List of Coronation Street characters (2014)

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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 appeared or will appear in 2014, by order of first appearance. All characters are introduced by series producer Stuart Blackburn. Sharif Nazir, father of established character Kal, made his first appearance in February. Luke Britton and Michael Rodwell began appearing from March. Alya Nazir arrived in June, while her grandmother Yasmeen turned up in July. In August Steve McDonald's enemy, Dean Upton, arrived in Weatherfield. Zeedan Nazir completed the Nazir family and joined in September. Callum Logan and Gavin Rodwell will make their debuts in late 2014.

Sharif Nazir[edit]

Sharif Nazir, played by Marc Anwar, made his first screen appearance on 24 February 2014.[1] The character and casting was announced on 13 January 2014.[2] Sharif is the father of Kal Nazir (Jimi Mistry), who was introduced in December 2013, and will be part of the show's first Muslim family.[2] The show's producer Stuart Blackburn commented that he was "loving him on paper already" and added "Sharif retired some time ago. He isn't rich, but he'd made enough money. We imagine that there were some health problems and his wife said, 'Now you're no longer going to go to work 12 hours a day!'"[2]

Luke Britton[edit]

Luke Britton
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Dean Fagan
Duration 2014–
First appearance 3 March 2014
Introduced by Stuart Blackburn
Classification Present; regular
Profile
Occupation Mechanic

Luke Britton, played by Dean Fagan, made his first screen appearance on 3 March 2014.[3] The character and casting was announced on 1 December 2013.[4] Luke is the brother of established character Steph Britton (Tisha Merry) and will be introduced as a replacement for Tommy Duckworth, after Chris Fountain was fired from the show for posting inappropriate videos online.[4] Billed as "hunky", Luke is a mechanic, who finds employment at Kevin Webster's (Michael Le Vell) garage. His sister gets him the job after hearing about the open position.[4] Colin Daniels from Digital Spy reported that Steph is "very protective" of Luke.[4] During his review of the upcoming soap characters, Jon Horsley from Yahoo! TV said viewers should be excited for Luke's arrival, saying "Well, he's hunky, handy with a spanner and sure to stir things up. Let's just hope he doesn't start any online rapping."[5]

Luke helps his sister, Steph, move in to Tina McIntyre's (Michelle Keegan) flat. Later he starts work at the garage. He and Katy Armstrong (Georgia May Foote) helped Steph to deal with Tina's death. He and Carla Connor (Alison King) get drunk and go back to her flat. She makes it clear she wants to sleep with him but he leaves as he does want to take advantage. He later offers to Steph to have "a word" with Nick Tilsley (Ben Price) after he is nasty to her.

Michael Rodwell[edit]

Michael Rodwell
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Les Dennis
Duration 2014–
First appearance 24 March 2014
Introduced by Stuart Blackburn
Classification Present; regular
Profile
Occupation Switch operator
Ice cream man

Michael Marlon Rodwell (credited as "Intruder" in his first appearance), played by Les Dennis, made his first screen appearance on 24 March 2014.[6] The character and Dennis' casting were announced on 23 January 2014.[7] Dennis began filming for the show on 27 January. Michael has been billed as a "petty criminal". His arrival saw him break into one of the street's households. Of his casting Dennis stated "I'm so thrilled to be joining the cast of Coronation Street. It has always been my favourite television programme. Mixing high drama with some of the best comedy on screen." Producer Stuart Blackburn described securing the established television personality a "real coup" for the show.[7]

Michael first appears on the street in Gail McIntyre's (Helen Worth) house, pretending to be a gas man, who has come to the house to look at the "gas leak". He is revealed as a burglar and pushes Gail, causing her to fall over, and Kylie Platt (Paula Lane) chases him out of the street, but he gets into his van and drives off, with Fiz Stape (Jennie McAlpine) failing to read his number plate as he drives away. Gail starts to become anxious when she is home alone due to the burglary and is helped by her son David (Jack P. Shepherd), Kylie and mother Audrey (Sue Nicholls). Weeks later, Gail visits Michael in prison to ask him about why he tried to burgle her house. They gradually grow close and she begins to stick up for him in front of David and Kylie. Michael gets a job at a local garden centre, until he is sacked after Kylie and David interfere with his work by telling the garden centre manager about Michael's criminal past. Although the manager knew this, he still sacks Michael, after Kylie causes a scene. The next day, Gail takes Michael to StreetCars and helps him get a job there, after he somewhat impresses Eileen Grimshaw (Sue Cleaver) and Steve McDonald (Simon Gregson). He is due to start work the next day, but David and Gail's other son Nick (Ben Price) go to his flat and threaten him and tell him not to come back to Weatherfield and attempt to contact their mother ever again, or go to work at StreetCars. Gail asks after him at the cab office, and employee Lloyd Mullaney (Craig Charles) tells her that Michael didn't turn up. Not knowing why Michael didn't turn up, Gail then visits the flat and demands that Michael apologises to Lloyd and Steve for letting them down. Reluctantly, he lies and says that working so close to her would be too much for him, as he has feelings for her. Gail then leaves the flat, sad that Michael feels that way. The day after, Nick accidentally lets slip that he knows where Michael is living, and Gail visits Michael again. Michael admits that Nick and David threatened him, and agrees to go to work the next morning, while Gail promises to sort her sons out. Steve then agrees to give Michael another chance. To show his gratitude towards Gail, Michael buys the Platts a new television, after Kylie's young son Max Turner (Harry McDermott) destroyed their last one. He tells Gail that the TV cost £200, but when David later looks up the price on the internet, it says that it costs £420. David then tries to convince Gail that Michael stole money in order to buy the TV, but Gail will not listen to him. Michael then produces the receipt to the Platt family, proving he did buy the TV, and also showed them a solicitors letter to prove where he got the money, after he received it from a deceased aunt's estate. David is still sceptical.

Alya Nazir[edit]

Alya Nazir
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Sair Khan
Duration 2014–
First appearance 25 June 2014
Introduced by Stuart Blackburn
Classification Present; regular
Profile
Occupation Receptionist

Alya Nazir, played by Sair Khan, made her first appearance on 25 June 2014.[8] The character and casting was announced on 1 April 2014.[8] Of her casting, Khan said "I'm absolutely thrilled to be joining the cast of Coronation Street. As a northerner, I've grown up watching the show and so can't quite believe that I'll soon be walking on the famous cobbles."[8] Alya is the daughter of established character Kal Nazir (Jimi Mistry) and her arrival will coincide with her brother and grandmother.[8] The Nazirs will form the show's first ever Muslim family.[8] Alya was described as being "strong-minded" by the show's assistant producer Ella Kelly. She added that Alya would tempt one of the show's male character's and cause "a storm before her feet have even hit the cobbles."[8] Alya is a university graduate, who makes things difficult for her father with her "outspoken nature and bubbly personality".[8]

Upon her arrival on-screen, Alya had a one-night stand with Gary Windass (Mikey North) who is in a relationship with Izzy Armstrong (Cherylee Houston),[9] Gary is left horrified when he wakes up next to Alya, and later learns that she is Kal's daughter. Gary begs Alya to keep quiet about their one-night stand.[9]

During a night out in a club with her friend, Siobhan (Jessica Forrest), Alya meets Gary Windass (Mikey North) and Jason Grimshaw (Ryan Thomas). Gary and Alya get on well and flirt, although Jason decides to go home. Siobhan later leaves, and Alya and Gary share a kiss on the dance floor. The next morning, Gary wakes up with her and is horrified that he has cheated on Izzy, though he can't remember anything. In the gym, Kal says his daughter is on her way and, to Gary's surprise, his daughter is Alya and she is angry as she realises he has a family. However, she later reveals to Gary that they never had sex. When Alya discovers that Gary and Izzy has split up, she believes it is because Izzy found out about Gary and Alya's kiss, although when Alya tries to explain herself to Izzy, Izzy is furious to discover that Gary cheated on her. Alya then worries that Izzy will tell Kal about her kiss with Gary.

Yasmeen Nazir[edit]

Yasmeen Nazir
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Shelley King
Duration 2014–
First appearance 4 July 2014
Introduced by Stuart Blackburn
Classification Present; regular
Profile
Occupation Chief Librarian

Yasmeen Nazir, played by Shelley King, made her first on-screen appearance on 4 July 2014. The character and King's casting was announced on 15 May 2014.[10] Yasmeen is established character Kal Nazir's (Jimi Mistry) mother and the wife of Sharif Nazir (Marc Anwar).[10] The Nazirs will form the show's first ever Muslim family.[8]

Yasmeen first appears talking to her son, Kal, in his gym. She then asks Kal and her husband Sharif about Kal's new girlfriend Leanne Battersby (Jane Danson). It is later revealed during a conversation with her granddaughter Alya (Sair Khan) that Yasmeen is a librarian. When Yasmeen and Leanne meet at Leanne's flat, they seem to get on well, but when Leanne's estranged husband Nick Tilsley (Ben Price) reveals to the Nazir family that she used to be a prostitute, Leanne runs indoors, with Yasmeen looking at Kal disappointedly. The next day, Yasmeen arrives at Leanne's flat again and meets her half-sister, Eva Price (Catherine Tyldesley). After witnessing Leanne shouting at Nick exclaiming that she also used to be a drug addict and an arsonist, Yasmeen tells Leanne to dump Kal for his sake, and a small argument ensues between the two women. Leanne then tells Yasmeen that she will never be as good as Kal's deceased wife, Jamilla, but Yasmeen replies with the fact that nobody is perfect. When Leanne confides Kal about Yasmeen's orders, he promises to tell her to back off.

A few weeks later, Yasmeen returns to Coronation Street with Sharif to discuss with Roy Cropper (David Neilson) and Emily Bishop (Eileen Derbyshire) about the Weatherfield Library closure. Emily reveals to an intrigued Yasmeen that she resorted to vandalism when she was in protest many years before, and Yasmeen reveals she enlists the help of Roy to stop the library from closing down. As Yasmeen leaves, Sharif asks Roy to keep an eye on Yasmeen and not to let her get into trouble, as she got arrested for protesting many years ago. Yasmeen, Roy, Emily, Mary Taylor (Patti Clare) and Craig Tinker (Colson Smith) eventually stage a sit-in protest at the library, but Emily, Mary and Craig end up leaving, although Yasmeen and Roy stay to continue the protest. Later, it is revealed that the library has burnt down, leaving Yasmeen saddened. She tries to tempt Roy into letting her use part of the café as a library, which he hesitantly agrees to.

Dean Upton[edit]

Dean Upton, played by Justin Moorhouse, will make his first screen appearance on 25 August 2014. The character and Moorhouse's casting was announced on 19 June 2014.[11] Of joining the show, Moorhouse commented "I'm delighted to be treading the cobbles. It's always been a dream of mine to appear in the Rovers Return, even though as Dean, the landlord of the Flying Horse, I feel like a spy!".[11] Dean is the landlord of the Flying Horse public house, which is the rival to The Rovers Return Inn. Dean will go to war with the Rovers' landlord Steve McDonald (Simon Gregson) after they play a match of cricket.[11]

Zeedan Nazir[edit]

Zeedan Nazir, played by Qasim Akhtar, made his first screen appearance on 5 September 2014.[12] The character and casting was announced on 15 May 2014.[10] Zeedan is the teenage son of established character Kal Nazir (Jimi Mistry).[10] The Nazirs will form the show's first ever Muslim family.[8]

Callum Logan[edit]

Callum Logan, played by Sean Ward, will make his first screen appearance in 2014. The character and casting was announced on 14 August 2014.[13] Of his casting, Ward said "I am delighted to have been given this unique opportunity to join such a brilliant and much-loved show. It is a great honour and it will be a professional challenge to play bad boy Callum. I'm very much looking forward to working closely with Paula."[13] Callum is Kylie Platt's (Paula Lane) ex-boyfriend and father of Max Turner (Harry McDermott). Kylie will seek Callum out, as she believes he may hold answers about Max's ADHD diagnosis.[13] Callum is an ex-convict and was described as being charming and "good-looking", but with a "dark edge". Callum will eventually lure Kylie back into her old life.[13]

Gavin Rodwell[edit]

Gavin Rodwell,[14] played by Oliver Farnworth, will make his first screen appearance in 2014. The character and casting was announced on 14 August 2014.[13] Of joining the show, Farnworth stated "I'm absolutely delighted to be joining the cast of Coronation Street. Having spent my childhood in the North, to be given the opportunity to return and work on such an iconic, popular TV show is a dream and feels like a natural homecoming. I can't wait to tread the cobbles!"[13] Gavin is Michael Rodwell's (Les Dennis) estranged son. Series producer, Stuart Blackburn described him as "sexy, confident, engaging and yet still with edge and depth".[13]

Others[edit]

Character Date(s) Actor Circumstances
Fran Heath 3 February Suzanne Procter[15] Fran is Maddie Heath's mother.
Ben Heath 3 February, 2 May Charlie Concannon[15] Ben is Maddie Heath's younger brother.
Neil Beckett 16 June– William Travis Neil is Andrea Beckett's husband, who she has not told anyone about, including her boyfriend Lloyd Mullaney. When Neil discovers the truth, Andrea leaves him for Lloyd and he tries to win her back.
Siobhan Davies 25 June Jessica Forrest[16] Siobhan and her friend Alya Nazir meet Jason Grimshaw and Gary Windass in a club. Siobhan and Jason leave the club separately, leaving Alya and Gary alone together.
Eugene Clelland 21 July– Fine Time Fontayne[17] Clelland is Peter Barlow's prison cellmate.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c Kilkelly, Daniel (13 January 2014). "Coronation Street to introduce show's first Muslim family". Digital Spy. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Dainty, Sophie (25 February 2014). "Coronation Street: Steph Britton's brother Luke arrives - spoiler picture". Digital Spy. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d Daniels, Colin (1 December 2013). "'Coronation Street' casts Steph's 'hunky' brother". Digital Spy. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Horsley, Jon. "Soap arrivals and departures – January 2014". Yahoo! TV. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  6. ^ http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/soaps/s3/coronation-street/news/a558305/coronation-street-debut-for-les-dennis-first-look-spoiler-pictures.html
  7. ^ a b "Les Dennis to join Coronation Street". itv.com. 23 January 2014. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i Brown, David (1 April 2014). "Coronation Street: Kal's daughter Alya to be played by newcomer Sair Khan". Radio Times. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  9. ^ a b http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/soaps/s3/coronation-street/news/a577908/coronation-street-gary-to-cheat-on-izzy-with-newcomer.html
  10. ^ a b c d Kilkelly, Daniel (15 May 2014). "Coronation Street casts Kal's mother and teenage son". Digital Spy. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  11. ^ a b c http://www.soapsquawk.co.uk/news/corrie-spoiler-comic-joins-the-cobbles.php
  12. ^ "Bowled over!". Inside Soap (34): 24. 30 August – 5 September 2014. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f g Kilkelly, Daniel (14 August 2014). "Coronation Street casts Kylie Platt's ex and Michael Rodwell's son". Digital Spy. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  14. ^ "Soapland's joiners, movers and leavers". Digital Spy. 27 August 2014. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 
  15. ^ a b Brown, David. "Coronation Street – Episode 8314". Radio Times. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  16. ^ "Coronation Street Episode 8411". Radio Times. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  17. ^ "Fishtoft actor to be Peter’s cell mate on Coronation Street". Boston Standard. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 

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