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List of Coronation Street characters (2014)


List of Coronation Street characters (2014)

Coronation Street is a British soap opera first broadcast on 9 December 1960. The following is a list of characters that appeared in 2014, by order of first appearance. All characters were introduced by series producer Stuart Blackburn. Sharif Nazir, father of established character Kal, made his first appearance in February. Luke Britton and Michael Rodwell began appearing from March. Alya Nazir arrived in June, while her grandmother Yasmeen Nazir turned up in July. In August, Steve McDonald's enemy, Dean Upton, arrived in Weatherfield. Zeedan Nazir joined in September, completing the Nazir family. Gemma Winter and Callum Logan appeared from October, while Andy Carver made his debut in November pretending to be Gavin Rodwell. Billy Mayhew and Erica Holroyd were introduced in December.


  • Sharif Nazir 1
  • Luke Britton 2
  • Michael Rodwell 3
  • Alya Nazir 4
  • Yasmeen Nazir 5
  • Dean Upton 6
  • Zeedan Nazir 7
  • Gemma Winter 8
  • Callum Logan 9
  • Andy Carver 10
  • Billy Mayhew 11
  • Erica Holroyd 12
  • Others 13
  • References 14
  • External links 15

Sharif Nazir

Sharif Nazir, played by Marc Anwar, made his first screen appearance on 24 February 2014.[1] The character and casting was announced on 13 January 2014.[2] Sharif is the father of Kal Nazir (Jimi Mistry), who was introduced in December 2013, and will be part of the show's first Muslim family.[2] The show's producer Stuart Blackburn commented that he was "loving him on paper already" and added "Sharif retired some time ago. He isn't rich, but he'd made enough money. We imagine that there were some health problems and his wife said, 'Now you're no longer going to go to work 12 hours a day!'"[2] He is the father of Kal Nazir (Jimi Mistry) and husband of Yasmeen Nazir (Shelley King).

Luke Britton

Luke Britton
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Dean Fagan
Duration 2014–
First appearance Episode 8334
3 March 2014
Introduced by Stuart Blackburn
Classification Present; regular
Occupation Mechanic
Residence 9 Coronation Street

Luke Britton, played by Dean Fagan, made his first screen appearance on 3 March 2014.[3] The character and casting was announced on 1 December 2013.[4] Luke is the brother of established character Steph Britton (Tisha Merry) and will be introduced as a replacement for Tommy Duckworth, after Chris Fountain was fired from the show for posting inappropriate videos online.[4] Billed as "hunky", Luke is a mechanic, who finds employment at Kevin Webster's (Michael Le Vell) garage. His sister gets him the job after hearing about the open position.[4] Colin Daniels from Digital Spy reported that Steph is "very protective" of Luke.[4] During his review of the upcoming soap characters, Jon Horsley from Yahoo! TV said viewers should be excited for Luke's arrival, saying "Well, he's hunky, handy with a spanner and sure to stir things up. Let's just hope he doesn't start any online rapping."[5]

Luke helps his sister, Steph, move in to Carla Connor (Alison King) get drunk and go back to her flat. She makes it clear she wants to sleep with him but he leaves as he does want to take advantage. He later offers to Steph to have "a word" with Nick Tilsley (Ben Price) after he is nasty to her. He then begins a romantic relationship with Maria Connor.

Michael Rodwell

Michael Rodwell
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Les Dennis
Duration 2014–
First appearance Episode 8349
24 March 2014
Introduced by Stuart Blackburn
Classification Present; regular
Other names Intruder
Occupation Switch operator
Ice cream man
Residence 8 Coronation Street (2014–15)
11 Coronation Street (2015)
5 Grasmere Drive (2015–)

Michael Marlon Rodwell (credited as "Intruder" in his first appearance), played by former Family Fortunes presenter Les Dennis, made his first screen appearance on 24 March 2014.[6] The character and Dennis' casting were announced on 23 January 2014.[7] Dennis began filming for the show on 27 January. Michael has been billed as a "petty criminal". His arrival saw him break into one of the street's households. Of his casting Dennis stated "I'm so thrilled to be joining the cast of Coronation Street. It has always been my favourite television programme. Mixing high drama with some of the best comedy on screen." Producer Stuart Blackburn described securing the established television personality a "real coup" for the show.[7]

Michael first appears on the street in

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  16. ^ Coronation Street's Oliver Farnworth: 'Gavin twist is fantastic' - Coronation Street Interview - Soaps - Digital Spy
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Character Date(s) Actor Circumstances
Fran Heath 3 February Suzanne Procter[22] Fran is Maddie Heath's (Amy James-Kelly) mother.
Ben Heath 3 February, 2 May, 12 June 2015 Charlie Concannon[22] Ben is Maddie Heath's (Amy James-Kelly) younger brother. He attends Maddie's funeral on 12 June 2015.
Neil Beckett 16 June–29 September William Travis Neil is Andrea Beckett's (Hayley Tamaddon) husband, who she has not told anyone about, including her boyfriend Lloyd Mullaney (Craig Charles). When Neil discovers the truth, Andrea leaves him for Lloyd and he tries to win her back.

Neil returns home after three months working on his engineering job in Nigeria with presents for Andrea. Behind his back, she looks torn. Andrea tells Neil she has to go into work to cover for absent staff, even though he wants her to spend the day with him. Neil tells her he’s postponed his return to Nigeria so they can spend more time together and suggests they visit their daughter Jessica in Liverpool. Andrea makes her excuses and leaves him alone. Andrea arrives home to a cooked meal from Neil but makes her excuses to go to bed early and avoid him. Taking a breather outside the Rovers, Andrea is startled when Neil arrives unannounced to join her. She manages to walk him away off home before Lloyd comes out, puzzled as to where she has got to. Andrea plucks up her courage and tells Neil she's leaving him but doesn't tell him about Lloyd.

Steve is stunned to hear that Andrea is married. Michelle tells him that Andrea's gone to tell Neil that it's over between them and, if she doesn't, Steve will have to tell Lloyd himself. As Andrea prepares to leave, Neil asks her to wait and talk some more. Lloyd and Steve arrive at Andrea's address - only to find it isn't: she gave Lloyd a false address. Steve tells Lloyd what he's just found out himself about Andrea’s marriage. Lloyd at first refuses to believe him but the truth finally gets through. He returns to his flat and, after a moment, Andrea turns up, complete with her bags. Lloyd throws her out after she lied to him. As Andrea packs the last of her things, Neil begs her to give him another chance but her mind is made up. Andrea turns up in the Street and begs Steve to listen to her side of the story. She breaks down and Steve hugs her, watched from a distance by Neil who has followed her. He then follows Steve into the Rovers and listens in to him talking about the Street Cars business. Steve picks up a fare - it is Neil. Neil doesn't tell Steve who he is. He unnerves Steve with his responses at attempts at conversation. Neil quizzes Steve about his private life. Steve loses his temper and asks him to leave the cab. Neil does so, making a passing comment about "friendly" cabbies. Lloyd refuses to talk to Andrea when she accosts him in the street. Again, Steve comforts her and she grabs onto his words of comfort as an offer to spend the night in the Rovers as she has nowhere else to go. Neil watches them talking together. Neil makes enquiries of Owen and Gary if Steve is married. Andrea finds Neil in the ginnel who says he knows she has another man. He enters the Rovers through the back door and to Andrea’s horror, confronts Steve, accusing him of having an affair with his wife. Lloyd steps forward and explains to Neil that he’s the "other man", not Steve. Lloyd explains to Neil that Andrea has been lying to both of them and he never wants to see her again. He also makes it clear to Steve that he's not happy that he has given Andrea shelter. Neil turns up at the locked cab office but Steve sees him off and enters with his own key. Neil tries to get into the back of the pub to see Andrea but Eva tells him she's gone out.

Neil tells Lloyd that Andrea has gone missing and no one has heard from her. Neil approaches Andrea and Lloyd in the street and begs Andrea to give him another chance but she says no. Neil approaches Andrea again and begs for a talk. Neil tells Andrea he has a new contract for a year in the Philippines starting the next week and he wants her to come with him. She rushes off without giving an answer. Neil bombards Andrea with text messages saying he's in the Rovers and wants to talk. Jenna storms out and Lloyd decides to meet Neil himself. Lloyd is taken aback by Neil's genial demeanour.

Lloyd and Andrea are pleased as Neil will have left the country by now. They're stunned when he walks into the Rovers and tells Andrea he let the plane go without him to have another go at talking her round. Lloyd is livid when she agrees to hear him out. Neil tells Andrea he'll do anything to make her happy. Lloyd worries he'll get through to her. Neil accepts defeat and takes Andrea for one last drink. Andrea is dismayed when her drink with Neil turns into yet another attempt to talk her round, as he reminds her of happier times. Lloyd wonders where Neil and Andrea are. Andrea spells it out to Neil that she hasn't loved him for ages and is running out of pity for him. Lloyd marches into the bistro to send Neil packing. Andrea is annoyed when he causes a scene but relieved when Neil leaves. Andrea is creeped out when she sees Neil hanging around outside Lloyd's flat. Lloyd tries to see him off but Neil announces his intention to remain day and night until Andrea changes her mind. Steve and Lloyd are puzzled when Street Cars receives fake call-outs and a load of pizzas they didn't order. Neil casually lets them know he's behind it. Neil pesters Andrea with texts. Steve suggests Lloyd play Neil at his own game. Steve and Lloyd observe from afar as a clown they've ordered calls at Neil's house for a non-existent child's party. They're surprised when Neil invites him in. Neil tells Steve and Lloyd their plan backfired as he and the clown are kindred spirits. He passes on a message to Andrea that her mother is in hospital.

Lloyd and Andrea decide to have a picnic in the Rovers' yard. Neil watches them from his car. Neil interrupts Lloyd and Andrea's picnic and settles down with a pint to watch them. Andrea is furious when she hears from him about Lloyd sending the clown round. Andrea is concerned as neither she nor Neil have heard from their daughter Jess who was due back from Cambodia the previous day. Neil comes to see Andrea but is told to leave her alone. Lloyd is furious to see a notice in the Gazette placed by Neil celebrating his and Andrea's anniversary. Steve lets slip to Neil that Lloyd and Andrea are at the bistro. Neil takes a table next to Lloyd and Andrea at the bistro. From the adjoining table, Neil chats constantly to Lloyd and Andrea and even buys them all champagne. Lloyd can't take Neil's presence anymore and offers to take him outside but Andrea calms him down. Andrea tells Neil she wants a divorce. Neil begs Andrea not to divorce him. She's worried he'll do something to himself and decides to check on him but Lloyd insists on going instead in case it's a ploy to talk her round. Lloyd lets himself into Neil's house and finds him in a chirpy mood, clearly expecting Andrea.

Lloyd notices Neil has set candles and wine and threatens to call the police if he bothers Andrea again. The police call at Lloyd's flat and bring him in for questioning as Neil has accused him of harassment. Lloyd is aggrieved when the police tell him to stay away from Neil. Neil appears to taunt Lloyd and Andrea and tells them he's going to make sure they're never happy together. Lloyd and Andrea are annoyed to see Neil in the cafe. Andrea tries a different tactic - being nice to him, and Lloyd joins in. Neil tells Andrea he knows what she's doing but it won't work - he's going to be her shadow until she sees the error of her ways.

Lloyd chats to Michelle about her wedding planning service and asks her hypothetically what services she would provide for him and Andrea. Neil overhears them and thinks they are actual plans. He walks out of the Rovers and sees the ladder outside No. 4. Neil pinches the ladder and climbs up on to the roof of the Rovers. Tim is stuck on the roof of No. 4 and tries to alert Sally who is happily watching television inside. Lloyd and Dev see the two men and Tim yells at them to bring the ladders back to him. Liz comes out and stops them being moved before Neil comes down off her roof. Andrea comes back from work and sees what's going on. Neil refuses to come down until the engagement is broken. He doesn't believe their excuses. Neil refuses to come down until Andrea comes back to him. She climbs up the ladder to talk to him and tells him she's never coming home. Andrea slips and Liz tells Lloyd and Dev to get Andrea in through the window but they can't get her into position to pull her in. Neil tells her to trust him and manages to pull her on to the roof. Neil is upset that he almost lost Andrea but he accepts now she loves Lloyd. The police and fire brigade arrive to rescue Andrea and Neil. He asks her to remember him as he once was, when they were happy. They are brought down and Lloyd goes for Neil who is taken away by the police as Kevin and Kal get Tim down. Lloyd is confident he and Andrea have seen the last of Neil, but he turns up to say the police have let him off with a caution and he's leaving the country for good. Neil tells Lloyd and Andrea he's seen the light and is truly sorry. Lloyd is so eager to get rid of him that he drives him to the airport free of charge.

Siobhan Davies 25 June Jessica Forrest[23] Siobhan and her friend Alya Nazir (Sair Khan) meet Jason Grimshaw (Ryan Thomas) and Gary Windass (Mikey North) in a club. Siobhan and Jason leave the club separately, leaving Alya and Gary alone together.
Eugene Clelland 21 July–3 November Fine Time Fontayne[24] Clelland is Peter Barlow's (Chris Gascoyne) prison cellmate.
Barbara Deakin 19 September, 20 March 2015 Beatrice Kelly[25] Barbara is Michael Rodwell's (Les Dennis) aunt. She tells him that her mother died young and so did Michael's father both from a heart condition.
Macca 3 October– Gareth Berliner Macca is a drug dealer and old friend of Kylie Platt (Paula Lane).
Diane Mellor 5–7 December Julia Montgomery Brown Diane is Kevin Webster's (Michael Le Vell) new love interest from Hale Barns. Robin Mellor's American wife, Diane, turns up at the garage, looking for her sofa. Diane tells Kevin that Robin sold the sofa out of spite in their bitter divorce. Clearly smitten by her, Kevin tells her he sold the sofa to a random guy named "Barney" in the Rovers. Diane insists they go for a drink to see if they can find him. Jason almost gives the game away about the sofa in front of Diane. She leaves and Kevin promises to call her if he finds "Barney". Kevin is pleased when Diane texts him, wanting to meet him in the Rovers again that night but tells Tim he’s worried about the risk of someone saying something. Diane meets Kevin. He suggests they go to the Weatherfield Arms instead as he knows that "Barney" won't be in the Rovers but she would rather try the bistro instead. Diane and Kevin enjoy each other's company at the bistro. He confesses his past sins with Molly Dobbs. Kevin's horrified when Sally and Tim turn up at the bistro and Diane asks them to join their table. Sally’s instantly impressed with Diane and wonders how she and Kevin met. He quickly changes the subject. Sally covers for Tim's employment when Diane makes enquiries about it and spends the night trying to show off to her. When Sally suggests Diane come back to her house for a nightcap, Tim and Kevin desperately cover, using a wasp sting as the best excuse they can think of. Diane nips to the ladies' and Tim and Kevin have a chance to tell Sally that she's the sofa's owner. Feeling guilty, Sally has no choice but to join in the deception or lose the sofa. Diane agrees to go back to Kevin's for a coffee. Sally wonders what a classy lady like Diane sees in Kevin and rues the fact that she can't invite her back to her house. Tim tells her she'll have to choose what to give up; a friendship with Diane or the sofa. Diane meets Jack and promises to see a pleased Kevin again. Owen drops Kevin in it by telling Diane about Kevin giving Sally his new sofa. Diane meets Kevin for lunch at the bistro, and tries to get him to come clean about the sofa. He keeps up the Barney cover story, saying Barney has gone out of town. Kevin is worried when Diane insists on dropping in on Sally. He tries to stop her but she barges in regardless and sees the sofa. Kevin tries to convince her the sofa doesn't matter, but she demands they return it tomorrow or she'll sue. Sally is offended by her stipulation that they put a cover over it in the meantime.


Erica returns in May 2015, and tells Nick that she is pregnant with his child. This causes a dilemma for Nick, who is trying to impress Carla Connor (Alison King). Nick tells Erica that he will stand by her and the baby, which delights her. She rekindles her fling with Nick, although is aware of his chemistry with Carla. She confides in Liz on numerous occasions that she feels having a baby at 50 years of age is very risky, but Liz reassures her. When Nick throws her a birthday party for her 50th birthday, Erica is upset and humiliated, especially as Carla is present. During a pub quiz, Erica doubles over in pain and is taken to hospital by Liz and Nick. Later, Erica and Nick are devastated to learn that she has miscarried the baby. Despite holding strong feelings for Carla, Nick stands by Erica and even invites her to move in with him, but after he has sex with Carla, she realises that she is always going to be second best, so leaves Nick. Erica is later seen in the Rovers with Liz and Lloyd Mullaney (Craig Charles), where the trio talk about their failed love lives.

Erica comes to Coronation Street to see her friend, Liz McDonald, who agrees that she can stay with her for a few weeks over Christmas. Gail McIntyre (Helen Worth) catches an impatient Erica helping herself to a drink at the Bistro, leaving the money on the bar. Gail orders her son and the Bistro's owner, Nick Tilsley (Ben Price), to throw Erica out, but he refuses. Erica offers to take over Gail's duties and Nick is impressed by her customer service. Erica gives Nick her phone number. Erica flirts with Nick and she invites him back to The Rovers, where they have sex. Erica later learns that Nick is a changed man since he met her. Erica confides in Liz that she only ever wanted a holiday fling with Nick and she is worried that he expects more. As she prepares to leave, Erica learns from Leanne Battersby (Jane Danson) that Nick feels the same as her and only wanted a fling. Erica pays Liz an unexpected visit in March, much to the annoyance of Gail, who's hen party is taking place at The Rovers.

Erica Holroyd,[20] played by Claire King, made her first screen appearance on 15 December 2014. The character and casting was announced on 23 September 2014.[21] Of joining the show, King said "I am beyond thrilled to be joining the cast of Coronation Street playing the funny and feisty Erica, who looks certain to ruffle a few feathers once her high heels hit those world famous cobbles!"[21] Erica comes to Coronation Street to visit her old friend Liz McDonald (Beverley Callard). While she was on the Street, Erica had a brief relationship with Nick Tilsley (Ben Price).[21]

Erica Holroyd
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Claire King
Duration 2014–
First appearance Episode 8532
15 December 2014
Introduced by Stuart Blackburn
Classification Present; regular

Erica Holroyd

Todd overhears Sean and Billy discussing Jason’s condition and how he might need a kidney transplant. Kevin's party gets underway with Sally, Sophie, Tim, Kirk, Andrea, Sean, Lloyd, Gail, Rita, Steve and Billy in attendance. Lloyd and Andrea leave in a classic American 1950s car, organised by Luke and decorated with balloons by Sean and Billy.

Billy says he’d rather stay in than go to the bistro. Sean’s disappointed, realising he’s worried about being seen together. Sean rustles up a meal for Billy but his disappointment is evident. Todd and Jason interrupt Billy and Sean's evening. Todd enjoys ruining Billy and Sean's evening. Billy apologises to Sean and assures him he’s not ashamed of their relationship. Sean’s nervous about attending Billy’s church Bring and Buy sale and has got Eileen to agree to go to it with Adrian. Julie accompanies Sean to the sale, posing with him as a couple. Billy is amused. Sean is pleased when Billy asks him to organise the raffle tickets at the sale. Sean meets Bishop Redmond at the sale and starts to gabble in a panic until Billy sends him away. Julie takes Billy to task for upsetting Sean. He calls on Sean and explains how he’s told the Bishop he can’t live a lie - that Sean is his boyfriend and that he has to accept it. Sean is touched. Billy invites Sean back to the vicarage for the night. The Windasses and Hodges arrive in church for Miley's christening, with Billy performing the ceremony. Billy tells the Barlows he'll be conducting Deirdre's funeral and asks them what kind of service Deirdre would want. Sean and Billy tell Kylie, David and Sarah that Jason might be brain damaged.

A furious Billy calls round with the Gazette which carries the front-page story of his and Sean's run-in with the pub landlord. He's furious as he meets his new Bishop for the first time today and he who has very conservative views on homosexuality. Sean is forced to admit that Julie was responsible. Billy is furious. Billy and Sean show Julie the story. Mortified, she apologises. Billy is tense before his meeting. Eileen tells Sean that Billy's congregation will support him. Billy comes back from his meeting with the Bishop. He’s upset as he explains to Sean that the Bishop made his disapproval of the publicity plain and in desperation Billy lied to him, assuring him that he and Sean have ended their relationship. Sean is devastated.

Sean and Billy prepare for a day's ramble in the Peak District. Worn out after a long walk, Sean and Billy find a country pub where they book a room for the night. Making out there’s been a double-booking, the landlord tells Sean and Billy there’s no longer a room available. Billy and Sean confront the pub landlord, accusing him of fabricating the double-booking to disguise his homophobia. The landlord orders them to leave. Sean and Billy return to Weatherfield and arrive back at No.11, telling Eileen and Adrian what happened. Billy tells Sean how proud he was of him in the pub and how annoyed he was that he was hurt by the landlord. Billy sets out to see Lucy, a sick child of his parish. Weatherfield Gazette reporter Naila Badal calls on a horrified Sean and asks details of the landlord and his own relationship with Billy. Billy arrives back saying that Lucy has died. Sean forgets his anger as he comforts him. Eileen hears about Lucy's death and gives Sean and Billy some space. Billy confesses to Sean that he’s falling in love with him.

Billy asks Emily for help in hosting a comedy night at the church to raise funds. She appears uncomfortable with the idea and with him and Sean being together. Billy has flyers distributed for the church comedy night. Emily is coldly polite with him and Sean wonders if she disapproves of the two of them together. Sean does his best to drum up interest in the comedy night, promising an unenthusiastic Billy that he'll be there. Sean is worried about his and Billy's coming-out together at the comedy night. Billy steels himself and explains to Sean that as he’s still very much the new vicar, he doesn’t yet want his congregation to know that he’s gay. Sean is hurt and decides not to go along. Sean takes his temper out on Emily, calling her a bigot for not supporting Billy, just as the man himself walks in. Emily’s shocked and assures Sean she is neither a bigot nor a homophobe but just a traditionalist when it comes to how her faith is practiced and merely prefers a choir to a comedy night. Moreover, Billy's private life is entirely his own affair. Realising he misjudged the situation, Sean offers an embarrassed apology. Billy is furious with him. Todd's secretly pleased. Billy takes Sean to task for attacking an old lady and leaves for the comedy night without him. Billy buries the hatchet with Emily. Sean wants to make up with Billy but doesn't do anything about it as he thinks he's blown his chances. Emily lures Billy to the Rovers on the pretext of asking him to help a parishioner before telling him and Sean to get over themselves. Sean and Billy struggle to sort out their differences as Sean refuses to be kept in a box. Sean decides to keep his relationship with Billy a secret if it's the only way of keeping him. Sean puts up posters for Billy’s charity butler auction. Sean and Billy compete to recruit volunteer butlers for the auction. Kevin agrees to be in the auction and tells Billy to put Tyrone down as well. Sean and Billy make arrangements for the Rovers to be decorated for the butler auction but neither Liz nor Michelle are impressed with the list of Kevin, Tyrone, Kal, Sharif and Sean himself as the men to bid for. The night is a success, though.

Beth Tinker's hen night gets underway at the Rovers. Beth mistakes Billy for a stripper. Sean invites Billy to the wedding as his plus one. Sean has given up on Billy when he arrives, having been held up at work. Billy texts Sean and tells him about Eileen calling him. Sean doesn't mind her interfering but tells her to be out when Billy comes over. Billy shows concern for Sean and tells him he has feelings for him. Billy calls early on Sean for their date before he's dressed and ready. Eileen's son Todd is jealous as Sean and Billy go on their date. Sean and Billy enjoy their date in the Rovers but it’s cut short when Billy is called away to visit a parishioner in trouble. Sean gets uptight as a date with Billy nears. Sean and Billy join Jason and Eva for her birthday dinner in the bistro. Sean is expecting Billy for dinner and is out to impress him with his food. The guests have all arrived for Sean's posh home-cooked dinner for Billy, but Eva is late.

Sean and his colleague Sinead Tinker (Katie McGlynn) are about to head home after an uneventful evening at a club when suddenly Sinead makes Sean talk to a man he spots in the club. Billy Mayhew, the man in the club, tells Sean he's just moved to Weatherfield from Peterborough. Billy tells Sean that he's the new vicar at St. Mary's Church. They swap numbers. Sean tells his friend Eileen that he has a new man. Emily introduces Eileen and Sean to the new vicar, Billy. Sean and Billy don't let on that they know each other. Sean is nervous as he goes for a date with Billy at the bistro. Billy puts him at ease and they arrange a proper night out together. Sean’s desperate to make a good impression as Billy arrives at No.11. Billy enjoys his meal. Sean frets over what to say to Billy's text of thanks.

Billy Mayhew, played by Daniel Brocklebank, made his first screen appearance on 5 December 2014.[18] The character and Brocklebank's casting was announced on 24 September 2014.[19] He began filming in October.[19] Billy is a vicar and will be introduced as a love interest for Sean Tully (Antony Cotton).[19] Series producer Stuart Blackburn commented on the storyline, saying "It's about time Sean had a romance, he's been unlucky in love for a long time. Billy is a great guy who is sincere about his feelings for Sean, but his first love is and always will be God and the Church."[19]

Billy Mayhew
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Daniel Brocklebank
Duration 2014–
First appearance Episode 8527
5 December 2014
Introduced by Stuart Blackburn
Classification Present; regular
Occupation Vicar

Billy Mayhew

After months of living a lie, Andy's secret comes out when Michael receives a photo album from his ex-wife, containing photos of the true Gavin.

At Gail and Michael's rearranged wedding, Andy makes a heartfelt speech about how close he has grown to Michael and how pleased he is to see him happy. Steph hears something in his words that makes her think it is a goodbye speech, her suspicions later proving true when she goes to Andy's flat and finds him packed and ready to leave. However, he tells Steph he cannot bear to leave her.

Much to Andy's relief, Gavin plans to leave the UK with his pay-off. However, Andy is stunned to receive a phone call the next day telling him that Gavin has been killed in a car crash, apparently drunk at the wheel. When Gail hears the news she tells Andy they have to keep it from Michael, telling him that to all intents and purposes, he now IS Gavin in Michael's eyes. However, the deception proves too much for Gail, especially after Barbara visits, having heard of Gavin's death, and reveals Gavin actually died of a heart attack. Gail attends Gavin's funeral in Michael's place, claiming he is too ill to go himself, but her guilt leads her to frequently visit Gavin's grave - something her younger son David Platt (Jack P. Shepherd) later discovers. When Gail tells him the truth he uses this information to blackmail Andy, forcing him to plant drugs on his enemy Callum Logan (Sean Ward). Andy gets caught, but David takes the rap. However, the stress is too much for Steph, who ends their relationship. Steph's brother Luke Britton (Dean Fagan) is furious to see her upset and threatens to confront Andy, leading Steph to tell Luke the truth. When Luke next sees Andy he confronts him anyway, but Steph persuades him to keep the secret.

When Steph visits Andy at his flat she is surprised to find a man she doesn't know there, before realising it must be the real Gavin.[17] She warns Andy to hide any evidence of what he's done, but before he can Gavin finds a bank statement for an account in his name with regular payments from Nick's Bistro. Andy initially claims he used Gavin's name to avoid his wages being swallowed up by his overdraft, but Gavin is unconvinced, and Andy eventually admits the truth, begging Gavin to keep quiet due to Michael's health. Gavin, still bitter about being abandoned by his father, has no interest in sparing his feelings, but offers to stay quiet for £5,000. A desperate Andy and Steph fake a mugging when Andy is entrusted with banking the bistro's takings, but it isn't enough, so Gavin carries out his threat to expose Andy, visiting Gail on her wedding day. The drama leads a stunned Gail to miss the wedding and, when she later furiously confronts Andy and Steph, she reveals Gavin is now blackmailing her. Gail reluctantly pays Gavin off and agrees to keep Andy's secret to avoid upsetting Michael.

The fake Gavin - real name Andy Carver - gets some casual work at Nick's Bistro, owned by Nick Tilsley (Ben Price), son of Michael's girlfriend Gail McIntyre (Helen Worth). He asks for cash in hand, claiming his bank account has been frozen due to fraud, in order to continue hiding his identity. Fellow worker Steph Britton (Tisha Merry) becomes attracted to Andy and, although he initially steers clear to avoid his lie going too far, Andy eventually asks her out. Meanwhile, Andy begins to genuinely like Michael and starts to feel more and more guilty. He continues to attempt to trace Gavin, but has no luck. When Nick's estranged wife Leanne Battersby (Jane Danson) returns to her old job as manager of the bistro she insists Andy is properly paid through the books, forcing him to steal Gavin's National Insurance number and to open a bank account in his name. However, when Steph unexpectedly visits Andy she catches him in the act. Andy confesses the truth to a horrified Steph, but manages to persuade her not to expose him, convincing her Michael's health would be at risk from such a shock. When Michael sees the two behaving oddly and overhears part of a conversation, he jumps to the conclusion that Steph is pregnant. Realising it's a sensible explanation for their behaviour, Andy tells Michael it's true, later saying it was a false alarm.

Michael finds an address for Gavin and leaves a note with his address and telephone number. "Gavin" contacts him and the two have an uneasy reunion. However, when Michael reveals the news about his heart condition, the man claiming to be Gavin is seen making a phone call, stating that he needs to find Gavin Rodwell urgently.[16]

When Michael Rodwell (Les Dennis) tries to track down his estranged family via Facebook, a cousin of his gets in touch and tells him his father has died. Michael's aunt Barbara Deakin (Beatrice Kelly) then visits him to explain that his father (her brother) and her mother both died of a hereditary heart condition, meaning Michael could also be a carrier. A worried Michael tests positive for the condition and realises he has to find his long-lost son Gavin, as he is also potentially at risk.

Andrew "Andy" Carver[14] (also known as Gavin Rodwell), played by Oliver Farnworth, made his first screen appearance on 21 November 2014.[15] The character and casting was announced on 14 August 2014.[13] Of joining the show, Farnworth stated "I'm absolutely delighted to be joining the cast of Coronation Street. Having spent my childhood in the North, to be given the opportunity to return and work on such an iconic, popular TV show is a dream and feels like a natural homecoming. I can't wait to tread the cobbles!"[13]

Andy Carver
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Oliver Farnworth
Duration 2014–
First appearance Episode 8517
21 November 2014
Introduced by Stuart Blackburn
Classification Present; regular
Other names Gavin Rodwell
Occupation Waiter
Residence 19a Victoria Street

Andy Carver

Callum demands to know what is going on. Sarah tells him her phone is dead; so she had to text him using Kylie's. Sarah tries to get Callum to talk about his actions, secretly trying to record him on her hidden phone. He grows suspicious and looks round the house. Michelle calls Sarah to see where she is and Callum hears her phone ringing from its hiding place. He realises that she has been recording him and attacks her, only breaking off momentarily as Michelle bangs on the window. Sarah confesses the money is not ready and Callum goes berserk as she tries to escape. He pins her down on the kitchen floor but her ordeal is ended by Kylie who walks in and hits him over the head with a wrench, killing him. David wraps Callum up in a duvet cover, intending to dump the body somewhere. But Callum's car is stolen by Tony and Todd, and David and Kylie put Callum's body in the manhole under the garage. The manhole cover is later encased in concrete as work progresses on the garage conversion.

Kylie guesses that Denton is after Callum for money and thinks Callum is pathetic, and calls Callum a small-time crook, setting him off just as the police arrive at the bistro and arrest him on charges of grievous bodily harm and perverting the course of justice. The Platts are stunned when Callum saunters into the bistro, having been released on bail. Nick and Andy throw him out. DS Tyler tells the Platts there is not enough evidence to charge Callum with harassment but asks them to tell him if he does anything else. Callum lets himself into No.8 and hears David and Kylie talking about getting a payday loan to raise the £20,000. He demands the money by tonight. David can only raise £3,500 and drives off to face Callum. Jason also plans to find Callum, and is caught by Tony carrying a crowbar. Tony hits Jason to stop him. Kylie worries that Callum will hurt David and tries to get hold of him. David goes to The Dog & Gun and tells Gemma he is after Callum. Afterwards, he waits in his car for Callum to appear. Sarah uses Kylie's phone to summon Callum to No.8, saying she has the £20,000. Gemma gives Callum his passport. Todd offers Tony his help in sorting out Callum. Callum arrives at No.8 where a terrified Sarah admits that she was the one who texted him.

David accompanies Max on his school outing to keep him safe from Callum. Bethany still refuses to change her statement. Callum goads Kylie in the cafe and she slaps him. Callum sends heavies after Audrey at the salon. Callum gets drunk and insults everyone at the Rovers. Sarah has a difficult shift at the Rovers with Callum throwing his weight around, and ends up throwing him out. Kylie accuses Callum of being behind the attack on Audrey but he says anyone in the Rovers will vouch that he was there for hours. Audrey is disturbed when David and Kylie tell her that Callum probably sent the heavies to frighten her and that they could return. Bethany appeals to Tony to sort out Callum; he refuses. Gail and Bethany discover No.8 has been ransacked. Gail immediately suspects that Callum did it to frighten them as nothing has been taken. Gail gives the police Callum's name but expects him to have covered his tracks. Kylie admits that his latest stunts were brought on when they refused to meet his demand for £20,000. Callum walks into No.8 and demands the Platts pay up. Gail hurls a vase at him and bodily throws him out of the house. Outside, he taunts David, causing Max to tell him he wishes he were dead. Callum tries to grab Max, who runs off just as a van driven by Nick comes down the Street. Nick slams on the brakes and stops just in time. Callum is shocked by his own actions. Under pressure from Kylie to come clean, Bethany admits she gave the police a false alibi for Callum. Kylie blames Bethany for Callum still being around but Bethany gains sympathy when she tells the Platts that Callum drugged Sarah and threatened her. David and Nick take her to the police station to change her statement. Callum harasses the Platts at the bistro.

Jason gets the address of the flat where Callum is staying from a reluctant David. Tony looks for Jason and hears from Kylie that he has gone to get even with Callum. Jason lets himself into the flat but has to hide when Callum arrives with two thugs, Denton and Pete, who demand £20,000 from him. Callum offers the thugs £2,000 and begs for two days to get the rest. Tony breaks down Callum's door just after Denton and Pete haul Jason out of his hiding place. He threatens them unless Jason is let go unharmed. Jason is released, but as he leaves he punches Callum in the mouth. Tony tries to convince Jason to forget about Callum but Jason refuses to let him get away with it. Tony accepts that he is serious and promises they will get Callum together. Callum turns up at No.8 and demands £20,000, threatening to harm the family every day they do not pay up.

A couple of weeks later, in September 2015, Kylie frets as to why they have not seen Callum recently. Tony assures Jason they will deal with Callum once he is back to full fitness. Kylie realises the school has tried to contact her but at that moment Callum is picking up a frightened Max up. A riled Jason thinks they should go round and fetch the boy and deal with Callum at the same time but David stops him. Back at Callum's friend's flat, a nervous Max refuses to speak to his father, even when he tries to bribe him with a present of a new quad bike. Gemma arrives at the flat, revealing that a dangerous thug called Denton (Ian Peck) is after Callum for money owed. David rings Callum and leaves a polite message asking for Max's return. Max nags Callum to take him home. Losing his temper, Callum snaps at him and Max tells him he no longer wants him as a father. Realising that he has finally lost his son, Callum has a sudden idea. Callum returns Max and offers to "sell" him to the Platts for £20,000. David is tempted by the offer but Kylie thinks he is mad. Jason refuses to rest, vowing to take revenge on Callum by himself.

Against Eileen’s advice, Tony decides to change his alibi and tell the police that he saw Callum hanging around just before Jason was beaten up. The police interview Jason who remembers being beaten up. He tells Tony that a voice that he heard was Callum’s. A smiling David watches as Tony intercepts Callum and drags him into the ginnel. Tony starts to beat Callum up. Liz finds Tony beating up Callum in the ginnel and orders him to stop, pointing out he will be no use to Jason if he ends up in prison. Callum slinks away, threatening Tony that he has made a big mistake. David jeers at him as he goes.

Max is clearly frightened of Callum and runs back into the house. David plays football with Max to coax him into revealing why he has turned against Callum. Max finally reveals to David and Kylie that he saw Callum kicking Jason. Max has wet the bed after having a bad dream about Callum. Callum riles David until he tells him what Max witnessed and that the police are being told. Callum threatens Bethany with the release of the phone footage unless she gives him an alibi but she calmly refuses. Callum drugs Sarah's drink in the Rovers. Max tells the police what he saw and that he does not want Callum to be his father any more. Sarah staggers home. Callum watches her go. Gemma watches Bethany from Callum’s car as she walks towards No.8 where he is inside with an unconscious Sarah. Gemma lures her into the car as she's desperate for a favour. Gemma drives Bethany to a quiet back street and explains to her that Callum wants her to give him an alibi and tell the police that she was with him and Gemma when Jason was beaten up. Bethany refuses so Gemma telephones Callum who shows her Sarah clearly drugged on the sofa at No.8. Callum tells Bethany that she will do as she is told or Sarah “gets it”. As Bethany returns to the Street, Callum intercepts her and threatens her with harm to her family should she cross him. While Gail, David, Kylie and Sarah celebrate Callum’s downfall, Bethany is overwhelmed with guilt.

David and Kylie agree not to let Callum have Max today. Callum tries to force his way into No.8 when David tells him he cannot take Max. Nick and Jason separate the pair and Jason threatens Callum. Callum laughs at Jason and promises to return. Max is upset that he was not allowed to go with Callum and tells David he hates him. Callum calls in some friends to help him sort Jason out. Callum's heavies lure Jason into the ginnel by running off with his phone. Max sneaks off when he sees Callum in the Street and sees Callum and his friends severely beating Jason. Callum's friends bump into Tony as they leave the ginnel. Callum tells Gemma to give him an alibi. David and Kylie find that Max has thrown his presents from Callum in the rubbish bin. Max refuses to go with Callum when his father arrives to collect him.

Bethany is curious about why Sarah and Callum split, but gets no explanation from Sarah. Bethany leaves for Paris and returns, having had a boring holiday. Sarah confronts her about her drug dealing. Bethany feebly promises to stay away from Callum, but she sees Callum at The Dog & Gun to demands to know why he told Sarah. Callum, David and Kylie go to court, where Callum wins another access victory. Callum threatens Sarah in the Rovers. Jason sees how shaken up she is and offers to help but she says she can handle it. Sarah is fed up with Callum calling the shots and tells David and Kylie about the gun and Callum's manipulation of Bethany. Gail calls in the police. Jason warns Callum to stay away from Sarah and Bethany and empties a pint on his crotch. Callum gets up to retaliate but Tony appears and backs up Jason. Just after Jason leaves, the police turn up and arrest Callum for possessing an illegal firearm. David and Kylie are thrilled. Bethany arrives to see him being taken away. The police take a statement from Sarah. She fears he will retaliate by informing on Bethany. David and Kylie are upset to discover that Callum has coached Max to say the gun was a toy and he and Sarah were playing a game. Callum is released without charge and returns to the Street. Bethany is devastated when he tells her he was only using her. She ends up at No.11, where she pours her heart out to Jason. Callum intimidates Sarah by threatening to destroy her family. He leaves when Jason defends her.

Callum turns up to Audrey's party at Bethany's invitation, but Sarah makes him leave to avoid a scene. Callum invites Bethany to his flat tomorrow. Bethany calls on Callum and is thrilled when he agrees to pay for her trip to Paris. Callum takes Bethany for a ride and rings a friend, Micky, to call in a favour. Callum gives Bethany an envelope full of money to take to someone and drives off. Micky takes the money and hands Bethany drugs. Unseen, Callum videos her accepting them. Callum takes Bethany to The Dog & Gun and plies her with vodka. Helped by Gemma, Callum gets Bethany to pose for a photo, pretending to be smoking a joint. Callum is pleased at his manipulation of Bethany and explains to Gemma that the pictures are for insurance. Bethany gets a taxi from Lloyd to the Dog & Gun. Callum is not pleased to see her arrive. Callum agrees that Bethany could go with him on another delivery and passes her a packet of drugs. The Dog & Gun is raided by police with sniffer dogs. A terrified Bethany passes the drugs to Callum and then Gemma who tries to slip into the toilets alone but is stopped. Bethany comes on to Callum as Sarah's taxi arrives outside the pub. Bethany leans in for a kiss but Callum pulls away. Sarah walks in and realises her daughter has been drinking. She insists she come with her and demands to know why Callum did not ring her to say where she was. Bethany sees Callum and Sarah kissing across the street and her eyes narrow with envy. Bethany tells Sarah to watch out as Callum is always eyeing up other women. Callum texts her to meet him. He tells Bethany that Gemma has been let off on a caution. She assures him she will not say a word about the drugs raid so long as he is nice to her. Bethany assures Callum that she will do anything he wants. Kylie is upset as Max cannot wait to see Callum since coming back from holiday. Callum collects Max and Sarah joins them, watching a DVD in Callum's flat. Callum leaves Max and Sarah alone in the flat while he takes care of "business". Gemma Winter turns up while he is away, sporting a bloody face. She wants Callum to sort somebody out but Sarah does not want to know. Max finds a handgun hidden in his bedroom at Callum's. Callum arrives back at the flat just as Max comes out of his bedroom pointing the gun at him, thinking it is a toy. Callum deftly resolves the situation, gently taking the gun from Max and then handing it to Gemma to get rid of. Sarah is horrified that Callum kept a loaded gun in Max's room, does not feel safe and finishes with him. Callum admits to Sarah that he only kept her around to make him look good in court. She threatens to tell the courts about the gun, but he makes her see she has no evidence. Callum shows Sarah the video and picture of Bethany acting as his drug mule. Sarah calls him evil and leaves with Max, fighting back tears, but not before Callum threatens her to keep quiet.

Kylie plans to go back with Callum and have Sarah find them together and see his true colours but David does not think Callum will buy it. David and Kylie stage a row in front of Callum and Sarah, with Kylie slapping David. Callum squares up to Jason when Jason makes a dig about Callum’s and Sarah's relationship. Liz throws Callum out. Kylie puts her plan into action, pretending to Callum that she is unhappy with David and wishes she had taken him up on his offer. Kylie starts to panic as Callum pulls her towards the sofa. As Callum gets too close for comfort, Kylie puts him off by saying she would rather they took their time instead of rushing into things in the back room of a pub. Callum knows Kylie is playing him for a fool and gets heavy with her. Kylie feebly accuses Callum of trying it on but Sarah believes Callum when he says they were setting him up. Within Bethany's hearing, Callum asks Sarah to go to a house party at a friend's that afternoon but she has to refuse owing to work. Bethany plays truant from school and turns up at the The Dog & Gun where Callum allows the barman to serve her with drinks. Gemma gets tequila chasers for Bethany until stopped by Callum. Callum refuses to allow Bethany to go to his friend's party and insists she get in his car. Bethany tries to blackmail Callum to pay for her school trip. Callum brings Bethany back to the street. Kylie is suspicious of his responsible behaviour.

David reluctantly hands Max over to Callum and Sarah for a couple of days. Kylie has an emotional reunion with the children but she is dumbfounded when Callum arrives to collect Max, shocked that he has access. Kylie resolves to team up with David and fight Callum. David agrees to join forces with Kylie. While she is asking what it means for the two of them, Callum and Sarah come in. Kylie tells him she is going for custody and Callum asks David if that means he is taking his wife back. David confirms that he and Kylie are back together. Gail returns and is amazed to see Kylie back. For Callum’s benefit, David agrees to Kylie fetching her belongings and moving back in. Kylie returns to No.8 with her bags, thrilled to be home. But her joy is short-lived when David explains their reunion is purely for show to get Max from Callum. She grows frantic and tearful for full forgiveness. Callum drops Max off at No.8 and makes digs at Kylie, suggesting that David should lock Max's ADHD pills away. Bethany tells Callum and Sarah that David’s and Kylie's relationship is just for show. David and Kylie show a united front in the Rovers but Callum tells them he knows the truth. Kylie weakens but David stands his ground and challenges Callum to prove it in court. Kylie reminds David that they need to stand up to Callum together. Kylie realises that Callum has used Gemma to lure her to his flat. She proudly tells Callum she is clean as a whistle. Kylie is shocked to discover Callum and Sarah have kitted out a bedroom for Max in the flat. Callum tells her there is room for Lily as well if Kylie gets back with him. Kylie makes fun of the absurdity of Callum's proposal. She says Max spending time with him makes her physically sick. Kylie wastes no time telling David about Callum's offer. She is incredulous when he does not believe her. Kylie reminds him that he threw her out on Christmas Day; she was not the one who gave up on them. Kylie tells Sarah that Callum was all over her yesterday. Sarah dismisses it but is secretly worried. Sarah confronts Callum about Kylie, but ends up begging for forgiveness when he dumps her for not trusting him. Sarah tells the Platts she and Callum are finished and she intends to return to Italy. Bethany calls Callum and arranges to visit him. Bethany goes to ask Callum to take Sarah back so that she does not have to go back to Italy. Callum picks Sarah up and sweet-talks her into taking him back. Kylie is disappointed that Sarah and Callum are back together. Kylie tells David they have to split up Sarah and Callum by using his biggest weakness – her.

Callum tells Sarah he is serious about her but he is secretly pleased that David will be upset by the news. Sarah tells Callum that she will tell David they are an item later on and to come round to No.8 at 1.00pm when everyone is out. David sees Callum entering the house. He follows him and plays along when he sees that Callum cannot be seen as they walk in. David tells Sarah that he knows what is going on and a grinning Callum makes his presence known as he comes from his hiding place upstairs. David throws both him and Sarah out. Nick and Sarah realise the passports are missing and Nick insists that Callum must not know that David has taken Max and Lily. Callum calls round and forces Sarah to tell him what has happened. He threatens the police if David is not back by the next day. David rings up Nick and Callum snatches the phone, threatening to kill him if he does not return his son. Undaunted, David starts to book a flight for him and the children. A demanding Callum comes round first thing to see if David is back. Sarah promises to call him when he returns, saying that Gail is back from honeymoon today and she can talk sense into her son. Nick and Sarah break the news to Gail that Sarah has started a relationship with Callum. Callum calls round at No.8. Gail tells him David has not gone abroad and he has no money so he has to surface soon. Sarah threatens to finish with him if he reports the matter to the police and they will not do anything anyway as David has committed no crime. Callum demands that they contact him the second they hear from him, threatening that his "people" are also looking for him and they had better hope they do not find him first. Sarah tells Callum not to worry about David and lies that he is with Martin and gives him a false address in Warrington to stop him calling the police. A furious Callum rings Sarah from Warrington but she acts innocent. Max rings his father. David sees Max by the dockside but Callum's car draws up and he gets to him first. Callum berates David for losing Max, telling him about the telephone he gave him and forcing him to get into his car with Lily to take them back to Weatherfield. Callum brings David and the children back and tells Gail and Michael that David lost Max. David loses his temper and throws Callum, Sarah and Bethany out. Bethany tells an interested Callum about David's van crash with Nick and says it was apparently done on purpose. A tearful David thinks his chances in court have gone and that, even worse, Max prefers Callum to him. It is the day of David's custody hearing. David asks Gail to lie for him that his trip to Liverpool was for a holiday. As the hearing begins, David's lawyer paints him as the doting father. Callum's lawyer points out to the court that David has no biological links or legal rights to Max. Callum’s lawyer launches a character assassination, dragging up David’s criminal past and saying he is a disturbed young man. David loses his cool and the Judge orders him to leave the room. His lawyer drags him away protesting. The Judge orders a full Cafcass report and David is given interim custody of Max but Callum is given two overnight stays a week. David tells a happy Max that he can stay with Callum every so often but he confides in Gail and Michael that he thinks he has already lost Max – this is just the beginning of the end. Sarah overhears Callum making a call threatening someone but ignores the fact. Sarah brings Callum to No.8 where it is revealed that Bethany was the one who told of David's past. David tells Callum he is not giving up. Callum tells a seething David he will collect Max later. David begs Sarah to go bowling with Callum and Max so she can keep an eye on them and report back to him. She agrees. David struggles with his emotions as Callum, Sarah and Max leave to go bowling.

After an afternoon of sex with Sarah, Callum makes to leave but as he heads to the door, David, Max and Gail arrive home. Callum quickly covers, making out he just called in to see Max. Callum tells David that he has cancelled their mediation sessions and he will see him in court. Nick tells David he can easily beat Callum, based on his previous twisted form. David pulls up outside the Dog & Gun and, spotting Callum arriving in his car, orders Andy to plant drugs in the glove box. Inside Callum’s car, Andy fumbles with the drugs, unaware that Callum is heading back to it with Macca and Gemma Winter. David watches, horrified. Callum is stunned to find Andy in his car and when Gemma sees the drugs he frogmarches him into the pub, demanding answers. Andy makes out he was trying to steal Callum's car and the drugs just fell out of his pocket. Callum prepares to give him a beating. As Callum is about to crush one of Andy's fingers with a pair of pliers, David enters. He admits that he ordered Andy to plant drugs with the intention of then reporting Callum to the police. Callum sends Andy on his way so that he can deal with David. As an angry Callum takes David out to his car to take him somewhere to teach him a lesson, he pushes him away and tries to run off. Callum, Gemma and Macca give chase on foot and in the car. Callum catches up with David and orders him to climb into his boot. David bangs on the inside of Callum's car boot as he's driven at speed along a street. Callum drives to an abandoned lock-up and David is pulled from the boot by Macca while Gemma locks the doors. David is tied to a post in the lock-up while Macca hands Callum a baseball bat. He scares David with threats of violence but then leaves him tied up. Callum returns alone to the lock-up. He admits he cannot leave David tied up for good but he has a reputation to maintain and so he fetches the baseball bat. Callum drops a hurt David off and he returns home but hides his bruises. Gail and Nick do not believe his story that he is all right but he refuses to talk further, saying that Callum is all talk but once they have left him alone his injuries tell a different story. Callum tells Sarah in the Rovers about beating David up. She tells him to stay away from her brother from now on but nevertheless accepts a drink from him. Callum meets Sarah as she goes to the Rovers to see about the barmaid job and follows her into the pub. He flirts with Sarah over the bar and in the yard but she playfully fends him off. Callum gives Max an expensive iPhone, putting Bethany out. Callum gives Bethany her own new iPhone despite an annoyed Sarah's protests.

David’s temper gets the better of him as Callum paints a grim picture of Max’s life with the Platts, labelling Kylie a junkie. He explodes with frustration, telling the mediator that Callum was Kylie's drug dealer. David momentarily calms down and the mediator asks Callum to open up about his past criminal record. He claims it was a mistaken youth and David tells the mediator that he is playing her like a fiddle. Marion suggests the two lads take Max out together to help them bond and David reluctantly agrees. A reluctant David takes Max for a walk with Callum. David is riled by Callum during the walk. Max wants to go for a pizza with Callum but David refuses. Callum drops off a present for Max at No.8 and shows an interest in Sarah and Bethany but David tells him to get lost. Sarah and Bethany run into Callum while shopping in town. He is intrigued to learn they are David's sister and niece. Callum is trying to chat up Sarah when Bethany runs out of a boutique, having been caught trying to shoplift. Mortified, Sarah gets in Callum's car and they give chase. Sarah and Callum catch Bethany before the shop assistant does and they drive off. Callum asks Sarah to meet him for a drink. She tells him not to hold his breath. They are seen talking by David and Jason. David warns Sarah to stay away from Callum. Bethany mischievously tells Jason that Sarah is only with Callum in the Rovers to get a reaction out of him as she still has feelings for him. Sarah gets angry when Callum tries to kiss her and tells him she knows he is just using her to get at David. David is annoyed when Callum turns up at No.8 and tries to flirt with Sarah but she sends him packing. Callum is not pleased to see Jason and Sarah leave the bistro together. They put on an act of being together in front of Bethany and tell her they are going to give it another go with Jason moving to Italy with them. Bethany and Sarah are at the gym where Sarah continues the pretence of her and Jason being back together; however, Sarah eyes up Callum. She confesses that she and Jason are not getting back together and Callum overhears. Callum calls round unexpectedly with a Weatherfield County FC footballer's autograph for Max. David is annoyed at the lack of appointment but Sarah tells Callum to ignore him. Bethany lets slip to Callum about the meal in the bistro. Callum heads over, apologising to David for calling on Max uninvited earlier and promising to make proper arrangements in future. After a telephone call from Stephen Reid, Sarah leaves the party and heads home to email him an urgent report. Callum follows her and she happily invites him in. No sooner are Sarah and Callum in the house than they start kissing and they have sex on the sofa. They hide in the kitchen as David, Max and Bethany walk in on them. Sarah manages to get Callum out of the back door but David does not believe the story she tells him about putting the bins out. Sarah tells Callum she is going back home tomorrow and just to move on. Callum calls at No.8 to see Max, and Sarah bemoans her predicament to him. He tries a come-on and Sarah enjoys playing hard to get.

David apologises to Michael and admits he may be right about Callum. Callum arrives to collect Max only to find out it was just a test to see if he would turn up. David unhappily lets Callum take Max for a few hours. Max has a great time with Callum. Anna and Owen go out together and have a lousy time. They're glad when Katy, Linda and Callum join them but Owen angers Katy by interrogating Callum about his profession. Gail gleefully reveals to the Armstrongs that Callum is a drug dealer. Owen does not get a chance to question Callum as Katy gets defensive and leaves with Callum. David frets that he has not heard from Callum who is looking after Max. Katy has a spat with Callum over Max shoving Joseph, in which Callum turns on her and calls her a slapper. David takes Callum to task for being late. He is unfazed and offers to take Max to see his own mother – his other grandmother, annoying David. Katy decides to finish with Callum. Callum is feeling confident about the mediation session between himself and David about Max and taunts Gail by telling her his mother will be there. Feeling trapped in Weatherfield, Katy gets drunk with Callum in the Rovers. Chesney sees Callum escorting a tipsy Katy back to her flat and sees him off. Gail accompanies David to the mediation meeting, where they meet Marion Logan who is supporting Callum. Callum puts on a good performance at the meeting, telling the mediator he has turned his life around since meeting Max, but he loses his temper when the mediator arranges yet another meeting. David is quietly pleased. David starts to worry as Gail is late for the next mediation session and Callum starts to rile him about the fact. David is on edge when Gail fails to show up at the mediation.

Katy meets Callum and learns that he is Max's father. He claims he is finished with drugs and owns a security business. She goes to meet him at the Bistro. David drops off Max and Lily with Sally, with Callum watching him. Macca rings Callum and tells him the police are after him. Callum lets himself into No.8 and holds David there. He tells David that he needs David to say that he has been with him all day or else he will tell Max that he is his real father. The police call at No.8 and question Callum on his whereabouts at noon. He says that he was with David and David reluctantly confirms it. Callum meets Katy, who forgives him for standing her up as she thinks he is fit. At the Rovers, he asks David when he can next see Max. David tells him never. Callum turns up at the salon and makes David look after a box for him. Sally witnesses the exchange. Sally tells Gail about the box. Gail admits he is a drug dealer and Max's father. Gail decides to turn the box over to the police. Callum goes to collect the box but it is not where David left it. He gives David an hour to find the box. David is furious to hear that Gail and Sally have been to the police and offers to deny Callum's involvement. Callum laughs as he tells him it was empty. Callum gives David a wrap of cocaine to deliver to a specified address. David does not know what to do about the cocaine and summons Nick, with Andy joining them. He decides that he will not deal drugs for Callum and empties the cocaine into the sink. When Gail sees David, Nick and Andy getting into Nick's car, she stops them and has them admit they were on their way to sort out Callum. Gail tells David he has to stay out of trouble for the children’s sake; so she will see Callum instead. She warns Callum to stay away from her family. He insists that he wants to be a good father to Max and his name is on the birth certificate. He keeps his cool when Gail reveals David poured the drugs down the sink, but turns nasty when she says he repulses her. David is horrified when Gail tells him about Callum's threat. David expects a visit from Callum and wishes he would get it over with. Callum turns up at No.8 claiming he has a special delivery for David and a surprise for Max, and calls him into the room. Callum shows David a letter from his solicitor saying he has applied for a residence order. Callum fawns over Max and gives him a telephone. Max is heartbroken when David returns it and tells Callum to go. Callum tells Max he is his real father and he will be seeing more of him. Max asks David what Callum meant. David admits Callum is his biological father but says there's more to being a father than that. Max lets Callum into No.8. Callum has brought a bagful of trendy clothes for Max but David tells him to do one. Left with just a baseball cap, Max throws a fit and tells David he hates him.

Eva and David search The Dog & Gun for Kylie. They come face to face with Callum and Macca. David sees red and launches himself at Callum, demanding to know where his wife is. David's rage turns to devastation when Callum coolly informs him that he and Kylie are back together. Outside The Dog & Gun, David collars Macca and offers him £50 cash to take him to Callum’s flat to find Kylie. Macca leads David and Eva there where, impatient, David kicks in the door, searching for evidence of Kylie. However they’re disturbed when Macca returns with Callum and another thug. Callum warns David off with threats. David threatens revenge on Callum. David is annoyed that Michael thinks he is too feeble to take on Callum. David tells the police about Kylie getting drugs from Callum at The Dog & Gun and reports her missing. While riding his bike in the Street, Max runs into Callum, who talks him into going off to the Red Rec with him. David realises that Max is missing and he thinks Callum probably has him but Nick wonders if Kylie took him. Callum takes Max home. Nick holds David back from hitting Callum. Callum insists on seeing David in The Rovers. Callum threatens David not to go to the police again or there will be consequences. He says he has not seen Kylie in over a week and has no idea where she is. Gemma admits that Kylie was staying with her but disappeared when she fell out with Callum after Christmas. David and Eva go to The Dog & Gun where Callum and his thugs take him outside to beat him up but Gemma arrives and David witnesses an argument between them that shows that Callum does not know of Kylie's whereabouts either. An upset Max insists he is ill and is sent home from school. Katy offers to look after him to enable David to go to work. Callum watches them from afar. Max sees him outside from the cafe and goes to talk to him. Katy rushes after Max but Callum assures Katy that he and Max go way back. Callum runs into Katy with Max at the cafe. He charms his way into sitting with them. David is furious to find Callum with Max and drags Max away. Katy demands to know why David has a problem with Callum. David tells her he was Kylie's drug dealer. Callum tries to chat Katy up again and is annoyed to find she has gone off him. Callum accuses David of keying his car, and threatens to take David to court for access to Max. David tells him he would be laughed out of court but is unnerved when Callum says he comes from a respectable family and he will hear from his solicitor. David decides not to annoy Callum as he is scared of losing Max.

Kylie tries to avoid Callum's texts by using her new phone, and is desperate to convince her husband David (Jack P. Shepherd) that she is drug-free. She is stunned, though, to see that the day’s last client is Callum. Kylie is a bag of nerves as an oblivious David cuts Callum's hair. David's grandmother Audrey Roberts (Sue Nicholls) suggests that the women go to The Rovers before their staff party, which Callum is quite happy about – he and David can find things to talk about. Callum leaves a £20 tip for Max's Christmas presents and announces he will be in the bistro later at the same time as the salon staff party – Kylie is horrified. Callum sits watching in the Bistro as the salon party arrive for their meal. He tells Kylie to meet him later or he will call at No. 8 himself. Callum tells Kylie that she is better off with him than with her new life. Callum visits the Street again to have his car serviced. He enjoys seeing Kylie panic. Eva warns Kylie that Callum may cause trouble. Kylie avoids Callum when she sees him in the Street. Kylie demands that Callum leave her family alone. He says he just wants her and offers her cocaine to get in his car. To prove her loyalty to David, she empties the sachet on the cobbles. On Christmas Day, Callum gives Max a bicycle, letting himself into No.8 while the family are celebrating David's birthday at the bistro. Kylie is there, preparing dinner. She panics at the thought of David walking in and tells Callum to go but he will not. He calls Kylie a trapped animal and offers to set her free. David walks in just as Callum is about to leave. David thinks he is Kylie's dealer and tells him to go. Callum says he is part of the family as he is Max's father. David starts brawling with Callum just as Audrey, David's mother Gail Rodwell (Helen Worth) and her fiancé Michael (Les Dennis) arrive. David tells them who Callum is. Callum leaves when Michael threatens to call the police. David berates Kylie for bringing a dealer and drugs into their lives and leaves her. Callum picks up Kylie in his car and they leave the street together.

Kylie confides in her friend Eva Price (Catherine Tyldesley) that she has had drug problems in the past and that Callum was her dealer as well as her boyfriend. Kylie and Eva scour the pubs in Kylie's old neighbourhood, including the grotty Dog & Gun where Kylie and Callum used to hang out. Kylie and Eva are about to leave the Dog & Gun when Callum enters. Callum thinks Kylie is back for money. Her friend Gemma Winter (Dolly-Rose Campbell) arrives and they get reacquainted. Kylie is drawn to Callum but feels uncomfortable when he asks about her new man. Eva notices she has not told Callum about Max's problems. Eva leaves Kylie with Callum, accusing her of really being there for drugs. Kylie decides to leave too. Callum writes his number on her arm. Gemma confirms that Callum still deals in drugs. Callum asks after Max and he agrees to supply Kylie with drugs. Callum asks Kylie if it is not so much the drugs that she wants as him, but she swats him off and insists she only wants a "pick-me-up". Callum taunts Kylie about the wild and very non-domestic life they used to enjoy together but he gives her the requested drugs anyway. Kylie goes to The Dog & Gun and begs Callum for more drugs. Callum phones, demanding to see Kylie. Shocked, she makes out she has a nail appointment and rushes to see him, meeting him at The Dog & Gun. He hands her more amphetamines and tells her that he wants to see Max. Kylie arrives at school to see Callum talking to Max from his car. Kylie sends Max into the playground and tells Callum to get lost, later tracking him to The Dog & Gun and ordering him to keep away from Max and her family. Gemma suddenly collapses in convulsions after taking drugs. Kylie wants an ambulance called but Callum insists they use his car, not wanting any authorities near the pub. Kylie leaves Callum a message, asking to see him. He calls the salon to arrange to meet her. Kylie gets more amphetamines from Callum but refuses payment as he is Max's father. Kylie meets Callum at The Dog & Gun but has to wait on the dealer, Macca (Gareth Berliner).

Callum is Kylie Platt's (Paula Lane) former boyfriend and Max Turner's (Harry McDermott) father. Kylie seeks Callum out after Max's ADHD diagnosis, as she believes it must be either his "fault" or her own.[13] Callum is an ex-convict and is described as being charming and "good-looking", but with a "dark edge".[13] Ward was nominated for "Best Newcomer" and "Villain of the Year" at The British Soap Awards 2015; however, he lost out on both.

Callum Logan, played by Sean Ward, made his first screen appearance on 3 October 2014. The character and casting was announced on 14 August 2014.[13] Of his casting, Ward said "I am delighted to have been given this unique opportunity to join such a brilliant and much-loved show. It is a great honour and it will be a professional challenge to play bad boy Callum. I'm very much looking forward to working closely with Paula."[13]

Callum Logan
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Sean Ward
Duration 2014–15
First appearance Episode 8482
3 October 2014
Last appearance Episode 8740
23 September 2015
Introduced by Stuart Blackburn
Classification Former; regular

Callum Logan

Gemma is an old friend of Kylie Platt (Paula Lane). They are reunited when Kylie returns to her old neighbourhood. Gemma is also close friends with drug dealer Callum Logan (Sean Ward) and terrorises the Platt family with him. After leaving her family, Kylie briefly stays with Gemma, before she returns home. Callum and Gemma befriend Sarah-Louise Platt's (Tina O'Brien) teenage daughter Bethany (Lucy Fallon), and she starts spending time with them at The Dog & Gun pub. Gemma and Callum pressure Bethany into smoking cannabis and, Callum gets Bethany to sell drugs for him. While Sarah is at Callum's flat, Gemma turns up with her face bloodied and battered. She claims that she and Callum are in trouble. After Callum attacks Jason Grimshaw (Ryan Thomas), he and Gemma hatch a plan to stop the Platts from reporting him to the police. Gemma drives Bethany away from the street and shows her a video call from Callum, who has drugged Sarah. He tells Bethany to give him an alibi or he will hurt Sarah. Gemma then drives Bethany to the police station. Callum is released by the police. Gemma later disagrees with Callum over his plans to leave the country. Callum then receives a text from Kylie saying she has the £20,000 he wants and he tells Gemma to get out of his car. Gemma arrives at the Platts' the following week asking where Callum is, and with Sarah's obvious upset, Gemma notices something is wrong. However, Kylie texts Gemma from Callum's mobile phone saying that he is going to keep a low profile for a while as people are after him, which ultimately prompts Gemma to leave.

Gemma Winter, played by Dolly-Rose Campbell, made her first screen appearance 1 October 2014.

Gemma Winter
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Dolly-Rose Campbell
Duration 2014–
First appearance Episode 8481
1 October 2014
Introduced by Stuart Blackburn
Classification Present; recurring

Gemma Winter

Zeedan's sister, Alya (Sair Khan), persuades him to come along to support their father in a cricket match between The Rovers Return Inn and The Flying House. Zeedan becomes angry when he sees his father's new girlfriend, Leanne (Jane Danson), there and voices his disapproval. Eventually, Zeedan comes round to the idea of Leanne's presence and accepts his father's relationship with her. He also forms a close friendship with Simon Barlow. After Kal is killed in the fire at Victoria Court, Zeedan initially blames Leanne for his death, but later supports her when she grieves over her loss. Zeedan begins to notice something strange about Simon's behavior, as well as his attitude towards Leanne. In August 2015, Zeedan notices Leanne's leg is bleeding, unbeknownst to him that Simon caused the injury and Leanne says that she caught her leg on the dishwasher door.

Zeedan Nazir, played by Qasim Akhtar, made his first screen appearance on 5 September 2014.[12] The character and casting was announced on 15 May 2014.[10] Zeedan is the teenage son of established character Kal Nazir (Jimi Mistry).[10] The Nazirs formed the show's first Muslim family.[8]

Zeedan Nazir
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Qasim Akhtar
Duration 2014–
First appearance Episode 8463
5 September 2014
Introduced by Stuart Blackburn
Classification Present; regular

Zeedan Nazir

Dean Upton, played by Justin Moorhouse, made his first screen appearance on 25 August 2014. The character and Moorhouse's casting was announced on 19 June 2014.[11] Of joining the show, Moorhouse commented "I'm delighted to be treading the cobbles. It's always been a dream of mine to appear in the Rovers Return, even though as Dean, the landlord of the Flying Horse, I feel like a spy!".[11] Dean is the landlord of the Flying Horse public house, which is the rival to The Rovers Return Inn. Dean went to war with the Rovers' landlord Steve McDonald (Simon Gregson) during a match of cricket.[11] After the match Dean loses to Steve leaving Dean agitated.

Dean Upton

Yasmeen first appears talking to her son, Kal, in his gym. She then asks Kal and her husband Sharif about Kal's new girlfriend Leanne Battersby (Jane Danson). It is later revealed during a conversation with her granddaughter Alya (Sair Khan) that Yasmeen is a librarian. When Yasmeen and Leanne meet at Leanne's flat, they seem to get on well, but when Leanne's estranged husband Nick Tilsley (Ben Price) reveals to the Nazir family that she used to be a prostitute, Leanne runs indoors, with Yasmeen looking at Kal disappointedly. The next day, Yasmeen arrives at Leanne's flat again and meets her half-sister, Eva Price (Catherine Tyldesley). After witnessing Leanne shouting at Nick exclaiming that she also used to be a drug addict and an arsonist, Yasmeen tells Leanne to dump Kal for his sake, and a small argument ensues between the two women. Leanne then tells Yasmeen that she will never be as good as Kal's deceased wife, Jamilla, but Yasmeen replies with the fact that nobody is perfect. When Leanne confides Kal about Yasmeen's orders, he promises to tell her to back off. A few weeks later, Yasmeen returns to Coronation Street with Sharif to discuss with Roy Cropper (David Neilson) and Emily Bishop (Eileen Derbyshire) about the Weatherfield Library closure. Emily reveals to an intrigued Yasmeen that she resorted to vandalism when she was in protest many years before, and Yasmeen reveals she enlists the help of Roy to stop the library from closing down. As Yasmeen leaves, Sharif asks Roy to keep an eye on Yasmeen and not to let her get into trouble, as she got arrested for protesting many years ago. Yasmeen, Roy, Emily, Mary Taylor (Patti Clare) and Craig Tinker (Colson Smith) eventually stage a sit-in protest at the library, but Emily, Mary and Craig end up leaving, although Yasmeen and Roy stay to continue the protest. Later, it is revealed that the library has burnt down, leaving Yasmeen saddened. She tries to tempt Roy into letting her use part of the café as a library, which he hesitantly agrees to. Yasmeen develops an obsession with turning Roy's café into a library, which eventually becomes to much for Roy. Thinking of other ways to run a library, Yasmeen buys Elliott & Sons butchers and tells Kal, Alya and grandson, Zeedan (Qasim Akhtar), that she is intending on turning it into a community centre.

Yasmeen Nazir, played by Shelley King, made her first on-screen appearance on 4 July 2014. The character and King's casting was announced on 15 May 2014.[10] Yasmeen is established character Kal Nazir's (Jimi Mistry) mother and the wife of Sharif Nazir (Marc Anwar).[10] The Nazirs will form the show's first Muslim family.[8]

Yasmeen Nazir
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Shelley King
Duration 2014–
First appearance Episode 8418
4 July 2014
Introduced by Stuart Blackburn
Classification Present; regular
Occupation Chief librarian (until 2014)
Residence 6 Coronation Street

Yasmeen Nazir

After her father Kal dies in the Victoria Court Fire in May 2015, Alya goes on a downwards spiral into a rebellious phase where she dumps Gary and takes her sorrows out on alcohol, leading to her sleeping with Jason which results in Alya losing her virginity and going against her religious morals, leaving her plagued with guilt. Gary later proposes and Alya finds out she is pregnant, still feeling guilty a a few weeks before the wedding she decides to tell Gary about her affair with Jason.

During a night out in a club with her friend, Siobhan (Jessica Forrest), Alya meets Gary Windass (Mikey North) and Jason Grimshaw (Ryan Thomas). Gary and Alya get on well and flirt, although Jason decides to go home. Siobhan later leaves, and Alya and Gary share a kiss on the dance floor. The next morning, Gary wakes up with Alya and suspects he has cheated on his girlfriend, Izzy Armstrong (Cherylee Houston), though he cannot remember anything.[9] While he is at the gym, Gary learns Alya is Kal's daughter when they are introduced to each other. Alya is angry when she realises he has a family. However, she later reveals to Gary that they never had sex. When Alya discovers that Gary and Izzy have split up, she believes it is because Izzy found out about Gary and Alya's kiss, although when Alya tries to explain herself to Izzy, Izzy is furious to discover that Gary cheated on her. Alya then worries that Izzy will tell Kal about her kiss with Gary. In January 2015 the minibus she is travelling in to an awards ceremony crashes, Alya manages to escape before the minibus falls down a cliff.

Alya Nazir, played by Sair Khan, made her first appearance on 25 June 2014.[8] The character and casting was announced on 1 April 2014.[8] Of her casting, Khan said "I'm absolutely thrilled to be joining the cast of Coronation Street. As a northerner, I've grown up watching the show and so can't quite believe that I'll soon be walking on the famous cobbles."[8] Alya is the daughter of established character Kal Nazir (Jimi Mistry) and her arrival will coincide with her brother and grandmother.[8] The Nazirs will form the show's first Muslim family.[8] Alya was described as being "strong-minded" by the show's assistant producer Ella Kelly. She added that Alya would tempt one of the show's male character's and cause "a storm before her feet have even hit the cobbles."[8] Alya is a university graduate, who makes things difficult for her father with her "outspoken nature and bubbly personality".[8]

Residence 6 Coronation Street
Occupation Receptionist
Trainee Factory Manager
Classification Present; regular
Introduced by Stuart Blackburn
First appearance Episode 8412
25 June 2014
Duration 2014–
Portrayed by Sair Khan
Coronation Street character
Alya Nazir

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