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Nick Tilsley
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Nick Played by Ben Price in 2009.
Coronation Street
Portrayed by Warren Jackson (1981–96)
Adam Rickitt (1997–2004)
Ben Price (2009–present)
Duration 1981–1996, 1997–1999, 2002, 2003–2004, 2009–
First appearance 5 January 1981
Book appearances Coronation Street:
The Complete Saga
Profile
Occupation Businessman
Residence 8 Coronation Street/Nottingham

Nicholas Paul "Nick" Tilsley (previously Platt) is a fictional character from the British soap opera Coronation Street. He was introduced as the first child of Brian and Gail Tilsley. He was first portrayed by Warren Jackson from 1981 to 1996, and then portrayed by Adam Rickitt from 1997 to 2004, and is currently portrayed by Ben Price as of 2009. From 1981 to 1996 his storyline saw Nick growing up and being troublesome and beginning to smoke but he left in 1996 to stay with his Uncle Stephen. He returned in 1997 which dealt with his marriage to Leanne Battersby and divorce. In 1999 he left again but made a brief comeback in 2002 for the wedding of his Mum, Gail to Richard Hillman. He also returned in late 2003 where Todd Grimshaw tried to kiss him, he left in 2004.

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Creation and development

Nick played by Adam Ricket in 2004.
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Casting

The character of Nick first appeared in 1981, when he was born. He was portrayed by Warren Jackson until Jackson decided to leave in 1996. The character returned in 1997 portrayed by Adam Rickitt. Rickitt quit in 1999 but returned for brief cameos in 2002, 2003 returned on a permanent basis in 2003 but was axed by the new producer in 2004. In 2009 the producers decided to cast Ben Price. Commenting on the recasting, Ben Price said "I'm not playing Adam Rickitt - I'm playing Nick and Nick's moved on [with his life]. It's been five years and you move a lot over that time. I'm sure people will think he's not like 'the other Nick', but hopefully they'll think I'm bringing something better, nicer or a bit different to the show. If I'm good enough, they'll go with it, but I can't worry about it too much."

Storylines

1981–1996

Nick Tilsley was the first-born child and only son of Brian and Gail Tilsley. He was born on New Year's Eve 1980, and was known as "Nicky". After his father's murder in 1989, Gail married Martin Platt two years later and Nicky's surname was changed to Platt.

Although he got on with Martin initially, he slowly began to regard Brian as the saint his grandmother Ivy Brennan painted him to be, resulting in friction between the pair. Nicky began to rebel, taking up smoking and demanding to be called 'Nick'. When Ivy died in 1995, her will stipulated that Nick must revert to his original surname Tilsley in order to inherit her house. This he did, and the family became embroiled in a row over the property which was still occupied by Ivy's widower Don. Don eventually bought the house from Nick for £12,000.

Nick continued to cause problems for the Platts and in 1996, he went to stay with his uncle Stephen for a year. Upon his return, he had developed a newfound maturity and called a truce with Martin.

1997–2002

He upset his mother immediately when he began dating Leanne Battersby, eloping and marrying her in January 1998. The couple moved into Number 4 with Ashley Peacock but their marriage was fraught with difficulties, notably when Nick began nude modelling for an art class and Leanne accused him of sleeping with the tutor.

When Nick learned that his father's killer Darren Whateley was due to be released from prison, he was incensed and used Leanne to help have him put away for a second sentence. Leanne was upset at the dangerous situation in which Nick had placed her and the cracks in their marriage deepened.

In 1999, Leanne became pregnant but Nick, terrified of the responsibility of parenthood, persuaded her to have a termination and pretend she had miscarried. Leanne was ashamed of herself for agreeing to the plan and their relationship disintegrated, prompting Nick to return to his uncle in Canada.

Nick returned for his mother's wedding to Richard Hillman in 2002 and had a relationship with Maria Sutherland. Maria went back to Canada with him, but returned disillusioned.

2003–04

Nick's next visit was in September 2003, when he turned up during a dispute between Gail and his sister Sarah. He stayed to help smooth things over and befriended Sarah's fiance, Todd Grimshaw. He was horrified when Todd - confused about his sexuality - tried to kiss him and immediately told Sarah. Nick was disgusted when she forgave Todd and became pregnant.

Nick took a job as Mike Baldwin's assistant at the Underworld factory and caused trouble for Janice Battersby, when she made fun of him in front of the workers. He planted alcohol in her bag and sacked her but was forced to reinstate her when cleaner Harry Flagg told him that he had witnessed Nick planting the alcohol. In 2004, Janice accidentally started a fire in the factory and Nick was proclaimed a hero when he rescued her from the blaze.

Having resumed his relationship with Maria, Nick was perturbed by Leanne's reappearance. She still resented Nick and hated Maria for sleeping with her stepsister Toyah's boyfriend, making it her business to come between the couple.

Maria moved in with Nick and his family at Number 8 but she and Gail did not get along. Nick was offered a job in Nottingham and Maria agreed to move there with him. However, Leanne tricked Nick into meeting her at her flat and sent an incriminating photo to Maria, who ended the relationship so Nick went alone. He did not return for Sarah's wedding on 31 October 2007.

2009—

On December 18, 2009 Audrey Roberts phoned Nick to tell him about Gail and Joe McIntyre's forthcoming marriage, and that he was needed back in Weatherfield. On the evening of 21 December 2009, he was in a bar in Manchester where he met Tina McIntyre. They kissed and parted without knowing each others identities. He returned to the Street on Christmas Eve 2009, to spend Christmas with his family. When he met Tina again she was horrified to discover that Nick is David's half brother. On December 28, 2009 Nick returned to Nottingham to finish off some business.

He returned on January 7th, 2010 however for his mother's wedding and took his younger half-brother David out for a pint, exclaiming how strange it felt (as the last time Nick had seen David he had been thirteen years old). He also met his grandfather Ted Page for the first time.

Nick arrived back in February 2010 when he had lost his business. This was around the time Joe McIntyre had gone missing and Gail was trying to cover for him, but he was actually dead. Nick believed that Joe had abused her as they had a fight before he sailed of to fake his own death, as part of an insurance scam. Nick became interested in buying into shares of Underworld and wanted to work for Carla Connor. But she declined his offer. He also briefly met Leanne again, who had warned Carla not to listen to Nick. Nick had left again to try and sort things out back in Nottingham.

When Gail was suspected of murder of Joe by the police in March, Nick had arrived back to support her and help her through it. He moved in with the Platts again and attempted to try and persued Carla to let him become a partner in the business, although she declined again. Determined to invest in the business, he started to date Kelly Crabtree, in hope of using her help.

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