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Tony Gordon
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Coronation Street
Portrayed by Gray O'Brien
Duration 2007–2009, 2010
First appearance 16 September 2007
Profile
Occupation Businessman

Anthony "Tony" Gordon is a fictional character in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street, portrayed by actor Gray O'Brien. The character first appeared onscreen on 16 September 2007.[1] He is a local businessman, disliked by many of Weatherfield's residents for his ruthlessness. His storylines have revolved around his business deals, his relationships with Carla Connor and Maria Sutherland, and the murder of Liam Connor. Tony was named 'Bad Boy' of 2009 at the All About Soap Bubble awards, and 'Villain of the Year' at the 2009 British Soap Awards. O'Brien will make another brief stint in Spring 2010.

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Creation

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Casting

In August 2007, it was announced that actor Gray O'Brien had been cast as Tony, with The Mirror's Brian Roberts heralding him as the new Coronation Street "heartthrob".[2] O'Brien stated of his casting: "I'm delighted to be joining the cast of Corrie. Tony is a great character and I hope I'll be well received by the viewers. I've had a great time [on River City], but I'm looking forward to the new challenge."[3]

In June 2009, it was announced that Gray O'Brien will remain longer in the show than originally planned. Gray O'Brien finished filming in November 2009, and the scenes are due to air on the New Year 2010. However, after Gray O'Brien's panto season ends in January 2010, they hope for him resume filming for another exciting storyline producers have planned for him in Spring 2010.[4]

Development

In an interview with entertainment website Digital Spy, O' Brien described the dynamics behind his character ahead of the murder storyline, stating: "He does have boundaries - and the boundaries are that he won't be told 'no'. Anything up to that point is good enough. I don't think he's a murderous person. Tony killing Liam is just circumstances. He's come from nothing and has worked his way up. He's a respected businessman and he thinks it's all about fairness - you play with the sword, you die by the sword. He truly believes that everyone has a price. Up until this point, that's his game. His ambition is that he wants to retire in his mid 40s with several million in the bank. But now, something's come up to stop all that- Liam."[5] When interviewed by BBC News O' Brien spoke of the feasible length that his bad-boy character could remain on the show: "Coming in to play the Coronation Street villain has a life span, so I was aware of that. I knew he was going to be villainous, but I think it was all based on audience reaction that they liked him and the writers just went with it. So it's been a really organic process, I don't think I expected this to happen, quite as it has happened. I've got great faith in the writers at Coronation Street and entrust that they'll keep the momentum with the character going. He's a great character to play and he's popular so I do trust whichever way it ends will be the correct ending."[6] ITV publicity describe him as liking having power and making a lot of money but hating the competition that goes with it.[1]

Storylines

Backstory

Prior to arriving in Coronation Street, Tony Gordon was born in Scotland in 1971, followed by his younger brother Patrick. His father had a heart attack aged 39, Tony however had witnessed this, but didn't phone and ambulance, as he felt his mother didn't need his father. . His grandfather had died aged 42 from a heart attack. In 1998, Tony married a woman known as Lindsay, who later had an affair with his brother Patrick. Tony was a womaniser and only cared about money and mostly himself. He had ran a busienss known as Gordons Catalogues and was also a property developer. In 2006, Tony and Lindsay had divorced, although she still thought that he would eventually come back to her. He then arrived in September 2007 in Coronation Street.

Arrival and romance with Carla Connor

Tony arrives in Coronation Street as the owner of a clothing firm, giving a contract to Carla and Liam Connor's underwear factory, Underworld. He is unpopular with local residents for commissioning a new housing development in the area, destroying a colony of bats in the process. Planning to expand the Underworld factory, Tony attempts to convince corner shop owner Rita Sullivan to sell her store, and mechanic Kevin Webster to sell his garage. When Kevin refuses, Tony enlists his friend Jimmy Dockerson to sabotage his business. He also menaces elderly resident Jed Stone out of his home, wanting to redevelop the site.

Tony begins a relationship with Carla, unaware she has romantic feelings for Liam. She breaks up with him in order to prove her feelings to Liam, but they later reconcile, becoming engaged. Before their wedding, Tony realises Carla is having an affair with Liam, after seeing a video clip of them kissing.[7].

Liam's murder and relationship with Maria

He hires Jimmy to kill Liam, running him over on Tony's stag night. A distraught Carla briefly leaves the country, but upon her return, she and Tony marry. Upon discovering Carla's affair with Liam, his widow Maria begins to suspect Tony's involvement in his death. She confides in Jed Stone, who threatens to go to the police. Tony strangles Jed, and initially believes him to be dead. He plans disposal of his body, but is shocked to discover Jed is still alive. He offers him a new flat in Wigan and £3,000 to leave the area and keep his secret. Maria begins a vendetta against Tony. He attempts to depict Maria as mentally unstable, but raises Carla's suspicions in the process.[8] She tells Tony that she loved Liam more than him, and Tony confesses to the murder. Carla escapes from Tony and flees to Los Angeles.

Tony has a short-lived relationship with hairdresser Natasha Blakeman. Maria begins to soften towards Tony when she finds him mourning at Liam's grave. They become friends, and Tony helps her through her pregnancy with Liam's baby, delivering her son, who she names Liam Anthony. Liam's parents do not approve of the developing relationship, leading Tony to threaten them, stating that if they do not leave Maria alone, they will never see their grandson again. Eventually, the relationship becomes a romantic one, and Maria and Tony become engaged.

Downfall and arrest

Carla returns to Weatherfield, and instructs Tony to sell her his shares in Underworld and leave the country, otherwise she will murder him. Tony hires Jimmy Dockerson to kill her, but changes his mind at the last moment. Carla is able to escape from Jimmy by knocking him unconscious, but Tony tricks her into thinking she has murdered him, leading them to call a temporary truce. Carla then leaves the country once more. When Maria pays a visit to her parents in Cyprus, Tony suffers a heart attack. He is taken to hospital by Roy Cropper, with whom he had previously clashed over the new housing development, and confesses Liam's murder to him.

After getting out of hospital the following week, Tony began sending gifts as a thank you to Roy, although he was only possibly buying his silence. Roy began stalking Tony and persuading him to tell the police, although Tony stated he did not know what he was talking about. Hayley was also offered a job as supervisor at underworld, which led Roy to believe Tony was again trying to buy his silence. One night when Tony looked out his bedroom window, he saw Roy in the pouring rain looking up at him. Tony had enough, so a couple of days later, went round to Roy's Rolls while it was closing and said to Roy that if he didn't leave him alone there will have to be another accident. This left Roy shaken. Hayley took the day of and when Tony came to the door to ask why she wasn't in at work, she said he had the cold. Tony saw right through her and said that "I might have to sort you like I will sort Roy". Hayley and Roy decided to go camping and get away. They phoned the police on Tony and left. When Tony came out of the clinic with medication, he saw police at the door and then he hid. He realised what Roy and Hayley have done. Tony lets himself into Roys Rolls and gets a knife but then hides behind the counter as Hayley and Roy walk in. Roy decides to go bat spotting at the canal. Then Maria comes looking for answers from Roy. Then Haley tells Maria about everything while Tony is still hidden behind the counter. While Roy is at the canal Tony comes along. With a knife. Maria rings Tony looking for answers and Roy hears, Tony implies that Roy was the one who is making this happen by putting bad things in his head. "This is all your Fault" Tony says to Roy. Roy thinks Tony has hurt or done something to Haley. They begin brawling, and Tony holds Roy over the canal. Roy says "I can't swim!" "Good." replies Tony and throws him in.

But, he later drags Roy from the canal and then hands himself into the police and confesses to his crimes. He appeared at court on 27 November 2009, and his trial will begin on the New Year 2010. He also spotted Carla, who had returned after hearing he had been arrested and smiled at her, making her ex sister in law and Liam's sister Michelle think he was smiling at her and her son Ryan, and shouted at him. Maria has also left Weatherfield for a new life in Ireland.

In December 2009, Carla visited Tony in prison where he admitted that Jimmy was still alive. Carla was scared and angry, telling Tony how much distress he has put her through, and also that Jimmy will be after her. However, he assured her this will not happen, as he forced him to attempt to murder her. Angry and upset, she left the prison. Before she did, Tony asked if Maria will ever forgive him, and Carla said "Not a chance". She also stated Maria has left Weatherfield and coul not get away fast enough. She then left the station.

Escape from Prison and Demise

On an interview on This Morning, Kim Crowther revealed Tony will be back for a week stint when he escapes prison and returns to the cobbles. He will hold Maria hostage at gunpoint in the factory, and begs her forgiveness. Carla will walk in on them and accidently get shot by Tony. Tony will then turn the gun on himself, ending the siege.

Reception

In March 2009, at the All About Soap Bubble awards, the character won the trophy for 'Bad Boy'.[9] Two months later at the British Soap Awards Gray won 'Villain of the Year'.[10]

Tony dislikes football club Rangers F.C.. In one episode he remarks: "I could no more fancy Rosie Webster than I could support Glasgow Rangers". Supporters of Rangers took offence to this remark and flooded the ITV switchboard with calls of protest as they thought the remark was a retaliation for the 2008 UEFA Cup Final Riots involving Rangers fans. Ironically, it was revealed that his brother has a season ticket for the club. He also once said he was a modern Robert the Bruce - fighting for his honour in the street and the business world.The Scottish Tourist Board claimed that this remark lead to a 4% increase in the historical figure from tourists.[11]

Gareth McLean of the Radio Times has described Tony as "the sort of man who would steal your teeth and come back for your gums" and commented that his friendship with Maria Connor softened his character.[12] In an advance press screening of the Liam Connor murder episodes, soaps editor for Digital Spy Kris Green applauded Gray O' Brien for his portrayal of Tony by saying that both he and co-star Alison King "steal the show."[13]

References

  1. ^ a b Webmaster (2009). "Coronation Street - Cast & Characters - Tony Gordon". ITV. http://www.itv.com/Soaps/coronationstreet/castandcharacters/ftol/TonyGordon/default.html. Retrieved 2009-07-02. 
  2. ^ "Corrie's new heartthrob". The Mirror (Trinity Mirror). 9 August 2007. http://www.mirror.co.uk/celebs/news/2007/08/09/corrie-s-new-heartthrob-115875-19598633/. Retrieved 2009-07-02. 
  3. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (9 August 2007). "'River City' actor joins Weatherfield". Digital Spy. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/soaps/a70627/river-city-actor-joins-weatherfield.html. Retrieved 2009-07-02. 
  4. ^ http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/soaps/s3/coronationstreet/news/a157291/gray-obrien-extends-corrie-contract.html
  5. ^ Green, Kris (10 October 2008). "Gray O'Brien (Tony Gordon, Corrie)". Digital Spy. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/soaps/a131175/gray-obrien-tony-gordon-corrie.html. Retrieved 2009-07-02. 
  6. ^ Pryor, Fiona (15 October 2008). "Talking Shop: Corrie's Tony". BBC. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7668006.stm. Retrieved 2009-07-02. 
  7. ^ TV Reporter (15 August 2008). "Coronation Street's Tony has murder on his mind after Rosie's seduction attempt backfires". London Evening Standard. http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/showbiz/article-23533646-details/Coronation+Street's+Tony+has+murder+on+his+mind+after+Rosie's+seduction+attempt+backfires/article.do. Retrieved 2009-07-02. 
  8. ^ Green, Kris (24 December 2008). "Tony loses it with Jed". Digital Spy. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/soaps/a136932/tony-loses-it-with-jed.html. Retrieved 2009-07-02. 
  9. ^ Green, Kris (31 March 2009). "All About Soap 'Bubble' winners announced". Digital Spy. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/soaps/a151353/all-about-soap-bubble-winners-announced.html. Retrieved 2009-07-02. 
  10. ^ Young, Fiona (10 May 2009). "Corrie's Scots star wins best baddie at Soap Awards but rivals claim top gong". The Sunday Mail. http://www.sundaymail.co.uk/tv-showbiz-news/entertainment-news/2009/05/10/corrie-s-scots-star-wins-best-baddie-at-soap-awards-but-rivals-claim-top-gong-78057-21347230/. Retrieved 2009-07-02. 
  11. ^ English, Paul (4 October 2008). "Exclusive: Coronation St bosses drop anti-Rangers jibe from script". The Daily Record. http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/2008/10/04/exclusive-coronation-st-bosses-drop-anti-rangers-jibe-from-script-86908-20771780/. Retrieved 2009-07-02. 
  12. ^ McLean, Gareth (30 June 2009). "The week in soapland - Blogs - Radio Times". Radio Times. http://www.radiotimes.com/blogs/669-soaps-strange-bedfellows/. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  13. ^ Green, Kris (10 October 2008). "Bonus Scoop: Weatherfield's Tony Gordon". Digital Spy. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/soaps/a131269/bonus-scoop-weatherfields-tony-gordon.html. Retrieved 2009-07-02. 

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