List of Coronation Street characters (2013)
Coronation Street is a British soap opera first broadcast on Friday 9 December 1960. The following is a list of characters that first appeared in 2013, by order of first appearance. All characters were introduced by series producer, Phil Collinson or his successor, Stuart Blackburn. Faye Windass' biological father, Tim Metcalfe, arrived in January, while Steph Britton and Eric Babbage made their debuts in February. In April, former Waterloo Road actress Katie McGlynn joined the cast as Beth Tinker's niece, Sinead. The year's first baby, Jake Windass, arrived in May. He was followed by Lily Platt in August. September saw the introduction of Grace Piper. Kal Nazir, Ritchie de Vries, Andrea Beckett and Maddie Heath made their first appearances in December.
Timothy Osmond "Tim" Metcalfe, played by Joe Duttine, made his first screen appearance on 21 January 2013. Tim is the biological father of Faye Windass (Ellie Leach). The character was revealed to be entering the show in August 2012 by series producer, Phil Collinson. He stated "We know that Faye's mother is dead, but there's a father out there somewhere and he's going to come along and challenge things for Anna." On 13 January 2013, it was announced that Joe Duttine had been cast in the role of Tim.
|Coronation Street character|
|Portrayed by||Tisha Merry|
|First appearance||Episode 8064
18 February 2013
|Introduced by||Phil Collinson|
|Residence||19a Victoria Street|
Stephanie "Steph" Britton, played by Tisha Merry, made her first screen appearance on 18 February 2013. Steph arrives in Coronation Street alongside Megan Smithson (Amy Dolan) to visit their friend Katy Armstrong (Georgia May Foote). They meet to discuss Steph's upcoming 18th birthday party at The Bistro. During the party, both Steph and Megan flirt with Ryan Connor (Sol Heras). Steph later "makes a play for Ryan", making Katy jealous.
On 10 August 2013, a reporter from TV Magazine announced that producers were impressed with Merry's portrayal of Steph and signed her up to join the regular cast. She returned at the end of 2013 and the reporter warned viewers that Weatherfield had better "watch out". Foote later told a reporter from Inside Soap that viewers should expect Steph and Katy to cause "lots of mischief" together.
It was announced on 6 August 2015 that James Atherton had been filming with Coronation Street as the ex-boyfriend of Steph, Jamie. A storyline was then teased as something to effect both Steph and Luke. On 1 October, it was announced that Steph would be involved in a new "shocking" storyline. The storyline will see Jamie manipulate Luke by posting intimate pictures of Steph online, a real-life issue called revenge porn. The storyline will begin when Luke's girlfriend Maria Connor (Samia Ghadie) puts a stop to his and Jamie's racing car scheme and Luke agrees, angering Jamie. He then takes action and posts the pictures online, which leaves a "devastating effect" on Steph, with her "emotional turmoil set to shock viewers". Coronation Street bosses are aiming to reflect that the issue, that was made illegal in early 2015, is still a "ongoing issue in wider society".
In November 2013, Steph gets a job at the Bistro as a waitress and makes a good impression on Gloria Price (Sue Johnston) and Gail Platt (Helen Worth). In March 2014, Steph's brother Luke (Dean Fagan) arrived on the Street and is now working at the garage with Tyrone Dobbs (Alan Halsall).
Steph becomes good friends with her flatmate Tina McIntyre (Michelle Keegan) and serves as a confidante when she is struggling during her affair with Peter Barlow (Chris Gascoyne). Steph tries to convince Tina that Peter isn't worth it but she won't listen. She is devastated when Tina is pushed off a balcony and beaten with a metal pipe by Rob Donovan (Marc Baylis), and visits her in hospital. She is distraught when Tina later dies from her injuries.
At the end of 2014, Steph enters a relationship with Andy Carver (Oliver Farnworth), who is pretending to be the son of Michael Rodwell (Les Dennis). She discovers Andy's secret, however, she stands by him and supports him as they both love each other. However, the real Gavin Rodwell (Mark Holgate) soon arrives in Weatherfield and demands a large amount of money from Andy and Steph for him to keep silent. They raise the cash, but problems later appear when Gavin reveals to Michael's fiancée Gail McIntyre (Helen Worth) that Andy has been lying. Gail becomes embroiled in Andy and Steph's deceit and they are later informed that the real Gavin has died in a car accident. When the lies become too much for Steph and realises that Andy is mainly looking out for himself, she ends their relationship. Later on, when she believes that Andy is leaving Weatherfield, Steph frantically tries to contact him but he turns up at her flat and the pair reconcile. Steph is now 21 years old
|Coronation Street character|
|Portrayed by||Timothy West|
|First appearance||Episode 8065
18 February 2013
|Last appearance||Episode 8070
25 February 2013
|Introduced by||Phil Collinson|
Eric Babbage, played by Timothy West, made his first screen appearance on 18 February 2013. The character and West's casting was announced on 18 December 2012. When asked if he had always been interested in appearing in Coronation Street, West replied "Well I thought 'if Ian McKellen can do it then it's good enough for me!" The actor went on to reveal that the role of Eric appealed to him, as he could not stay long term and the story had "a definite end to it".
Marion McMullen from the Coventry Telegraph reported that Eric is a carpet salesman, who will be introduced as Gloria Price's (Sue Johnston) new love interest. West explained that Eric is a lonely man who works in a boring business. He has some money and wants to spend it by going on a round the world trip, with some company. Eric met Gloria on holiday and they got on well, but he has started to realise that she might not be all that she seems. When Eric meets Gloria's family, he finds himself drawn to her granddaughter, Eva (Catherine Tyldesley), because she is unhappy. West said: "He doesn't want to have a sexual relationship with her at all, he is far too old for one thing. But he does think that they might have some fun together seeing the world. She is funny and intelligent. He sees vulnerability in her that others don't, he doesn't really see the harder side of her." Eric offers to take Eva around the world, as he feels that it would benefit the both of them. Eric becomes "something of a father figure" to Eva and she is devastated when he later dies.
Gloria starts planning a lavish funeral for Eric, assuming that he has left her something in his will. Unfortunately, his solicitor arrives with Eric's wife, Doris, and reveals that not only had they never divorced but she would inherit everything as Eric hadn't changed his will. Doris refused to take over the funeral, threatening a pauper's funeral, so Eva shames Gloria into downgrading the plan slightly so they could pay for it between them. Eva sold a necklace that Eric gave her and Gloria sold her engagement ring so they could give him the send-off they felt he deserved.
|Coronation Street character|
|Portrayed by||Katie McGlynn|
|First appearance||Episode 8108
19 April 2013
|Introduced by||Phil Collinson|
|What Would Kirk Do? (2014–15)|
Sinead Kimberley Tinker, played by Katie McGlynn, made her first screen appearance on 19 April 2013. The character and casting was announced on 22 February 2013. Sinead is the niece of established character Beth Tinker (Lisa George). A writer for the serial's official website revealed that Sinead might catch Chesney Brown's (Sam Aston) eye following her arrival. The writer stated "Will new girl Sinead be his light at the end of the tunnel?"
It was announced on 30 October 2014 that Coronation Street would air a mini-bus crash, involving the members of Underworld - including Sinead, after Steve McDonald (Simon Gregson) crashes the bus. A show spokesperson commented: "Exact details are being kept under wraps, but more than one character will be hospitalised as a result of the crash and one Underworld knicker stitcher's life will be on the line! Locations for the smash are currently being explored to find a suitably dramatic setting for what promises to be a high octane start to 2015 for Corrie fans." The scenes were filmed on 19 November 2014. The show released more information on the crash aftermath in January 2015. It was revealed that Sinead would be left worst from the crash, with "devastating" effects for her and Chesney. Producer, Stuart Blackburn, said that Sinead would be injured very seriously and that they would be "heartbreaking" scenes airing, ""I have been watching some early scenes that have been shot of Katie McGlynn, who plays Sinead, and Sam Aston, who plays Chesney. It is just truly, truly heartbreaking. They have a long way to go. We all know how forgiving Katie is but I don't think Chesney is ever going to stop blaming Steve for that." McGlynn later spoke to Digital Spy, revealing Sinead's recovery is a long process and that she will be left wondering if she will walk again.
It was revealed on 6 January 2015 that former Hollyoaks star, Peter Mitchell, would be starring in Coronation Street as a character that one established character - revealed to be Sinead - would meet after the bus crash. Mitchell is disabled and it was thought Sinead would be involved with him after she is made paralysed. Mitchell later spoke to Digital Spy about his new role as patient Sam, who would become friends with Sinead, revealing that he would become an "ally" for Sinead when she is left paralysed. He also praised McGlynn and Aston and commented that they are "brilliant" to work alongside. Sinead's storyline played out onscreen from January until April 2015, with her back to her previous self by May.
Sinead's aunt, Beth, contacts her and asks her to come to Coronation Street for a visit. Beth tries to set Sinead up with Chesney, who has recently broken up with his girlfriend, Katy Armstrong (Georgia May Foote). The pair really hit it off and Sinead agrees to go on another date with Chesney, but when Katy and her lover Ryan Connor (Sol Heras) arrive, Sinead feels that Chesney is using her to get back at Katy. When Katy moves in with Ryan and his family, Chesney acts like he could not care less, but Sinead can see that he is hurt by Katy's actions. Sinead sees through Chesney and realises that he is using her to get back at Katy, which infuriates her. After a talk with her aunt Beth, Sinead understands that she can't let Chesney use her. When Katy and Ryan ask Chesney and Sinead to look after Katy and Chesney's baby son, Joseph, Chesney tells them that they are going out for the night so they can't. But when the couple return home, Chesney reveals that they are not going out, which angers Sinead. They eventually do, with Beth and Kirk, but leave early as Sinead realises that Chesney does not want to be out. She argues with Chesney in the street, and later clashes with Katy, after she tries to give her boyfriend advice. During a date night, Sinead suggests to Chesney that they have sex, but Chesney turns her down. When Chesney reveals that he does not love her, Sinead says she understands. She stays overnight in Chesney's bed, while he sleeps on the sofa. Unhappy with the relationship, Sinead ends it and leaves. When Katy begs Chesney for another chance, Chesney rejects her and calls Sinead. She asks Chesney not to mess her about and they reunite. Sinead is very supportive when Chesney is told that his foster carer Hayley Cropper (Julie Hesmondhalgh) is dying from incurable pancreatic cancer. Sinead also attends Hayley's husband, Roy's (David Neilson), birthday party with Chesney. Sinead gets a job working at Underworld after helping Beth to win an Employee of the Month competition.
|Coronation Street character|
|Portrayed by||Layton Phoenix
|First appearance||Episode 8135
27 May 2013
|Introduced by||Stuart Blackburn|
|Other names||Joe McIntyre|
Jake Windass (briefly known as Joe McIntyre) played by twins Layton and Harley, is the son of Gary Windass (Mikey North) and Izzy Armstrong (Cherylee Houston). He made his first screen appearance on 27 May 2013. On 23 April 2013, Peter Dyke and Katie Begley from the Daily Star reported that Tina McIntyre (Michelle Keegan), who was acting as Gary and Izzy's surrogate, would give birth to a boy two months early in The Rovers. Gary and Izzy decide to name the baby Jake. Their son is forced to stay in hospital because of his small size.
After suffering a miscarriage, Izzy approaches her sister Katy (Georgia May Foote) to carry a baby for her, as Izzy worries that, because of her disability, the pregnancy will be a struggle for herself and the child. As the plans progress, Katy backs out and Tina McIntyre offers to be their surrogate instead, after Owen Armstrong (Ian Puleston-Davies) offers to pay her for doing so. During the pregnancy, Izzy feels left out, while Gary became infatuated with Tina and tries to kiss her. When Tina eventually tells Izzy what happened, the resulting argument and stress causes Tina goes into labour two months early. She gives birth to a boy with Izzy and her ex-boyfriend Tommy Duckworth (Chris Fountain) by her side. Gary and Izzy decide to name their son, Jake. Jake develops an infection in his intestine and undergoes surgery, which is successful. Tina later announces that she is keeping Jake and decides to rename him Joe, after her father. When Izzy decides to give up the fight for Jake, Tina realises how much she and Gary love him. She then gives Jake back to them.
|Coronation Street character|
|Portrayed by||Uncredited (2013–14)
Betsie Taylor (2014–16)
Emmie Taylor (2014–16)
|First appearance||Episode 8200
26 August 2013
|Introduced by||Stuart Blackburn|
Lily Platt is the daughter of David (Jack P. Shepherd) and Kylie Platt (Paula Lane), she was played by Betsie and Emmie Taylor from 2014 to 2016. A new actress, Brooke, took over the role in June 2016. She made her first screen appearance on 26 August 2013. That same month, actress Michelle Keegan, who played Tina McIntyre, accidentally posted copies of a future script, which revealed Lily's father to be David. Lane said she was enjoying working with the babies who play Lily, calling them "lovely". She explained "They're still really small so you've got to be really careful with them, because they're so delicate. But they're very well-behaved and one of the babies actually had a close-up shot the other day where she suddenly opened her eyes. I think we've got a natural there."
Kylie has a one-night stand with David's brother Nick (Ben Price) on Christmas Day 2012. She finds out she is pregnant shortly after and is unsure whether the father is Nick or David. David later discovers Kylie and Nick's fling after overhearing Kylie talk about the affair to Gail and realises that the baby may not be his. Kylie goes into labour at home and is found by Sean Tully (Antony Cotton). David's mother Gail (Helen Worth) arrives and helps Kylie deliver a daughter, who is named Lily. Nick is in hospital in a coma, after being injured in a road accident caused by David, at the time of Lily's birth. After Nick regains consciousness and finds out about the birth and wanting to know whether or not he is the father, he tells David to get a DNA test on Lily. David is relieved when the test results reveal that Lily is his daughter. On the day of Lily's christening, David's responsibility for Nick's accident and the previous hate campaign against him, are revealed and Kylie tells David to stay away from Lily. Kylie then decides to raise Lily by herself with Gail's help.
Kylie gets drunk and falls asleep whilst cooking, putting Max Turner (Harry McDermott) and Lily at risk. David breaks into the house and turns the oven off. He rows with Kylie for putting the children's lives at risk but comforts her when she breaks down in tears, but they make amends. David throws Kylie out on Christmas Day 2014 when he discovers that she has been taking drugs. Kylie returns in June 2015, and reconciles with David. In July 2016, Kylie is stabbed and killed while defending her friend Gemma Winter (Dolly-Rose Campbell), leaving David to break the terrible news of her death to Max and Lily.
|Coronation Street character|
|Portrayed by||Ella-Grace Gregoire|
|First appearance||Episode 8212
13 September 2013
|Last appearance||Episode 8258
16 November 2013
|Introduced by||Stuart Blackburn|
Grace Piper, played by Ella-Grace Gregoire, made her first screen appearance on 13 September 2013. The character and casting was announced on 22 August 2013. Gregoire successfully auditioned for the role after she was talent spotted at the Scream Theatre School in Blackpool. Of her casting, Gregoire commented "I couldn't believe it when I got the part. Now I am mixing with all the other actors who I have been watching for years."
Grace is introduced as a friend of Faye Windass (Ellie Leach). She was described as a "troublesome teenager" by David Sharman from the Blackpool Gazette, while a writer for the Scream Theatre School called her "manipulative" and said she would cause "mayhem". A Coronation Street spokesperson stated that Grace would come across as being lovely at first, but she soon wraps the adults round her finger and starts causing trouble. Faye's mother, Anna Windass (Debbie Rush), is "instantly wary" of Grace and believes she is up to no good. The spokesperson added that it is not long before Grace gets Faye into trouble.
Grace is first seen at Faye Windass' (Ellie Leach) house. Despite coming across as charming and polite, she later tells Faye she will be able to get what she wants by being nice to Anna. When Faye tells her she doesn't like Tim's girlfriend Sally Webster (Sally Dynevor), she steals £5 to make it look like Sally has not paid Anna at the café. She later puts the money back and tells Anna she saw Sally drop the money, forcing Sally to apologise. Grace continues to cause trouble for Sally when she tells Faye to tell her dad that she left them on their own, despite the fact that she was the one who asked Sally to get them some sweets. This results in an argument between Sally and Tim.
Although Grace continues to charm Anna, Owen Armstrong (Ian Puleston-Davies) and Sally begin to suspect that she is a bad influence on Faye. Their fears are confirmed when Grace and Faye throw stones at Mary Taylor's (Patti Clare) motor home. The two girls deny the incident, although Owen assures Mary he knows what is going on. Grace then manipulates Faye into throwing a Halloween party and uses the opportunity to annoy Nick Tilsley (Ben Price) by turning up the music. Nick, who had recently suffered brain damage, ends up shouting and having a breakdown. Grace then convinces Faye to again throw stones at Mary's camper van.
When Tracy Barlow (Kate Ford) asks Faye to walk her dog, Grace uses the situation to bully Simon Barlow (Alex Bain). After smashing a pot at the house, she then tells Faye to put Simon into one of Amy Barlow's dresses and films it. She then threatens Amy and Simon not to tell anybody what has happened, although Simon tells his stepmother Leanne Tilsley (Jane Danson). Although Faye and Grace deny any wrongdoing, a video late emerges and both girls are reported to the police. Grace's mother remains uninterested after hearing about what has happened, and blames Faye. At the police station, Faye finally admits Grace was the one who was in control of the situation and she has been threatening her to misbehave. Grace is later seen at the police station with her mother.
|Coronation Street character|
|Portrayed by||Connor McIntyre|
|First appearance||Episode 8226
2 October 2013
|Introduced by||Stuart Blackburn (2013, 2016)|
|Occupation||Builder (2013-14, 2016-)|
17 Seaview Avenue (2013-14)
11 Coronation Street (2016-)
Patrick James "Pat" Phelan, played by Connor McIntyre, made his on-screen debut on 2 October 2013. After a three-episode stint he returned in December that year and was involved in a storyline where he blackmailed the Windass and Armstrong family after being attacked by Gary Windass (Mikey North). This caused the family to go into debt and Phelan later left the show on 14 April 2014. Pat has proved so popular with fans that in The British Soap Awards 2016, McIntyre won the award for "Villain of the Year".
Phelan was a client of Owen Armstrong (Ian Puleston-Davies), and temporarily became his business partner. When he refused to pay Owen for a job, Owen soon discovered that Phelan was bankrupt. Owen then attempted to get the money out of Phelan's wife Valerie, but she refused to pay. Owen and Gary broke into Phelan's home, stole his motorbike and locked it away at the building yard. Phelan eventually decided to pay up what he owed and seemingly called it quits.
A few days before Christmas, Phelan turned up at 6 Coronation Street in order to put forward a business proposition to Owen, offering him a flat-conversion contract and wanting Owen to front the project as he was bankrupt. Owen's partner Anna Windass (Debbie Rush) wasn't pleased and didn't want Owen to agree. However, a couple of weeks later Phelan and Owen met up to discuss the deal with Phelan telling Owen that he needed £80,000 upfront for the costs but guaranteed that he would make over £200,000 profit. Owen decided to talk the arrangement over with Anna with Phelan stating that he would give Owen twenty-four hours to think things over. Despite family reservations, their business partnership was agreed.
When Owen realised that Phelan didn't put his share into the account he tried in vain to contact Phelan and believed that Phelan may have conned them. Phelan later turned up at the building yard and revealed that the money was already in the account, much to Owen's embarrassment. Anna then went round to Phelan's house to apologise for having a go at him, but later felt uneasy in his presence and left. During numerous meets with Phelan and Valerie, Anna felt increasingly awkward - especially on one occasion when Phelan had stroked her across the back and kept complimenting her appearance.
Anna decided to settle the score and invited Phelan round to No.6 to tell him to back off. However Phelan, seemingly oblivious to her demands, began to accuse her of trying to come onto him. He appeared to try to make a move on her, but soon left leaving Anna worried. That night she backed out of another meeting with the Phelans at Nick's Bistro, feigning illness. When Gary found out about Phelan's inappropriate advances towards his mother, he approached Phelan at the site after all the workers had left and began questioning him about what went on. Phelan then began goading Gary, accused Anna of being a tart and the pair got into a fight; Gary hit Phelan over the head with a plank of wood and knocked him unconscious. Believing that he had killed Phelan, Gary summoned Owen to the site but they quickly discovered there was no sign of him.
Phelan turned up again a few of days later, proving that he was alive and well. At the building site the following day, he took Gary and Owen into the site office and revealed the CCTV footage which showed Gary attacking him. Phelan assured both Gary and Owen that he had further copies, and then demanded that they either completed the work for a minimum wage gleaning no profit or he would hand the CCTV footage in to the police. Owen complied to Phelan's orders despite Gary's reluctance, as Owen didn't want his grandchild without a father figure if Gary were to be sent down.
Phelan delighted in overworking Owen and Gary, who began to take their frustrations out on their family. Gary, deciding to get a measure of revenge on Phelan and to try to make a bit of money back, stole a shipment of tiles from him. However Phelan found out it was Gary due to his poor attempt to cover his tracks and told Owen that, in exchange for him not going to the police, he had to agree to forfeit the £80,000 he invested in the job. Owen was furious, but felt he had no choice to agree. Phelan then twisted the knife by arranging for Owen to be removed from the council's list of approved builders, effectively blacklisting him which meant he could no longer get any independent work. Anna visited Phelan after realising what strain his actions were causing to her family, and he gave her proposition: to have sex with him and he would let Gary and Owen go from the project. Although disgusted, Anna went along with Phelan's plans out of desperation and met him at the Dunford Hall Hotel where the two slept together. After spending some time with him, a dirty and angry Anna left after Phelan laughed and teased her. The next day he told Owen and Gary to go home, and got Owen to sign a form releasing him from the project. However he refused to pay back Owen's investment, leaving him with a loan he was going to struggle to pay back.
In June 2014, Phelan sent the Windass household a postcard from Dubai in an attempt to rub his glory in further. Around this time Anna admitted to Owen that she had slept with Phelan in order for him to leave the Windass family alone. The revelation drove the couple apart as Owen was disgusted by her actions.
Phelan returned in January 2016. He lands a job working with for Kevin Webster (Michael Le Vell) on his garage expansion. He also lands a job working for Jason Grimshaw. He also begins winding up Anna and keeps taunting her. He also tells Kevin his own version of what happened between him and Anna. Later, Kevin Webster (Michael Le Vell) discovers Phelan with Anna pinned against the wall in Roy's Rolls and sees Phelan's true colours. Phelan and Kevin then start a war.
When Phelan's winding up at Anna goes too far, it caused her to smash his car windscreen with a pole and attack him.
Phelan starts spending time with the Grimshaw Family as he lands a job working with Jason Grimshaw (Ryan Thomas). He regularly gets invited back there for various meals and also stays there some of the time. While there, he acts like a perfect gentleman including offering to cook and put the bins out. Eileen's current boyfriend Michael Rodwell (Les Dennis) can see that Phelan is trying to steal Eileen from him and warns him off on numerous occasions. However, Eileen cannot see this and give Michael various rows over being nice to Phelan. Michael later ends up in hospital in 2016 due to his feud with Phelan. Michael and Phelan's feud also causes the end of Eileen and Michael's relationship.
Phelan also begins a relationship with Eileen Grimshaw (Sue Cleaver) and tells her his version of why Anna dislikes him. He tells Eileen that Anna fancied him and they had a One night stand which he immediately regretted. Phelan gets along with Jason and acts as a father figure towards him. However, Todd Grimshaw (Bruno Langley) can see that something is not right with Phelan and makes his dislike of Phelan clear. Phelan and Todd also begin a war.
When Jason later gets into a fight with Aidan Connor (Shayne Ward), Phelan steps in to rescue him. He pins Aiden against a booth in the Rovers and when doing this Johnny Connor punches him. Phelan and Johnny also begin a feud.
|Coronation Street character|
|Portrayed by||Jimi Mistry|
|First appearance||Episode 8274
8 December 2013
|Last appearance||Episode 8649
28 May 2015
|Introduced by||Stuart Blackburn|
Personal Trainer (2009–15)
|Residence||18a Victoria Street|
Khalid "Kal" Nazir, played by Jimi Mistry, made his first screen appearance on 8 December 2013. The character and Mistry's casting was announced on 2 July 2013. The actor began filming his scenes in September. Of Mistry's casting, series producer Stuart Blackburn commented "I'm thrilled to welcome Jimi to Coronation Street. With credits that include East Is East, The Guru and Blood Diamond, getting him on board is a real coup. Jimi's character is going to have a swift impact on the lives of many in Weatherfield."
Khalid, better known as "Kal", is a friend of Gary Windass (Mikey North), who has gone from being an ex-squaddie to a personal trainer. Daniel Kilkelly from Digital Spy reported that Kal will "set tongues wagging and pulses racing" when he arrives. The character has been called "charming" and "roguish". While his wandering eye may cause some upset with certain male residents.
On 17 March 2015, it was announced that Mistry would be leaving Coronation Street as part of a dramatic storyline later in the year. Of his exit, Mistry stated "When I was told about this storyline I felt it was a brilliant way to say goodbye to Kal and I am really looking forward to filming my departure scenes. I have had a fantastic 18 months on Coronation Street but I never saw myself staying around forever, my life is in London and I enjoy playing a variety of roles." Kal died in a fire at the Victoria Court flats on 28 May 2015, with Mistry describing his final scenes as "fantastic", "I was really pleased when I got the scripts because it's the biggest fire the show has had. It's a very busy week on TV for it as well - it will get some good viewing figures hopefully!" Mistry also said how he has enjoyed himself in his time on the show, "I've said on record before that the Corrie family is a very special one. Everyone makes you feel welcome. It's a really good feeling and a really good atmosphere. It's just great working there. They've got a really good ship going - really tight and they're producing some great work." The episode was watched by 8.4 million viewers on the night of its broadcast, the highest rating the show had seen since the mini-bus crash in January 2015 as well as the most-viewed programme of that day. The Victoria Court fire and the twist that saw Kal and Maddie Heath (Amy James-Kelly) received a nomination on the Inside Soap Awards 2015 longlist, with the latter receiving a nomination on the shortlist as well.
It was announced that Kal's death would be the result of a child-parent violence storyline between Leanne and her son Simon Barlow (Alex Bain) as Simon begins attacking Leanne. Producer Stuart Blackburn said: "Simon's been through so much, with losing Kal, it's another male figure in his life who's gone. Simon is going to take it really, really hard." Blackburn also revealed that Kal's family would not be leaving following his exit and that they would continue appearing. Sair Khan (who plays Kal's daughter Alya) revealed that Alya would "lose control" and not cope following Kal's death, "I think the grief is too much for Alya, so she doesn't deal with it in the way she expects to. She can't be there for her family in the way that she wants to be there."
When Gary Windass hears Dev Alahan (Jimmi Harkishin) complaining about being unfit, he tells him about his friend Kal, who is a personal trainer. Although Dev rejects the idea, Gary arranges a meeting with Kal anyway. After talking things over, Dev accepts Kal's help. Kal tells Dev that he also has two children and that his wife died. Kal meets Nick Tilsley (Ben Price) in the bistro and offers to help him get into shape after his recent brain injury. Nick angrily rejects Kal's offer, but later asks for his help and Kal agrees to take him on. Kal and Dev discuss the idea of opening a gym and later look at a property on Victoria Street. It also becomes clear that Stella fancies Kal, although Dev expresses an interest in her.
Kal begins to develop feelings for Leanne (Jane Danson), Nick's wife from whom he is separated, who initially turns down his advances as she believes that starting a relationship would hurt Nick, especially in his mental state. Kal's father Sharif (Marc Anwar) notices Kal's feelings for Leanne and quizzes her sister Eva (Catherine Tyldesley), who reveals to him that Leanne is an ex-prostitute. Sharif warns Kal that he should not move on quickly, for the sake of his children, who are still grieving over their deceased mother. Kal denies that he has any feelings for Leanne. Leanne's feelings for Kal grow over time, with them kissing after he steps in as a topless waiter in the Bistro. However, Nick professes to Leanne that he still loves her and later hugs her in the street, which Kal sees. Soon after, in the gym, Nick tells Kal that Leanne has given him another chance, leaving him devastated. However, in the Bistro, Leanne tells Kal that she only said she would give him another chance because she felt it would break his heart if she didn't. Sharif double-books Nick and Steve (Simon Gregson), who is training for a charity fun run, so Nick and Steve decide to train with Kal together. Overcome with jealousy, Kal begins to overwork Nick. Whilst boxing with pads as part of their training, Kal pushes Nick so hard that he loses his temper, shouts at him and inadvertently punches Steve in the face. He later apologises to Nick's mother Gail, who is furious with Kal as being pushed to the limit will make Nick's mental state deteriorate again. Nick asks Leanne to have dinner with him at the Bistro on their night out to test new food. But, worried that Nick will get the wrong idea, Leanne asks Eva to come as well. Nick, still unaware that he fancies Leanne, asks Kal to the dinner as well. After the dinner, Kal goes to Leanne's flat where they kiss. When Tina is found on the street after her attempted murder, Leanne tells Nick that she was alone. But later, Kal mentions to Nick that he was with Leanne and so Nick asks if they are seeing each other. Kal tells him that they are. Nick is livid and later storms round to Leanne and Eva's flat to tell Leanne that she is sacked from the Bistro.
Ritchie de Vries
|Ritchie de Vries|
|Coronation Street character|
|Portrayed by||Robin Askwith|
|First appearance||Episode 8276
11 December 2013
|Last appearance||Episode 8325
17 February 2014
|Introduced by||Stuart Blackburn|
Ritchie de Vries, played by Robin Askwith, made his first screen appearance on 11 December 2013. The character and Askwith's casting was announced on 30 September 2013. The actor began filming his first scenes the day of the casting announcement. Ritchie is a "veteran rocker" and close friend of Dennis Tanner (Philip Lowrie). Dennis used to represent Ritchie "at the height of his fame". When Dennis meets up with Ritchie, he realises how much he loved the music industry and decides to become Ritchie's manager again. However, it soon becomes clear that the business arrangement means nothing to Ritchie, who starts to treat Dennis as more of a roadie.
|Coronation Street character|
|Portrayed by||Hayley Tamaddon|
|First appearance||Episode 8285
23 December 2013
|Last appearance||Episode 8741
25 September 2015
|Introduced by||Stuart Blackburn|
|Occupation||History Student (2013–14)
Hotel Manageress (2015–)
Andrea Beckett, played by Hayley Tamaddon, made her first screen appearance on 23 December 2013. The character and Tamaddon's casting was announced on 4 October 2013. Series producer, Stuart Blackburn, commented "I'm absolutely delighted to welcome Hayley to the show. She's a great actress who I know is going to bring plenty of drama to the famous cobbles of Weatherfield." Andrea is a classmate of Steve McDonald's (Simon Gregson), who decides to go back to school. Andrea and Steve become friends and she will "cause a stir" as Steve's girlfriend Michelle (Kym Marsh) becomes suspicious of their friendship. Tamaddon said Andrea is a ladette, who enjoys drinking beer and playing darts. It was later announced that Andrea would be secretly married while she was seeing Lloyd.
On 28 April 2015, it was announced that Tamaddon had been axed from the show, with Andrea leaving in September as part of the upcoming live episode to celebrate ITV's sixtieth anniversary. It was promised that Andrea had the door left open for her, with her not leaving dead. Speaking of her departure, Tamaddon said: "I came into Corrie for 3 months and have stayed for 2 years! I will be so sad to leave, I have had the best two years of my life here, it really is one big family. Everyone looks out for each other and I've made some incredible friends. I am excited about my exit storyline and the fact that it is part of the live episode. Corrie has given me a great platform to hopefully go on to work on other dramas, but I'd never rule out a return to Weatherfield as I love it so much. I am looking forward to what the future holds but in the meantime there is still plenty more to be done here." Show producer Stuart Blackburn commented: "Hayley has brought real magic to the Corrie cobbles - funny, energetic, totally professional and a joy to be around. As a friend and colleague alike she'll be sorely missed and I'd simply like to wish her all the very best for the future." It was announced days later that Craig Charles (who plays Andrea's partner Lloyd Mullaney) would also be leaving alongside Andrea. It was later announced the live episode which would heavily feature Lloyd and Andrea, as they said goodbye to the Street, would air on 23 September 2015. Andrea and Lloyd held their leaving party and left the Street in the live episode, but made one further appearance on 25 September when they returned to say a final goodbye with Steve, who was unable to attend the party. Their final appearance on 25 September left fans with confusion as they appeared to exit during the live episode. The live episode, which saw the leaving party, was watched by 8.1 million viewers on the night of its broadcast, the highest rating the show had seen since the Victoria Court fire in May 2015. The following episode, which saw Lloyd and Andrea say their final goodbye to Steve, was watched by 6.9 million viewers on the night of its broadcast.
Andrea is mentioned by Steve several times before her first appearance. Noticing that Michelle is getting jealous, Steve tells her Andrea is not attractive. However, when Andrea arrives at the Rovers, Michelle realises Steve has lied and takes an instant dislike to her. Steve's friend Lloyd takes a shining to Andrea. When Steve gives Michelle her Christmas present, he doesn't tell her Andrea helped him to choose it. However, Michelle later overhears Lloyd and Steve discussing it and learns Andrea was with him when he bought it, increasing her jealousy. Andrea tells Lloyd she has a teenage son.
Lloyd decided to ask Andrea out and asks Steve for her phone number. Steve refuses to give it to him, but Andrea overhears them and gives Lloyd the number herself. After getting on well, Lloyd and Andrea begin a relationship. When Steve finds out, he is worried that he will be left out. Andrea is secretly pleased because she thinks this gives her a chance of getting Steve in the future, unaware he only sees her as a friend.
Andrea asks Steve to help him with a project they are doing for their history course. However, whilst sitting on the sofa, Andrea asks Steve to come closer so he can see the laptop screen, but he wrongly believes she is coming on to him and she leaves. Steve later apologises to Andrea and they begin the project again. Whilst working on their project, Steve goes out to get kebabs and, on his return, he finds her asleep. In a state of sleep, Andrea believes Steve is Lloyd and pulls him close to her, causing her to fall on him and cover them both in kebab, as Michelle enters.
Lloyd offers Andrea a meal at the Bistro one evening, but Andrea needs to be at home to welcome her husband Neil (William Travis) who is due to return from working on an oil rig in Nigeria. They agree to go for a meal earlier, with her telling Lloyd that she needs to go to work later. Andrea gets angry when Lloyd tries to persuade her to stay and storms out of the Bistro. Lloyd then leaves her a message apologising for being forceful, but Andrea unplugs the phone as her husband returns. She pretends the phone is broken so that Neil doesn't know about Lloyd. Andrea decides to split from Neil, confiding in Michelle about the problem. Lloyd finds out and, as Andrea dumps Neil and moves into Lloyd's with the bags, she realises he knows he was a bit on the side and he throws her bags out of the door. Steve consoles Andrea and Neil sees them, believing she was cheating with Steve. Neil finds out that Andrea is in a relationship with Lloyd. Neil finds it difficult to accept that Andrea is in a relationship with Lloyd. When Neil gets the wrong end of the stick and believes that Andrea is engaged to Lloyd he goes onto the roof of the pub. Andrea tries to get Neil down and puts herself in potential danger. Neil and Andrea after a while return to safety. Neil accepts that Andrea and Lloyd are in a relationship. Neil leaves for work, however tells Andrea and Lloyd that he will not completely severe ties with Andrea due to Jess.
Andrea and Lloyd split and she departs, however returns a few weeks later pregnant, with Eileen Grimshaw (Sue Cleaver), Steve and Lloyd's friend, the first to find out. Lloyd is now dating Steve's mother, Liz McDonald (Beverley Callard). However, Lloyd ends things with Liz when Andrea returns and falls out with Steve. Andrea tells Lloyd she has been offered a job in Jersey, first both deciding not to go, they later change their mind. Steve and Lloyd make up when Michelle and Andrea lock them in the cellar. Steve also gets drunk and can't join in their leaving party celebrations. After saying goodbye to Michelle, Liz and Eileen, Lloyd and Andrea leave and let go of balloons as the car drives off. They return a few days later in order to say goodbye to Steve and they then say goodbye yet again before departing this time definitely.
|Coronation Street character|
|Portrayed by||Amy James-Kelly|
|First appearance||Episode 8286
25 December 2013
|Last appearance||Episode 8651
1 June 2015
|Introduced by||Stuart Blackburn|
|Residence||13 Coronation Street|
Madeline Ivy "Maddie" Heath, played by Amy James-Kelly, made her first screen appearance on 25 December 2013. Maddie was introduced as a love interest for Sophie Webster (Brooke Vincent). Maddie is homeless and she and Sophie meet at a soup kitchen. Sophie's mother, Sally (Sally Dynevor), will "take an instant disliking" to Maddie. Vincent commented "Maddie shakes things up, she's very much a Kylie Platt or Becky McDonald character but a lot worse. She's very demanding and hard to read – you're intrigued by her. I think she's a good match for Sophie, who stands her ground with her." David Brown from the Radio Times praised the character, saying "It seems to me that Maddie is fast turning into this season's Becky Granger. Which isn't a bad thing – actress Amy Kelly does have the convincing feel of a Katherine Kelly about her." On 15 June 2014, it was revealed that Kelly had signed a new contract that would see her stay on the show for another year. Kelly was originally only meant to stay on the show for a short time, but following Blackburn's promise to keep Maddie on the show as long as he was executive producer, she was offered a longer stay.
Maddie is first seen at the homeless shelter on Christmas Day. After Sally makes a comment about her having bad manners, she pushes her face into a trifle. When Sally notices her handbag has gone missing, she blames Maddie, although she denies any knowledge of it. Sally is upset when she finds out her watch was left in her stolen handbag, and so Sophie asks Maddie for it back. Maddie asks for fifty pounds in response, but Sophie tricks her and refuses to pay her the money. Furious, Maddie breaks into the Webster's house and steals the watch back. When Sophie confronts her again, Maddie reveals her mother is mentally ill and she has a younger brother, Ben. Maddie later kisses Sophie. Sophie invites Maddie back to her house for dinner on her birthday, but she later leaves after Sally offends her.
Maddie is later offered a job at the local factory, Underworld, when the boss Carla Connor (Alison King) is impressed by Maddie's determination to save Deirdre Barlow's (Anne Kirkbride) missing dog, Eccles. Carla is furious, however, that Maddie and Sophie stole her expensive car in order to do so. In January 2015, Maddie accompanies the Underworld staff to an awards' ceremony, but a group of boy racers drive dangerously in front of the minibus, causing the driver Steve McDonald (Simon Gregson) to swerve and the vehicle to flip over dramatically and to balance precariously on the edge of a quarry. Maddie is one of the later people to regain consciousness, and helps free Tracy Barlow (Kate Ford), Michelle Connor (Kym Marsh) and Alya Nazir (Sair Khan) from the wreckage. She and Julie Carp (Katy Cavanagh) then re-enter the wreckage to save Sally, Sinead Tinker (Katie McGlynn) and Kirk Sutherland (Andrew Whyment). They are successful, and Maddie reveals to Julie that her middle name is Ivy in an attempt to take their minds off the traumatic situation. Maddie volunteers to go back into the wreckage again when the staff realise that Carla is still trapped inside, but it is Tracy who risks her life to save the factory boss. Carla is saved, but Tracy nearly dies when the minibus begins to slide off the edge of the quarry, but Tracy leaps out at the last second.
Maddie is thrilled for Sophie's father, Kevin Webster (Michael Le Vell) when he begins a relationship with Jenny Bradley (Sally Ann Matthews). However, when Sophie learns about how Jenny conned her former foster mother Rita Tanner (Barbara Knox) when she lived in Weatherfield 21 years previously, she begins acting very cold towards Jenny. Maddie tries her best to understand Sophie's hatred towards Jenny, however she fails to and this puts a strain on their relationship. In May 2015, Maddie tries to help when a fire breaks out at the Victoria Court flats, and rushes back home to reveal the horrific events to Jenny. To her surprise, she witnesses Jenny wearing a wig and packing Kevin's young son Jack's belongings. She soon realises that Jenny is going to abduct Jack, and as she tries to call the police, Jenny violently pushes her to the floor, angrily demanding for Maddie to stay. Maddie knees Jenny in the stomach in order to escape, and rushes back over to the Victoria Court flats to tell Sophie that she was right all along about Jenny. However, as she passes through the police tape, an explosion at the building yard caused by a piece of burning wood from the fire occurs, sending Maddie flying across the street. Paramedics quickly respond, and it takes them a long time to find Maddie's pulse. A couple of days later, Maddie passes away with Sophie, Sally and Kevin by her side, to the secret relief of Jenny.
|Mr Benedict||15 February||Kevin Pallister||Mr Benedict manages a local casino. He is confronted by Roy Cropper (David Neilson) whose mother, Sylvia (Stephanie Cole), gambled in the casino and lost a large amount of money. Sylvia and Roy return to the casino, with Ken Barlow (William Roache) and Dennis Tanner (Philip Lowrie). Roy manages to win back his mother's money, which irritates Mr Benedict. However, he later congratulates Roy as he collects his winnings.|
|Megan Smithson||18 February-?||Amy Dolan||Megan is a friend of Katy Armstrong (Georgia May Foote) and Steph Britton (Tisha Merry). They meet up to discuss Steph's upcoming 18th birthday party at The Bistro. During the party, both Steph and Megan flirt with Ryan Connor (Sol Heras).|
|Doris Babbage||1 March||Helen Fraser||Doris is Eric Babbage's (Timothy West) wife. She comes to The Rovers Return to meet Gloria Price (Sue Johnston), Eric's fiancée. Doris reveals that Eric's will stipulates that she gets his entire estate.|
|Toni Griffiths||6–20 March||Tara Moran||Toni is Paul Kershaw's (Tony Hirst) colleague, who helps him with his proposal to Eileen Grimshaw (Sue Cleaver). Toni later organises a charity event featuring the local men doing the Full Monty at The Bistro. Toni and Paul help out when the Rovers Return catches fire. Toni goes inside and gets Karl Munro (John Michie) out of one of the bedrooms when the roof collapses. She dies from her injuries.|
|Consultant||20 March–3 April||Victoria Carling||This consultant appears after Sunita Alahan (Shobna Gulati) is found in The Rovers Return Inn fire. She helps Sunita's ex-husband Dev (Jimmi Harkishin) get through Sunita's coma, and when Sunita looks like she is going to regain consciousness, Karl Munro (John Michie) murders her by removing her oxygen tube, as Sunita knew that Karl started the fire at The Rovers. The consultant then reveals this to Dev, who is devastated and repeatedly tells her that she is wrong and that he doesn't want his twin children, Aadi (Zennon Ditchett) and Asha (Tanisha Gorey) to go motherless so soon.|
|DS Willetts||24 March–13 September||James Quinn||DS Willetts is investigating The Rovers Return Inn fire, and questions Stella Price (Michelle Collins), the pub's landlady, about the blaze. He and his colleague, DC Leslie (Syreeta Kumar) then wait for Sunita Alahan (Shobna Gulati) to awake from her coma, as she was trapped in the fire, but no one knows why. The real arsonist, Stella's former boyfriend Karl Munro (John Michie), plants the keys he used to gain access to the pub in Sunita's belongings, leading to her becoming the prime suspect. Willetts then reveals this to Stella, Karl, Stella's mum Gloria Price (Sue Johnston) and Stella's daughter Eva Price (Catherine Tyldesley). As Sunita begins to show signs of regaining consciousness, Karl murders her by removing her oxygen tube. This shocks Willetts and Leslie, so they question Stella and Karl again about the night of the fire and their past with Sunita. In May, Sunita's ex-husband Dev Alahan (Jimmi Harkishin) decides to re-open the case to clear Sunita's name, so Willetts and a colleague arrive at Coronation Street to see what evidence Dev has. When it is shown that Dev has no evidence to clear Sunita's name, Willetts leaves. Dev, Jason Grimshaw (Ryan Thomas), Kirk Sutherland (Andrew Whyment), Beth Tinker (Lisa George) and her teenage son Craig Tinker (Colson Smith) all arrive at the police station in September, and reveal that Karl has been threatening Craig to keep quiet about the night of the fire, as Craig saw Karl leaving the pub just as it exploded with flames. Craig explains all to Willetts in a questioning room. Karl later holds Stella and Dev hostage in The Rovers, but Stella manages to persuade Karl to hand himself in for her. Karl is later arrested by DS Willetts for the murders of Sunita Alahan and Toni Griffiths (Tara Moran), the fire at The Rovers and terrorising young Craig.|
|DC Leslie||24 March–5 April||Syreeta Kumar||A colleague of DS Willetts' (James Quinn) in the investigation of The Rovers Return Inn fire. She helps Willetts question Stella Price (Michelle Collins), the pub's landlady, and awaits for Sunita Alahan (Shobna Gulati) to wake up from her coma, as she was also trapped in the fire. Sunita dies, so Leslie and Willetts question Stella again, this time about her past with Sunita.|
|Stan Whitmore||25–29 March||David Williams||Stan is a friend of Sylvia Goodwin's (Stephanie Cole) from the 1 O'clock Club. When he discovers that Sylvia is suffering due to her arthritis, Stan supplies her with chocolate brownies that secretly contain cannabis. Sylvia is mortified when she discovers this, and tells Stan to leave her alone. This leads to another batch of brownies being made for Sylvia, which she claims eases the pain of her arthritis. She lends some to Dennis Tanner (Philip Lowrie) due to his back ache, but she is left mortified when she learns that Anna Windass (Debbie Rush) has sold the rest to Dennis's wife Rita (Barbara Knox). Sylvia and Dennis rush to The Kabin, where the pair snatch the brownies from Rita, Norris Cole (Malcolm Hebden) and Mary Taylor (Patti Clare). Rita discovers that the brownies have cannabis in them, and contacts Sylvia's son Roy (David Neilson) to try to talk sense into Sylvia. Rita, Roy and Dennis manage to persuade Sylvia to visit Dr. Matt Carter (Oliver Mellor) to see what the side effects of cannabis are.|
|Nicola Waite||16–19 April||Maxine Burth||Nicola is a social worker who visits Anna Windass (Debbie Rush) after her adoptive daughter Faye (Ellie Leach) has raised an allegation of child abuse against her. Nicola and her colleague Stephen Bowyer (Dana Haqjoo) both question Anna, and then question Faye at the police station. After questioning Faye, Nicola re-visits Anna, telling her that Faye has dropped all charges against her. Anna then reveals to Nicola that she only raised them in the first place so that she could stay with her biological father, Tim Metcalfe (Joe Duttine).|
|Stephen Bowyer||16–19 April||Dana Haqjoo||Stephen is a police officer for the Child Protection Unit. He accompanies his colleague Nicola Waite (Maxine Burth) to Anna Windass' (Debbie Rush) house. It is soon revealed that Anna's adoptive daughter Faye (Ellie Leach) has raised a child abuse allegation against Anna. Stephen and Nicola question Anna, and then Stephen questions Faye at the police station. Faye constantly asks Stephen whether Anna will go to prison, and when Izzy Armstrong (Cherylee Houston) reveals it is a possibility, Faye admits she has lied and that Anna has never hit her. Stephen is not seen again, but Nicola appears when she arrives at Anna's house to inform her that Faye has dropped all charges against her.|
|Dorothy||6 May||Margaret Jackman||Dorothy is an old friend of Sylvia Goodwin's (Stephanie Cole). Sylvia visits Dorothy at her old retirement home with her daughter-in-law Hayley Cropper (Julie Hesmondhalgh). Dorothy, Sylvia and Hayley talk, where Dorothy gives Sylvia a letter that should have been opened in December 2011. It is addressed to Sylvia's son, Roy (David Neilson), and is from his father, St John. After opening and reading the letter, Sylvia decides to leave with Hayley, upsetting Dorothy. It then transpires that St John ran out on Sylvia and Roy when Roy was 10 years old.|
|Margaret Cropper||17 May||Helen Cotterill||Margaret is Roy Cropper's (David Neilson) stepmother. Roy and Hayley (Julie Hesmondhalgh) visit Margaret in Blackburn and reveal that they have come to meet Roy's father St John. Margaret refers to St John in the past tense, which leads Roy to realise that his father has died. Feeling bad, Margaret tells Roy that he has two half-brothers and one half-sister. Margaret then gives Roy an old-fashioned train set that St John left him in his will. Margaret says that she is sorry for Roy's loss and he says the same to her, before leaving.|
|Lee||24 May||Darren Connolly||Lee is a friend of Rob Donovan's (Marc Baylis) who helps him and his girlfriend Tracy Barlow (Kate Ford) rob silk from his sister Carla Connor's (Alison King) factory, Underworld. To help Rob and Tracy, Lee punches Tracy to make it look like she could do nothing to stop him from taking the silk. Tracy then returns to Underworld and informs Rob, Carla and Michelle Connor (Kym Marsh) of the assault.|
|PC Brewer||24 May||Chris Jack||PC Brewer arrives at Underworld factory after Tracy Barlow (Kate Ford) is assaulted while delivering silk to another company. Tracy's boyfriend Rob Donovan (Marc Baylis), Rob's sister Carla Connor (Alison King) and Carla's best friend Michelle Connor (Kym Marsh) watch as Tracy is interviewed by PC Brewer, and Carla and Michelle both share their thoughts on Tracy's attack.|
|Ant Edmunds||26–27 May, 8 July, 7 August||Alexander Newland||Ant is a friend of Paul Kershaw's (Tony Hirst) from the fire station. He helps Paul and his girlfriend Eileen Grimshaw (Sue Cleaver) persuade Dev Alahan (Jimmi Harkishin) to attend The Rovers Return re-opening. It then transpires that Ant was a good friend to recently deceased fire fighter, Toni Griffiths (Tara Moran). Ant then attends The Rovers re-opening with Paul and Eileen. He is last seen playing darts with Paul. Ant returns in July, and has a drink with Paul, Eileen, Lloyd Mullaney (Craig Charles) and Steve McDonald (Simon Gregson). He reveals that he and Paul were called on a hoax call, which angers them. When Paul makes an off-colour remark in front of Lloyd and his family, Paul tells Eileen that he is not racist to Ant at work. Ant is next seen helping on the scene when David Platt (Jack P. Shepherd) and Nick Tilsley (Ben Price) get in a car accident.|
|Consultant||3 June||Ravin J Ganatra||This consultant tells Izzy Armstrong (Cherylee Houston), Gary Windass (Mikey North) and Tina McIntyre (Michelle Keegan) that baby Jake has caught a bowel infection and needs to have emergency surgery. This upsets Tina, Joe's legal mother. As Gary, Izzy, Tina, along with Tina's boyfriend, Tommy Duckworth (Chris Fountain), Gary's mother, Anna Windass (Debbie Rush) and Izzy's father, Owen Armstrong (Ian Puleston-Davies) wait for news, the consultant returns and reveals the operation went well, and Joe will be allowed home in a few days.|
|Ben Coombs||3–7 June||Johann Myers||
Ben and Andy are old friends of Marcus Dent (Charlie Condou) and Sean Tully (Antony Cotton). Sean bumps into Ben outside Underworld and he invites both him and Marcus to his wedding to Andy on 7 June, unaware the pair have split up. Ben is disappointed to hear this, but hopes both will attend the wedding anyway. Unbeknown to Ben and Andy, Marcus is now in a heterosexual relationship with Maria Connor (Samia Ghadie). When Marcus brings Maria to the wedding reception, initially introducing her as his "best mate", Sean then tells Ben and Andy that the pair are in fact dating Maria, shocking the newly married couple. Ben and Andy accuse Marcus of denying who he is, leading Marcus to state that he's "a gay man who has fallen in love with a woman". This causes problems for Marcus and Maria's relationship, as Maria had not realised Marcus still identified as gay.
|Andy Bartholomew||Lee Colley|
|Paddy Kinsey||12 June||Sonny Cusworth||Paddy, his mother Megan and news reporter Will Reade visit Paul Kershaw (Tony Hirst) house after Paul saves Paddy from a burning building. It is revealed that nobody knew that Paddy was in the bedroom when the fire started, which upsets Megan as she thinks she is a bad mother. This stuns Paul's partner Eileen Grimshaw (Sue Cleaver), her son Jason (Ryan Thomas) and lodger Sean Tully (Antony Cotton). Paddy gives Paul a picture that he drew of him to say thanks for saving his life, which angers Eileen as she thought that Paul was at a hoax call.|
|Megan Kinsey||Louise Atkins|
|Will Reade||Dominic Doughty|
|Lad 1||28 June||Matthew Tomlinson||These lads are seen on the Red Rec when Roy Cropper (David Neilson) is sleepwalking. They both insult Roy and laugh at him, but when they realise he cannot hear them, they both ride off on their bikes.|
|Lad 2||Ciaran Clancy|
|PC Smith||28 June||William Fox||PC Smith appears when Hayley Cropper (Julie Hesmondhalgh) and Sylvia Goodwin (Stephanie Cole) call the police when Hayley's husband and Sylvia's son, Roy (David Neilson) goes missing after going sleepwalking. PC Smith departs after Deirdre Barlow (Anne Kirkbride) brings Roy back to the café.|
|Jamie-Lee||5–10 July||Kate Holderness||Jamie-Lee is a girl who exchanges numbers with Ryan Connor (Sol Heras) and shares a kiss with him, but they are both unaware that they have been spotted by Beth Tinker (Lisa George) and Kirk Sutherland (Andrew Whyment). Ryan's girlfriend Katy Armstrong (Georgia May Foote) sees a series of text messages from Jamie-Lee to Ryan and follows Ryan to a bar, where she sees him with Jamie-Lee. Katy slams her handbag on the table where they are sitting and insults Jamie-Lee's age, and ends her relationship with Ryan.|
|Naila||8 July, 20 April 2015||Saira Choudhry||Naila is a journalist from the Weatherfield Gazette who arrives at Leanne Tilsley's (Jane Danson) student night at the bistro. She is bored while listening to Leanne and her husband Nick Tilsley (Ben Price), as she feels her boss deliberately gives her boring stories to write. When Leanne's brother-in-law David Platt (Jack P. Shepherd) calls the police and claims that there are drugs being used at the Bistro, the police turn up and a drugs raid begins. Naila loves this, and writes most of the story in her notebook, but Nick and David throw her out.|
|PC Burke||8 July||Giles Ford||PC Burke arrives at the bistro and declares a drugs raid after David Platt (Jack P. Shepherd) calls the police for revenge on his big brother, Nick Tilsley (Ben Price). PC Burke does not allow anyone to leave including Gail McIntyre (Helen Worth), Mary Taylor (Patti Clare), Kirk Sutherland (Andrew Whyment) and Beth Tinker (Lisa George). PC Burke also speaks to Naila (Saira Choudhry) for her newspaper article.|
|Police officer||8 July||Serena Ryan||This police officer accompanies PC Burke (Giles Ford) as he raids the Bistro looking for drugs after the police are called by David Platt (Jack P. Shepherd) as revenge on his big brother Nick Tilsley (Ben Price).|
|Dr Akhtar||15–19 July||Vinny Dhillon||Dr Akhtar calls Hayley Cropper (Julie Hesmondhalgh) back to the Medical Centre after receiving the results of her recent tests. She reveals to Hayley that the results show signs of abnormal liver function, so she books Hayley in for an ultrasound scan. After having the ultrasound scan, Dr Akhtar calls Hayley to the Medical Centre once more, where she tells Hayley that there is a blockage in her bile duct. Hayley is confused by this, so asks for a more clear explanation and Dr Akhtar tells her she may have cancer.|
|Sonographer||19 July||Emily Pollet||The sonographer performs an ultrasound scan on Hayley Cropper (Julie Hesmondhalgh).|
|Mr Peakman||22 July–2 September||Simon Armstrong||Mr Peakman is the consultant diagnoses Hayley Cropper (Julie Hesmondhalgh) with stage-two pancreatic cancer. He explains to a devastated Hayley that she will need an operation and chemotherapy to eliminate the cancer. He tells her that one in five patients are living a healthy life five years after. He appears again when Hayley's distressed husband Roy (David Neilson) wants to discuss with him Hayley's treatment, but the consultant refuses to discuss anything while Hayley is absent. He helps Hayley prepare for her operation in September, but when he begins to operate on her, he breaks the dreadful news to Roy and Hayley that her cancer is incurable.|
|Nurse Alice||22 July–5 September||Juliet Ellis||Alice is a nurse who is present when Hayley Cropper (Julie Hesmondhalgh) is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Alice also helps Hayley when she is told that her cancer is terminal.|
|Secretary||26 July||Frog Stone||The secretary refuses to let Roy Cropper (David Neilson) see the consultant, who diagnosed his wife Hayley (Julie Hesmondhalgh) with pancreatic cancer. The consultant does let Roy see him, but orders Roy to apologise to the secretary.|
|Jeweller||26 July||Marc Parry||A jeweller who helps Carla Connor (Alison King) and Peter Barlow (Chris Gascoyne) while they are shopping for an engagement ring for Carla.|
|Hannah||23 September||Natalie Armstrong||Hannah is a girl who has sex with Ryan Connor (Sol Heras). She is seen talking to Ryan's mother Michelle (Kym Marsh) before leaving.|
|Pat Phelan||2 October-||Connor McIntyre||Owen Armstrong (Ian Puleston-Davies) complains about Phelan when he fails to pay him. Owen hears that Phelan has gone bankrupt and has done it to avoid having to pay him. Owen confronts Phelan's wife, Valerie, but she also refuses to pay. Determined to get his money, Owen and Gary Windass (Mikey North) break into Phelan's house and find the keys to his motorbike. Owen then drives the bike away and tells Phelan he can have it back when he is paid. Phelan eventually relents and pays Owen and is given his motorbike back. Phelan returns months later with a business proposal for Owen, and tells him he will have to front it because he will not be allowed to as he is bankrupt. Owen tells him he will consider his offer. He blackmails Owen's girlfriend Anna Windass (Debbie Rush) into having sex with him at the end of his storyline.|
|Jude Cronk||9 October||Jemima Abey||Jude is the manager of the cancer support group that Roy (David Neilson) and Hayley Cropper (Julie Hesmondhalgh) attend.|
|Jane Rayner||9 October–11 November||Heather Bleasdale||Jane is a bubbly friend of Hayley Cropper's (Julie Hesmondhalgh) whom she meets at a cancer support group. Like Hayley, Jane is also dying from inoperable pancreatic cancer. Hayley, Jane, Jane's husband Jeff and Hayley's husband Roy (David Neilson) all sit down for a talk. Jeff tells Roy and Hayley that Jane will spend the final days of her life in a hospice, which helps Hayley make her mind up about what she would like to do for her last days. Roy tells Hayley that he dislikes Jane. She and Jeff appear again when Jane, Jeff, Roy and Hayley all meet in Weatherfield. Jane explains to Hayley that the difficult part about her illness is that she will never see her young children grow up. Hayley is later informed that Jane has been rushed into a hospice, so she and Roy go to visit her. Hayley is stunned about how dazed Jane is after taking morphine. A fews weeks later, Hayley collapses and is rushed to hospital. When she returns, she is desperate to visit Jane, but Roy persuades her to rest. When they visit the next day, Jeff arrives and reveals that Jane has died at 10.21pm the previous night. Hayley is devastated, and she and Roy both attend Jane's funeral in November.|
|Jeff Rayner||Jim Millea|
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