List of Coronation Street characters (2000)

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The following is a list of characters that first appeared in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street in 2000, by order of first appearance

Mrs. Paton[edit]

Mrs. Paton
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Janice McKenzie
First appearance 13 March 2000
Last appearance 26 March 2000
Introduced by Jane MacNaught
Classification Former; recurring
Profile
Occupation Headteacher

Mrs. Paton, portrayed by Janice McKenzie, was a head teacher at Weatherfield Comprehensive, and was informed of Sarah-Louise Platt's (Tina O'Brien) pregnancy. She assured Sarah and her concerned parents that Sarah will receive support from the school staff, which Martin was apprehensive about as he didn't want the baby's father Neil Fearns (Paul Holowaty) to be involved.

Mrs. Paton then informed Sarah a week later that the school staff were wanting her to take a job backstage for the production of Grease.

Tegwin Thomas[edit]

Tegwin Thomas
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Howell Evans
Appears on 23 June 2000
Introduced by Jane MacNaught
Classification Former; guest
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Occupation Photographer

Tegwin Thomas, portrayed by Howell Evans, took a photograph of the Platt clan in 2000. He seemed to be a good friend of Audrey Roberts (Sue Nicholls), but a dislike to the rest of the family. He also seemed to be too nice to Audrey's granddaughter Sarah-Louise Platt (Tina O'Brien) as he compared her to Audrey and asked her about modeling, which angered her adoptive father Martin (Sean Wilson). However, he was uncomfortable when he discovered Sarah was a teenage mother to a baby daughter named Bethany (Amy and Emily Walton).

Kirsten Grant[edit]

Kirsten Grant
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Vicky Connett
First appearance 13 March 2000
Last appearance 19 May 2000
Introduced by Jane MacNaught
Classification Former; recurring

Kirsten Grant, portrayed by Vicky Connett, was one of the pupils who stirred at Sarah-Louise Platt (Tina O'Brien) when there were rumours that she was pregnant. She bullied her along with some other pupils when they put a baby doll in her locker and called her names but her best mate, Candice Stowe (Nikki Sanderson), stood up for her.

At a school dance, Kirsten apologised to Sarah for her past behaviour (Candice previously mentioned to Sarah that Kirsten has since changed). When Sarah saw Candice and Kirsten dancing with some boys, she realised that because of her pregnancy, she didn't fit in with the crowd anymore.

Dr. Wilson[edit]

Dr. Wilson
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Lois Higgins
First appearance 21 February 2000
Last appearance 23 February 2000
Introduced by Jane MacNaught
Classification Former; recurring
Profile
Occupation General practitioner

Dr. Wilson was called in by Gail Platt (Helen Worth) as her thirteen-year-old daughter Sarah-Louise (Tina O'Brien) began getting sick after she refused to eat, and was concerned she might be developing an eating disorder. However, when the doctor examined the young girl, she told the shocked mother and daughter she was pregnant. Dr. Wilson told Gail that Sarah was too far along to have an abortion and that social services will have to be called in.

Lydia Summers (Alison Darling) was informed by Dr. Wilson of Sarah's pregnancy, and she came over to 8 Coronation Street to discuss the situation.

Lydia Summers[edit]

Lydia Summers
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Alison Darling
Appears on 27 February 2000
Introduced by Jane MacNaught
Classification Former; guest
Profile
Occupation Social Worker

Lydia Summers, portrayed by Alison Darling, was a social worker who visited the Platt family to support Sarah-Louise (Tina O'Brien) and her family in relation to Sarah's pregnancy. Dr. Wilson had informed Gail (Helen Worth) that social services will be visiting.

Lydia came to 8 Coronation Street in the middle of a row with Sarah, Gail, and Sarah's adoptive father Martin (Sean Wilson), who was under suspicion of being the baby's father. This angered Martin as Lydia asked Gail about her working hours at Roy Cropper's (David Neilson) café and how long he stayed at home with the children. She also had a private chat with Sarah in her bedroom and encouraged her to tell her who the father of her baby is. Sarah revealed that it was a schoolmate, Neil Fearns (Paul Holowaty)

Judith Roberts[edit]

Judith Roberts
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Jane Hogarth
Duration 2000, 2016
First appearance 3 May 2000
Last appearance 21 March 2016
Introduced by Jane MacNaught
Classification Former; recurring
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Occupation Midwife

Judith Roberts, portrayed by Jane Hogarth, was Sarah-Louise Platt's (Tina O'Brien) midwife during her pregnancy with Bethany (Amy and Emily Walton). She was present at her antenatal class when Jenny Lyons (Natalie Lawless) asked her if her mother can be at the birth of her son, Josh (Adam Chapman). Judith said it was a fine idea and gave Sarah's mother Gail (Helen Worth) advice on how to be a grandmother.

In March 2016, Sarah checked in at the hospital with her sister in law Kylie (Paula Lane), afraid that something was wrong as she hadn't felt him move all day but a scan showed that the baby was fine

Josh Lyons[edit]

Josh Lyons
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Adam Chapman
Duration 2000–2001
First appearance 3 November 2000
Last appearance 4 June 2001
Introduced by Jane MacNaught
Classification Former; recurring

Josh Lyons, portrayed by Adam Chapman, is the son of Jenny Lyons (Natalie Lawless), who was good friends with Sarah-Louise Platt (Tina O'Brien).

Like Sarah, Jenny got pregnant in her early teens with Josh and his father did not want to be involved in his life. Josh was mentioned twice; once by Sarah and the second time by Jenny. His christening inspired Sarah to get her baby daughter Bethany (Amy and Emily Walton) christened and at the party, Jenny mentioned that Josh had developed the ability to be sick with great force. This caused Sarah's best mate Candice Stowe (Nikki Sanderson), who was holding her goddaughter, to hand Bethany over to Roy Cropper (David Neilson).

Josh made his first appearance in November 2000 when he, his mother and grandmother went to the Platts' house for a bombfire. As Jenny held Josh, she and Sarah comforted Candice, who went out with the much older Vikram Desai (Chris Bisson) and felt embarrassed when he discovered her real age.

Josh and Jenny attended Bethany's first birthday party and Jenny met Kevin Webster (Michael Le Vell). Kevin lost his wife and baby son, Alison (Naomi Radcliffe) and Jake, the previous year. He was devastated when he heard Josh's name as it was similar to his dead son's name.

Jenny Lyons[edit]

Jenny Lyons
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Natalie Lawless
First appearance 3 May 2000
Last appearance 4 June 2001
Introduced by Jane MacNaught
Classification Former; recurring

Jenny Lyons, portrayed by Natalie Lawless, is a former friend of Sarah-Louise Platt (Tina O'Brien). They first met at a prenatal class, and like Sarah, also got pregnant at the age of just thirteen. She explained to Sarah that her boyfriend left her after she revealed her pregnancy to him. She then asked midwife Judith Roberts (Jane Hogarth) if her mother can be present at the baby's birth, and Judith happily agreed to the idea. Jenny would give birth to her son Josh (Adam Chapman) later in the year.

When Jenny had her son christened, it inspired Sarah to give her daughter Bethany (Amy and Emily Walton) a christening of her own. Her best friend Candice Stowe (Nikki Sanderson) wanted Jenny to be godmother alongside Hayley Cropper (Julie Hesmondhalgh) as her mother Marion (Paula Simms) had forbidden her to go to the christening as she disapproved of Sarah, but Candice managed to sneak out with her then boyfriend Darren Michaels (Bruno Langley), and get angrily dragged out of the house by an embarrassing Marion. Jenny was present at the christening and the christening party.

Jenny later attended a bombfire with the Platts in November with her mother and baby son Josh. She and Sarah also comforted Candice when she went out with Vikram Desai (Chris Bisson), pretending to be in her twenties, and felt humiliated when he found out she was actually fourteen years old.

Jenny and her son last appeared at Bethany's first birthday party. She met Kevin Webster (Michael Le Vell), who lost his wife Alison (Naomi Radcliffe) and baby son Jake the previous year. He was upset by Josh's name as it was similar to Jake's.

Glen Middleham[edit]

Glen Middleham
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Will Haigh
Duration 2000–2001
First appearance 5 November 2000
Last appearance 7 January 2001
Introduced by Jane MacNaught
Classification Former; recurring

Glen Middleham, portrayed by Will Haigh, was a short-term boyfriend of Sarah-Louise Platt (Tina O'Brien). Sarah and Glen first met at the pictures, and they got on well although Sarah didn't mention she was a teenage mother to a baby daughter named Bethany (Amy and Emily Walton). Her and Glen then went bowling, and it ended well with a kiss.

Much to her best mate Candice Stowe's (Nikki Sanderson) disgust, Sarah kept Bethany hidden from Glen, afraid he might not want to date her; she even pretended that Bethany was Hayley Cropper's (Julie Hesmondhalgh) daughter and was babysitting, but Glen would discover that Bethany is, in fact, Sarah's daughter when Sarah's adoptive father Martin (Sean Wilson) caught the two alone at home and revealed all to Glen. Glen left the house angry and confused.

On New Year's Day 2001, Glen came back and Sarah explained everything to him, so they got back together, but Sarah was having suspicions that Glen was only using her for sex, and she confided in Candice about it. Sarah's suspicions were right when Candice confronted her about her and Glen having sex on New Year's Day, which really didn't happen, and Sarah dumped Glen when she discovered he had started the rumors.

Darren Michaels[edit]

Darren Michaels
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Bruno Langley (2000)
Nicholas Zabel (2001)
Duration 2000–2001
First appearance 4 August 2000
Last appearance 4 March 2001
Introduced by Jane MacNaught
Classification Former, recurring

Darren Michaels, portrayed by Bruno Langley in 2000 and by Nicholas Zabel in 2001, is Candice Stowe's (Nikki Sanderson) short-term boyfriend. Candice first mentioned him to her best friend Sarah-Louise Platt (Tina O'Brien), who was upset as she thought, because of her teenage pregnancy, she will never have a boyfriend.

Darren's first appearance was at Sarah's daughter Bethany's (Amy and Emily Walton) christening; Candice snuck out of the house with him so she can attend the christening and be Bethany's godmother alongside Hayley Cropper (Julie Hesmondhalgh), as her mother Marion (Paula Simms) had forbidden her to go. Marion would later gate crash the christening party and drag Candice off.

In March 2001, Darren discovered from Sarah's younger brother David (Jack P. Shepherd) that Candice was two timing him and Todd Grimshaw (Langley). He would inform Todd of this, and the two boys dumped Candice, but Todd and Candice gave their relationship another go as Candice convinced Todd that she was only using Darren.

Bruno Langley portrayed Darren in 2000, then began playing the role of regular character, Todd Grimshaw, a year later from 2001 onwards.

Marion Stowe[edit]

Marion Stowe
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Paula Simms
Duration 2000–2001, 2003
First appearance 19 March 2000
Last appearance 7 September 2003
Introduced by Jane MacNaught
Classification Former, recurring

Marion Stowe, portrayed by Paula Simms, is the mother of Candice Stowe (Nikki Sanderson), who usually led her best mate Sarah-Louise Platt (Tina O'Brien) astray. Oblivious to Candice's bad behavior, Marion disapproved of Sarah, especially when she discovered the young girl was expecting a baby at the age of just thirteen. She demanded Sarah to stay away from her daughter, causing Sarah's mother Gail (Helen Worth) to angrily turn up on her doorstep and give her a piece of her mind before the door was slammed in her face.

Five months later, Marion gate crashed Sarah's daughter Bethany's (Amy and Emily Walton) christening party as she was furious with her daughter for going to such a "charade" when she had forbidden her to go. She insulted the party guests, Sarah, and vicar Jessica Lundy (Olwen May), who also gave her a piece of her mind. She physically dragged Candice from the house, and had a row with Gail and Sarah's adoptive father Martin (Sean Wilson) outside the front yard. Almost a year later, Marion turned up at the Platt house again and dragged Candice away as she didn't want her to go on a camping trip with the family, afraid that her daughter might also end up pregnant as Candice's then boyfriend Todd Grimshaw (Bruno Langley) was also tagging along.

In the winter of 2001, Candice's troublecausing was finally revealed when Gail found expensive shopping in Sarah's bedroom, and Sarah told her the items belonged to Candice. Candice tried to put the blame on Sarah until Sarah revealed that Candice had gotten an evening job in a factory, which is how she got the clothes in the first place, and that Candice had convinced Sarah into letting her copy her homework. Marion finally realized the extent of her daughter's bad behavior, and angrily had a row with her and dragged her out of the Platt house.

In late August 2003, Marion showed selfishness when she began dating Gerry Burton (Mark Chatterton), and didn't believe her daughter's claims that Gerry was sexually harassing her. This caused Candice to sleep in the flat above Audrey Roberts' (Sue Nicholls) hair salon, and Audrey took pity on her when she discovered the girl's problems. Marion tried to get her daughter to come home, but when Candice refused, it was very clear that Marion would choose her boyfriend over her daughter when she gave Candice a bag of her belongings. Audrey sent Marion away with a flea in her ear, and Candice and her mother never made up since then.

Whenever Candice would mention her mother, it was very clear she used to have a good relationship with her. However, Marion would always give Sarah negative comments, such as telling her it was "bad luck" to buy things before the baby was born, and also making Sarah emotionally offended when Candice mentioned to Sarah she wasn't allowed to bring boys up to her bedroom anymore.

Marion was referred to as just "Mrs. Stowe" in end credits, but on her last appearance, her full name was credited.

Amy Goskirk[edit]

Amy Goskirk
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Jayne Ashbourne
First appearance 10 January 2000
Last appearance 6 February 2000
Introduced by Jane MacNaught
Classification Former; recurring
Profile
Occupation Barmaid

Amy Goskirk is an ex-girlfriend of Dev Alahan's (Jimmi Harkishin) who follows him to Weatherfield from Birmingham. Dev is not pleased to see her and is hostile, even physically evicting her from his shop.

Spotted crying by her car by Norris Cole (Malcolm Hebden), he takes her for a drink in The Rovers where she overhears landlady Natalie Barnes (Denise Welch) talking about the need to employ another barmaid and Natalie offers her a job after learning of her experience. Amy works hard to get the sympathy of the residents, much to the disdain of Dev. Everyone takes Amy's side when she says that she and Dev were engaged to be married but his devoutly religious family were against their relationship. In addition, she claims that he cheated on her and now she is pregnant. Dev calls her bluff and agrees to marry her on condition that she proves the existence of the baby. She happily agrees but then claims that her scan was cancelled. No one but Dev is able to see through her lies. Leanne Battersby (Jane Danson) provides a sympathetic shoulder for Amy to cry on when they share their troubles with each other, Leanne confiding in Amy about her drug problems and Amy telling of her parents’ death in a boating accident when she was a child (she told Vera Duckworth (Liz Dawn) it was a car accident). Amy winds up Leanne by telling her that Dev is forcing her to have an abortion and Leanne, in her anger, turns the majority of the women and some of the men, against Dev.

Amy suddenly disappears for almost two weeks, leaving behind a suicide note. Leanne reports her disappearance to the police, who ask Dev to identify a recently discovered body. It is not Amy but even his conviction that the threat was an empty one is shaken. His relief when she reappears, complete with bandaged wrists from an attempt to cut her wrists is evident; however, his business starts to suffer as people begin to turn against him even more. He resolves to put an end to the situation and cons Amy into thinking that he really does have feelings for her. He turns up in the Rovers that night and, while chatting quietly to her under the glaring eyes of the regulars, suddenly rips her bandages off for all to see that, as he suspected, there are no wounds. The residents are outraged that they’d been deceived, Leanne in particular, but all she gets for her sympathy is a mouthful of abuse and the fact that she is a recovering drug addict broadcast across the pub. Amy disappears from the Street, never to be seen again.

Debs Brownlow[edit]

Debs Brownlow
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Gabrielle Glaister
First appearance 6 February 2000
Last appearance 10 November 2000
Introduced by Jane MacNaught
Classification Former; regular
Profile
Occupation Hairdresser

Debs Brownlow is the hairdresser sister of Natalie Barnes (Denise Welch) who first appears in The Rovers Return after working on a cruise ship for a number of years. She soon begins a relationship with resident Duggie Ferguson (John Bowe), despite his hesitation due to the memory of his dead wife Laura. Debs supports Natalie when the body of her murdered son Tony Horrocks (Lee Warburton) is discovered, and subsequently in August 2000 when gangster Jez Quigley (Lee Boardman) stands trial for the killing. Debs soon tires of Duggie's reluctance to have sex with her and has a one-night stand with Dev Alahan (Jimmi Harkishin) in April 2000.

Debs reunites with Duggie and they consummate their union. In October 2000, Duggie moves into No. 6 with her but she soon tires of him prioritising work over her and she orders him out. When Debs shares her relationship woes with Natalie's boyfriend Vinny Sorrell (James Gaddas) over a bottle of wine they sleep together. Duggie catches them in the act and tells a devastated Natalie. She throws Debs out of No. 6 and she subsequently leaves Weatherfield with new lover Vinny, returning to her old work on the cruise ship.

Dennis Stringer[edit]

Dennis Stringer
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Charles Dale
Duration 2000–2002
First appearance 7 February 2000
Last appearance 2 January 2002
Introduced by Jane MacNaught
Classification Former; regular
Profile
Occupation Mechanic

Dennis Stringer was played by Charles Dale. Dennis is introduced in February 2000 and develops from a biker friend of Les Battersby (Bruce Jones) into the partner of Eileen Grimshaw (Sue Cleaver) later in 2000.

In late 2001 Dennis and Janice Battersby (Vicky Entwistle) form a relationship and leave their respective partners to live together. Following this, Les attempts suicide by getting drunk and gassing himself in his car on New Year's Day. Dennis tracks him down and prevents the suicide, but while driving Les to hospital, crashes head on into another car. Les suffers minor injuries but Dennis is badly injured, dying in hospital shortly afterwards. Janice's daughter Toyah (Georgia Taylor) gives a reading at his funeral.

Neil Fearns[edit]

Neil Fearns
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Paul Holowaty
First appearance 6 March 2000
Last appearance 26 March 2000
Introduced by Jane MacNaught
Classification Former; recurring
Profile
Occupation Student

Neil Fearns is revealed as the father of Sarah-Louise Platt's (Tina O'Brien) daughter, Bethany (Amy and Emily Walton). He is an "absent father" and has nothing to do with Bethany, although his family do send a card for her first birthday.

In 2003, it is revealed that Neil has died in a car accident. Martin (Sean Wilson) and Gail Platt (Helen Worth) break the news to Sarah, who is shocked at Neil's death but not overly emotional. At Martin's insistence, Sarah takes Bethany to Neil's funeral where she meets his mother. Neil's mother, Brenda (Julia Deakin), becomes mentally unstable, following Neil's death. She becomes attached to Bethany and kidnaps her after she begins visiting her regularly. Bethany is later safely returned to her mother, and Brenda is left sobbing in the back of an ambulance.

Bobbi Lewis[edit]

Bobbi Lewis
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Naomi Ryan
Duration 2000–2002
First appearance 20 March 2000
Last appearance 5 April 2002
Introduced by Jane Macnaught
Classification Former; regular
Profile
Home London

Roberta "Bobbi" Lewis was played by Naomi Ryan.[1] She is employed as a machinist at Mike Baldwin's (Johnny Briggs) Underworld factory. In 2002 the character was axed by producer Kieran Roberts as part of a drive to revitalise the show, as it was being regularly beaten in the ratings by rival soap EastEnders at the time.[2]

Bobbi starts work at Underworld in March 2000 when she takes over Linda Sykes' (Jacqueline Pirie) machine. She has an initially turbulent start when Linda sacks her for producing substandard work but is soon reinstated by Mike. She moves to the Street when she rents the salon flat with barmaid Geena Gregory (Jennifer James).

In October 2000, Bobbi is furious to discover that sales rep Harvey Reuban (Andrew Scarborough) has been dating her and Karen McDonald (Suranne Jones) at the same time. When the two women confront Harvey he smugly shrugs them both off. After they discover that he has a fiancée, they are determined to get revenge. A shameless Harvey turns on the charm to Bobbi, promising her he thinks she's special, also doing the same with Karen. They both play along but know the score. With the help of the other Underworld girls they organise a farewell party for him, where they get Harvey drunk and phone Saskia (Nikki Landowski), his fiancée, to pick him up. They graffiti his car, pour baked beans over him, sew the words "Slime Ball" on to the back of his suit jacket and tell his fiancée all about his womanising.

Karen and boyfriend Vikram Desai (Chris Bisson) set Bobbi up on a date with Steve McDonald (Simon Gregson), but it does not lead to anything further. After Karen and Vikram break up, Bobbi starts going out with Vikram in March 2001. After playing hard to get for a couple of months, Bobbi eventually sleeps with Vikram and they begin a serious relationship. In early 2002, Vikram cheats on Bobbi with Hazel Wilding (Kazia Pelka). Having fallen in love with Hazel, Vikram soon dumps Bobbi but she takes revenge by filing a false complaint against Vikram's taxi business, StreetCars for sexual harassment. With the business facing possible closure, and with employees' livelihoods on the line, Bobbi realises that her scheme has backfired. She subsequently withdraws her allegations and leaves Weatherfield in shame.

Mr. Fearns[edit]

Mr. Fearns
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Eric Hulme
Appears on 29 March 2000
Introduced by Jane MacNaught
Classification Former; guest

Mr. Fearns is the father of Neil Fearns (Paul Holowaty) who impregnates Sarah-Louise Platt (Tina O'Brien) when they are 12 years old. He offers the Platt family help with the baby, which Sarah's mother Gail (Helen Worth) refuses as Neil is not willing to take responsibility for the child. He makes his only appearance just over two months before Sarah's baby is born.

Following Neil's death, it is revealed that Mr. Fearns had left his wife Brenda for a "younger model".

Emma Watts[edit]

Emma Watts
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Angela Lonsdale
Duration 2000–2003
First appearance 10 April 2000
Last appearance 1 September 2003
Introduced by Jane MacNaught
Classification Former; regular
Profile
Occupation Police Officer
Home Newcastle upon Tyne

Emma Watts (also Taylor) is played by Angela Lonsdale, and first appears on 10 April 2000. At the beginning she is credited as Sgt Emma Taylor. She is a police officer who helps solve the case when corrupt DC Simon Cavanagh is stalking Colette Graham and Curly Watts (Kevin Kennedy).

On 12 October 2000, the police, including Emma, surround the Fresco's supermarket as a siege develops inside. When they eventually burst in, Emma shoots the main gunman, Dean Sykes (Ciarán Griffiths)—who dies in an ambulance on the way to hospital. Due to her licence to kill, a trial is not undertaken. Dean had in fact fired a shot and Emma had responded.

Curly takes her out for a night on the beach and later asks her out to dinner. Curly proposes to Emma on a bateau mouche in Paris and they marry on Christmas Eve, 2000. Their honeymoon to New York is delayed because Curly's daughter, Alice, cannot return to his ex-wife Raquel (Sarah Lancashire) when planned. Emma becomes pregnant shortly after their marriage and gives birth to their son Ben on Boxing Day 2001.

Emma later gets involved in a feud between one of her colleagues, Mick Hopwood (Ian Gain) and Les Battersby (Bruce Jones). Mick had been dating Les' ex-wife Janice (Vicky Entwistle). Les is very jealous and they spend a lot of time winding each other up. Things escalate one night when Mick and Emma stop Les in his taxi on a minor traffic offence and after Les insults Mick, Mick beats him quite savagely but Emma promises to back Mick up even though Les did not really deserve the attack. When Curly finds out, this causes a lot of tension and the couple split up temporarily. Emma feels very guilty and plans to confess the truth to her superiors but at the last minute decides to back Mick up. She commits perjury at Les' trial for assaulting Mick and Les is imprisoned for three months.

Near the end of Les' incarceration, Emma is put forward for promotion to Inspector in Newcastle. This would involve moving house and Curly is afraid he'd never see Ben. He swallows his principles and, in order to reconcile and be able to live in peace, away from Les, they put Number 7 on the market and move to Newcastle.

In the 2010 spin-off DVD special Coronation Street - A Knight's Tale, Curly reveals that his marriage to Emma has ended since their departure from Weatherfield.

Geena Gregory[edit]

Geena Gregory
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Jennifer James
Duration 2000–2002
First appearance 9 February 2000
Last appearance 11 October 2002
Introduced by Jane MacNaught
Classification Former; regular

Geena Gregory is played by Jennifer James.

Geena arrived when her friend Vinny Sorrell (James Gaddas) needed help in The Rovers Return. She was well qualified for the job, and her good looks and cheeky banter made her popular with the customers. She was maid of honour at her friend Linda Sykes' (Jacqueline Pirie) wedding to Mike Baldwin (Johnny Briggs) and although she knew about her affair with Mike's son Mark Redman (Paul Fox), Geena remained loyal to Linda and said nothing.

Geena had a complicated love life. Dev Alahan (Jimmi Harkishin) proposed to her but her mother, Jill, was determined to put a stop to it and set him up with Karen McDonald (Suranne Jones). Her plan failed and Geena broke off their engagement when she discovered he had cheated on her with his employee Deirdre Rachid (Anne Kirkbride) during Christmas 2001. She was soon seduced by handsome former prison convict, Joe Carter (Jonathan Wrather), and the two enjoyed a fun relationship until a jealous Dev goaded Joe into beating him up.

Joe was scared of going back to prison and admitted he loved Geena. By this time, she had completely fallen in love with him and agreed to talk to Dev. He then told Joe to end his relationship with Geena publicly and he would drop the assault charges against him. Joe did so and Geena was left shattered and humiliated by two men who claimed to love her and fled the street after saying her goodbyes to her friend, Shelley Unwin (Sally Lindsay).

Eileen Grimshaw[edit]

Maria Connor[edit]

Maria Jane Connor (also Sutherland), played by Samia Ghadie. The character first appeared on-screen on 19 May 2000.[3] During her time on Coronation Street, Maria has been the centre of storylines such as giving birth to a stillborn baby, sleeping with her best friend's boyfriend and being widowed after eight months of marriage. She also had many failed romances. Maria was off-screen between November 2009 and June 2010 due to Ghadie's pregnancy. She departed again in October 2015 after giving birth to her son the previous month. She returned in April 2016.

Eric Sutherland[edit]

Eric Sutherland
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Steve Money
Duration 2000–01, 2005, 2008, 2015
First appearance 19 May 2000
Last appearance 9 January 2015
Introduced by Jane MacNaught (2000, 2001)
Tony Wood (2005)
Kim Crowther (2008)
Stuart Blackburn (2015)
Classification Former; recurring
Profile
Home Cyprus

Eric Sutherland is the father of Kirk Sutherland (Andrew Whyment) and Maria Connor (Samia Ghadie). He first appears on 19 May 2000 when Jack Duckworth (Bill Tarmey) and Tyrone Dobbs (Alan Halsall) are looking to mate Tyrone's greyhound Monica with one of the studs from his kennels. Eric reappears in 2005 to let Kirk know that he and his wife Dot (Susie Baxter) are retiring to Cyprus and Kirk goes out to visit him for several weeks after Eric has injured his back. He returns on 20 October 2008 to console his daughter following the death of her husband Liam (Rob James-Collier). He carries the coffin at Liam's funeral after Tony Gordon (Gray O'Brien) has to comfort a grief-stricken Carla (Alison King). This causes Liam's mother Helen (Sorcha Cusack) to be unhappy as Eric did not know Liam. Eric and Dot return to Cyprus following the funeral. In January 2015, Eric and Dot attend Kirk's wedding to Beth Tinker (Lisa George). Beth unwittingly insults Eric and Dot before realizing who they are. At the wedding reception, Eric gets drunk and flirts with Tracy Barlow (Kate Ford).

Kirk Sutherland[edit]

Kirk Sutherland played by Andrew Whyment, made his first appeared on 22 May 2000, played by an uncredited actor.[4] When Kirk reappeared five months later, the role was now played by Whyment who has continued to play the role to date.

Bethany Platt[edit]

Bethany Britney Platt, played by Lucy Fallon, made her first appearance on 4 June 2000. Amy and Emily Walton shared the role of Bethany Platt from the character's birth in 2000 until 2007 when Tina O'Brien chose to quit.[5][6] Mia Cookson also played the role of Bethany alongside the Walton twins in 2000.[7] On 23 October 2014, it was announced that Bethany, now 14 years old, would return to the show.[8] Katie Redford was initially cast in the role,[9] but was sacked just days later before filming began after it was revealed that she was 25 years old, not 19 as she and her management had claimed.[10] On 29 January Blackpool-born Lucy Fallon was confirmed as her replacement.[11] She returned on 20 March 2015.[12] Bethany's storylines have included her taking ecstasy tablets when her uncle, David Platt (Jack P. Shepherd) hid them in a toy, her infatuation with Callum Logan as well as being caught up with her family's feud with Callum.

Jake Webster[edit]

Jake Webster
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Unknown
Appears on 5 June 2000
Introduced by Jane MacNaught
Classification Former, guest

Jake Webster is the son of Kevin (Michael Le Vell) and Alison Webster (Naomi Radcliffe), born on 5 June 2000. Shortly after his birth Jake turned blue and is diagnosed with a Group B streptococcal infection. Jake's condition proves to be fatal and he dies minutes later in Alison's arms. Following Jake's death, Alison committed suicide by throwing herself in front of a lorry.

Sam Kingston[edit]

Sam Kingston
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Scott Wright
Duration 2000–2002
First appearance 19 June 2000
Last appearance 7 June 2002
Introduced by Jane MacNaught
Classification Former; regular
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Sam Kingston is a builder played by actor Scott Wright; he first appeared on 19 June 2000. Soon after his arrival, Sam is revealed as a male stripper, disguising himself as "The Masked Python".

In December 2000, when Sam befriended the Platt family, Sarah-Louise Platt (Tina O'Brien), had a huge crush on him. She wrote about it in her diary but when her younger half-brother, David (Jack P. Shepherd), and his friend Simon got a hold of it, they read the story about Sam and this resulted in David to tell his very concerned father, Martin (Sean Wilson), what he and Simon had read. Both Martin and his ex-wife and Sarah and David's mother, Gail (Helen Worth), became very protective of Sarah about boys since she gave birth to her daughter, Bethany (Amy and Emily Walton), in June 2000 and Martin angrily confronted Sarah at tea, even bringing Sam into the situation, telling them to stay away from each other, humiliating Sarah. The whole family were furious with Martin for the way he treated Sam and wouldn't speak to him for a month.

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Phil Simmonds[edit]

Phil Simmonds
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Jack Deam
Duration 2000–2001
First appearance 1 September 2000
Last appearance 6 August 2001
Introduced by Jane MacNaught
Classification Former; recurring

Phil Simmonds befriends Toyah Battersby (Georgia Taylor) after landlord Duggie Ferguson (John Bowe) makes him homeless in September 2000. He takes legal action against Duggie but later settles out of court. He reappears on 9 April 2001, when Toyah encounters him on the street. Four days later, Phil brutally rapes Toyah in the ginnel behind the Rovers. Toyah is left clueless as to the identity of her attacker as Phil pretends to support her through her ordeal. On 30 April 2001, when Toyah is on her own in her house with Phil she suddenly recognises his voice as being that of the rapist. Peter Barlow (Chris Gascoyne) hears her screams from the street, breaks into the house and saves her from Phil.

In August 2001, Toyah visits Phil in prison, after he sends her a letter pleading for her forgiveness. She is shocked to see that he has attempted suicide. She gets Phil to agree to plead guilty to the rape charges. However, Toyah later discovers that Phil has no intention of pleading guilty, despite the DNA evidence. He later changes his plea to guilty, meaning that no trial would take place, much to Toyah's relief. On 7 September 2001, Phil is sentenced to ten years imprisonment for Toyah's rape.

Dean Sykes[edit]

Dean Sykes
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Ciarán Griffiths
First appearance 11 October 2000
Last appearance 12 October 2000
Introduced by Jane MacNaught
Classification Former; guest

Dean Sykes is Linda Sykes' (Jacqueline Pirie) brother, and appears in two episodes.

Dean and his companion, Lenny Larkin, stage an armed raid at Fresco's Supermarket. When the shop is closed, however, Dean hopes he can raid the safe in the supermarket, and escape with thousands of pounds. As the siege grows, the police surround Fresco's. The climax occurs when the authorities burst in and police markswoman, Emma Taylor (Angela Lonsdale), fires a shot at Dean, who dies on the way to hospital.

Ray Sykes[edit]

Ray Sykes
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Peter Guinness
Duration 2000, 2002
First appearance 13 October 2000
Last appearance 22 April 2002
Classification Former; recurring

Ray Sykes, played by Peter Guinness, is the father of Linda Sykes (Jacqueline Pirie).

Ray's wife Eve (Melanie Kilburn) had walked out on him and their children and Linda had been forced to help Ray raise her brothers, Dean (Ciarán Griffiths), Ryan (Matthew Dunster), and Jimmy (Danny Cunningham).

Ray first appears after his son Dean is shot dead by the police while committing a robbery at Fresco's supermarket and meets Linda's husband Mike Baldwin (Johnny Briggs). Mike, who had been held prisoner by Dean during the robbery, is angry by Ray's belief that Dean had been a victim and angrily informs Ray that his son was a violent robber and Linda is forced to intervene to stop a fight breaking out.

Mike is further angered when Ray accuses Linda of marrying him for his money and Linda tells Ray that he treated her like a skivvy following her mother's abandonment. She then offers to pay for Dean's funeral. Ray attends the funeral and is unexpectedly reunited with his ex-wife Eve who shows up to say goodbye to her son. Linda is hostile towards Eve, blaming her for Dean going off the rails and his subsequent death, and Ray comforts her.

Ray does not appear again until two years later when Eve goes to visit him and he reveals that Linda, who had been missing for seven months, was alive and well and living in Dublin. Ray tells Eve not to tell anyone that Linda is alive. Eve's husband Fred Elliott (John Savident), had followed Eve after being suspicious of her behaviour and witnesses her say goodbye to Ray on his doorstep and jumps to the wrong conclusion, that they are having an affair.

The next day, Fred sees Ray in the area and asks Mike if Ray had been into the Rovers during the day. Fred later goes to visit Ray at his home and asks him what is going on between him and Eve. Ray refuses to tell Fred why Eve visited him but reveals that he and Eve never divorced, making her marriage to Fred bigamous. Fred leaves in shock and this is Ray's last appearance in the show.

Eve Elliott[edit]

Eve Elliott
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Melanie Kilburn
Duration 2000–2002
First appearance 20 October 2000
Last appearance 10 May 2002
Introduced by Jane MacNaught
Classification Former; regular
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Occupation Pub landlady (2002)

Eve Sykes (also Elliot) is the bigamous "wife" of Fred Elliott (John Savident), she first appears at the funeral of her son Dean (Ciarán Griffiths) in October 2000. Eve tries to explain to daughter Linda Sykes (Jacqueline Pirie) why she abandoned the family but Linda holds her responsible for Dean going off the rails and is upset that she left her to be mother to her brothers.

Eve leaves after Fred discovers that she is still married to the father of her children, Ray (Peter Guinness), and that her marriage to Fred is therefore void.

Dot Sutherland[edit]

Dot Sutherland
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Susie Baxter
Duration 2000, 2005, 2008, 2015
First appearance 22 October 2000
Last appearance 9 January 2015
Introduced by Jane MacNaught (2000)
Tony Wood (2005)
Kim Crowther (2008)
Stuart Blackburn (2015)
Classification Former; recurring
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Home Cyprus

Dot Sutherland is the mother of Kirk Sutherland (Andrew Whyment) and Maria Connor (Samia Ghadie). She first appears on 22 October 2000 when she attends Maria's engagement party to Tyrone Dobbs (Alan Halsall). In 2005, She and her husband Eric (Steve Money) decide to relocate to Cyprus to run a donkey sanctuary and leave the dog kennels to Kirk for him to run. Dotty returns on 20 October 2008 to console her daughter following the death of her husband Liam (Rob James-Collier). Maria berates her parents for going on a cruise instead of to her wedding; Dotty says they had been hurt that Maria had not considered postponing the wedding until they got back. When she leaves on 31 October 2008, she tells her daughter that she wished she had met Liam. In January 2015, Dot and Eric attend Kirk's wedding to Beth Tinker (Lisa George). Dot also drunkenly reminisces about Kirk's past girlfriends which makes Beth feel insecure.

Molly Hardcastle[edit]

Molly Hardcastle
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Jacqueline Kington
Duration 2000–2002
First appearance 5 November 2000
Last appearance 20 May 2002
Introduced by Jane MacNaught
Classification Former; regular
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Occupation Practice Nurse

Molly Hardcastle was played by Jacqueline Kington. She first appears as the new practice nurse in the medical centre on Rosamund Street. She goes on to have a relationship with Kevin Webster (Michael Le Vell) who is estranged from wife Sally (Sally Dynevor). She leaves Weatherfield after breaking up with Kevin in May 2002. She was last mentioned in November 2009 by Tyrone Dobbs (Alan Halsall) to his wife also called Molly (Vicky Binns), while listing all of Kevin's relationships with women. Unbeknownst to Tyrone, his wife had just started an affair with Kevin. Upon hearing about his previous affairs behind Sally's back, Molly Dobbs confronted Kevin, making particular reference to the fact she was not the first woman called Molly he had been with.

Matt Ramsden[edit]

Matt Ramsden
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Stephen Beckett
Duration 2000–2002, 2006
First appearance 22 November 2000
Last appearance 17 July 2006
Introduced by Jane MacNaught (2000)
Steve Frost (2006)
Classification Former; regular
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Occupation Doctor

Matthew "Matt" Ramsden and his alcoholic schoolteacher wife Charlie (Clare McGlinn) moved to Coronation Street when the new Medical Centre on Rosamund Street opened its doors and Matt got a job there as a GP.

Matt is the biological father of Joshua Peacock (Benjamin Beresford), after having a drunken one-night stand with Ashley Peacock's (Steven Arnold) wife, Maxine (Tracy Shaw). Matt left Weatherfield when Joshua was only a week old in an attempt to rebuild his and Charlie's marriage. Maxine was murdered in January 2003, leaving Ashley to raise Joshua. In 2006, Matt reappeared with a new wife seeking access to his estranged son. Ashley went to court to stop Matt seeing Joshua, but at the last minute, decided to grant Matt limited visitation rights so that the judge would not make the decision.

On Matt's first visit, Ashley's wife Claire Peacock (Julia Haworth) went into labour, and Matt helped her deliver her baby son on the living room couch. After the birth of Freddie, Ashley thanks Matt, but reminds him that this does not change anything. Matt has not been seen since but has been referred to subsequently, often visiting Joshua and taking him out, off-screen.

Charlie Ramsden[edit]

Charlie Ramsden
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Clare McGlinn
Duration 2000–2002
First appearance 22 November 2000
Last appearance 16 April 2002
Introduced by Jane MacNaught
Classification Former; regular
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Occupation English teacher

Charlotte "Charlie" Ramsden (also Johnson and Hargreaves) was the wife of Matt Ramsden (Stephen Beckett), played by actress Clare McGlinn from 2000 to 2002.

Charlie arrives in Weatherfield with her husband Matt in November 2000, having bought Natalie Barnes' (Denise Welch) house. She is first seen breaking up a fight between Sarah-Louise Platt (Tina O'Brien) and David Platt (Jack P. Shepherd), and Sarah recognises her as her English teacher at school. Charlie does not properly settle in Weatherfield due to her snobbish attitude and also due to the fact that most of the teenage residents were her students. She makes friends with Emma Watts (Angela Lonsdale), but takes an instant dislike to Maxine Peacock (Tracy Shaw). It soon becomes apparent that Charlie is an alcoholic, due in part to the fact that she had been given up for adoption as a child. Charlie tracked down her birth mother and was horrified to discover a student of hers, Luke Ashton, was her half-brother.

Her marriage to Matt becomes increasingly rocky during their time in Weatherfield as a result of Charlie's alcoholism. Matt wants to have a family but Charlie does not, and when becomes pregnant she immediately books an abortion. She confides in Emma and Maxine about this, leading Maxine to warn Matt before she goes through with the procedure. Matt tries desperately to stop Charlie going ahead with the abortion, but she does anyway. Maxine then comforts a distraught Matt, leading to her revealing that he might be the father of her unborn child. When Charlie returns home from the abortion clinic Matt reveals Maxine's news to her. Charlie is devastated to learn of the couple's one-night stand and walks out on Matt. Charlie takes the news badly and continues drinking heavily, even at work and as a result is suspended from her job. Charlie then agrees to give Matt another chance on condition that they leave the area for a fresh start. The Ramsdens pack their bags and leave in the middle of the night.

In 2006, Matt returns to Weatherfield, wanting access to Joshua and is married to a woman called Sylvia, indicating that he and Charlie had split up and divorced in the intervening years.

Wayne Hayes[edit]

Wayne Hayes
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Gary Damer
Duration 2000–2001
First appearance 22 December 2000
Last appearance 24 December 2001
Introduced by Jane MacNaught

Wayne Hayes is a young teenager who is first seen breaking into Roy's Rolls café in search of food. Roy Cropper (David Neilson) later sees Wayne in the Builder's Yard and invites him in for some food. Roy and his wife Hayley (Julie Hesmondhalgh) discover that he lives in a children's home, but has run away from his mother's where he was to spend Christmas. Roy later witnesses Wayne's mother's boyfriend, Alex Swinton, hitting him and they are unhappy about bringing him back to the children's home as he is evidently unhappy there.

Roy and Hayley grow close to Wayne and harbour hopes of fostering him, despite the presence of troublemaker Alex. Their application for fostering is approved in January 2001. In June 2001, Hayley bumps into Wayne and his mother, Sheila. It soon emerges that Alex is still hitting Wayne. When the social workers get involved, both Wayne and Sheila are forced to lie that no abuse is taking place. When Alex later offers Wayne to the Croppers in exchange for £10,000, Roy agrees to pay him, as they fear for Wayne's safety. Sheila decides that it would be best for Wayne to stay with the Croppers even after finding out about the deal.

When Alex starts to demand more money for Wayne, Hayley and Roy soon realise that they are backed into a corner as they do not have legal custody of Wayne. In July 2001, they decide that they need to get Wayne away from Alex for good and the three go on the run in Martin Platt's (Sean Wilson) car. Events become serious when the media begin reporting that the Croppers have kidnapped Wayne. Amidst the media frenzy, the trio stay with an old friend of Hayley's, Ruth Audsley, in the countryside. Eventually Ruth informs the police of their whereabouts and Roy and Hayley are subsequently arrested for Wayne's abduction. Wayne is then returned to his mother and Alex, where he is threatened by Alex not to tell the police about their consent to him living with the Croppers. Alex is later arrested when Sheila makes a statement to the police, placing the Croppers in the clear.

On Christmas Eve 2001, Wayne reappears when he and Sheila visit Roy and Hayley at the café.

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Simon Green[edit]

Simon Green
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Lee Battle
Duration 2000–2001
First appearance 31 December 2000
Last appearance 5 November 2001
Introduced by Jane MacNaught
Classification Former; recurring

Simon Green, played by Lee Battle, appearing as the best friend of David Platt (Jack P. Shepherd) in 2000 and 2001.

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