Mark Redman (Coronation Street)
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|Coronation Street character|
|Portrayed by||Thomas Hawkeswood (1983–84)
Christopher Oakes (1986)
Michael Bolstridge (1991)
Christopher Cook (1992–96)
Paul Fox (1999–2006)
|Duration||1983–84, 1986, 1991, 1992-94, 1996, 1999-2000, 2001, 2006|
|First appearance||31 October 1983|
|Last appearance||17 April 2006|
|Introduced by||Mervyn Watson (1983)
John G. Temple (1986)
Carolyn Reynolds (1991, 1992)
Brian Park (1996)
Jane MacNaught (1999, 2001)
Steve Frost (2006)
Mark Redman (previously Dunlop) is a fictional character in the British ITV soap opera Coronation Street. He is the son of long-running character Mike Baldwin and Maggie Dunlop. He was played by Thomas Hawkeswood from 1983 till 1984, by Christopher Oakes in 1986, Michael Bolstridge in 1991 and then by Christopher Cook from 1992 till 1996 and then most recently Paul Fox from 1999 till 2006. He first appeared during the episode airing on 31 October 1983 and last appeared on 17 April 2006.
Maggie married Harry Redman soon after splitting up with Mike, and Harry brought up Mark like his own son. Mike found out about Mark after Harry's death and he started interfering with Mark's and his mother's lives, paying for Mark to go to Oakhill Grammar School and alienating him from his old friends. Mark was relieved to move away from Weatherfield to Felixstowe when his mother remarried.
After leaving school, Mark returned to Weatherfield in 1999 to see his father and stayed on for a while, helping out in the factory, but fell in love with Mike's young fiancée, Linda Sykes. They began an affair in the new year which was pretty self-destructive. Linda and Mark were made partners in the company and Mark tried to make it work, but it was too much and he eventually decided to leave Weatherfield again, for Amsterdam, agreeing to return for the wedding.
When he did, the secret all came out on the wedding day and Mike was furious. He told Mark to get out and never come back. While things went on to be slightly friendlier between them, their relationship never entirely recovered and Mark moved to Holland soon after.
By 2006, Mark was living with his girlfriend in Doncaster and estranged from his father. He was shocked to find a confused Mike on his doorstep, unaware that his father was now suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Mike initially believed Mark to be his youngest son Adam Barlow, but upon remembering Mark's affair with Linda he left. Later that week, Mike died of a heart attack and Mark attended his burial from a distance. Afterwards, he visited the factory and introduced himself to Adam. When Adam explained that their other half-brother Danny Baldwin had used Mike's illness to get him to leave him everything in his will, Mark urged his brother to contest it.
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