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.

Carol Delaney[edit]

Carol Delaney
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Niamh Daley
Duration 1997, 2000
First appearance 20th April 1997
Last appearance 25th December 2000
Introduced by Brian Park
Occupation Nurse

Nurse Carol Delaney, portrayed by Niamh Daley, was a nurse at Weatherfield General, and was also a good friend of Martin Platt (Sean Wilson). She first appeared as a nurse taking care of Alma Baldwin (Amanda Barrie) following a car accident after being kidnapped by Don Brennan (Geoff Hinsliff).

In June 2000, Carol told Martin that his mistress Rebecca Hopkins (Jill Halfpenny) was leaving for Dubai. He asked Carol where she was at, and he headed to the airport and tried to make her stay, but Rebecca told him she did not want to split up his family, and left him. During the Christmas period, Martin shockingly discovered that Rebecca was staying at Carol's home. He tried visiting her for Christmas, but after seeing her kissing another bloke, he left.

Janice Battersby[edit]

Natalie Barnes[edit]

Brad Armstrong[edit]

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

Bradley "Brad" Armstrong–Duckworth is the son of Terry Duckworth (Nigel Pivaro) and Tricia Armstrong (Tracy Brabin). 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 1997–1998
First appearance 3 March 1997
Last appearance 29 March 1998
Introduced by Brian Park
Classification Former; regular
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 (Michael Le Vell) 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 Dynevor). Sally takes revenge for Kevin's affair with Natalie Horrocks (Denise Welch) 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 (Tina Hobley). 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 1997–1998
First appearance 19 May 1997
Last appearance 16 December 1998
Introduced by Brian Park
Classification Former; regular
Home Weatherfield (1997–1998)

Zoe Tattersall, played by Joanne Froggatt, made her first screen appearance on 19 May 1997. Jane Danson and Georgia Taylor auditioned for the role of Zoe, before being cast as the Battersby sisters, Leanne and Toyah.[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 the amusement arcade where Judy Mallett (Gaynor Faye) works. Liam causes trouble and one day Gary (Ian Mercer) throws the teenager out but he decides to blackmail the Malletts, threatening to go to the police. They need money as Zoe is pregnant. Judy, struggling with fertility issues, offers Zoe £2,000 if she will allow her and Gary to adopt her baby. Zoe is overwhelmed but accepts the offer, despite Gary's objection. The neighbours assume that Gary is the baby's father and Judy allows them to think that, deciding it would help if anyone asked why they had the baby. Zoe soon makes friends with Leanne Battersby and tells her the real story, including the payment.

The baby arrives and Judy wants Zoe to move on as she is showing signs of bonding with little Katy Joyce. Gary fraudulently signs the birth certificate as the father and Judy settles into new motherhood with Zoe resentfully looking on in the background. After the health visitor’s first visit, Zoe is persuaded to leave but the Malletts tell people that Zoe stole some money and ran away but Leanne tells Nick Tilsley (Adam Rickitt) the truth. Leanne finds Zoe and persuades her to come back and clear her name.

Meanwhile, Ashley Peacock (Steven Arnold), working in the corner shop, develops feelings for Zoe. Finally, after the christening, Gary and Judy are so worried about Zoe 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 until Shannon is rushed to hospital with meningitis and dies. Zoe is devastated and has a breakdown, lashing out at her friends and neighbours, resulting in her being sectioned for a while. During this time, Ashley realizes that though he loves Zoe, he cannot give her what she needs but won’t finish with her. 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, while telling her about their beliefs and taking advantage of 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 mentions Zoe in conversation with wife, Claire Peacock, mentioning that she now lives in America.

Jon Lindsay[edit]

Jon Lindsay
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Owen Aaronovitch
Duration 1997–1998
First appearance 28 May 1997
Last appearance 17 April 1998
Introduced by Brian Park
Classification Former; recurring
Occupation Shop assistant

Jon Lindsay, played by Owen Aaronovitch, made his first screen appearance on 28 May 1997.[2] Aaronovitch received the role after an audition. He later left the show to move to Spain with his wife.[2] Paul Baldwin of The People praised the character, saying "Jon Lindsay is one of the scriptwriters' most intriguing characters for years."[2] He also described Jon as a "love rat", "smooth-talking", a "slimeball" and a "creepy conman".[2]

Jon meets Deirdre Rachid (Anne Kirkbride) at a singles night. He tells her he is a divorcee and an airline pilot. They spend more time together and start dating. While Ken Barlow (William Roache) is at Manchester Airport, he sees Jon working in a tie shop. Jon tells Deirdre that he had been forced to retire from his pilots job and was ashamed to admit that he now worked in a shop. Deirdre believes him, but Ken remains suspicious. Jon expresses his desire to live with Deirdre after he mentions his ex-wife has sold their house. They soon move in together. It emerges that Jon has stolen the identity of his friend Captain Ian Jenkins (Stephen Chapman) and still lives with his wife and children. He tells Deirdre that he needs to spend more time away due to a promotion. Jon and Deirdre get engaged, but she finds out about his wife and confronts him at his home. He denies knowing her. Jon applies for a credit card and a mortgage using a false identity, which he later signs into Deirdre's name. When the police question him, Jon lets Deirdre take the blame. He receives a suspended sentence, while Deirdre is charged and later sentenced to eighteen months in prison for fraud. When Mary Docherty (Victoria Alcock), a woman Jon had also duped, reads about Deirdre's trial, she comes forward and reveals that Jon is also a bigamist, having married her. Deirdre is released from jail, while Jon is arrested.

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
Occupation Nightclub owner/Gangster

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 killed Tony Horrocks (Lee Warburton) and Des Barnes (Philip Middlemiss), and supplies cocaine to Leanne Battersby (Jane Danson), who quickly becomes an addict. Steve McDonald (Simon Gregson) unsuccessfully turns to Jez for a job, and later testifies against Jez at his trial for Tony's and Des's murder. Despite Steve's testimony, Jez is found not guilty. Jez has Steve trapped in an underground car park and beaten by a gang of thugs, causing him serious injuries. Steve's father Jim (Charles Lawson) 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 Barlow[edit]

Leanne Anika Barlow , played by Jane Danson, made her first appearance on 4 July 1997. Danson left the series in 2000 and returned in 2004. Danson later took maternity leave in 2006 and returned in early 2007. Danson took another maternity break in 2009 and returned on the same year. Leanne's storylines include numerous affairs, prostitution, drug-abuse, insurance fraud, discovering her biological mother was Stella Price (Michelle Collins), a miscarriage, an abortion, and a custody battle for her step-son, Simon. Leanne has had numerous relationships within the show. She married Nick Tilsley in 1998, but they divorced a year later. She later married Peter Barlow (Chris Gascoyne) in the show's live 50th anniversary episode, but later split from him, after his affair with Carla Connor (Alison King) was exposed. After a volatile reconciliation, she and Nick married for the second time in January 2013. In late January 2014, Nick decided it was best for them to be apart, as he was suffering with long-term brain damage. In 2016, after a one-night stand, Leanne becomes pregnant with Steve McDonald's (Simon Gregson) baby. The baby is born the following year and named Oliver.

Toyah Battersby[edit]

Toyah Laverne 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.[3] 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.[4]

Shannon Tattersall[edit]

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

Shannon Jade Tattersall (previously Katie Joyce Mallett) was 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 does not 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 (Ian Mercer) 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 do not raise suspiscion with the residents.

Zoe admits to new friend Leanne Battersby (Jane Danson) 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 (Steven Arnold) 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 (Adam Rickitt) 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 1997–1999
First appearance 3 November 1997
Last appearance 12 March 1999
Introduced by Brian Park (1997)
David Hanson (1998)
Classification Former; regular
Occupation Barmaid

Lorraine Brownlow is the niece of Natalie Barnes (Denise Welch), 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 1997–2001, 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
Home Peru

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.[5] 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-terrier".[5]

Spider arrives at Emily's house one day in December 1997, looking for a place to stay. Emily takes him in and they bond, also helping save the Red Rec from Alf Roberts. Spider also falls in love with Toyah Battersby and they eventually become a couple after pitching a tent on the Red Rec to watch the 1999 eclipse. When Toyah escapes from her parents' home, she moves in with Spider and Emily, however Emily finds out that they are having sex with each other, and, displeased that the rules in her house regarding sex have been violated, tells them to find somewhere else to live. She, however, gradually begins to accept the relationship. Spider leaves for India in 2000. He returns the following year to ask Emily for help with his business plan.

When Emily is attacked by Richard Hillman (Brian Capron), Spider comes to visit her once again, and is with her when she recovers. Toyah, having been raped two years earlier, realises that she will not be able to get over the trauma, and Spider takes her with him. Around 2010, Spider and Toyah break up.

In December 2015, it is revealed that Spider is in Peru doing charity work for the environment. Emily decides to join him, leaving on New Year's Day 2016. She was seen off by Ken Barlow (William Roache), Rita Sullivan (Barbara Mullaney), and Norris Cole (Malcolm Hebden).


  1. ^ a b c Graham, Polly (18 July 1997). "The Corrie Strife Girls". Daily Record. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d Baldwin, Paul (9 November 1997). "Owen takes off! Street sex rat gives it all up for love; Corrie's Captain Jon Lindsay will break Deirdre's heart but he's really a family man, says his mum!". The People. Retrieved 16 April 2016. 
  3. ^ Disley, Jan (6 June 1997). "Neighbours from hell; Street's new family". Daily Record. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  4. ^ Catchpole, Charlie (17 August 1999). "Charlie Catchpole column; Saeed case of over-reacting". Daily Mirror. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Smith, Christine (28 July 2000). "Interview: Martin Hancock". Daily Mirror. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 1 November 2012.