List of Coronation Street characters (1997)

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The following is a list of characters that first appeared in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street in 1997, by order of first appearance.


Janice Battersby[edit]

Natalie Barnes[edit]

Brad Armstrong[edit]

Brad Armstrong
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Caleb Flanagan
Duration 1997
First appearance 16 February 1997
Last appearance 2 May 1997
Introduced by Brian Park
Classification Former; recurring

Bradley "Brad" Armstrong is the son of Terry Duckworth and Tricia Armstrong. He is born on 14 February 1997 and named after Brad Pitt. Three months after his birth, Brad leaves Weatherfield with his mother.

Chris Collins[edit]

Chris Collins
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Matthew Marsden
Duration 1997–98
First appearance 3 March 1997
Last appearance 29 March 1998
Introduced by Brian Park
Classification Former; regular
Profile
Occupation Mechanic

Chris Collins is a mechanic played by Matthew Marsden. Chris, a former soldier, makes his first appearance in March 1997 when he arrives at Webster's Autos looking for work, and when Chris demonstrates his abilities, Kevin Webster gives him a job.

During his time on the Street and unbeknownst to his boss Kevin, Chris has a passionate affair with Kevin's wife Sally. Sally takes revenge for Kevin's affair with Natalie Horrocks by seducing Chris. He ends his relationship with Sally after she and Kevin get back together. Chris then has a fling with barmaid Samantha Failsworth. When he decides to leave Weatherfield, Samantha intends on coming with him and packs a bag for herself, but in the end Chris does not call round for her and leaves on his own without telling anyone. Chris's current whereabouts are unknown.

Zoe Tattersall[edit]

Zoe Tattersall
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Joanne Froggatt
Duration 1997–98
First appearance 19 May 1997
Last appearance 16 December 1998
Introduced by Brian Park
Classification Former; regular
Profile
Home America

Zoe Tattersall, played by Joanne Froggatt, made her first screen appearance on 19 May 1997. Both Georgia Taylor and Jane Danson auditioned for the role of Zoe, before being cast as the Battersby sisters.[1]

Zoe is a troubled teenage tearaway . She has enough of children's care homes and runs away, living on the streets with her boyfriend Liam Shepherd. The character first appears in an amusement arcade where Judy Mallett works. Liam causes trouble and one day when Judy's husband Gary is there, he throws the teenager out but then he decides to blackmail the Malletts for a substantial amount of money, threatening to go to the police. The real reason for wanting the money is because Zoe is pregnant with his baby.

Judy, struggling with her own fertility issues, offers Zoe £2,000 for her baby. Zoe is overwhelmed and though Gary objects to the plan, Zoe accepts the offer. The neighbours assume that Gary is the baby's father and Judy allows them to think that, deciding it would help matters if anyone asked why they had the baby. Zoe soon makes friends with new neighbour Leanne Battersby and confesses the real story, including the payment.

The baby arrives and Judy is anxious to get rid of Zoe, who is showing signs of bonding with little Katy Joyce. Gary fraudulently signs the birth certificate as the father and Judy settles in to new motherhood with Zoe resentfully looking on in the background. After the health visitor’s first visit, Zoe is persuaded to leave but it's not long before Leanne tells Nick Tilsley the truth and the gossips speculate wildly. The Mallets claim Zoe stole the money and ran off. Leanne finds Zoe and persuades her to come back and clear her name.

Meanwhile, Ashley Peacock, working in the corner shop, develops feelings for Zoe. Finally, after the christening, Gary and Judy are so worried about Zoe’s presence that they plan to leave Weatherfield but Zoe snatches her baby with Ashley’s help, renaming her Shannon. Zoe and Shannon move in with Ashley, Leanne and Nick and live together for a while until Shannon is rushed to hospital with meningitis and dies. Zoe is devastated and has a breakdown, lashing out at her friends and neighbours, which results in her being sectioned for a period of time. During this time, Ashley realizes that though he loves Zoe, he cannot give her what she needs. He can’t bring himself to finish with her, however, and when she is released from hospital, she comes back to live with him.

Zoe meets a couple while out clubbing, Ben and Ruth. Ruth becomes her new best friend very quickly, making Ashley suspicious. They get Zoe a job at their “Foundation” and convince her to sell new age crystals on the street and door to door, all the while telling her about their beliefs and working on her grief for her baby. She is soon convinced that theirs is the road to salvation and becomes deeply involved in the Cult of Nirab. Despite his efforts, Ashley realises that Zoe has to make her own decisions. She needs a new start, wants to have a baby for the Foundation and leaves with Ben and Ruth in December 1998 and is never seen again. Years later Ashley refers to Zoe in conversation with wife, Claire Peacock, mentioning that she now lives in America.

Jez Quigley[edit]

Jez Quigley
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Lee Boardman
Duration 1997, 1999-2000
First appearance 6 June 1997
Last appearance 15 September 2000
Introduced by Brian Park (1997)
Jane MacNaught (1999)
Classification Former; regular
Profile
Occupation Nightclub owner/Drug Dealer

Gerald Francis "Jez" Quigley was played by Lee Boardman. He made his first appearance in 1997, returning to the show in 1999 and was killed off in September 2000.

Jez was a gangster, a drug dealer and murderer. He kills Tony Horrocks and supplies cocaine to Leanne Battersby, who quickly becomes an addict. Steve McDonald unsuccessfully turns to Jez for a job, and later testifies against Jez at his trial for Tony's murder. Despite Steve's testimony, Jez is found not guilty. A bully, Jez has Steve trapped in an underground car park and beaten by a gang of thugs, causing him serious injuries. Steve's father Jim takes revenge by attacking Jez in his own home. Jez later dies in hospital of his injuries, after collapsing on top of Steve whilst making a second attempt to kill him, as he lay in a hospital bed.

Les Battersby[edit]

Leanne Battersby[edit]

Toyah Battersby[edit]

Toyah Battersby, played by Georgia Taylor, made her first screen appearance on 1997. The character and her family were created and introduced by executive producer Brian Park in a bid to increase falling ratings.[2] Taylor was cast as the youngest member of the family, Toyah, and the role marked her acting debut.[1] The actress described her character as being "gobby and cocky" and said that she often makes her parents' lives a misery.[1] Charlie Catchpole from the Daily Mirror's commented that Toyah went "from lumpy, sulky schoolgirl to confident, radiant young woman" during her time in the show.[3]

Shannon Tattersall[edit]

Shannon Tattersall
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Lucy Whipday
Duration 1997-98
First appearance 28 August 1997
Last appearance 17 April 1998
Introduced by Brian Park
Classification Former; recurring

Shannon Jade Tattersall (previously Katie Joyce Mallett) is the daughter of wayward teenager Zoe Tattersall (Joanne Froggatt). Zoe fell pregnant fresh out of a care home by her ex-boyfriend Liam Shepherd. Zoe doesn't want to be a mother this young so when Judy Mallett (Gaynor Faye) - who is unable to have children - offers her £2,000 for her baby, she takes the offer. She gives birth to her baby in August 1997, and Judy and husband Gary are keen to get Zoe out of the picture when she shows signs of bonding with little Katie Joyce. Both Judy and Zoe agree that Gary must say he's the father, so they don't raise suspiscion with the residents.

Zoe admits to new friend Leanne Battersby about selling her baby, and the mouthy teen confronts the Malletts, who accuse Zoe of running away with the money. The young mother is left devastated when after baby Katie's christening, they consider moving away from the street to keep the baby away from Zoe. Meanwhile Ashley Peacock develops feelings for Zoe and helps her snatch her baby back, renaming her Shannon Jade. Zoe and Shannon move in with Ashley, Leanne and Nick Tilsley when Zoe has nowhere else to live.

In April 1998, little Shannon is being babysat by Leanne and Nick when she begins breathing funny and Leanne rushes to fetch the Malletts. Zoe is left devastated when her baby daughter tragically dies of meningitis aged just eight months. After Shannon's death, Zoe hits out at the people closest to her, eventually leading to her being sectioned. She was later thought to have moved to America.

Lorraine Brownlow[edit]

Lorraine Brownlow
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Holly Newman
Duration 1997, 1998–99
First appearance 3 November 1997
Last appearance 12 March 1999
Introduced by Brian Park (1997)
David Hanson (1998)
Classification Former; regular
Profile
Occupation Barmaid

Lorraine Brownlow is the niece of Natalie Barnes, played by actress Holly Newman between 1997 and 1999. Upon returning to Weatherfield in July 1998, Natalie hires Lorraine as a barmaid in the Rovers Return. In March 1999, after an argument with Natalie in which she calls her a "hard-faced cow", Natalie slaps Lorraine and sacks her from her job at the Rovers and she leaves.

Spider Nugent[edit]

Spider Nugent
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Martin Hancock
Duration 1997–2000, 2001, 2003
First appearance 15 December 1997
Last appearance 5 February 2003
Introduced by Brian Park (1997)
Jane MacNaught (2001)
Kieran Roberts (2003)
Classification Former; regular
Profile
Home London

Geoffrey David "Spider" Nugent, played by Martin Hancock, made his first screen appearance on 15 December 1997 and departed on 5 February 2003. Spider is Emily Bishop's (Eileen Derbyshire) nephew. The character was based on a real-life protester called Swampy.[4] Spider was interested in the environment and green issues. He had a long-term relationship with Toyah Battersby (Georgia Taylor). Christine Smith from the Daily Mirror called Spider a "lovable eco-warrior".[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Graham, Polly (18 July 1997). "The Corrie Strife Girls". Daily Record (Trinity Mirror). Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Disley, Jan (6 June 1997). "Neighbours from hell; Street's new family". Daily Record (Trinity Mirror). Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Catchpole, Charlie (17 August 1999). "Charlie Catchpole column; Saeed case of over-reacting". Daily Mirror (Trinity Mirror). Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Smith, Christine (28 July 2000). "Interview: Martin Hancock". Daily Mirror (Trinity Mirror). Retrieved 1 November 2012.