List of Coronation Street characters (1968)

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Jenny SuttonEdit

Jenny Sutton
Coronation Street character
Portrayed byMitzi Rogers
First appearance8 January 1968
Episode 737
Last appearance12 June 1968
Episode 782
Introduced byMichael Cox
ClassificationFormer; recurrring

Jennifer Louise "Jenny" Tanner (née Sutton) was the first wife of Dennis Tanner.

Jenny was raised in a family of nine at a fourth-floor flat near Battersea Power Station. In 1968, the attractive young blonde arrived in Weatherfield from London in search of her sister Monica, who had written to her telling her that she was staying with Dennis who was "a bit square but a nice guy". Monica was in fact part of Robert Croft's hippy commune camping out at 11 Coronation Street. After being put onto Dennis, Jenny joined the hippies even though she thought they were crazy. When the hippies moved on, Jenny remained and Dennis got her a job at the hotel where he was employed as a barman. Whilst there she had to fend off the unwanted advances of waiter Maurice Rowe, and when Dennis stood up for her he realised his affection for her. Jenny knew that Dennis liked her but returned to the South anyway. Dennis followed her and they became a couple while in London.

In March, they returned to Weatherfield and Jenny met Dennis's mother Elsie. Elsie gave them a hard time - they pretended to be married so she'd let them sleep together, but Jenny came clean with Elsie (although she'd seen through Dennis's lie anyway) and Elsie made Dennis sleep in the parlour. Elsie didn't take their relationship seriously as Dennis had never had a long-term relationship, and made Jenny feel unwelcome. When Jenny brought this up with Dennis, he told Elsie to be nicer to Jenny but things didn't improve so Jenny decided to return to London. To stop her, Dennis persuaded Minnie Caldwell to take her in at No.5, though they were surprised that the kindly pensioner was just as uncompromising about letting them sleep together as Elsie was. Minnie did, however, have a go at Elsie and make her realise how badly she was treating Jenny. After a few weeks Jenny got a job as a demonstrator at Ashworths, selling kitchen equipment. Jenny and Dennis decided to get engaged - although it was badly timed as Monica had also just got engaged, and their father Ernie refused to pay for two weddings. As Monica was marrying a bank manager, Ernie supported that union and Dennis had to borrow money to pay for his and Jenny's nuptials.

Jenny and Dennis got married on 29 May. During his bridegroom's speech, Dennis confessed to Jenny that he had to be in Bristol that evening to see his boss. Jenny didn't mind. It turned out to be a good move. as Dennis's boss was so impressed with his devotion to the company that he offered Dennis the position of area manager, based in Bristol. Jenny got a transfer at Ashworths and the Tanners moved. Before leaving Weatherfield, Jenny conspired with Linda Cheveski, to have Elsie's nephew Gary Bailey go to Weatherfield to keep Elsie company.

The Tanners were happily married until 1973 when Dennis was sent to prison for posing as a salesman in a scam to con old age pensioners. Jenny decided to make a clean break and start a new life, refusing to see Dennis or Elsie. Meeting with Ernie, Elsie blamed Jenny for what had happened to Dennis and couldn't believe that Jenny wasn't in on the scam or that she at least knew about it. Ernie insisted that the Tanners' marriage was now over and Jenny was having nothing to do with Dennis in future. Jenny and Dennis later divorced and she has not been seen or heard from since.

Maggie CookeEdit

Maggie Cooke
Coronation Street character
Portrayed byIrene Sutcliffe
First appearance1 April 1968
Episode 761
Last appearance13 January 1975
Episode 1459
Introduced byMichael Cox (1968)
Susi Hush (1974)
ClassificationFormer; regular
OccupationShop owner (1968–1974)
Morphine worker (1974–????)

Margaret "Maggie" Cooke (née Preston, previously Clegg) is played by Irene Sutcliffe. She ran the Corner Shop from 1968 to 1974. Maggie's storylines included her life with alcoholic husband Les Clegg, whom she divorced in 1969, her adopted son Gordon (her sister Betty Turpin was his birth mother) and a further marriage to reformed alcoholic, Ron Cooke, on 10 July 1974. She emigrated to Zaire after the wedding but made a brief return to the street in December of the same year when Gordon found out that Betty was his mother. She rejoined her husband the following month and has not returned to the street since.

In 2003, she was still living in Zaire. In 2012, when her sister Betty died, Maggie was not at the funeral or mentioned. A photograph of her was seen on the shelf in the background when Gordon, Emily, Rita and Stella went to Betty's house to sort through her belongings.

In 2019, a writer from Soap World included Maggie and Ron's ceremony in their feature profiling soap weddings. They wrote "this marriage was sparked by a response to a lonely hearts ad in a newspaper!"[1]

Les CleggEdit

Les Clegg
Coronation Street character
Portrayed byJohn Sharp
First appearance1 April 1968
Episode 761
Last appearance12 June 1968
Episode 782
Introduced byMichael Cox
ClassificationFormer; guest

Les Clegg is played by John Sharp. He and his wife Maggie buy the Corner Shop from David Barlow in 1968. Les was an alcoholic, and this leads to the breakup of their marriage; Maggie divorces Les in 1970. According to Betty Turpin, Les died sometime before Maggie's wedding to Ron Cooke.

Gordon CleggEdit

Gordon Clegg
Coronation Street character
Portrayed byBill Kenwright (1968–1995, 2012)
Geoffrey Leesley (2002–2004)
Duration1968–1969, 1974–1976, 1982, 1995, 2002, 2004, 2012
First appearance15 April 1968
Episode 765
Last appearance20 April 2012
Episode 7849
Introduced byMichael Cox (1968)
Susi Hush (1974, 1975)
Bill Podmore (1976, 1982)
Sue Pritchard (1995)
Jane MacNaught (2002)
Kieran Roberts (2004)
Phil Collinson (2012)
ClassificationFormer; recurring

Gordon Clegg (also Preston), played by Bill Kenwright, made his first on-screen appearance on 15 April 1968. Kenwright played the role until 1995 and Geoffrey Leesley took over from 2002-04.[2] On 31 January 2012, Sharon Marshall revealed Kenwright would reprise his role as Gordon for Betty Williams' funeral, which was broadcast in April that year.[2]

In 1968, Les Clegg bought the Corner Shop and the Cleggs moved there, with Gordon living in the flat above the shop. Maggie wanted Gordon to focus on his studies and not work behind the counter so Maggie was dismayed when Gordon fell for young Lucille Hewitt. Lucille took some convincing to agree to go out with Gordon, as she thought he was too mothered by Maggie, but he impressed her when he fought for her attentions with Gary Strauss and Ray Langton. Gordon and Lucille faced Maggie's objections when Gordon decided to show Lucille that he was committed to her by suggesting that they elope to Gretna Green and return as husband and wife, even though it would mean missing his exams. He and Lucille went to the railway station, without telling their families but when they missed their train; Lucille convinced him that they should return. Gordon passed his exams and began thinking about his career prospects. As Lucille pressed ahead with wedding preparations and set a date for Easter Saturday 1969, Gordon realised he could not marry her and cancelled the wedding. Ashamed of his actions, he took a job at the head office of an accountancy firm in London and upset Maggie by moving there permanently.

In 1971, Gordon became engaged to Jennifer Swann. She visited Weatherfield to meet Maggie but she and Gordon did not marry. Gordon returned to Weatherfield in 1974 for Maggie and Ron Cooke's wedding. Gordon gave Maggie away and saw her off as she moved to Zaire with Ron. Gordon agreed to handle the sale of the shop but arranged to rent it to Megan "Granny" Hopkins for £14 a week, with the money counting towards the eventual sale to the Hopkins'. Before returning to London, he infuriated Betty by having a one-night stand with Beverley Mather. The Hopkins' were determined to get a good deal on the shop and they found Gordon's birth certificate behind a sideboard, revealing his true mother's name. Granny Hopkins was intending to blackmail Gordon but Maggie told him the truth before the Hopkins' could. Gordon was stunned by the news and reacted initially by warning the Hopkins', who did a midnight flit, and going out to celebrate the fact that Les Clegg was not his father. After getting over the initial shock, he began treating Betty as his mother. In 1976, Gordon visited to arrange the sale of the shop to Renee Bradshaw.

In 1982, Gordon married Caroline Wilson and they had a son, Peter, in 1985. In 1995, Gordon gave Betty away when she married wartime romance, Billy Williams. As Billy was an old flame of Betty's, Gordon wondered if he could be his father but Betty said that he was not. When Betty decided to retire in 2002, Gordon invited her to live with him and his family in Wimbledon, although Caroline was not keen on the idea. After some consideration, Betty decided to stay in Weatherfield as she enjoyed working too much. Gordon suggested it again the following year after Betty's house caught fire, but she did not stay with them long. In 2004, Gordon visited Betty and brought her flowers for her eighty-fourth birthday.

Betty continued to visit Gordon for many more years, including Christmases. In 2012, he visited her when she was ill but learnt that she had died. Devastated, Gordon went to the Rovers Return to tell her friends. He planned to have her buried at a cemetery in London, but seeing how loved Betty was, he decided the right thing to do was have her buried next to Cyril in Weatherfield. Gordon went through her things with Emily Bishop, Rita Sullivan and then-Rovers landlady Stella Price. They found a letter written by former landlady Annie Walker which revealed that she wanted Betty to run the pub after she retired, but Stella did not want Gordon to know until she saw a solicitor. On the day of the funeral, they told Gordon about the letter but he knew that his mother was happy working at the pub although she had turned down the offer. At the wake in the Rovers Return, he read a letter from Betty, thanking all her friends for all the good years. Gordon handed barman Sean Tully another letter from Betty, containing her secret hotpot recipe. Gordon said goodbye before departing later in the evening.

Dickie FlemingEdit

Dickie Fleming
Coronation Street character
Portrayed byNigel Humphries
First appearance5 June 1968
Episode 780
Last appearance6 May 1970
Episode 977
Introduced byRichard Doubleday
ClassificationFormer; regular

Dickie Fleming is played by Nigel Humphries. Eighteen-year-old Dickie, and his fiancé Audrey Bright move into number three shortly before they wed in 1968. The following year, the Flemings took Ray Langton as a lodger and Dickie became jealous as Ray and Audrey flirted with one another. Audrey later fell for Ray and when Dickie confronted her, she admitted she no longer loved him. Rejected, Dickie informed Ray's fiancé Sandra Butler of what had been going on, before leaving Weatherfield for good.

Audrey FlemingEdit

Audrey Fleming
Coronation Street character
Portrayed byGillian McCann
First appearance5 June 1968
Episode 780
Last appearance13 May 1970
Episode 979
Introduced byRichard Doubleday
ClassificationFormer; regular

Audrey Fleming (née Bright) is played by Gillian McCann. Shortly after arriving, 16-year-old Audrey married Dickie Fleming and they set up home at number three. In 1969, the Flemings took Ray Langton as lodger and Audrey enjoyed a flirtation with Ray, leading Dickie to become jealous and throw him out, before having a change of heart. Ray and Audrey became closer and he was about to make his move before a coach accident lost him to use of his legs.

Ray instead took a liking to new girl in the area Sandra Butler, who liked to care for him, and they became engaged. As Ray recovered, his and Audrey's attraction grew and Audrey fell in love with him. Eventually, Dickie confronted Audrey and she admitted she no longer loved him, she had fallen for Ray. Feeling rejected, Dickie took revenge in telling Sandra what had been going on before he left the area. Ray was committed to Sandra however, and after stringing her along and effectively ending her marriage, he let her down and Audrey fled Weatherfield.

Gary BaileyEdit

Gary Bailey
Coronation Street character
Portrayed byWarren Clarke
First appearance17 June 1968
Episode 783
Last appearance26 June 1969
Episode 786
Introduced byRichard Doubleday
ClassificationFormer; guest

Gary Bailey was Elsie Tanner's nephew, the son of her sister Phyllis.

In June 1968, Linda Cheveski and Jenny Tanner sent Gary to Weatherfield to keep Elsie company as Dennis had just moved to Bristol and she was now on her own. Gary arrived from down south where he had been staying for three months with his Auntie Ethel, who had recently suffered a nervous breakdown. Elsie hadn't seen Gary since he was aged eleven, and was interested to hear that although Gary's father was still alive, Phyllis was now on her third husband.

Gary tried to interest the residents in investing; he made Stan Ogden £8 by buying and selling a chair, but Elsie wasn't quite so impressed when he used £200 she'd loaned him to buy her a white Jaguar, as she couldn't drive. Gary left Weatherfield in the Jag a week later, before Elsie could sell it; she had crashed it into Ken Barlow's car while trying to get to grips with the vehicle (Gary had been with her, but bailed out as her reckless driving terrified him).

Effie SpicerEdit

Effie Spicer
Coronation Street character
Portrayed byAnn Dyson
First appearance26 June 1968
Episode 786
Last appearance26 March 1969
Episode 862
Introduced byRichard Doubleday (1968)
John Finch (1968)
ClassificationFormer; regular

Effie Spicer is played by Ann Dyson. She moved into the new maisonettes that were built after the Glad Tidings Mission Hall was demolished in 1968. During her time on Coronation Street she clashed on many occasions with her neighbour Ena Sharples. Effie left the street in 1969.

Joe DonnelliEdit

Joe Donnelli
Coronation Street character
Portrayed byShane Rimmer
Duration1967–1968, 1970
First appearance21 August 1967
Episode 697
Last appearance21 December 1970
Episode 103

Joe Donnelli, played by Shane Rimmer, is a former American GI. Joe is dealing with gambling debts and blames Steve Tanner for it, and in his idea of revenge, he pushes Steve down a flight of stairs, killing him. For nearly two years Joe gets away with the murder when the chief suspect is Len Fairclough. On 12 December 1970, Joe returns to the Street and kidnaps Minnie Caldwell but his plan backfires when he is cornered by Irma Barlow, so he holds her hostage in the corner shop and confesses to murdering Steve. Irma manages to escape and Joe goes to No. 5 Coronation Street and holds Minnie and Bobby hostage. Later Stan Ogden takes Minnie's place, but Stan is unaware that Joe is armed with a gun and is forced to sing Christmas carols to Joe. When the police arrive and surround the house, Joe commits suicide by shooting himself after realising there is no escape.

Alice PickensEdit

Alice Pickens
Coronation Street character
Portrayed byDoris Hare
First appearance18 November 1968
Episode 825
Last appearance1 September 1969
Episode 906
Introduced byJohn Finch (1968)
H.V. Kershaw (1969)
ClassificationFormer; recurring

Alice Pickens is played by Doris Hare. She appears in the series between 1968 and 1969. She became engaged to Albert Tatlock but the marriage was called off.


  1. ^ "The greatest loves of all". Soap World. (nextmedia) (323): 46–48. August 2019.
  2. ^ a b Kilkelly, Daniel. "Bill Kenwright to return for Betty's funeral". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 31 January 2012.