List of Coronation Street characters (2003)

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The following is a list of characters that first appeared in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street in 2003, by order of first appearance.

Sarah Crocker[edit]

Sarah Crocker was a teacher at Weatherfield High. She made her first and last appearance on 9th July 2003. She was portrayed by Naomie Thompson.

When one of Sarah's pupils, Rosie Webster (Helen Flanagan), returned home upset and told her mother, Sally (Sally Dynevor), she didn't get a part in a school play except for backstage, this made Sally very angry. She went to Weatherfield High and had a "talk" with Rosie's drama teacher, Miss Crocker. Sarah calmly explained to Sally that Rosie didn't get a part because she didn't have a very good singing voice but was a very smart girl which made Sally angrily tell her that Rosie will be a star one day. Sarah was shocked at Sally's behavior while Rosie was both angry and embarrassed. At home, she angrily confronted her mother for embarrassing her and told her that when she goes back to school next year, Miss Crocker will be one of her teachers and she cannot face her.

Gerry Burton[edit]

Gerry Burton was the boyfriend of Marion Stowe (Paula Simms). He made his first and last appearance on 5th September 2003. He was portrayed by Mark Chatterton.

In September 2003, Gerry started dating Marion, but he then started to sexually harass her daughter, Candice (Nikki Sanderson). Candice told her mother what was going on, but Marion only saw her daughter as lying. This resulted in Candice to stay the night inside the flat of her then place of work, Audrey's Salon. Gerry turned up at the salon the next day and told Candice he and her mother were worried about her; but what he was really doing was frightening the girl. When Audrey (Sue Nicholls), entered the salon to collect her purse, she discovered what Gerry was like and threatened that if he were to come near Candice again, she will phone the police. Gerry reluctantly left the salon.

Because of Gerry, Marion had kicked Candice out, which caused her to move into the salon flat. Candice and her mother never made up over the incident.

Brenda Fearns[edit]

Brenda Ferns
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Julia Deakin
Duration 2003–04
First appearance 9 March 2003
Last appearance 15 January 2004
Classification Former; recurring
Home Manchester

Brenda Fearns is the mother of the late Neil Fearns (Paul Holowaty), the school boy who got Sarah-Louise Platt (Tina O'Brien) pregnant at the age of thirteen with their daughter, Bethany Platt (Amy and Emily Walton).

In September 2003, when Neil had died in a car crash, Sarah took Bethany to his funeral so she can give her information about her father once she is older. They meet Brenda, and at Neil's mourning party, Brenda apologized to Sarah for her pregnancy three years prior. Brenda's good friend, Norma, told Sarah about Brenda's tragic past and how her husband left her for a "younger model." Brenda felt that Bethany and Sarah turning up at Neil's funeral was like a sign of God so she won't be alone. She asked Sarah if she could visit Bethany sometimes and Sarah, feeling bad for her, agreed.

During her visits, Brenda started doing odd jobs and buying things for Sarah and her then boyfriend, Todd Grimshaw (Bruno Langley). While Sarah was grateful, Todd was uncomfortable. In November 2003, when Sarah and Todd were having a problem paying their bills, Brenda invited them to come live with her, but wouldn't allow them to share a room as they're not a married couple. Sarah and Todd decided to stay in their flat to avoid being separated.

In December 2003, concern started to rise when Sarah had Bethany taken by Brenda so she can stay the night. However, she failed to have her back home at the right time, which emotionally concerned Sarah and having both her and Todd calling the police. When Brenda returned with Bethany, Sarah angrily shouted at her and told her to stay away from her daughter. Brenda returned later on to return Bethany's favorite baby doll, and lambasted Todd for being a father figure towards Bethany while Neil disapprovingly looked down at the sight of his little girl with another man like her father. This angered Sarah and Brenda told her that she shouldn't "go dumping her kid" so she can just have a boyfriend, which caused both her and Todd to angrily throw Brenda out. However, Sarah would later let Brenda back in after she started crying at the thought of her first Christmas without Neil.

When Sarah discovered she was pregnant with hers and Todd's baby, Brenda overheard them talking about it and told Bethany she would make sure she wasn't forgotten about. She even told Sarah to get married right away so the baby could be brought up in wedlock. In January 2004, when Brenda was secretly taking Bethany to Neil's grave, she bumped into Sarah's mother, Gail Potter, and told Gail she didn't deserve to have children because of her calling social services on Sarah and Todd. Whilst at the cemetery, she shouted at Ashley Peacock (Steven Arnold) to stay away from her "daughter" when he went over to talk to her. He told Sarah about the incident, which caused both Sarah and Todd to ban Brenda from seeing Bethany. Brenda tried to wheel her way back into Bethany's life by allowing to drop Bethany off at nursery, but Sarah still refused to let Brenda see her granddaughter. This caused Brenda to become mentally unstable and she kidnapped Bethany from nursery.

Brenda thought the only way to resolve this problem was to join Neil in Heaven, so she decided to commit suicide by having her and Bethany thrown from the tower of St. Savior's Church. However, Emily Bishop (Eileen Derbyshire) spotted them and stopped Brenda before harm was done. Bethany was safely reunited with Sarah and Todd while Brenda was led away by ambulances while she prayed to God for forgiveness.

In 2016, Sarah went to visit her, along with her daughter Bethany (now played as Lucy Fallon) so she could meet her grandmother. She mentions this to her mother, and brothers Nick and David and Todd that Brenda has been release at mental hospital right after she left the street in nine years ago.

Bev Unwin[edit]

Bev Unwin
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Susie Blake
Duration 2003–06, 2015
First appearance 24 March 2003
Last appearance 15 July 2015
Introduced by Kieran Roberts (2003)
Stuart Blackburn (2015)
Classification Former; regular
Occupation Former pub landlady
Home Peak District

Beverly Frances "Bev" Unwin (née Baker) is played by Susie Blake. Prior to her arrival on the Street, Bev had owned a pub with her husband, until he died. Bev has two daughters Shelley (Sally Lindsay) and Sharon Unwin, who dies in March 2003.

After her daughter Sharon's death, Bev moves into The Rovers Return, where she works as barmaid alongside her daughter Shelley who is pub manageress. While there she has a fling with much younger barman Ciaran McCarthy (Keith Duffy) and later briefly dates Charlie Stubbs (Bill Ward) before he begins a relationship with Shelley. Bev also spends some time working at The Weatherfield Arms. She gets engaged to Fred Elliott (John Savident), and is due to marry him in early October 2006 but he dies on their wedding day before the ceremony whilst visiting Audrey Roberts (Sue Nicholls).

Bev never gets over losing Fred before they married, and after controversially dividing his ashes into two halves, presenting Fred's son Ashley Peacock (Steven Arnold) with his share in an instant-gravy jar, she begins to hit the bottle, quite often helping herself to drinks at the bar of the Rovers. When the McDonalds buy the pub from Ashley, who had inherited it from Fred, she moves in with Claire (Julia Haworth) and Ashley, but relationships are strained between them. Bev finally agrees to move away from Weatherfield and joins daughter Shelley at her pub in the Peak District. She moves during Christmas 2006, having scattered Fred's ashes with Ashley.

In May 2011, Deirdre Barlow (Anne Kirkbride) went to visit Bev, when her absence is explained to Steve. Deirdre also went to visit Bev in September 2012. In October 2014 Deirdre left to stay with Bev for a break from all the stress on the street and extended her stay to look after Bev as her brother Lenny had suddenly died.[citation needed]

Blake reprised the role for the funeral of Deirdre following the real life death of her friend and former colleague Anne Kirkbride.[1] Bev turns up at the Barlow household in July 2015 and informs Ken (William Roache) and Tracy Barlow (Kate Ford) that Deirdre has died earlier that day. Bev stays to attend Deirdre's funeral and the wake where she has a confrontation with Audrey regarding events that happened years ago with Fred, Bev and Audrey later put their differences aside and Bev leaves Weatherfield early the following morning.

Claire Peacock[edit]

Main article: Claire Peacock

Claire Jane Peacock (née Casey), is a fictional character in the UK television ITV soap opera, Coronation Street. Portrayed by actress Julia Haworth, the character first appeared onscreen during the episode airing on 9 April 2003, as the new nanny of established character Ashley Peacock's (Steven Arnold) son Joshua (Benjamin Beresford). Her storylines have since seen her fall in love with and marry Ashley, developing post natal depression after giving birth to their son Freddie. Claire was originally intended to be central to a long-running child abduction storyline, however, this was dropped by the show's producers as a result of its close resemblance to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

Andy Morgan[edit]

Andy Morgan
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Steve Huison
First appearance 13 April 2003
Last appearance 16 April 2003
Classification Former; guest

Andy Morgan was one of the brothers of Tom Morgan, a criminal who shot and killed a man in a Sheffield pub where Angela Harris worked. She knew both the victim and the reputation of the Morgan family but gave evidence in court that helped to convict Tom. The Harrises then suffered a campaign of harassment and intimidation from the Morgan family and, in particular Andy and his third brother Nick which culminated in their home being set on fire one night and all their possessions burnt. The police put the Harris family on a witness protection programme and moved them to Weatherfield where, living at 6 Coronation Street, they assumed the surname of "Nelson".

Angela's daughter Katy found cutting off all ties with their previous life difficult and after a few months made contact with two former friends from Sheffield, Louise Crawley and Paul Evanson, with whom she went to an indie gig in Manchester. Although she enjoyed the night out, Katy was unaware that Andy had followed Louise and Paul from across the Pennines and, in turn, he then followed Katy home to Coronation Street. He rang his other brother Nick to say that he'd traced the family to where they were living and the two men made plans to exact their revenge on the Harrises. Carrying hand weapons and unsure of exactly which house their targets occupied they called at No. 13 and were told by Sally Webster where they could find Tommy and Angela who they claimed were their "old friends". Only Katy was at home when the Morgans forced their way in, telling her they would wait for the others to return and that a pub full of people in Sheffield was ready to give them an alibi at the time they would be murdering the Harris family. Katy had recently been diagnosed as being diabetic but the brothers prevented her from taking his insulin shot, realising that if Katy's death appeared to be of natural causes then it could not be blamed on them.

The family was saved when Sally told her husband Kevin about two strange men who had called at their house. He was one of the few residents who knew the "Nelson" family's secret, having threatened to sack Tommy from his garage when he saw that he had a wallet in the name of Harris and assumed he had stolen it. When Sally confirmed that the two men had a Yorkshire accent, Kevin went to check on the house and, unknowingly, came close to being shot by the panicking Morgan brothers within. Kevin returned home and called the police. Tommy, Angela and Craig returned home to find police officers outside and they called for back-up when the situation was explained in full to the Harrises. At that moment, Katy screamed for help and Tommy ran through the police and into the house where a shot rang out. Tommy had been shot in the arm and the Morgan brothers ran out of the back door where Nick was apprehended and disarmed. Andy got away but was tracked down and arrested a few days later.

This was actor Steve Huison's second role on the show. He returned five years later after being cast as series regular Eddie Windass in November 2008.

Tony Stewart[edit]

Tony Stewart
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Alan Igbon (2003)
Terence Maynard (2014–15)
Duration 2003, 2014–15
First appearance 2 March 2003
Last appearance 18 November 2015
Classification Former; regular
Occupation Electrician (2003–14)
Businessman (2003–15)
Pawnbroker (2014–15)
Barman (2015)

Tony Stewart made his first screen appearance on 2 March 2003. The character was originally played by Alan Igbon, but Terence Maynard took over the role in 2014.[2] Tony is Jason Grimshaw's (Ryan Thomas) father.[2]

On 15 November 2013, it was announced the Tony would be returning to Coronation Street in 2014, with actor Terence Maynard taking over the role from Igbon.[2] Jason's "roguish" father will atrract the attention of Liz McDonald (Beverley Callard) when he arrives, but his intentions are soon questioned.[2] David Brown from the Radio Times questioned how Eileen (Sue Cleaver) would react to Tony's sudden reappearance in her son's life. While series producer Stuart Blackburn commented "His arrival is going to cause massive ructions for the Grimshaws. He is a man who can be your best friend or your worst enemy – and with a long history of lies and betrayal, this is a guy who has an awful lot of making up to do."[2] Tony's reintroduction came as part of "an increased focus" on the Grimshaw family.[2]

It was announced on 17 October 2015 that Maynard had filmed his final scenes and Tony departed on 18 November 2015.[3] It was reported on the 14 March 2016 that Tony would be killed off-screen, with Jason receiving the news in April 2016.[4]


Eileen and Jason are shocked when they bump into Jason's dad Tony Stewart and his girlfriend Merle Jackson in the Rovers. Tony bumps into Jason in the cafe. Jason is off-hand but Tony persuades him to sit down and talk to him. Jason agrees to meet him for a drink one evening. Jason meets his dad for a drink. They get on really well. Tony tells Jason that there may be a job for him at his building site.

Jason goes to Tony and Merle Jackson's house for dinner. Tony promises to try to get Jason a job on the building site where he works. Eileen is shocked and hurt when Tony bangs on the door and tells her that he's got Jason a job. Eileen realises that Jason has been meeting his dad behind her back. Tony and Jason chat in the Rovers about Jason's new job. Jason has a huge row with Eileen - he calls her a whore and she slaps him. He accuses Eileen of never giving Tony a chance. He makes her admit that Tony did once propose to her. Eileen tries to make Jason see what a lousy father Tony would have been. Jason gets his things and storms out. Eileen breaks down - she's worried that she's lost her son to Tony. To Tony and Merle's horror, Jason turns up saying that he's left his mum and has come to live with them. Eileen tracks Jason down to Merle's house. She and Tony have a huge row. Jason is disgusted with them and storms out. Jason arrives back at Tony's house only to find that he and Eileen are still rowing. Tony changes his mind and tells Jason he's very welcome to stay. Eileen pleads with him to come home but he chooses to stay with his dad. Merle demands that Tony must get rid of Jason as it's her house and she doesn't want him there. Tony can't bring himself to tell him. Eileen confides in Patrick how upset she is about Jason living with Tony. Jason starts his new job on the building site with his dad. Tony chats to him about his family. Jason is intrigued and wants to know more. Tony calls to see Eileen and asks her to try and persuade Jason to come home. Eileen agrees although she realises that she will be doing Tony's dirty work for him. Tony takes Jason to the Rovers where they bump into Eileen. Jason is gutted when Tony, under pressure from Merle, tells him that he'll have to move back to Eileen's house. Eileen can see that Jason is upset. She asks him if he wants his old bed back and he admits that he does. Tony tells Jason that he's found him some more work but it's in Warrington. Jason moans to Tony about the fact that Eileen has bought Todd a laptop and Todd is her favourite. Eileen is delighted when Jason turns down the offer of a drink with Tony in favour of going out in his new car. It is Jason's birthday. Eileen gives him a CD, Todd gives him the same CD and Tony gives him a sovereign ring. Jason and Tony agree to help Todd do his flat up. Tony and Jason rewire Todd's flat so that Todd's electricity now runs off the Bookies' supply downstairs. Todd is a little bit worried. Roy has a disastrous driving lesson and as he opens the car door to make his escape, he walks into the path of Jason's car. Jason is forced to swerve and crashes, leaving him with a fractured arm and Tony with a broken leg. Jason will be off work for six weeks, leaving Eileen to pay the car loan. Merle throws Tony out. She drops him and his belongings off at Eileen's house. She is not best pleased. Eileen is fed up with Tony living under the same roof. Jason explains to Tony how he lied to the insurance company and told them he was twenty-seven to get cheaper car insurance. Eileen is fed up with looking after Tony and Jason and worried about how she's going to pay the car loan now that Jason isn't earning. Eileen breaks down about her money worries to Tony. She's torn, but has no choice but to accept the £50 he offers her. Gail tells Peter about the dodgy wiring in the flat. Peter arranges for Tony Stewart to sort it out. Tony pretends that he's never been to the flat before. Against Sarah's better judgement Tony and Jason turn up at the flat to fix the wiring.

Tony gets £50 off Peter for fixing the faulty wiring in the flat. Peter then finds out that it was Tony's dodgy wiring in the first place and that Tony wired the flat so that the electricity ran off the bookies' supply. Peter is furious and demands his money back from Tony and Jason. Eileen is at her wits' end. She's no money and she's sick of supporting Tony. Eileen tells Tony to clear out. Tony gives a tearful Jason his forwarding address and leaves. Tony calls into see Eileen before he leaves and whilst Eileen's back is turned he steals the £700 takings from Street Cars. Eileen is horrified to find the money has been stolen. She realises that Tony must have taken it. Eileen explains how Tony has stolen £700. She asks Jason to find him. Jason is confused and upset. Jason realises that Tony must have stolen the £700. Jason and Todd pay Tony a visit. He admits that he stole the money and gives it to Jason. Jason is upset that his dad is a loser and a thief. He tells him he doesn't want to see him any more. Jason doesn't see his father for another ten years.

In 2014, Eileen is shocked to receive a visit from Tony. Jason is surprised to find Tony at home when he returns from the Rovers. None of the Grimshaws are pleased to see Tony's return, the boys pointing out what a lousy father he has been. Eileen suggests that Jason take him to the Rovers to get him out of the house. Tony suggests that he and Jason do building work together but his son is in no way convinced. Tony tells the Grimshaws that he's trying to make up for lost time but Eileen and Todd aren't convinced. Jason isn't entirely hostile to his father, though. Eileen is quietly hoping that Tony won't hang around for long. Liz enjoys it when Tony flirts with her. Tony buys drinks for Jason, Eva and Todd and asks Jason if they can be mates. Forgetting about Todd's dinner, Jason agrees to meet Tony for dinner at the bistro on Monday. Todd tells him he doesn't mind as it will make the evening more exciting. It is Todd's birthday but he is not looking forward to the prospect of his birthday meal at the bistro with Tony present. Jason assures a worried Eileen that his dad will be thrown out if he causes trouble but she confesses that her main worry is that Tony will hurt him. Tony turns up at the party with an expensive bottle for Todd. Tony assures Eileen that he's changed his ways and realises that he's been a rotten father. Jason is upset when Tony makes a comment about Eileen and tells him he's not welcome to join Todd's party in town. Eileen finds Tony confiding in Liz in the Rovers and makes it clear she isn't pleased.

Tony and Liz then begin a relationship, but soon in December 2014, he begins an affair with Tracy Barlow (Kate Ford). In the summer of 2015, Liz becomes aware of Tony and Tracy's affair and tells him not to come back to the Rovers. He returns months later and in November 2015, attempts to reconcile with Liz. He and Liz then get back together and Tony signs his papers of the Rovers back over to Liz. Tony is then about to propose to her but she rejects him and says that she will never forgive him for cheating on her and that she had tricked him. With his reputation and life in tatters, Tony makes the decision to leave Weatherfield. He says a final goodbye to his son, and Eileen, before departing. Unfortunately, this would be the last time Jason would ever see his father...

In April 2016, Eileen is visited by police who inform her that Tony has been found dead in his flat of a suspected heart attack. Jason is shocked and refuses to believe his dad is dead until he sees his body at the morgue. Jason is distraught and begins to lash out at everyone, especially Liz who he blames for his dad leaving, and he begins pushing everyone away, before reconciling with most people after Tony's funeral. It's then revealed that he's left upwards eighty grand to Jason. In June 2016, Tony is placed in the frame for the murder of Callum Logan, whose rotting corpse was found underneath the Platt family's annexe in a car crash the prior month, pushing the blame further away from Callum's true killer; Kylie Platt. The accusation is made more believable as Tony and Jason had been the ones constructing the annexe to begin with, and they had a motive due to Callum's mates attacking Jason just a few months before his apparent death. Jason can't believe this accusation, and briefly launches a campaign against the Platts to clear his dad's name, before a wrench with both Callum and Tony's DNA on it seemingly confirms the accusation that Tony did indeed murder Callum, whose mates begin a revenge campaign against Jason. He initially ignores a warning from Gemma Winter (who used to know Callum) before his van is torched. Jason then decides to flee Weatherfield, leaving his business and money in the hands of Eileen, and her shifty new lover, Pat Phelan. Tony's name is yet to be cleared for Callum's murder.

Sonia Marshall[edit]

Sonia Marshall was played by Tina Gambe. Sonia worked at Mike Baldwin's factory for two years from 16 June 2003 to 18 April 2005. She had a brief romance with resident Martin Platt, their relationship ended and she decided to become a Red Coat at a holiday camp and left the street for good.

Simon Barlow[edit]

Main article: Simon Barlow

Simon was born in July 2003 to Lucy Richards (Katy Carmichael), who had already split up with Simon's father Peter Barlow (Chris Gascoyne). On learning that he had married his girlfriend, Shelley, when they had married first - she told Shelley that her marriage was illegal. In revenge, Lucy tricked Peter into thinking they had a future together, then, in front of pub regulars, announced she and Simon were emigrating to Australia. Peter resigned himself to the fact that he would never know his son, and left the Street soon after. Peter was given custody of Simon when Lucy died from ovarian cancer in 2008 and they moved in with Peter's father, Ken (William Roache), his stepmother Deirdre (Anne Kirkbride) and Deirdre's mother Blanche Hunt (Maggie Jones). Peter, at first reluctant to take an active role in raising his son, changed his mind when he found out that Lucy had left her estate to him, on the condition that he raised Simon. Peter then bought the local bookmaker's shop and moved in there, with Simon. Unfortunately Peter has a drinking problem, which began evident when Peter came to Simon's Nativity play, drunk and had a row with teaching staff. Simon stayed with his grandparents until Peter agreed to stop drinking but in March 2009, however, Peter passed out with a lit cigarette in his hand, and the flat caught fire. Luke Strong (Craig Kelly) and Tony Gordon (Gray O'Brien) broke the door down, after Deirdre alerted them as Simon had telephoned her before he passed out due to smoke inhalation. Peter and Simon were rushed to hospital and made a full recovery. Peter vowed once more to give up alcohol.

Sean Tully[edit]

Main article: Sean Tully

Sean Tully is a fictional character in the UK television ITV soap opera, Coronation Street. Portrayed by actor Antony Cotton, the character first appeared on 13 July 2003 for one episode, before returning full-time on 12 April 2004. Sean is introduced as a gay colleague of Martin Platt (Sean Wilson) and Karl Foster (Chris Finch). Some months after his first appearance Sean comes to Coronation Street, desperately looking for somewhere to live. Karl's ex-boyfriend Todd Grimshaw (Bruno Langley) recognises Sean and takes him for a drink at The Rovers. When Todd's mother Eileen Grimshaw (Sue Cleaver) meets Sean she likes him and offers him a place to stay. Her other son, Jason Grimshaw (Ryan Thomas), is not pleased but later warms to the idea. Sean gets a job at Underworld, where he makes friends with Fiz Brown (Jennie McAlpine) and Kelly Crabtree (Tupele Dorgu).

Maya Sharma[edit]

Main article: Maya Sharma

Maya Sharma is a fictional character that appeared on the UK TV soap opera Coronation Street. She was played by Sasha Behar. She appears between 2003 and 2004. Maya was perhaps best known for her disastrous relationship with Dev Alahan (Jimmi Harkishin) and her dangerous feud with Dev's wife Sunita Alahan (Shobna Gulati). She held the pair hostage in her flat, and set the building on fire. As she made her escape, Maya was involved in a car accident.

Penny King[edit]

Penny King is played by actress Pauline Fleming. She is the wife of local businessman Preston King, who often does business with Mike Baldwin. When Preston dies, Penny becomes friends with Fred Elliot, publican of the Rovers Return, who takes a shine to her and proposes marriage but she turns him down. Penny and Mike become close and a relationship ensues, creating tension between Mike and Fred, and the couple later become engaged. Mike's Alzheimer's creeps in and he kicks her out of his flat, confusing her with his ex-wife Linda, who had an affair with his son Mark.

Her final appearance is at Mike's funeral. Mike's grandson, Jamie Baldwin, works for her clothing company, King's Robes, up until late December 2006.

Cilla Battersby-Brown[edit]

Main article: Cilla Battersby-Brown

Cilla Petunia Aurelia Battersby-Brown (previously Brown) is a fictional character from the British soap opera Coronation Street, played by Wendi Peters. She made her first screen appearance during the episode broadcast on 20 October 2003. After three years in the role, Peters announced her departure from the show in November 2006. Cilla made her screen exit on 12 October 2007. Peters later reprised the role for the DVD spin-off, Coronation Street: Out of Africa, in November 2008. On 26 June 2014, it was announced that Cilla would be returning for a short stint. She returned for three and a half weeks from 22 October to 14 November 2014. Cilla was introduced as a love interest for established character Les Battersby (Bruce Jones). Cilla was also the mother of Chesney (Sam Aston), Fiz (Jennie McAlpine) and Billy Brown (Jay Martin). During her time in the show, Cilla pulled several scams and was disliked by most of her neighbours. She was diagnosed with skin cancer and later used her condition to get revenge on Les after he had an affair. Cilla left Weatherfield for Las Vegas in 2007, leaving her young son Chesney behind.

Charlie Stubbs[edit]

Charles "Charlie" Nicholson Stubbs is a fictional character in the British soap opera Coronation Street, played by Bill Ward. He made his first appearance during the episode broadcast on 10 November 2003 and last appearance on 15 January 2007. He first appears with another builder in 2003, needing a parking space for his bulldozer, but Mike Baldwin refuses to move his car so Charlie moves Mike's Jaguar with the bulldozer in response. Mike only just manages to stop his car being smashed. Charlie initially seems to be a nice person, although a bit of a ladies' man. He flirts with Deirdre Barlow on learning that she works for the council, hoping she'll recommend him for building contracts and has a casual relationship with Bev Unwin. Unfortunately Bev takes the relationship more seriously and doesn't react well when he ends it and starts dating her daughter, Shelley Unwin, causing trouble between Bev and Shelley. Struggling to cope, Bev leaves and Charlie's relationship with Shelley is happy for a while but slowly his true nature emerges. Although he rarely hurts her physically, Charlie isolates Shelley from her family and friends and as part of a campaign of psychological abuse, Charlie tells Shelley that he heard Sunita Alahan, her best friend, insult her behind her back. One day, he walks into the Rovers back room just as Shelley is leaving, accidentally giving her a black eye. Knowing what people will think, Charlie asks Shelley to stay out of sight until it heals. She agrees and stays in her bedroom. Charlie, wanting her to be comfortable, moves the sofa and television up from the back room but makes her agoraphobic. Initially thrilled that Shelley is solely dependent on him, he soon gets bored. Feeling bad about herself, she refuses to sleep with Charlie so he starts cheating on her by first kissing barmaid Violet Wilson, and brings another woman back to the Rovers, sleeping with her in the back room and on his stag night.

Chesney Brown[edit]

Main article: Chesney Brown

Chesney Eric Brown (also Battersby-Brown) is a fictional character in the ITV soap opera, Coronation Street, played by Sam Aston. He made his first on screen appearance during the episode airing on 10 November 2003. The character is named after singer, Chesney Hawkes. Chesney is brother to Fiz Brown (Jennie McAlpine) and son to Cilla Battersby-Brown (Wendi Peters). Chesney' storylines have included his friendship with pet dog Schmeichel and coming to terms with his death, as well as his relationship with Katy Armstrong (Georgia May Foote) who later went on to give birth to his son Joseph. Chesney recently embarked on a relationship with Sinead Tinker (Katie McGlynn).

Karl Foster[edit]

Karl Foster
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Chris Finch
Duration 2003-04
First appearance 24 December 2003
Last appearance 30 August 2004
Introduced by Kieran Roberts
Classification Former; recurring
Occupation Nurse
Home Manchester

Karl Foster was an overly confident nurse who was the best friend of Katy Harris. He was openly homosexual. Karl was also good friends with current Corrie Street resident Sean Tully. He was the second gay character to ever appear in the long running soap. He was fun loving and arrogant, yet had a soft side for friends.

In 2004, he embarked on a gay relationship with fellow resident Todd Grimshaw after the two had first struck up a friendship at the hospital they both worked and Todd had confided in him about his attempt to kiss Nick, the brother of his girlfriend Sarah Platt. The two gradually grew closer and their clandestine affair began after they kissed on a night out at a gay bar, remaining a secret until Todd revealed to Sarah that he was gay and that, in fact, Karl and he had been seeing each other. Despite Todd telling Sarah and his mother Eileen that he had fallen in love with Karl, their romance did not continue.

Following the revelation, Sarah and Todd's baby Billy was born prematurely following a placental abruption and died. While Sarah was recovering in hospital, Karl visited her and left flowers while she slept. Martin, Sarah's adoptive father walked in on his visit and blamed Karl and Todd for causing Billy's death. Despite Karl's reminder that Billy's death was due to a medical complication that was not caused by stress, Martin physically attacked Karl in the hospital corridor (in a later story, CCTV footage of this attack was replayed to Martin when he was in the frame for murdering neighbour Tommy Harris the following year).

After Billy's funeral, Karl briefly returned to Coronation Street, visiting the Grimshaw's home to catch up with Todd having not seen him since Billy died. After a long heart-to-heart, Todd admitted he still had feelings for Karl but the two agree it's best to remain friends, and after one last drink in the Rovers, the two hugged and parted ways. It was his final appearance on the cobbles to date. According to Inside Soap in 2004, a petition with 10,000 signatures was launched to get Karl back in the show, but nothing ever materialised.[citation needed]

Follow by his evil actions, Todd and Sean went to see him for a while. In September 2015, Todd and Sarah went to visit him for three days, Sarah told her mother Gail that she forgives him for his affair with Todd, while Todd told Sean that Karl was doing fine and was still working as a nurse in different hospital.


Character Date(s) Episode(s) Actor Circumstances
Sergeant Draper 31 March
19 December
15 September – 31 October 2008
26 January 2009
15 March 2010
10 January 2011
5473; 5650; 6905–6937; 6998; 7295; 7511 Peter Foster[5] A police sergeant at the local station.
Reverend Graham Broadbent 11–20 July
25 December 2004
17 April 2006
9–20 October 2006
12–14 January 2009
14 February 2011
5541–5546; 5923; 6272–6273; 6397–6405; 6989–6990; 7535–7536 Gerry Hinks Local Weatherfield vicar. He first conducts the wedding of Peter Barlow to Shelley Unwin, and returns to marry Ashley Peacock to Claire Casey in 2004. In 2006, he conducts the funeral of Mike Baldwin in April, and appeared again at Fred Elliott's wedding to Bev Unwin, before overseeing Fred's funeral later in October. The reverend returns to marry Tyrone Dobbs and Molly Compton in 2009, and last appears to conduct Peter Barlow's marriage blessing to Leanne Barlow in 2011.
Registrar 17 November
8 April 2005
14 August 2006
31 December 2007
28 September – 1 October 2009
8 April 2011
5628; 5999; 6358; 6721; 7172–7174; 7573–7574 Blue Merrick Registrar who officiates several marriages, beginning with Roy Cropper and Tracy Barlow in 2003. She returns to oversee the remarriage of Ken Barlow to Deirdre Rachid in 2005, and again in 2006 for the failed wedding of Jason Grimshaw to Sarah-Louise Platt, which ended when the groom fled through the window of the toilets. In December 2007, she marries Liz McDonald and Vernon Tomlin, and returns in 2009 for the prison wedding of Fiz Brown to John Stape. The registrar makes her last appearance to date in April 2011 at the double wedding of David Platt and Kylie Turner, and Graeme Proctor and Xin Chiang.