlfriend Sunita Alahan (Shobna Gulati). When Stella tells her that Karl made a pass at her and tried to kidnap her, Gloria is horrified. She tells Jason, Lloyd Mullaney (Craig Charles) and Steve McDonald (Simon Gregson) in front of Karl, leading to Karl and Jason coming to blows in the pub. Stella accuses Gloria of being too nosey. Gloria is horrified when the pub is set on fire and Stella is trapped inside. Karl tries to save Stella, but they both become trapped and Paul Kershaw (Tony Hirst) rescues them. At the hospital, Gloria tells Stella that she is the only good thing that she has done in her life. Jason comes under suspicion when people start questioning how the fire started, as he had been working on the pub's electrics. Jason tries to point the finger at Karl, which angers Gloria. The police inform Stella, Gloria and Karl that the fire was no accident and that the person who started it used a spare set of keys to gain access to the pub. They start to suspect Sunita, who was also trapped in the pub and in a critical condition. Sunita dies and Stella gets angry with Gloria when she insults Sunita. Gloria, Stella, Eva and Karl move into 13 Coronation Street, after Stella and Karl reunite.

Gloria learns that Stella is in a large amount of debt and watches in horror as builders yard owner, Owen Armstrong (Ian Puleston-Davies) smashes up the repairs of The Rovers that he has already done. Stella and Karl announce their engagement and Gloria buys them champagne at the Bistro, which angers Owen and his partner, Anna Windass (Debbie Rush), who think Stella has money. Stella repeatedly tries to tell Owen that Gloria paid for the champagne. Gloria later explains to Stella, Eva and Karl that Eric left her £80,000 in his will and that she would not give it to Stella because she wanted it for herself. However, Gloria visits Owen and gives him the money to continue the repairs on the pub. Gloria becomes co-owner and landlady of the pub with Stella. When Izzy Armstrong (Cherylee Houston) reveals to Gloria that she cannot have a welcome home party for her baby son Jake at the Bistro, Gloria suggests that she have the party at The Rovers, which upsets fellow barmaid Tina McIntyre (Michelle Keegan), as she was baby Jake's surrogate mother. The party goes ahead, and Gloria is not happy when she hears that Tina threw a glass of wine in Tracy Barlow's (Kate Ford) face. She forces Sean Tully (Antony Cotton) to work on his night off, while she visits Leanne's husband Nick Tilsley (Ben Price) in hospital, following his car accident. Gloria is present when young Craig Tinker (Colson Smith) is attacked by two bullies, and they shout at Gloria, Karl and Craig's mother Beth (Lisa George). Gloria and Beth then attend Stella's hen party, and Gloria helps her prepare for her wedding to Karl. Gloria is delighted when Stella and Karl get hitched, but there's horror when Sunita's former husband Dev Alahan (Jimmi Harkishin) and Jason discover that Karl was the person who burnt down The Rovers, killed Sunita and has been terrorizing Craig. Dev confronts Karl, leading to a fight, and Karl knocking Dev unconscious. When Stella arrives to see what her new husband is getting up to, he holds both Dev and Stella hostage. Gloria, Eva, Leanne and the rest of the wedding guests rush to The Rovers. Stella later escapes and Karl is arrested.

Gloria is shocked to learn that Eva and Jason have begun a relationship. She scolds them, but Stella insists that she is fine with it. Stella then tells Gloria and Eva that she wants to sell her share of The Rovers, which upsets Gloria, as she put her life savings into the pub. However, Gloria also decides to sell her share of the pub and her and Stella both work at the Bistro. Gloria and Stella are present when Liz McDonald (Beverley Callard) returns and splits up a catfight between Kylie Platt (Paula Lane) and Tina. Gloria and the rest of the Price family then support Leanne when she discovers that Nick and Kylie had a one-night stand on Christmas Day 2012. Gloria is later seen on a girls' night out with Stella and Tina, and is later accompanied by Leanne. Leanne is clearly upset as Nick has frightened some children at Faye Windass' (Ellie Leach) Halloween party. Gloria orders Leanne to snap out of her selfish behaviour as she clearly loves Nick to pieces and she did cheat on him first. Leanne and Nick later reconcile. On Christmas Day 2013, Gloria and the rest of the Prices are horrified when Nick slaps Leanne across the face over a Christmas cracker joke. Gloria is adamant on calling the police, much to Gail's frustration. Gloria doesn't call the police, but is later concerned for Leanne's marriage to Nick.

In early 2014, Gloria helps Dennis when he contacts his old friend Ritchie de Vries (Robin Askwith), and they begin a musical venture. Dennis' wife Rita isn't very happy with the friendship he has formed with Gloria, especially when it turns flirtatious. Eventually, their relationship gets too much for Rita and when she argues with Dennis, he calls her "old", claiming that Gloria is 10 years younger than her. This leads to Rita throwing Dennis out of their house. Dennis subsequently sleeps at Gloria's house, on her sofa. The next day Rita and Dennis reconcile, but when the couple are enjoying a Valentine's Day meal, Gloria can't help but intervene and tells Rita that Dennis slept at her house the night before. Rita then throws Dennis out again, much to the delight of Gloria. Gloria decides that there is nothing left for her in Weatherfield so reveals to her family that she is leaving for Barcelona, and plans to buy an apartment. At the Bistro, Leanne, Stella, Eva, Jason and Gail wait for Gloria as they have thrown her a farewell party. Eva then notices that Gloria has turned up in a shiny red, newly made flash car. After this, Gloria privately says goodbye to Stella and joins the others for her party. She then tells Dennis that if he wants to accommodate her to Barcelona, then he is welcome to. Just as Gloria is driving away from Coronation Street, she is stopped by Dennis, who jumps in the car with Gloria and the pair harshly bid farewell to a devastated Rita.

Ruby Soames[edit]

Ruby Soames
Coronation Street character
Duration 2012–
First appearance 9 September 2012
Introduced by Phil Collinson
Classification Present; recurring
Profile
Home 9 Coronation Street

Ruby Soames[37] is the daughter of Tyrone Dobbs (Alan Halsall) and Kirsty Soames (Natalie Gumede).[38] She was born on-screen on 9 September 2012.[39] Kirsty gives birth to Ruby at The Rovers Return, following a fight with Tina McIntyre (Michelle Keegan).[39] Kirsty is pushed on to a table and Gumede revealed "It becomes apparent immediately that the baby is coming - the pain is acute and her waters break. Marcus is there and, as a midwife, he's able to recognise that this tot is going to come pretty quickly."[39] To prepare for the birth scenes, Gumede watched One Born Every Minute in between filming.[40] Once Ruby comes home, Kirsty struggles to cope.[38] When Ruby does not stop crying, Kirsty trashes the kitchen, causing the neighbours to alert Tyrone.[38] When Tyrone threatens to take Ruby away from Kirsty, she tells him he is not the father of their daughter.[41] Peter Dyke and Katie Begley from the Daily Star reported that Kirsty tells Tyrone she registered Ruby's birth alone and left the father's name blank, meaning he had no legal right over their child.[41] In March 2013 during Tyrone's trial Kirsty walks into the court and hands Ruby to Tyrone and confesses that Tyrone is innocent and that she had been physically abusing him and had lied about him being violent to her. This revelation ends with Tyrone being released and gaining custody of Ruby.

Mandy Kamara[edit]

Mandy Kamara
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Pamela Nomvete
Duration 2012–13
First appearance 14 September 2012
Last appearance 9 August 2013
Introduced by Phil Collinson
Classification Former; regular
Profile
Occupation Pub chef and barmaid (2012–13)

Mandy Kamara,[42] played by Pamela Nomvete, made her first screen appearance on 14 September 2012.[43] The character and Nomvete's casting was announced on 26 July 2012.[44] Nomvete was cast after an audition with Craig Charles.[45] Mandy is Lloyd Mullaney's (Charles) ex-girlfriend and the mother of Jenna (Krissi Bohn).[44] When Lloyd runs into Mandy, she eventually reveals that Jenna is his daughter too.[44] Series producer Phil Collinson described Mandy as "a warm and big-hearted character who has seen a lot of life and is always ready to dispense common-sense advice and wisdom."[44] As Mandy and Jenna move to Weatherfield, Mandy finds employment as a cook at The Rovers.[44] During an interview with Digital Spy's Daniel Kilkelly, Charles revealed that Mandy would have "a great place on the street."[45] She becomes involved in other storylines, as well as the one with Lloyd and she eventually becomes an integral part of the street.[45]

On 31 July 2013, Nomvete confirmed her departure from Coronation Street.[46] Her character departed in August following "troubled times" with her relationship with Lloyd.[46] A show spokesperson stated "Pamela's departure from the show is storyline-led and there's nothing to say that Mandy won't return to the Street in the future with familial ties remaining in Weatherfield."[46]

Mandy runs into Lloyd Mullaney outside a live music venue and they talk about past times. She reveals that her husband, Johnny, has died and she is now living in Manchester. Following the gig, Lloyd buys Mandy a drink. However, when he asks for her phone number, Mandy declines to give it to him and states that he should not contact her. Lloyd returns to give Mandy her bracelet back and he is confused when she is cold towards him. He later meets her daughter, Jenna, and they both realise that Lloyd is her father. Jenna falls out with Mandy and asks her to leave her house. Mandy tells Lloyd that she is going to Nottingham, but he asks her to move in with him. Jenna is initially angry at the development, but she agrees to make a fresh start with her mother. Stella Price (Michelle Collins) employs Mandy as her new cook at The Rovers Return. Mandy leaves for Wythenshawe after she and Lloyd realise they no longer love each other. Jenna remains on the street until August 2014, when she decides to leave Weatherfield to do some voluntary work.

Jenna Kamara[edit]

Jenna Kamara
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Krissi Bohn
Duration 2012–14
First appearance 19 September 2012
Last appearance 13 August 2014
Introduced by Phil Collinson
Classification Former; regular
Profile
Occupation Physiotherapist (until 2013)
Shop assistant (2013)
Café waitress (2013–14)

Jenna Kamara,[42] played by Krissi Bohn, made her first screen appearance on 19 September 2012.[47] The character and casting was announced on 26 July 2012.[44] Bohn joined the cast at the same time as Pamela Nomvete and like her, she was cast after an audition with Craig Charles.[45] Charles revealed that Bohn was close to giving up acting when she received a call about the audition for Jenna.[45] On 19 May 2014, it was announced that Bohn was to leave Coronation Street after her contract was not renewed.[48] She departed on 13 August 2014.[49]

Jenna is Mandy's (Nomvete) daughter, who learns that Lloyd Mullaney (Charles) is her biological father.[44] Series producer Phil Collinson described Jenna as being "a clever, educated young woman, whose life will be turned upside down as she struggles to come to accept Lloyd as her real father."[44] Jenna works at the local hospital and she later moves to Weatherfield with her mother.[44] Charles stated that Jenna is initially wary of Lloyd, after learning the man she thought was her father is not. Jenna's storyline revolves around overcoming that situation.[45] Charles explained "So at first we're in total shock, and Jenna doesn't really take the news very well. Lloyd really doesn't want to replace Johnny, because it's 28 years later and he's missed the bike rides, teaching her to swim and all of that. Basically, he just wants a relationship where he can get to know her, and see where things go from there."[45] Lloyd attempts to get to know Jenna better and try to make things right with her.[50] He turns up at her place of work and she threatens to call security on him. When he returns he manages to convince her to meet him for dinner.[50] They initially go to the Bistro, but later bond over a hotpot in the Rovers Return.[50] An Inside Soap writer commented "As Lloyd reassures Jenna he's not out to replace the man she thinks of as her father, things begin to look up..."[50] The Daily Mail's Jaci Stephen wrote "Krissi Bohn is very impressive and totally believable as Jenna, what's less believable is that anyone springing from Lloyd's loins could be this smart."[51]

Jenna is first seen when her mother, Mandy, starts meeting up with Lloyd Mullaney again. Lloyd begins to suspect that Jenna may be his daughter when he discovers her age. Eventually, Mandy tells him the truth but Jenna overhears them talking and is devastated to learn Lloyd is her real father. Eventually Jenna bonds with Lloyd and is happy when he and Mandy announce they are getting back together. Jenna meets Sophie Webster (Brooke Vincent) for the first time when she helps her rehabilitate herself after being involved in a car accident. Sophie grows close to Jenna during this time and develops feelings for her. Eventually, she and Sophie kiss, but it is witnessed by Mandy who accuses Sophie of ruining Jenna's career. After Sophie lies to protect her, Jenna tells Lloyd that she's a lesbian and she came onto Sophie. This costs Jenna her job and also leads to her falling out with Mandy who refuses to accept the truth. This leads to problems with Mandy and Lloyd when he comes to terms with her sexuality and gives his daughter his support.

Eventually, Jenna and Sophie become an item and Mandy finally comes to terms with Jenna's sexuality. Jenna gets a job at the cafe and this upsets Mandy because she thinks she has sacrificed her career to be with Sophie. Mandy later leaves when she and Lloyd break up, but makes peace with Jenna before she goes. Jenna later breaks up with Sophie, saying the age gap between them is too big after Jenna tires of Sophie trying to split Sally Webster (Sally Dynevor) and Tim Metcalfe (Joe Duttine) up. Jenna then takes an extreme disliking to Lloyd's new girlfriend, Andrea Beckett (Hayley Tamaddon), and when it transpires that Andrea is in fact married to somebody else, it fuels Jenna's hate towards her. When Lloyd and Andrea reunite after splitting up, Jenna is furious and later decides she wants to leave Weatherfield to do some voluntary work. She bids an emotional farewell to Lloyd, Andrea and Sophie before leaving Weatherfield in a black cab.

Penny Thornley[edit]

Penny Thornley
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Susan Hanson
First appearance 15 October 2012
Last appearance 19 October 2012
Introduced by Phil Collinson
Classification Former; recurring

Penny Thornley, played by Susan Hanson, made her first screen appearance on 15 October 2012.[52][53] The character and casting was announced on 23 August 2012.[52] The Daily Mirror's Steve White reported that Hanson would only be on the show for a short stint, and her character's appearance coincides with the temporary departure of Nigel Havers who plays Lewis Archer.[52] A writer from Inside Soap later announced that Penny is a former girlfriend of Lewis and her arrival could threaten his relationship with Audrey Roberts (Sue Nicholls).[54] A Coronation Street spokesperson commented "Penny's arrival will shine a light on Lewis and the way he used to conduct himself."[54]

After learning that Lewis Archer has gone missing, Penny comes to Coronation Street to meet his partner, Audrey Roberts. She reveals that he disappeared shortly after seeing her and that they have unfinished business. She explains that when she knew Lewis, he was going by the name of Hugh. Penny fell in love with him and Lewis proposed, before taking £10,000 from her and disappearing.

Carole Evans[edit]

Carole Evans
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Debbie Arnold
First appearance 5 November 2012
Last appearance November 2012
Introduced by Phil Collinson
Classification Former; recurring
Profile
Occupation Landlady of The Weatherfield Arms

Carole Evans, played by Debbie Arnold, made her first screen appearance on 5 November 2012.[55] Arnold previously appeared in Coronation Street thirty years ago as Sylvie Hicks, a girlfriend of Frank Baldwin (Sam Kydd).[55] Arnold revealed that Carole is the landlady of The Weatherfield Arms and "an old acquaintance and sparring partner" of Stella Price (Michelle Collins).[55] Steve Burbridge from the Sunday Sun commented that many of the landladies of the Rovers Return have had rivals from other pubs and wondered whether Carole and Stella would have the same kind of relationship.[55] Arnold told him "If it's the same sort of relationship I'd be delighted because it was very bitchy and also very funny".[55] Jaci Stephen from the Daily Mail commented "And why, in Coronation Street, do locals not try the Weatherfield Arms? Let's hope that landlady Carole (Debbie Arnold) becomes a regular feature. Heaven knows, the Rovers could do with the competition."[56]

Carole used to work for Stella Price, until she was caught flirting with her then partner, Karl Munro (John Michie). Carole comes to the Rovers Return, where Stella now works, after learning that they have won the local Pub of the Year competition. Carole informs Stella that she is now the landlady of The Weatherfield Arms. During the presentation of the plaque, it is revealed that Stella's mother had forged some of the comment cards and the plaque is given to Carole and The Weatherfield Arms instead. Carole and Stella form rival pub football teams and during their first match, the ladies try to outdo each other.

Others[edit]

Date(s) Character Actor Circumstances
12–29 January Trish Davidson Clare Wille[57] Trish is a private detective hired by Frank Foster to follow Carla Connor. When Trish admits she has not got anything, Frank fires her. Trish is later rehired and she follows Carla and Peter Barlow. Trish manages to take some photos of Carla and Peter together and presents them to Frank.
13–23 January Billy Stratton Wade Sayers[58] Billy is Danny Stratton's young son.[59] He bonds with Danny's new girlfriend, Becky McDonald, and they all leave for Barbados.
6 February–5 March Jenny Sumner Niky Wardley[60] Jenny meets Carla Connor to discuss a potential deal between their factories. Jenny admits she is aware of Carla's court case against Frank Foster and agrees to a deal. Jenny meets with Carla to discuss their contract, but when Frank interferes, Jenny cancels the contract. It is later revealed that Jenny and Frank are working together to get Carla to sell the factory for a low price.
13 February Nathan Jonathan Ojinnaka[61] Tommy Duckworth sees Nathan with Kirsty Soames and believes they are having an affair. However, Kirsty reveals Nathan is her cousin and was helping her out with a present for Tyrone Dobbs.
20–24 February Jodie Woodward Gina Bramhill[62] Jodie brings her car to the garage on Coronation Street for Tyrone Dobbs and Tommy Duckworth to fix. The boys join Jodie and her friend for a drink and Tommy later kisses Jodie. Jodie leaves when Tommy reveals he does not want a proper relationship.
14 May Carol Aldridge Rosalind Bailey[63] Carol goes for dinner with Audrey Roberts and convinces her to judge the Weatherfield in Bloom competition.
24 May– Edwin Soames David Lonsdale[64] Edwin is Kirsty Soames' father. He is contacted by Tyrone Dobbs and invited to his daughter's birthday party, along with wife Alison.[9] Edwin and Alison are shocked to find Kirsty is engaged and pregnant. They leave after an argument. In an August 2012, interview, series producer Phil Collinson revealed that Edwin and Alison would make a future appearance.[12] Alison comes to Coronation Street to visit Kirsty and the baby and she reveals that she has left Edwin.
25 May–9 November[65] Aiden Lester Toby Sawyer[66] Aiden is a work colleague of Marcus Dent. Aiden does not realise that Marcus is trying to set him up romantically with Maria Connor while they go for a drink. Marcus tells Maria that Aiden is interested in her and she tries to kiss him. Aiden reveals that he is gay and attracted to Marcus. After Marcus breaks up with Sean Tully, he and Aiden begin dating.
28 May Yvonne Perry Dorothy Atkinson[67][dead link] Yvonne is Lesley Kershaw's sister. She attends Lesley's funeral.[68]
6–13 July Lindsay Hayward Eleni Foskett[69] Lindsay is a girl in Faye Windass' class at school who bullies her for being adopted.
6–8 July Bully Olivia Chester[69] The friend of Lindsay Hayward who also teases Faye for being adopted.
14 September Cliff Pughes Brian Miller[70] Cliff comes to Coronation Street looking for Gloria Price. She tells him to leave, but Gail catches up with him and they talk. Cliff reveals that he and Gloria worked together at a dry cleaners in Spain.
5 December– Malcolm Lagg[71] Robert Fyfe[72] Malcolm is a school crossing patrol officer who trains Dennis Tanner to take over his job when he retires. When Steve McDonald takes Dennis' sign, Malcolm calls the police and asks Dennis to identify him in The Rovers Return. Steve then agrees to return the sign.
25 December Ron Dent Stephen Greif[73] Ron and Janet are Marcus Dent's parents, who come to Coronation Street to visit their son on Christmas Day.
Janet Dent Linda Clark[73]

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