List of Coronation Street characters (2002)

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The following is a list of characters that first appeared in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street in 2002, by order of first appearance.

Hazel Wilding[edit]

Hazel Wilding
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Kazia Pelka
First appearance 23 January 2002
Last appearance 18 March 2002
Classification Former; recurring
Residence Bagley Drive

Hazel Wilding first appears on 23 January 2002 when cab driver Vikram Desai (Chris Bisson) picks up her from an upmarket suburb. Immediately, Hazel flirts heavily with Vikram and she then requests his services more frequently. It is not long before Hazel seduces Vikram at a hotel wearing lingerie and bearing a bottle of champagne. In February 2002, Vikram is shocked to discover that Hazel is married and feels that things between them have become too complicated. He then keeps a distance from her by sending other drivers when she requests his cab.

It is not long before Vikram resumes his secret affair with Hazel as she gives him a gold bracelet for his birthday and he dumps girlfriend Bobbi Lewis for Hazel. When Les Battersby (Bruce Jones) comes to collect Hazel one day, he is very suggestive and she slaps him. She demands to know what Vikram has told his staff at the office about her. Vikram is livid with Les and confides in his cousin Dev Alahan (Jimmi Harkishin) that he has fallen in love with Hazel. When Hazel's husband John discovers the affair, he threatens Vikram to stay away from his wife. Hazel later makes it clear to Vikram that she will not leave John for him, and after several threats from John, Hazel tells Vikram that she was in on his plan all along.

Archie Shuttleworth[edit]

Archie Shuttleworth
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Roy Hudd
Duration 2002–2003, 2006, 2010
First appearance 17 February 2002
Last appearance 10 May 2010
Classification Former; recurring
Occupation Undertaker

Archie Shuttleworth, played by actor Roy Hudd, is a local undertaker.

Blanche Hunt (Maggie Jones) introduces her boyfriend, undertaker Archie Shuttleworth, to her family and friends. Archie thinks Blanche is a right laugh. Blanche fakes weakness to win sympathy from Archie. Blanche is cheered up by Archie's visit. Blanche has a date with Archie and Ken (William Roache) and Deirdre Barlow (Anne Kirkbride) arrive home to find them dancing in the front room. Archie invites Blanche to go to Blackpool for the weekend with him. Blanche says she'll think about it. Deirdre is horrified. Jack Duckworth (Bill Tarmey) offers his services to Archie as a pallbearer; Archie says he'll bear it in mind if they're ever desperate. Archie and Blanche leave for Blackpool in Archie's hearse. Blanche and Archie arrive back from Blackpool where they've had a fantastic time ballroom dancing. Deirdre is shocked to find out that they stayed in Archie's caravan which is open plan. Blanche tells Norris Cole (Malcolm Hebden) and Betty Williams (Betty Driver) that she is going to one of Archie's funerals, and manages to talk Betty into joining them. Archie tries to flatter Rita Sullivan (Barbara Knox) into also becoming a professional mourner, but she refuses. After letting Blanche down by cancelling their plans for a day out, Archie promises to take her out for a slap-up meal the following evening.

Archie tries to apologise for standing Blanche up, but she is having none of it. Archie turns up at the Barlows' house to serenade Blanche into forgiving him. This attracts many of The Rovers Return Inn customers who are touched by his gesture, except Fred Elliott (John Savident) who looks sad. Blanche forgives Archie. Archie arrives early at the Barlows' house making Deirdre think that he has stayed the night. Blanche is pleased when she hears from Deirdre how she thinks Archie stayed the night. Archie chats up Audrey Roberts (Sue Nicholls) at the bar. Blanche is jealous. Archie chats up Audrey and asks her if she would like to be hairdresser to dead people. Audrey refuses. Archie flatters Audrey about her hairdressing skills and she caves in and agrees to see to Archie's clients' hair - the corpses. Audrey does her first dead person's hair on Edwina Levy, Archie's previous hairdresser from Balaclava Terrace. Audrey finds it very rewarding. Archie is complimenting Audrey on her hairdressing skills in The Rovers. Peter Barlow (Chris Gascoyne) is watching. Peter winds Blanche up about Archie's "other woman". Blanche sees Audrey getting into Archie's car. Later she accuses Archie of two-timing her. Archie says he was just giving Audrey a lift. Archie tells Audrey he doesn't like lying to Blanche but Audrey is still adamant she doesn't want her customers to know that she's now "beautician to the dead". Blanche again sees Audrey and Archie driving off together. She accuses Archie of being dishonest and throws a glass of water over him. He realises he has to tell her the truth and explains that Audrey is working for him. He asks Blanche not to tell anyone as Audrey is worried that it would be bad for business. Blanche forgives him.

Blanche overhears Maxine Peacock (Tracy Shaw) and Maria Sutherland (Samia Ghadie) in The Rovers gossiping about Audrey and Archie disappearing together. She explains that Audrey works for Archie and asks them not to say anything as it's a secret. Norris overhears. Audrey is furious when she realises everybody knows about her working for Archie. She tells Archie she thought she could trust him. Archie is very upset with Blanche and tells her their relationship is over. Blanche is devastated. Blanche tells Deirdre that Archie has finished with her. She sobs her heart out. Audrey realises that her working for Archie hasn't affected her business. Deirdre tells Archie how upset Blanche is at their splitting up but he won't change his mind. As Blanche rushes to answer a phone call she thinks is from Archie she trips, falls down the stairs and bangs her head. Audrey smugly tells Rita that Archie finished with Blanche as a result of her blabbing Audrey's hairdressing secret all over The Rovers. Archie calls round on Blanche to get his dance records back. He sees her lifeless body through the letterbox and shoulder charges the door down. Norris calls an ambulance. She's still alive but barely conscious. Archie visits Blanche in hospital. Blanche takes this to mean that their relationship is back to normal but Archie looks worried.

Blanche returns home from hospital. Archie calls round and explains to Blanche that her accident hasn't changed anything and that he still doesn't want to go out with her anymore. Blanche is very upset and cries after he's gone. Blanche sees her letter printed in the problem page of the Gazette. She doesn't realise that Ken has written the reply telling her to move on and forget Archie. Richard Hillman's (Brian Capron) day goes from bad to worse when Archie gives him the bill for the wedding cars. Audrey tells Archie and Rita about the laundry in the kitchen. They tell her it's just absent-mindedness. Richard expresses his upset about the finding of Patricia Hillman's (Annabelle Apsion) body to Gail Hillman (Helen Worth). The police say the death wasn't suspicious. He feels responsible and asks Archie to hurry through a cremation. Charlotte Morris insists on going to the hospital mortuary to see her best friend Patricia's body for the last time. Archie thinks that Charlotte should view the body. Audrey thinks that she is going mad and is badly shaken. She confides in Archie and Richard. Archie tries to reassure Audrey that she is not losing her marbles. Archie is concerned about Audrey and makes her promise to see a doctor.

Audrey discovers that her dress is missing. She panics that she's going mad again and confides in Archie. Audrey tells Rita and Archie that she has booked a doctor's appointment. Archie persuades Audrey to see a doctor straightaway. Audrey and Archie go to the Moxton Street drycleaners and pick up the dress. She asks the assistant if she recognises her but the assistant thinks she is mad. Steve brings Audrey's glasses that she left in his taxi into The Rovers and gives them to Archie. He tries to call Audrey but the call is unable to connect. Archie is worried so persuades Steve McDonald (Simon Gregson) to drive him round to Audrey's house. In an attempt to kill Audrey, Richard sets her house on fire. Audrey wakes up to find her house on fire. She runs downstairs but trips, falls down the stairs and ends up face down and unconscious. Steve and Archie arrive at Audrey's house and see the fire. Archie calls for an ambulance and Steve smashes the front door, goes into the house and drags Audrey out. The paramedics arrive and take Audrey and Steve to hospital in an ambulance. Archie goes to No.8 to tell Gail and Richard the news. Gail panics and she and Richard go to the hospital. Richard looks satisfied that Audrey is in intensive care. Sarah-Louise Platt (Tina O'Brien) is worried about Audrey and breaks down to Archie and David Platt (Jack P. Shepherd). Richard tells Archie that he is not celebrating because the fire has proved that Audrey is becoming a danger to herself. Lucy brings flowers to the Street for Audrey. Archie sees her and invites her for a drink in The Rovers. She meets Shelley. Richard tells Rita and Archie that Audrey is not well mentally and cannot have visitors. Audrey sneaks out of the house. David sees her and tells Gail and Richard. Richard follows her along the canal to Archie's house. Audrey reaches Archie's house followed soon after by Richard. She begs Archie to let her stay and he tells Richard that it's best if she stays the night. Once safely indoors she tells Archie that she's realised that Richard is after her money and has been trying to kill her.

Audrey tells Archie that Richard has been trying to kill her all along. Richard is panicking, knocking at Archie's door, asking him to let him in. Archie lets Richard in, Audrey starts screaming so he makes Richard go home. Audrey wants to call the police but Archie makes her calm down first. Audrey realises that Archie does not believe her. Audrey tries to prove that she is sane by showing Archie how she passed the doctor's memory tests. However, this makes her appear even more insane. Gail phones Archie. She wants to go round but Archie assures her that it would be best if she stays away for now. Richard tells Gail about his experiences with his mother's Alzheimer's disease. Audrey realises that she was working with Archie when her dress was taken to the cleaners. Audrey lists to Archie all the things which make her suspicious of Richard. Archie also finds that he has reasons to suspect Richard too, Richard having told him there were no batteries in the fire alarm before the fire inspection results were known. Audrey and Archie think that Richard may have killed his ex-wife Patricia. Audrey thinks that Gail is in danger. Audrey wants to go to the police. Archie tells her to go and see Gail before contacting the police. Gail and Richard go to collect Audrey. She becomes hysterical again when she sees Richard and Archie tells them to leave. Archie tells Audrey that first thing the next morning they should go to the police and tell them all about Richard. Audrey and Archie go to the police to report Richard. Gail and Richard go to Archie's house to confront Archie and Audrey about the allegations. In a heated argument, Audrey accuses Gail of plotting to kill her too when she discovers that she has given Richard a complete alibi for the night of the fire. The police tell Audrey and Archie that they won't be taking matters any further. Archie is angry with Audrey for trying to take the children. He thinks she has made things worse for herself. Archie persuades Audrey that she needs a break. He tells her that his sister Stella has a guest house in the Lake District. Audrey agrees.

Richard gets very angry when Archie refuses to tell him where Audrey is staying. The Hillmans go Christmas shopping. Audrey formulates a plan to let herself into their house while they're at a pantomime and look for clues in Richard's briefcase. She tells Archie her plan but he's unhappy about it. Audrey and Archie let themselves into No. 8 and start going through Richard's papers and computer. Audrey discovers that he has got Gail to remortgage the house and that he has a lot of money tied up in Emily Bishop's (Eileen Derbyshire) house. Bethany spills a drink in the car and the family return home so that Sarah and Gail can change their clothes. They catch Audrey and Archie red-handed. Audrey pleads with Gail to see Richard for what he is, a murderer and a crook but Gail throws her mother out saying she's mad. Emily bumps into Audrey and Archie who have nowhere to go for dinner and kindly invites them to her house. Emily, Norris, Rita, Audrey and Archie have Christmas dinner together. Audrey tells Archie, Norris and Rita that Richard practically admitted trying to kill her. Audrey, Archie and Norris try to convince Emily that her life is in danger from Richard. Audrey tells Archie that she's going to play Richard at his own game in order to win back her family. Audrey overhears Richard talking to Gail about the bank manager panicking and their cash flow glitch. Richard offers to drive her back to Archie's house and she has to accept.

Audrey tells Archie that her house is nearly ready to move back in to. Archie is disappointed as he's enjoyed Audrey's company. Archie manages to get Ashley to talk about Maxine's funeral arrangements. Audrey agrees to do Maxine's hair for the funeral. Archie is grateful. Whilst the vicar is committing Maxine's body to the ground, Audrey suddenly flips and shouts across the grave calling Richard a murderer and saying that he killed Maxine. Archie calms her down. Audrey and Archie conclude that Richard is the one who drugged Aidan and attacked Maxine and Emily. Audrey, Archie, Martin Platt (Sean Wilson), Gail, Sarah and David are all at Audrey's house when the police call and tell them that they've found a body at The Ridings which they believe to be that of Patricia. Gail is devastated.

Audrey, Archie, Norris and Rita amongst others are in The Rovers awaiting news after Richard kidnaps Gail, Sarah, David and Bethany. They all escape apart from Richard who dies at the scene. Gail asks Archie to sort out Richard's funeral. She wants the least fuss with no guests and no service. Gail changes her mind and attends Richard's funeral. She feels bitter and empty. Archie conducts the service - they are the only two people present. Audrey talks to Archie about reopening the salon and finding a replacement for Maxine. Audrey is panicking. She confides in Archie that she's checked her investments to find that they've plummeted and she's not sure that she can afford to bail Gail out as promised. Audrey can't bring herself to tell Gail that she's unable to bail her out so instead she confides in Archie that she's going to take out a loan against her own house. Archie persuades Blanche to attend a tea dance with him. Blanche plays hard to get but is delighted on the quiet. Les Battersby (Bruce Jones) asks Ken to be a character witness for him. Ken refuses. In desperation Les asks Shelley Unwin (Sally Lindsay) and Archie, both of whom refuse. Deirdre rings her daughter Tracy Barlow (Kate Ford) and realises from the sound of the pool in the background where she is, with Wally Bannister. She gets Archie to take her there and she and Tracy fight, falling into the pool as they do so.

Audrey is concerned to find Archie sitting on the bench outside the salon looking unwell. Audrey worries about Archie's health and suggests he's working too hard. Archie still doesn't look well. Audrey arranges to go round and cook him a meal. Archie hatches a plan to surprise Audrey on her birthday. Mike Baldwin (Johnny Briggs) invites Audrey to Delphines for her birthday. Archie persuades Mike to cancel as he's already secretly booked a table. Mike tells Audrey that Archie is waiting for her at Delphines. Audrey arrives late, but Archie is delighted to see her. After supper, he amazes her by proposing. Audrey gives him a definite maybe. Fred is shocked and jealous when Archie tells him that he's proposed to Audrey. Audrey seeks Gail's advice about Archie. Gail admits that life is always easier with a good man beside you. Archie is left distraught when Audrey tells him that she can't marry him. He confides in Deirdre that he doesn't think he'll ever get over it. Audrey is upset at the thought of hurting Archie and is horrified when Deirdre tells her that she thinks Archie has gone for good. In July 2003, Archie leaves the street.

Three years later, in April 2006, Archie returns to Weatherfield as Mike Baldwin's funeral takes place. He's carried to the church in a glass carriage pulled by two black horses. Blanche and Audrey are both surprised to see that Archie is the undertaker. Blanche embarrasses Audrey by introducing Keith to Archie as Audrey's boyfriend. Keith's obvious jealousy of Archie starts to irritate Audrey. Archie, Rita, Emily, Norris and Audrey all enjoy a good laugh over a few drinks. . Blanche is excited at the fact that Archie is back and hopes that something will happen between them. Blanche confides her feelings about Archie to Deirdre. Blanche, Archie, Emily and Rita are all drinking in the Rovers and Blanche is obviously dressed up for the occasion because Archie is there. Blanche decides to ask Archie about their relationship however he doesn't seem to think they have one. Archie asks Rita to the theatre with him and she accepts. Rita has her hair done in the salon before her theatre visit with Archie. Archie asks Rita to go to Chatsworth House on a day out with him. Audrey is jealous of all the places Archie is taking Rita out to. Audrey is jealous of Archie and Rita's relationship and is feeling fed up with Keith. After having a drink with Archie, Audrey tells Keith he is boring and she doesn't want to see him anymore. Keith thinks it's down to Archie and tries to confront him about it.

In May 2006, Norris, Blanche and Emily gossip in The Kabin about Rita and Archie. Rita overhears. Norris makes it clear to Archie he doesn't approve of him taking Rita out. Rita and Audrey are jealous of each other's friendship with Archie. Archie leaves but returns in October 2006. Archie calls at Ashley's house to sort out the paperwork for Fred's funeral. Archie takes Audrey to the Rovers. Audrey tries to buy Rita a drink but Rita declines, still cold towards her. Archie then leaves again.

Four years later in May 2010, Archie returns for the funeral of Blanche. He leaves straight afterwards.

Joshua Peacock[edit]

Joshua Peacock
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Brandon Jackson (2002–2003)
Stephen Collins (2003–2004)
Benjamin Beresford (2004–2011)
Duration 2002–2011
First appearance 8 April 2002
Last appearance 14 January 2011
Introduced by Kieran Roberts
Classification Former; recurring
Occupation Student
Home France

Joshua "Josh" Peacock, played by Benjamin Beresford, is born on 8 April 2002 at Weatherfield General Hospital. He is the result of a one-night stand between Maxine Peacock (Tracy Shaw) and Matt Ramsden (Stephen Beckett), though is being raised by Maxine's former husband Ashley Peacock (Steven Arnold), and new wife Claire (Julia Haworth), after his mother Maxine is murdered by serial killer Richard Hillman (Brian Capron) when Joshua is nine months old. Matt has regular contact with his son, and Joshua has a younger brother by Ashley and Claire, Freddie, who was born when Joshua was four. On 23 April 2010 it was announced that the Peacock family had been axed from the ITV soap by new producer Phil Collinson, and would leave in the coming months.

Joshua becomes good friends with Simon Barlow (Alex Bain) when he is enrolled in his primary school in December 2008. In April 2009, Ashley's employee Graeme Proctor (Craig Gazey) sees Joshua's talent at football, which he encourages Ashley and Claire to nurture. Claire initially disapproves of Joshua playing football but then encourages him after seeing how good he is. In August 2009, during a charity fete that Claire has organised, Joshua complains that his throat is sore and collapses in front of Janice Battersby (Vicky Entwistle); he has swallowed a bee. He is immediately rushed to hospital where he makes a full recovery to his parents' relief.

In December 2010, a huge explosion at The Joinery Bar causes a fire to start in Number 13 Coronation Street, the home of the Peacocks. Joshua is one of the children in the house at the time and is rescued by Lloyd Mullaney (Craig Charles). However Ashley is killed in the accident, trying to rescue Simon's father Peter Barlow (Chris Gascoyne). Joshua attends his funeral on 16 December 2010 telling Claire that he wants to say goodbye to his father.

In January 2011, after Claire attacks Tracy Barlow (Kate Ford), Joshua leaves Weatherfield with her and Freddie and goes to live in France.

Aidan Critchley[edit]

Aidan Critchley
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Dean Ashton
Duration 2002-2003
First appearance 12th April 2002
Last appearance 17th March 2003
Classification Former; regular

Aidan "Ade" Critchley, played by Dean Ashton, made his first appearance on 12 April 2002.[1] Ashton had previously appeared in bit parts on TV shows, before securing the role of Aidan after three auditions.[1] He commented, "I've never really had a proper part before. I've enjoyed myself more because I've made the role of Aidan Critchley my own."[1] Ashton told Billy Sloan of the Sunday Mail that he enjoyed portraying Aidan as he got to act out things he would never do in real life.[1] He thought Aidan was an attention seeker and "a bit of a show-off," while Sloan described him as "obnoxious" and a character viewers loved to hate.[1] The writer also observed, "He's every school teacher's worst nightmare... and the boy next door from hell for every mother."[1] Ashton explained that he got into character when he put on Aidan's trademark black leather jacket and eyebrow ring. He also thought that Aidan's upbringing had something to do with his bad actions and attitude.[1]

Aidan was a pupil at Weatherfield Comprehensive School, who made life difficult for his teacher Ken Barlow (William Roache). He began dating Sarah-Louise Platt (Tina O'Brien) and led her astray, while also becoming friendly with her best friend Candice Stowe (Nikki Sanderson). They drank alcohol and played truant, causing Sarah's step-father Richard Hillman (Brian Capron) to warn him off. Aidan took Sarah for a joyride in his car and he crashed into a lorry. He left Sarah for dead and she broke up with him. Richard framed Aidan for killing Maxine Peacock (Tracy Shaw), resulting in his arrest. Aidan was proven innocent when Richard later confessed.

Goran Milanovic[edit]

Goran Milanovic
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Matt Zarb
First appearance 17 May 2002
Last appearance 26 May 2002
Classification Former; recurring
Residence Blackpool

Goran Milanovic is a Croatian worker at the Blackpool campsite where Toyah Battersby (Georgia Taylor) comes to stay. Toyah is clearly attracted to Goran as he pays her a lot of attention. Maria chats to Goran and Toyah gets jealous, although they are in actual fact talking about Toyah. Toyah meets Goran and they sit eating chips, watching the sea and talking. Goran is late for work and is fired by his boss, Gerry Imlach. Toyah tells Maria Sutherland (Samia Ghadie) that Goran is the most incredible man she has ever met. Toyah has her second date with Goran. Toyah wakes up in Goran's caravan. They decide to spend another day together. Fiz spots Toyah and Goran looking happy together. As Toyah and Goran watch the sunset, he tells Toyah that he wants to marry her. Toyah tells Maria about Goran's proposal. Maria warns her that he could be asking her to marry him just so that he can stay in England. Toyah confronts Goran about his reasons for wanting to marry her. She is shocked when he admits he wants to stay in Britain, but claims to genuinely love her. She is clearly distressed by his predicament. Fiz Brown (Jennie McAlpine) overhears Toyah and Maria discussing Goran needing a passport. Fiz later teases him by saying she will marry him for a price. Toyah tells Maria that she is determined to help Goran by marrying him. Maria tries to convince Toyah that marriage is not the right option for her and Goran. Toyah tells Goran that she will marry him. Toyah realises she has gone too far and takes back her acceptance of marriage. Goran is very understanding. Toyah then leaves Blackpool and Goran isn't seen again.

Patricia Hillman[edit]

Patricia Hillman
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Annabelle Apsion
First appearance 12 May 2002
Last appearance 20 May 2002
Classification Former; guest

Patricia Hillman (also Morris), played by Annabelle Apsion, is the ex-wife of Richard Hillman (Brian Capron).

She first appears on 12 May 2002, wanting the money back that she invested in his business Kellett Holdings. Realising how much her investment is worth, Richard argues with her at the foundations of his new apartment block and she falls into a trench. Instead of helping her, Richard grabs a spade and strikes her over the head with it, killing her instantly. The foundations are then filled with concrete. Several months later, her body is dug up by police when Richard confesses to Gail Hillman (Helen Worth) that he had murdered her.

Carol Mills[edit]

Carol Mills
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Collette Cooper
First appearance 20 May 2002
Last appearance 26 May 2002
Classification Former; guest

Carol Mills is a woman whom Kirk Sutherland (Andrew Whyment) takes a fancy to while holidaying in Blackpool. Kirk and Jason Grimshaw (Ryan Thomas) spend a lot of money on Carol and her daughter Stephanie (Rebecca Atkinson), however, Carol and Stephanie choose to dump them afterwards. They later spot Kirk and Jason in a pub, after winning £200 at bingo. Jason and Kirk spend the night in Carol and Stephanie's caravan. In the morning as they are leaving Stephanie calls Carol "mum", which amuses Jason as Kirk had slept with Carol.

Stephanie Mills[edit]

Stephanie Mills
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Rebecca Atkinson
First appearance 20 May 2002
Last appearance 26 May 2002
Classification Former; guest

Stephanie Mills is a woman whom Jason Grimshaw (Ryan Thomas) has a brief romance with after meeting her on the pier at Blackpool, while he is on holiday with his friend Kirk Sutherland (Andrew Whyment).

Joe Carter[edit]

Joe McCartney
Emmerdale character
Portrayed by Jonathan Wrather
Duration 2002–2003
First appearance 26 May 2002
Last appearance 20 June 2003
Introduced by Kieran Roberts
Classification Former; recurring

Joe Carter was played by Jonathan Wrather.[2]

Upon his release from prison in May 2002, after serving two years for fraud, Joe Carter is picked up by factory owner Mike Baldwin (Johnny Briggs) and brought to Coronation Street to work as factory manager in Underworld. He immediately clashes with Dev Alahan (Jimmi Harkishin) when he asks Geena Gregory (Jennifer James) out on a date. Dev later tries to warn Joe off, accusing him of being a crook just out of prison. Joe is angry and threatens Dev. Joe successfully woos Geena with his charm and they start going out much to Dev's indignation. In revenge, Joe is infuriated when the factory girls discover that he has been in prison, thanks to Dev making it public knowledge, attempting to split him and Geena up. However, Geena gives Joe a second chance but Joe has another enemy, Karen McDonald (Suranne Jones), who wanted the management position herself. He infuriates her further when he sacks her.

Joe's relationship with Geena suffers when he is trying to constantly outdo Dev in business matters. In September 2002, the factory do business with Dev's cousin, Naveen Alahan (Parvez Qadir), but problems arise when Naveen's cheques keep bouncing. Joe makes some calls and finds out that Naveen's business is about to go into receivership. Without Naveen's money, Underworld is in danger of going under so Joe and Steve McDonald (Simon Gregson), take a van to Naveen's warehouse and take Mike's stock back, which Steve is not happy about. They manage to retrieve the stock and flee after they trigger the security alarm. However, the robbery backfires when police go to the factory to do a routine enquiry. Mike is furious about Joe's reckless actions as he could be an accessory to the crime as he lied to the police about the missing stock. When Mike points out that there are no buyers to purchase the stock that Joe has retrieved, he cons Naveen by tricking him into buying the knicker order originally meant for him and makes him pay cash. Naveen is furious when he realizes what has happened. Dev tells Geena about Joe breaking into the warehouse. Geena confronts Joe and is shocked when he is angry with Dev for telling her. This leads to a violent fight in the Rovers between the two men[3] and Geena breaks up with Joe. When Geena tells the police that Joe threw the first punch, Joe manipulates her by saying that her testimony will get him sent back to prison. Naive Geena reconciles with Joe, unaware that he is using her to get Dev to drop the charges. Dev agrees, on the condition that she ends the relationship with Joe, who suggests to Geena that they pretend that they have broken up and she should get back with Dev, attempting to consolidate the lie. However, Dev realizes what Geena is doing and throws her out. Joe gets increasingly worried about the police arresting him and puts it to Dev that if he drops the charges, he will dump Geena. Later on, Dev tells Geena about his deal with Joe and how he had already dropped the charges, telling her that it is up to her what she decides to do. When Joe breaks up with her, as he had promised, Geena is devastated and leaves Weatherfield.

In February 2003, a drunk Mike offers Joe a share in the factory if he will agree to be his partner. After more negotiating, Mike gives Joe control of the factory. After he sacks Hayley Cropper (Julie Hesmondhalgh) and makes Karen supervisor, Steve becomes suspicious of the relationship between Karen and Joe and accuses them of sleeping together. Over time the factory girls begin to also speculate about them, especially after they go clubbing together after a staff night out. Steve's suspicions are also aroused and convinced that they are having an affair, Steve punches him and dumps Karen. However, the McDonalds reconcile, much to Joe's disappointment as he is in love with Karen. Joe deliberately flirts with other women to make Karen jealous, his ploy pays off. Joe steps up his campaign to get Karen when he takes her to a business conference in Wolverhampton, where he comes on to her. Although she initially turns him down, she eventually sleeps with him, after her marriage to Steve breaks down when he is unfaithful. Joe has a master plan that involves Karen. He explains to her that he intends to ruin Mike and take over the factory, asking her to help him to do it. When Joe tempts her with the lure of the possibility of a plush apartment, Karen agrees to the scam. Joe tells Karen that as his partner, she will have to get Mike to sign cheques to his bogus company, Artrec (an anagram of Carter). Instead, however, Karen forges Mike's signature, much to Joe's delight. Just after Mike has signed the final cheque to seal the deal for the couple, he suddenly announces that he is doing a full stock take, much to their horror. Joe and an ex-con friend, Frank Marsden (Martin Walsh), burgle the factory so that Mike will never know that no stock from Artrec was delivered. Joe then takes Mike to a deserted warehouse pretending that this is Artrec's address. They speak to a bogus security guard, Frank, who tells them that Artrec disappeared a few days ago. Frank describes the owner as an Asian man, which makes Mike think that Naveen Alahan is behind the con.

With the factory in fiscal crisis and redundancies being made, Karen's guilty conscience gets the better of her and she tells Mike everything. Mike drags Joe into the office and lets him know that he's uncovered the whole scam. Karen overhears Joe telling Mike that the only reason he started a relationship with Karen was so that he could use her for forging cheques. Karen is hurt and angry. To Joe's horror, Karen gives Mike a list of every detail pertaining to Artrec that he requested and tells him that she's transferred all the money they stole from him back into his account. To avoid being a laughing stock in the rag trade, Mike agrees not to call the police but tells Joe he never wants to set eyes on him again. Joe and Karen row as Joe packs his things to leave. Karen wants to know if he ever loved her at all, to which Joe coldly replies that she had her uses, before leaving Weatherfield.

Lillian Spencer[edit]

Lillian Spencer
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Maureen Lipman
First appearance 1 July 2002
Last appearance 10 July 2002
Classification Former; guest
Occupation Bar Manageress

Lillian Spencer, an old friend of Fred Elliott's (John Savident) arrives at The Rovers Return Inn as the Relief Manager. Lillian thinks The Rovers is a come-down after having worked in the Xanadu Cocktail Bar of the Majestic Hotel in Cleethorpes and then the Golf Club, where Mike Baldwin (Johnny Briggs) plays. She soon asserts her authority by barring Norris Cole (Malcolm Hebden) for being rude about the state of the bar top and subsequently Rita Sullivan (Barbara Knox) who complains about her treatment of barmaid Shelley Unwin (Sally Lindsay).

Audrey Roberts (Sue Nicholls) takes an instant disliking to Lillian and warns Fred about her, but he will not listen. She storms out watched by a smirking Lillian. Lillian then makes Jack Duckworth (Bill Tarmey) redundant on the grounds of old age and ill health. Wife Vera (Liz Dawn) storms into the pub and has a fight with Lillian. She then gives the cellar man job to son Timothy.

With staff morale reaching an all-time low and the arrival of Lillian's daughter Danielle (Kelly Wenham), Geena Gregory (Jennifer James) and Shelley threaten to leave, much to Fred's distress. Fred feels that Lillian and her family are taking over, however, Lillian gets a phone call offering her a better job in Marple and with that the Spencers pack up and leave.

Timothy Spencer[edit]

Timothy Spencer
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Jonathan Wright
First appearance 3 July 2002
Last appearance 10 July 2002
Classification Former; guest

Timothy Spencer is the son of Lillian Spencer (Maureen Lipman) who first appears in The Rovers Return Inn on 3 July 2002. He soon gets the job as cellar man at the pub after Lillian fires Jack Duckworth (Bill Tarmey). He subsequently leaves with Lillian and sister Danielle (Kelly Wenham), when Lillian gets another job offer.

Danielle Spencer[edit]

Danielle Spencer, played by Kelly Wenham, is the spoilt daughter of Lillian Spencer (Maureen Lipman). Her supposed job is as an aromatherapist but little evidence of this is seen in her brief stay in Coronation Street. Instead she is offered a job behind the bar by her mother with whom she is joined in vicious sniping sessions about the regulars of the pub, only showing any honesty when she and Lillian discuss how they had Fred Elliott (John Savident) wrapped around their fingers. Danielle leaves with her mother and brother after Lillian is offered a new job.

Ciaran McCarthy[edit]

Ciaran McCarthy, played by Keith Duffy. He made his first on-screen appearance on 7 August 2002, before departing in 2005. He returned in 2010 until Duffy temporary departed in January 2011 to go on Boyzone Tour, and returned on 3 November 2011. Duffy departed the role again on 25 November 2011 due to family commitments although he stated his intention to eventually return as Ciaran. In his duration on the show the character has been at the centre of several romances including relationships with Sunita Alahan (Shobna Gulati), Tracy Barlow (Kate Ford) and Michelle Connor (Kym Marsh). Ciaran has been characterised as a ladies' man and a charmer. The character is also known for his "sex symbol" status. Duffy has received nominations at various soap award ceremonies for his portrayal of Ciaran.

Harry Flagg[edit]

Harry Flagg was played by Iain Rogerson. Harry worked at Manchester Airport for over 20 years as a cleaner, including a long stint in the VIP suite. Having visited The Rovers Return Inn and commented on how "unclean" it appeared, Harry agreed to clean it for a few pints of beer and £10. Having made such a good job of it, landlord Fred Elliott took him on full-time. Soon Harry became potman and cellarman. He also cleaned at Underworld for Mike Baldwin (Johnny Briggs), saving businessman Preston King from a heart attack at one point. He clashed with Frankie Baldwin (Debra Stephenson) when her husband Danny took over as a shareholder in Underworld, she teased him and labeled him 'Half Mast' referring to his surname. Harry eventually left the street to drive around the sights of Europe. He offered Eileen Grimshaw (Sue Cleaver) the chance to come with him, but she declined.

Tommy Harris[edit]

Tommy Harris
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Thomas Craig
Duration 2002–2005
First appearance 13 November 2002
Last appearance 7 March 2005
Introduced by Kieran Roberts
Book appearances Coronation Street:
The Complete Saga
Classification Former; regular
Other names Tommy Nelson
Occupation Mechanic

Thomas "Tommy" Harris (previously Nelson) was played by Thomas Craig.

Tommy, his wife Angela (Kathryn Hunt), and their children Katy (Lucy-Jo Hudson) and Craig (Richard Fleeshman) first came to the street as the new tenants of Number 6 and using the surname "Nelson". They came originally from Sheffield where Angela had worked as a barmaid. She witnessed a murder and gave evidence against the accused. The family of the accused threatened Angela and her family and eventually tried to set fire to their house. The Harrises were protected by the Witness Protection programme, given a new identity and moved to Weatherfield.

Tommy was a trained mechanic and Sheffield Wednesday F.C. supporter, and was soon hired by Kevin Webster (Michael Le Vell) at the garage, using references supplied by the Witness Protection team. Soon after, Kevin found a wallet containing a union card with the name Tommy Harris. Tommy took it when he found it lying where Kevin had left it but Kevin, when realizing Tommy had the wallet, accused him of stealing. Tommy could not explain and was sacked. Eventually however, Tommy took Kevin into his confidence and was re-hired. In April 2003 however, Katy slipped away to visit friends in Sheffield and was followed home by the brothers of the man who was jailed on Angela's evidence. There was a siege at the Harris's house and Tommy was shot in the process, nearly losing his arm in subsequent surgery. The family stayed in Weatherfield even though their cover was blown and resumed using their real name Harris.

In late 2003, Tommy and Angela separated. Katy was dating Martin Platt (Sean Wilson) and though disapproving, Angela could not bear to be estranged from her daughter. Tommy was adamant that if Angela was stay in touch with Katy, he was not going to be a part of it. Angela left briefly but returned and insisted that Tommy left. Tommy began drinking and eventually Kevin had no choice but to fire him. Tommy lived in the flat over StreetCars, jobless for a while. Shortly before Christmas, Craig, upset that his family was torn apart because of Martin, rigged the brakes on Martin's car. He told his father what he had done, but before Tommy could fix the damage, they saw Katy drive off with Martin and followed them. After Katy got out of the car, she saw her father following Martin and called him to warn him. She thought Tommy was going to kill Martin but Tommy had been trying to get Martin's attention to make him pull over. The brakes failed before this could happen and Martin crashed the car. Tommy pulled him out before the car exploded but took the blame for the rigged brakes so Craig would not get into trouble. Craig could not cope with his guilt and confessed to Martin who told the police he knew his brakes were bad and had not got them checked. He made an uneasy peace with Tommy and Angela but Tommy still did not like Martin being with his daughter. In early 2005, Katy told Angela and Tommy that she was pregnant and they were not happy. In March, Tommy saw Martin and Sally Webster (Sally Dynevor) together and thought they were having an affair. He told Katy and when Angela overheard something, she too believed it and they told Katy. Katy did not believe them, knowing how he felt about Martin but when Angela believed it, she thought it could be true. Devastated, she left Martin and aborted their baby. Gail Platt (Helen Worth) told Angela that Sally had had an affair but not with Martin. Angela told Katy that Martin was not unfaithful, infuriating Katy. Katy visited Martin and told him she was sorry but he dumped her so Katy went to confront Tommy. Angry that he was not bothered and continued to insult Martin, Katy picked up a wrench he had been working with at the garage and hit him over the head, killing him.

Angela Harris[edit]

Angela Harris
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Kathryn Hunt
Duration 2002–2005
First appearance 13 November 2002
Last appearance 2 May 2005
Introduced by Kieran Roberts
Classification Former; regular
Other names Angela Nelson
Occupation Factory worker
Home Berlin

Angela Harris (also Appleyard and Nelson) was played by Kathryn Hunt.

Angela and her husband Tommy (Thomas Craig) and their children Katy (Lucy-Jo Hudson) and Craig (Richard Fleeshman) first appeared on the street, having rented Number 6 and using the last "Nelson". They came originally from Sheffield where Angela worked in a pub. She witnessed a murder and gave evidence against the accused. But the family of the accused took their revenge with threats and eventually tried to burn their house. The Harris's were taking under the Witness Protection program, given a new identity as the Nelson family and moved to Weatherfield. Angela got a job in Underworld but it did not go well. Her husband Tommy was under suspicion of stealing a wallet in the garage where he found work and the women in the factory turned against Angela too. Only Hayley Cropper (Julie Hesmondhalgh) made friends with Angela and eventually found out and kept the family's secret.

In April 2003 however, Katy slipped away to see her friends in Sheffield and was followed by the brothers of the man who was jailed on Angela's evidence. There was a showdown and Tommy was shot in the process. The culprits were found and the family's secret was revealed. Angela was determined that she would not put her family through any more hiding and secrecy. The Harris's took their own name back and the residents came round to being more neighbourly again.

Near the end of 2003, Tommy and Angela split up. Katy took up with Martin Platt (Sean Wilson) and though disapproving, Angela could not bear to be estranged from her daughter. She and Tommy fell out over the situation and split up for a while. They made up but it was an uneasy peace.

In 2005, Angela discovered that Katy was pregnant. Not thrilled, she nonetheless supported her daughter. Tommy thought Martin was having an affair with Sally Webster (Sally Dynevor), who was actually having an affair with Ian Davenport, and because circumstantial evidence seemed to support it, Angela believed it and took Katy in when she came running home. She also supported and encouraged Katy's decision to have an abortion, but was mortified to find out Martin really was faithful and Katy had had the abortion for nothing. Shortly after, Katy and Tommy rowed furiously in the garage and Katy struck and killed her father. Angela was horrified and she decided to cover up the crime and make it look like a robbery. Later she herself confessed to the murder in order to protect Katy and was remanded in prison. Even though Katy herself confessed before committing suicide, Angela was still guilty of perverting the course of justice and imprisoned for four years.

Katy Harris[edit]

Katy Harris
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Lucy-Jo Hudson
Duration 2002–2005
First appearance 13 November 2002
Last appearance 20 April 2005
Introduced by Kieran Roberts
Classification Former; regular
Other names Katy Nelson

Katherine Jane "Katy" Harris (previously Nelson) was played by Lucy-Jo Hudson.

When Tommy (Thomas Craig), Angela (Kathryn Hunt), Katy and Craig Harris (Richard Fleeshman), arrived in November 2002 they were credited under the surname "Nelson" instead of "Harris". They were first credited as "Harris" from 16 May 2003 until 2005.

She is introduced as Katy Nelson, the oldest child and only daughter of Tommy and Angela Nelson when they move into No. 6, Coronation Street. The family had secretly been placed under a witness protection programme, as Angela was due to testify in a gangland murder trial. When the brothers of the defendant come to Weatherfield in order to kill the Harrises, this become common knowledge and the family resume using the surname Harris. Katy discovers that she is diabetic, and nurse Martin Platt (Sean Wilson) helps her to get used to giving herself daily injections of insulin. The pair develop a romantic relationship, even though Martin was nearly 20 years older than Katy, almost as old as her father. Katy becomes pregnant, but her father, Tommy, persuades her to have an abortion by fabricating a story that Martin was having an affair. Tommy hated Martin for sleeping with his daughter, branding him a 'pervert.'

When Katy finds out that Tommy lied about the affair, she confronts him at the garage, but he shows her no sympathy or remorse. On the spur of the moment, she lashes out and hits him over the head with a wrench, killing him.

Katy's mother Angela witnesses the murder but persuades her not to call the police. They then go through a pretence that Tommy had been killed by an intruder, until forensic evidence leads to Angela's arrest. After a few weeks, Katy decides she cannot live with the guilt any longer and writes a note confessing the truth about her father's death before committing suicide by drinking water mixed with sugar (a deadly solution, because of her diabetes). Martin later finds her lying unconscious on the sofa with the note beside her. She is later taken to hospital, but dies two weeks later.

Craig Harris[edit]

Craig Harris
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Richard Fleeshman
Duration 2002–2006
First appearance 13 November 2002
Last appearance 16 October 2006
Introduced by Kieran Roberts
Classification Former; regular
Other names Craig Nelson
Occupation Student
Home Berlin

Craig Alexander Harris (previously Nelson), was played by Richard Fleeshman. In real life, Fleeshman's parents David Fleeshman and Sue Jenkins had also starred in Coronation Street; Sue played Gloria Todd and David played Mr. Austin. ITV announced in early June 2006 that Richard Fleeshman would be leaving the soap in the autumn of 2006. It was his decision to quit the role of Craig Harris in order to pursue a pop career. Fleeshman filmed his final scenes in late August 2006 and his final episode aired on 16 October 2006.

Craig is the son of Angela (Kathryn Hunt) and Tommy Harris (Thomas Craig). He enters the series in November 2002 as Craig Nelson, under the witness protection programme. His mother Angela has witnessed a murder in their home city of Sheffield and the family move away to Weatherfield. He later uses his real surname Harris once the family's cover is blown and they decide to stay in Weatherfield. Soon, Craig befriends David Platt (Jack P. Shepherd), Rosie Webster (Helen Flanagan) and Bradley Diggins. The quartet begin causing trouble for Norris Cole (Malcolm Hebden) and Rita Sullivan (Barbara Knox) by banging their football against their garage doors. Eventually, they begin making threats when Norris and Rita confiscate their ball, leading to Norris stabbing the ball with scissors. This was all resolved when Tommy took the money off Norris for damages and the quartet went back to school.

When his sister Katy Harris (Lucy-Jo Hudson) starts dating David's father Martin Platt (Sean Wilson), her father's friend, who is 20 years older than she is, it causes Tommy and Angela to split up. Upset at this, Craig tampers with the brakes on Martin's car, hoping to split Martin and Katy up and bring back peace to his family. Unfortunately, Katy gets in the car with Martin. Craig tells his father and they race to the rescue. Martin decides not to press charges once he finds out the truth. Soon, David and Craig fight after having an argument over the incident. Tommy and Angela get back together when they realise how much their problems are affecting Craig.

Craig starts dating Rosie in spring 2004, and this infuriates Rosie's mother Sally Webster (Sally Dynevor) as she is trying to get Rosie to be a star. Sally begins getting in the way of them both but this fails. In early 2005, the pair become goths, pushing Sally and Rosie's father Kevin Webster (Michael Le Vell) to breaking point. They decide to sleep together, but at the last minute decide that it would be best not to. However, Tommy finds a condom Craig has been planning to use and, thinking his son has slept with Rosie, punches him in the face and knocks him out. Soon, Tommy finds out Rosie stole the condom from Sally and confronts the pair, but soon everything is put right and Craig and Rosie carry on seeing each other.

Despite this, Craig is devastated when his father is killed in March 2005, after sustaining a blow to the head with a wrench. He discovers that Katy committed manslaughter after discovering Tommy had lied to her over Martin having an affair, which caused her to abort her and Martin's child. Katy confronted Tommy and he infuriated her so much that she grabbed a wrench and hit him with it. Angela takes the blame for the kill, despite seeing what Katy has done and is sent to prison. A guilty Katy, also a diabetic, swallows a deadly solution of water and sugar and dies two weeks later. All of this caused Craig to lose his family in a month, and he soon split up with Rosie after seeing how ungrateful she is to have family around. Craig then lives with grandfather Keith Appleyard (Ian Redford), who, having decided that Craig has suffered enough problems, chooses to move to Weatherfield rather than taking Craig back to Sheffield. Craig and Rosie reunite, and he earns a part-time job at Dev Alahan's (Jimmi Harkishin) corner shop.

Soon, the pair decide to have sex and sleep together despite being underage and Keith and his girlfriend Audrey Roberts (Sue Nicholls) catch Rosie trying to sneak out of the house the morning afterward. Later, Rosie and Audrey talk and Audrey decides to let the matter go, on the condition they never sleep together again. However, the Craig and Rosie don't listen and they sleep together again on New Year's Eve 2005. Sally goes round to wish the pair happy New Year, but Craig answers the door in a dressing gown, thinking it was a pizza delivery. After seeing Rosie's dress lying on the sofa, Sally goes upstairs to find a naked Rosie in Craig's bed, leading her to drag Rosie back home and banish her upstairs.

The pair are banned from seeing each other, despite their protests, and are put through hell when Rosie's parents get the police involved in the incident. The police refuse to take action, and soon Rosie decides to go on a school trip to prove nothing can stop their relationship. After a while, Craig is unfaithful to Rosie by seeing friend Suzy Watkins. Rosie's sister Sophie Webster (Brooke Vincent) finds out and tells Rosie, who splits up with Craig. They get back together hours later. Weeks later, Sally intends to get Rosie into a private boarding school. When she sees Rosie and Craig kissing, Sally kidnaps her daughter, leaving Craig worried. He tells Kevin about it, and eventually catches up with Sally and Rosie and brings them back safely. After Rosie is run over by a car a month later, Sally and Kevin warm towards Craig after seeing how devoted he is to Rosie, and Kevin offers Craig an apprenticeship at his garage (incidentally, this is where Craig's father Tommy worked and was murdered).

In early summer, Craig is devastated when Keith has an angina attack, and even more upset when builder Charlie Stubbs (Bill Ward) is evicting them from their house. Keith says they have no choice but to move away somewhere new for a fresh start, and Craig tells Sally and Sophie about it. Soon, Craig starts hiding in his old house, but is quickly caught out when Charlie's girlfriend Tracy Barlow (Kate Ford) notices strange going-ons in the house. After learning that Rosie is going away on a school trip and that he wouldn't get to see her, Craig decides to tell Rosie about him leaving Weatherfield for a fresh start. Rosie is angered that her mother and sister knew about it all along, and after seeing how upset she is, Craig decides to stay with the Websters' and bids Keith a farewell. Rosie returns in August, and they begin living in a squat, much to the disgust of Sally and Kevin. Eventually, Craig lives with Hayley (Julie Hesmondhalgh) and Roy Cropper (David Neilson), but Craig doesn't really bond with them.

Weeks later, Craig and Rosie hatch a plan to run away to Berlin together, to start a new life. The pair decide that Websters' family holiday is the perfect opportunity. Before they leave for the holiday, Craig sees best friend David one last time and bids him farewell. When the Websters' and Craig arrive in Paris, Craig and Rosie enjoy their last day together with the family and later slip away to pack their bags. Rosie leaves a note to her family saying she is sorry for everything. The Websters search frantically for her as Craig and Rosie are about to board the train. However, Rosie looks at a photo of her family and freezes. She tells Craig that she cannot leave her family behind. After a long and tearful goodbye, Craig vows to Rosie that he will always love her and tears himself away from Paris, Weatherfield and a devastated Rosie. It was revealed by Rosie a week later that Craig began work at a hostel with his friend.

Lucy Barlow[edit]

Lucy Barlow
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Katy Carmichael
Duration 2002–2003
First appearance 22 September 2002
Last appearance 7 November 2003
Classification Former; regular
Other names Lucy Richards
Occupation Florist

Lucy Barlow (née Richards) is a florist whom Peter Barlow (Chris Gascoyne) meets while buying a bouquet for Shelley Unwin (Sally Lindsay). He is instantly attracted to her, and an affair begins. Lucy, unknown to Peter, has hired Tracy Barlow (Kate Ford) to cover her maternity leave. When Tracy tells Peter that her employer is pregnant, Peter realises the child could be his. He later marries Lucy, telling her that he and Shelley have split up. Tracy, however, knows otherwise and is happy to keep quiet and be bridesmaid to Lucy and later Shelley when he Peter bigamously marries her. Lucy discovers the truth four days after her marriage to Peter and ends the relationship. Her son Simon (Alex Bain) is born in early July 2003 but at first Lucy does not want Peter to be involved. She soon discovers that being a single parent is tougher than she thought and gratefully accepts Peter's help.

Lucy, however, finds out the truth after visiting The Rovers Return Inn and sees Shelley putting her wedding photos into an album and is horrified to see Peter is her groom. She later returns and shows Shelley her wedding pictures, leaving Shelley distraught when she realises that they have married the same man. Now working together, Shelley introduces Lucy and Simon to The Rovers regulars as Peter's secret wife and son but Lucy sees that Peter and Shelley are getting closer to reconciling so she tricks Peter into thinking they have a future together. He then tells Shelley in front of The Rovers regulars that he, Lucy and Simon are emigrating to Australia as a family but Lucy then reveals that she and Simon are going alone. Peter resigns himself to the fact that he will never know his son, and leaves the Street soon after.

On 24 October 2008, Peter rings Ken from Portsmouth to inform him that Lucy has died of cancer. He and Simon arrive in Weatherfield a few days later, revealing that Lucy's dying wish was for the five-year-old to be with his father. She leaves her estate to him on that condition.

Patrick Tussel[edit]

Patrick Tussel
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Trevor Dwyer-Lynch
Duration 2002–2005
First appearance 15 December 2002
Last appearance 23 January 2005
Introduced by Kieran Roberts
Classification Former; regular
Occupation Taxi driver

Patrick Tussel is played by actor and football coach Trevor Dwyer-Lynch. Patrick is a cab driver for local taxi firm "Streetcars", and friend of Eileen Grimshaw (Sue Cleaver) from when they were in a group in which Eileen was singer. Patrick frequently serves as a comic foil for Les Battersby (Bruce Jones) and boss Steve McDonald (Simon Gregson). Patrick makes his final appearance in January 2005, while on crutches after an off-screen incident where his own car ran him over due to the handbrake being left off.

John Arnley[edit]

John Arnley
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Paul Warriner
Duration 2002–2003
First appearance 15 December 2002
Last appearance 3 February 2003
Classification Former; recurring
Occupation College tutor

John Arnley, played by Paul Warriner, made his first screen appearance on 15 December 2002. The character and casting was announced on 19 November 2002.[4] Warriner previously appeared in Coronation Street as Ben Williams in 1990.[4] Of his role, a spokesperson commented "Paul's role will really start off with a bang, and then a few twists."[4] John began "a passionate affair" with his student Toyah Battersby (Georgia Taylor), but when she took him home to meet her flatmates, John set his sights on Maria Sutherland (Samia Ghadie).[4] Maria initially rejected John's advances, but a love triangle soon developed, which prompted Toyah to decide to leave the Street.[4]

John is Toyah Battersby's tutor at Granston Technical College. Toyah begins a relationship with John, but is reluctant to introduce him to her flatmates Fiz Brown (Jennie McAlpine) and Maria Sutherland. Toyah invites John to The Rovers Return Inn to meet Fiz and Maria and they are surprised to see that he is considerably older than Toyah. John takes Toyah to Bordeaux for a holiday and they become closer. However, John become attracted to Maria. Knowing that Fiz and Toyah are out, John calls at their flat and he and Maria have sex. Fiz catches them and insists that Maria tells Toyah. John makes it clear to Fiz that she will not reveal what happened as she would not want to hurt Toyah. He continues to make advances towards Maria, but she rejects him.

A few weeks later, Maria discovers that she is pregnant. When John finds out, he implies that Maria is promiscuous, which earns him a slap, and then offers to pay for an abortion. John tells Toyah that he feels her flatmates do not like him and suggests they move in together, which Toyah agrees to. While Toyah is berating Fiz for not liking John and not being supportive towards Maria, Fiz reveals the truth about their affair. Toyah confronts Maria, who gives her impression that John forced himself on her. Because she was once raped herself, Toyah interrupts John's tutor groups and attacks him. John calms her down and Toyah breaks up with him.

A Daily Record reporter branded John "a new Weatherfield hunk", while a writer for the Huddersfield Daily Examiner called him "a love-rat lecturer".[4][5]


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