List of Coronation Street characters (2000)

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Amy Goskirk
Coronation Street character
Portrayed byJayne Ashbourne
First appearance10 January 2000
Last appearance6 February 2000
Introduced byJane MacNaught
ClassificationFormer; recurring
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OccupationBarmaid
 
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The following is a list of characters that first appeared in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street in 2000, by order of first appearance.

Amy Goskirk[edit]

Amy Goskirk
Coronation Street character
Portrayed byJayne Ashbourne
First appearance10 January 2000
Last appearance6 February 2000
Introduced byJane MacNaught
ClassificationFormer; recurring
Profile
OccupationBarmaid

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

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

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


Debs Brownlow[edit]

Debs Brownlow
Coronation Street character
Portrayed byGabrielle Glaister
First appearance6 February 2000
Last appearance10 November 2000
Introduced byJane MacNaught
ClassificationFormer; regular
Profile
OccupationHairdresser

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

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

Dennis Stringer[edit]

Dennis Stringer
Coronation Street character
Portrayed byCharles Dale
Duration2000-02
First appearance7 February 2000
Last appearance2 January 2002
Introduced byJane MacNaught
ClassificationFormer; regular
Profile
OccupationMechanic

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

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

Neil Fearns[edit]

Neil Fearns
Coronation Street character
Portrayed byPaul Holowaty
First appearance6 March 2000
Last appearance26 March 2000
Introduced byJane MacNaught
ClassificationFormer; recurring
Profile
OccupationStudent

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

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

Bobbi Lewis[edit]

Bobbi Lewis
Coronation Street character
Portrayed byNaomi Ryan
Duration2000-02
First appearance20 March 2000
Last appearance5 April 2002
Introduced byJane Macnaught
ClassificationFormer; regular
Profile
HomeLondon

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

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

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

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

Mr. Fearns[edit]

Mr. Fearns
Coronation Street character
Portrayed byEric Hulme
Appears on29 March 2000
Introduced byJane MacNaught
ClassificationFormer; guest

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

Emma Watts[edit]

Emma Watts
Coronation Street character
Portrayed byAngela Lonsdale
Duration2000-03
First appearance10 April 2000
Last appearance1 September 2003
Introduced byJane MacNaught
ClassificationFormer; regular
Profile
OccupationPolice Officer
HomeNewcastle upon Tyne

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

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

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

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

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

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

Geena Gregory[edit]

Geena Gregory
Coronation Street character
Portrayed byJennifer James
Duration2000-02
First appearance9 February 2000
Last appearance11 October 2002
Introduced byJane MacNaught
ClassificationFormer; regular

Geena Gregory was played by Jennifer James.

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

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

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

Eileen Grimshaw[edit]

Main article: Eileen Grimshaw

Maria Connor[edit]

Main article: Maria Connor

Eric Sutherland[edit]

Eric Sutherland
Coronation Street character
Portrayed bySteve Money
Duration2000, 2001, 2005, 2008
First appearance19 May 2000
Last appearance31 October 2008
Introduced byJane MacNaught (2000, 2001)
Tony Wood (2005)
Kim Crowther (2008)
ClassificationFormer; recurring
Profile
HomeCyprus

Eric Sutherland is the father of Kirk Sutherland (Andrew Whyment) and Maria Connor (Samia Ghadie). He first appears on 19 May 2000 when Jack Duckworth (Bill Tarmey) and Tyrone Dobbs (Alan Halsall) are looking to mate Tyrone's greyhound Monica with one of the studs from his Kennels. Eric reappears in 2005 to let Kirk know that he and his wife Dotty (Susie Baxter) are retiring to Cyprus and Kirk goes out to visit him for several weeks after Eric has injured his back. He returns on 20 October 2008 to console his daughter following the death of her husband Liam (Rob James-Collier). He carries the coffin at Liam's funeral after Tony Gordon (Gray O'Brien) has to comfort a grief-stricken Carla (Alison King). This causes Liam's mother Helen (Sorcha Cusack) to be unhappy as Eric didn't know Liam.

In July 2009, Eric's grandchild Liam is born, however, Eric and Dotty are not mentioned. In October 2009, Maria visits Eric and Dotty. However, whilst she is visiting, her fiancée Tony suffers a heart attack. Roy Cropper (David Neilson) who had found Tony gasping for breath, unsuccessfully attempts to contact Eric and Dotty about the news.

Kirk Sutherland[edit]

Main article: Kirk Sutherland

Bethany Platt[edit]

Bethany Platt
Coronation Street character
Portrayed byMia Cookson (2000)
Amy Walton (2000-07)
Emily Walton (2000–07)
Duration2000-07
First appearance4 June 2000
Last appearance30 December 2007
Introduced byJane MacNaught
ClassificationFormer; regular
Profile
OccupationStudent
HomeMilan

Bethany Britney Platt is the daughter of Sarah-Louise Platt (Tina O'Brien) and her school classmate Neil Fearns (Paul Holowaty). She was played by twins Amy and Emily Walton since the character's birth.

Sarah was just thirteen years old when she gave birth to Bethany and this caused quite a controversy. Just hours after her birth, Bethany was kidnapped by Alison Webster (Naomi Radcliffe), whose baby son, Jake, had just died. Alison and Bethany were found but Alison committed suicide after handing Bethany over. Bethany was originally going to be named Britney, after pop star Britney Spears but her great grandmother Audrey (Sue Nicholls) was against the idea and suggested Sarah give her a more appropriate name so she named her Bethany and Britney was her middle name.

Bethany was not planned but Sarah tried to cope, despite being little more than a child herself. She often left Bethany with her mother, Gail (Helen Worth) and once even left her at home by herself. Sarah initially kept Bethany a secret from her first boyfriend, Todd Grimshaw (Bruno Langley). When Bethany was two, Sarah was badly injured a car crash caused by her boyfriend, Aidan Critchley (Dean Ashton) and nearly died. When she survived, Sarah vowed to be the best mother she could as she realised just how much Bethany meant to her. She felt awful about the way she treated her, and as she grew older, did become more attentive to her daughter. When Gail's husband, Richard Hillman (Brian Capron) tried to kill Sarah, Gail, David (Jack P. Shepherd), Bethany and himself by driving the family car into the canal, Sarah undid Bethany's seat belt and swam to safety with her.

Much to Gail's disgust, Sarah and Bethany moved in with Sarah's boyfriend, Todd, who treated Bethany as his own. Gail was horrified that Sarah took Bethany and tried to convince Sarah to bring Bethany home, but Sarah refused so Gail tried to take Bethany, but she would not leave and Sarah said that Bethany knew whom she wanted to be with. Gail called Social Services to try to get Bethany returned but Sarah found out and was hurt that her mother would do such a thing and, for a while, refused to let Gail see Bethany and did not speak to her for months.

Bethany's father, Neil Fearns, never met Bethany, and neither he nor his parents had any interest in her. However, after Neil's death in a car accident, his mother, Brenda (Julia Deakin), made contact with Sarah and Bethany and they started bonding as Brenda felt Bethany was the only thing of Neil's she had left and desperately needed something to hold on to. This upset Gail, as she was estranged from Sarah, as she felt she was being replaced and cut out of Bethany's life when she was there from the beginning and had looked after her whilst Sarah was at school. Brenda was mentally unbalanced by her grief and planned to kill herself and Bethany so they could be with Neil. However, Emily Bishop (Eileen Derbyshire) found them and Bethany was rescued. Sarah later gave birth to Bethany's half-brother, Billy Platt, who died shortly afterwards. Todd was the father and was distraught at Billy's death. Sarah and Bethany went home and Bethany started attending Bessie Street primary school and was often looked after by Jason Grimshaw (Ryan Thomas) after he began dating Sarah.

On 17 September 2007, Bethany took an ecstasy tablet which David had hidden in her doll. David was so worried that he made Bethany drink salt water, hoping to make her sick but Sarah came home and Bethany told her she felt sick but Sarah thought it was due to a gas leak at her school, which was why David had been looking after Bethany. When Bethany started having fits, Sarah rushed her to hospital where doctors tried to stabilise her but couldn't so David admitted that Bethany had swallowed an "E" tablet, prompting Sarah to attack David. Bethany was sent to Intensive Care where she made a full recovery and came home on Sunday 23 September but Social Services had been notified about the ecstasy pill incident and they interviewed Sarah and discussed the possibility of Bethany going into care. As a result, Sarah told Gail that either David moved out or she and Bethany would, concerned about their safety so Gail told David to move out. When Bethany was discharged from hospital, she was told that she could have David's room.

Sarah planned revenge on David for ruining her wedding day to Jason and found the perfect opportunity when her uncle, Stephen Reid (Todd Boyce), offered David a job in Milan. David accepted and Sarah was jealous. Fed up of everyone indulging David and ignoring her, Sarah planted ecstasy in his drawer at Audrey's Salon and Audrey found it. Stephen withdrew the offer and Gail couldn't believe he was still using drugs after the incident. Sarah was offered the job and planned to move to Italy with Jason and Bethany. While at the train station, Sarah admitted that she had planted the drugs. Jason was horrified and told Sarah not to get on the train. However, Sarah and Bethany did get on the train and left for Italy.

Jake Webster[edit]

Jake Webster
Coronation Street character
Portrayed byUnknown
Duration2000
Appears on5 June 2000
Introduced byJane MacNaught
ClassificationFormer, guest

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

Sam Kingston[edit]

Sam Kingston
Coronation Street character
Portrayed byScott Wright
Duration2000–02
First appearance19 June 2000
Last appearance7 June 2002
Introduced byJane MacNaught
ClassificationFormer; regular
Profile
HomeIbiza

Sam Kingston is a builder played by actor Scott Wright, he first appeared on 19 June 2000. Soon after his arrival, Sam is revealed as a male stripper, disguising himself as "The Masked Python".

Karen McDonald[edit]

Main article: Karen McDonald

Phil Simmonds[edit]

Phil Simmonds
Coronation Street character
Portrayed byJack Deam
Duration2000-01
First appearance1 September 2000
Last appearance6 August 2001
Introduced byJane MacNaught
ClassificationFormer; recurring

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

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

Dean Sykes[edit]

Dean Sykes
Coronation Street character
Portrayed byCiaran Griffiths
Duration2000
First appearance11 October 2000
Last appearance12 October 2000
Introduced byJane MacNaught
ClassificationFormer; guest

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

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

Ray Sykes[edit]

Ray Sykes
Coronation Street character
Portrayed byPeter Guinness
Duration2000, 2002
First appearance13 October 2000
Last appearance22 April 2002
ClassificationFormer; recurring

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eve Elliott[edit]

Eve Elliott
Coronation Street character
Portrayed byMelanie Kilburn
Duration2000–02
First appearance20 October 2000
Last appearance10 May 2002
Introduced byJane MacNaught
ClassificationFormer; regular
Profile
OccupationPub landlady (2002)

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

Dotty Sutherland[edit]

Dotty Sutherland
Coronation Street character
Portrayed bySusie Baxter
Duration2000, 2005, 2008
First appearance22 October 2000
Last appearance31 October 2008
Introduced byJane MacNaught (2000)
Tony Wood (2005)
Kim Crowther (2008)
ClassificationFormer; recurring
Profile
HomeCyprus

Dotty Sutherland is the mother of Kirk Sutherland (Andrew Whyment) and Maria Connor (Samia Ghadie). She first appears on 22 October 2000. In 2005, She and her husband Eric (Steve Money) decide to relocate to Cyprus to run a donkey sanctuary and leave the dog kennels to Kirk for him to run. Dotty returns on 20 October 2008 to console her daughter following the death of her husband Liam (Rob James-Collier). Maria berates her parents for going on a cruise instead of to her wedding; Dotty says they had been hurt that Maria hadn't considered postponing the wedding until they got back. When she leaves on 31 October 2008, she tells her daughter that she wished she had met Liam.

Molly Hardcastle[edit]

Molly Hardcastle
Coronation Street character
Portrayed byJacqueline Kington
Duration2000-02
First appearance5 November 2000
Last appearance20 May 2002
Introduced byJane MacNaught
ClassificationFormer; regular
Profile
OccupationPractice Nurse

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

Matt Ramsden[edit]

Matt Ramsden
Coronation Street character
Portrayed byStephen Beckett
Duration2000-02, 2006
First appearance22 November 2000
Last appearance17 July 2006
Introduced byJane MacNaught (2000)
Steve Frost (2006)
ClassificationFormer; regular
Profile
OccupationDoctor

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

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

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

Charlie Ramsden[edit]

Charlie Ramsden
Coronation Street character
Portrayed byClare McGlinn
Duration2000–02
First appearance22 November 2000
Last appearance16 April 2002
Introduced byJane MacNaught
ClassificationFormer; regular
Profile
OccupationEnglish teacher

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

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

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

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

Wayne Hayes[edit]

Wayne Hayes
Coronation Street character
Portrayed byGary Damer
Duration2000-01
First appearance22 December 2000
Last appearance24 December 2001
Introduced byJane MacNaught

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

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

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

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

Jason Grimshaw[edit]

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Simon Green[edit]

Simon Green
Coronation Street character
Portrayed byLee Battle
Duration2000-01
First appearance31 December 2000
Last appearance5 November 2001
Introduced byJane MacNaught
ClassificationFormer; recurring

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Daran Little (2002). "Bobbi Lewis". Corrie.Net. Retrieved 2010-09-30. 
  2. ^ Simon Jeffery (4 January 2002). "Coronation Street". The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-10-01.