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Scooter Makuna

Scooter Makuna
Coronation Street
Portrayed by Sushil Chudasama
First appearance 26 January 2005
Last appearance 6 November 2005
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Occupation Unemployed

Hiren "Scooter" Makuna, first appeared in early 2005 as the boyfriend of Sarah-Louise Platt. His character was mostly remembered for not being very bright, having a fondness for fish and getting great pleasure in retrieving junk from skips. Scooter and Sarah broke up after an argument.


Lena Thistlewood

Lena Thistlewood
Coronation Street
Portrayed by Maria Charles
First appearance 26 January 2005
Last appearance 29 June 2005
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Occupation Retired

Lena Thistlewood was a friend of Blanche Hunt, who first appeared in 2005 and was a regular visitor to the Barlow household and she took a fancy to Ken Barlow, Lena was a guest at Ken & Deirdre's wedding in 2005. In early 2006 Lena died and she left her dog, Eccles to Blanche.


Keith Appleyard

Keith Appleyard
Coronation Street
Portrayed by Ian Redford
First appearance 4 April 2005
Last appearance 30 July 2006
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Occupation Paper deliverer/Taxidermist
Residence Bournemouth

Keith Appleyard was played by Ian Redford. Keith is Angela Harris's father. When she and her family lived in Sheffield, she witnessed a murder. Keith persuaded Angela to tell the truth and testify at the trial, which resulted in their move to Weatherfield under the witness protection scheme. They were also given a new name - Nelson - but didn't use it for long.

Keith first appeared in 2005 to help Angela after her husband Tommy died. He stayed to look after his grandchildren Katy and Craig after Angela was arrested for Tommy's murder. Katy (the real killer) committed suicide, unable to handle the guilt, and Angela was imprisoned for helping Katy cover up the crime. Keith stayed with Craig in Coronation Street, rather than insist Craig join him in Sheffield, feeling Craig had suffered enough - plus, Weatherfield was closer than Sheffield to where Angela was in prison.

Since moving in, Keith dated Audrey Roberts, who is his opposite in many ways. Keith is always watching the pennies and took on a paper round to earn some extra money. His hobbies include taxidermy.

Keith is widowed, his wife having died between 2003 and 2005. Angela telephoned her mother on Christmas Day 2002, and visited her in September 2003, but she had died by the time Keith arrived in 2005.

After he and Audrey ended things as they were so different, Keith became enemies with Charlie Stubbs. Charlie billed Keith for repairing the leak on the roof but Keith refused to pay the bill, feeling Charlie had overcharged. In revenge, Charlie removed the roof tiles, insisting he would replace them when Keith paid his bill. Keith rang the police but the police said they couldn't help as it wasn't a police matter. Keith was delighted to see Charlie replacing the tiles, thinking that he had won, until Charlie said that he was Keith's new landlord. Keith was horrified and said that the landlord would have told him but Charlie said that he asked the former landlord to let him do that. Charlie's girlfriend, Tracy Barlow, was delighted. She thought, when Charlie told Keith and Craig that he wanted them out, that he intended to live there.

Keith decided that he and Craig would move to Sheffield but Craig didn't want to leave Coronation Street as his girlfriend, Rosie, lives there too. Initially Keith agreed to stay but after an angina attack, he was told by the doctor that it was a warning and things had to change. Keith told Craig that they were moving to Bournemouth with Keith's sister, Marjorie. Craig was determined that he wouldn't leave the street but Keith and Sally persuaded him and they left the street.

Keith later returned to the street when Craig ran away from Bournemouth and refused to return there.

Mr. Wong

Mr. Wong
Coronation Street
Portrayed by Daryl Kwan
First appearance 6 May 2005
Last appearance 23 December 2005
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Occupation Former chip shop owner

Mr. Wong was the owner of the chip shop on Rosamund Street, who hired Cilla Brown and Yana Lumb to work for him. He spoke very limited English and was frequently seen arguing with Cilla.


Yana Lumb

Yana Lumb
Coronation Street
Portrayed by Jayne Bickerton
First appearance 11 May 2005
Last appearance 16 July 2007
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Occupation Former chip shop worker

Yana Lumb was Cilla Battersby-Brown's best friend and in a way was usually involved in Cilla's scams and plots. Yana worked with Cilla in Wong's chip shop on Rosamund Street until its closure in 2007.

Yana ended up going on Cilla's honeymoon with her instead of Cilla's husband Les Battersby-Brown, who was in trouble with Cilla for trashing all the wedding presents at the reception.

Yana took pity on Les in late November 2006, when he revealed his suspicions of Cilla having an affair. Yana was shocked that Cilla wouldn't confide in her and felt sorry for a miserable Les, they became more and more attracted to each other and eventually couldn't resist each other. Yana engaged in an affair with Les and slept with him in the living room, only to be seen by Cilla's son, Chesney Battersby-Brown. Cilla soon found out about the affair, and pretended she had cancer. She forced Yana and Les to sit in a bathtub of mushy peas on Christmas Eve to raise money for Cilla's holiday fund to Florida. Before she left, she revealed the truth.

Returning in December, Cilla slapped Yana and forgave her. Her last appearance was in July 2007 when she and Cilla were fired from the takeaway.

Viv Baldwin

Viv Baldwin
Coronation Street
Portrayed by Patricia Brake
First appearance 29 July 2005
Last appearance 18 December 2006
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Occupation Retired
Residence London

Vivian "Viv" Baldwin is the mother of Danny Baldwin. She was first seen on the street in July 2005, following her husband Harry's death and later revealing to her brother-in-law Mike that he was in fact Danny's biological father, not Harry.

Viv made a reappearance in Weatherfield at Christmas 2005, when the family went out to Christmas dinner.

In December 2006, she returned enquiring about her son's disappearance, only to find out the truth about her grandson Jamie's affair with his former stepmother Frankie Baldwin. After finding this, Viv stormed back home to London.


Zack

Zack
Coronation Street
Portrayed by Ralph Ineson
First appearance 22 August 2005
Last appearance 21 September 2005
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Occupation Psychiatrist

Zack is a psychiatrist who treated Shelley Unwin when her anxiety overtook so much of her life that she was rarely able to leave her own room. Zack helped Shelley slowly go back to the outside world, but Shelley's boyfriend Charlie Stubbs resented Zack's efforts to help, and eventually convinced Shelley to stop seeing him. Shelley had progressed far enough that she managed to dump Charlie moments before she was to become his wife. After getting away from Charlie, she called Zack to tell him the news. He said he was proud of her, and both agreed to continue therapy until she was fully recovered.


Ronnie Clayton

Veronica Clayton
Coronation Street
Portrayed by Emma Stansfield
Duration 2005-2006
First appearance 3 October 2005
Last appearance 11 June 2006
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Occupation Taxicab driver
Residence police custody

Veronica "Ronnie" Clayton was played by Emma Stansfield. Ronnie, as she likes to be known, first appeared on the show in late October 2005. She was formerly married to gangster Jimmy Clayton and worked for his cab firm. In an attempt to escape his bullying nature, she left him and starting working under Steve McDonald at Streetcars. Steve and Ronnie started a relationship, but Ronnie's presence put the entire Streetcars workforce under risk from the vengeful Jimmy. Ronnie refused to back down and go back to him, with Steve supporting her.

Jimmy was eventually able to trick Ronnie into driving out to a deserted farm. He held her at gunpoint, and she agreed to give their marriage another try when he nearly killed her and Steve. Lloyd Mullaney rescued them, but Ronnie was then distant with Steve since the ordeal. She moved out of his house and into a flat of her own to show her independence.

on 31 May 2006 After having a row with Steve, Ronnie called Steve on her mobile while driving, and not concentrating on the road, ran over an elderly man and killed him. Instead of calling an ambulance, Ronnie drove away. The next day Ronnie saw in the paper the news about the dead man and felt even more guilty. She tried to blame Steve for the accident, but was eventually caught and arrested.

Sarah Manners was originally offered the part of Ronnie, but turned it down because of her other work offers. Emma Stansfield was only contracted until Christmas 2005, but had her contract extended for another 12 months because her character initially proved popular. She was axed by new producer Steve Frost.

Ravinder Kalirai

Ravinder Kalirai
Coronation Street
Portrayed by Mina Anwar
First appearance 9 November 2005
Last appearance Summer 2006
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Residence Finland

Ravinder Kalirai is the mother of Amber Kalirai, who first appeared in 2005 and told her the truth about her father Dev Alahan. During the summer of 2006, Ravinder met a new man and decided relocate to Finland with him. After falling out with Dev, Amber went to stay with Ravinder for several weeks in November 2008.


Billy Brown

Billy Brown
Coronation Street
Portrayed by Jay Martin
Duration 2005
First appearance 31 October 2005
Last appearance 31 October 2005
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Occupation Soldier

William "Billy" Brown is the eldest son of Cilla Battersby-Brown, who attended her wedding to Les Battersby on 31 October 2005 and served as Best Man. Billy was more recently mentioned when younger brother Chesney ran away from home to visit him in 2009.


Nicolette Seddon

Nicolette Seddon
Coronation Street
Portrayed by Natalie Richards
First appearance 28 November 2005
Last appearance 5 December 2005
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Occupation Student

Nicolette Seddon is the daughter of Sally Webster's cousin, Paul. This was revealed when Sally's daughter Sophie brought her home one day as a new friend and they mentioned they had traced their family trees and discovered they were related. Sally saw Nicolette as a bad influence on Sophie and later visited Nicolette's house - when she discovered that Nicolette's father was successful and wealthy, much to her chagrin. After a heated exchange with her parents, Sally decided not to keep in touch with that branch of the Seddon family tree.

Eric Talford

Eric Talford
Coronation Street
Portrayed by Tony Slattery
First appearance 11 December 2005
Last appearance 19 February 2006
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Occupation Bookmaker

Eric Talford was the owner of the bookies on Rosamund Street who first appeared December 2005 and became the boss and love interest of Carol Baldwin.


Freda Burgess

Freda Burgess
Coronation Street
Portrayed by Ali Briggs
Duration 2005–2006, 2009–2010
First appearance 25 December 2005
Last appearance 11 January 2010
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Occupation Unemployed

Freda is the deaf niece of Emily Bishop. She first appeared in 2005, she constantly argued with Norris Cole, Emily's lodger. Freda left in 2006 after saying farewell to Emily and Norris. She then arrived again in 2009 when she announced she was engaged to a man who was serving time in prison, much to the shock of Emily. Freda revealed to Norris that she disliked his brother, Ramsay Clegg, as he was too eager to please. Norris was thrilled as he finally met someone else who didn't like Ramsay. She left Weatherfield again shortly after her visit.

She returned in November 2009 on the run as she had stolen her former boss's fake leg, which she tried to persuade Graeme Proctor to get rid of, which he did, soon after she moved in with Emily again. In December, Freda and Norris won a cash prize in a competition and she decided that she was using her half of the money to put a deposit on a flat. She left Weatherfield in January 2010, after saying her farewells to Emily and Norris. When Norris' ex-girlfriend Mary Taylor returned at the same time as Freda's departure, she wrongly assumed that Freda was Norris's new girlfriend.

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