CURLY WATTS (127 VOTES)
Played by: Kevin Kennedy
2012 character poll position (men): 11
Norman ‘Curly’ Watts was introduced as a bin-man, working with Eddie Yeats and Chalkie Whitely. He was very studious and later became Emily Bishop’s lodger, moving his telescope into the attic. He lodged at No3 until 1988 when he moved in with the Duckworths. He later moved into No7 and bought the house from Rita in 1992.
After attending business school, became assistant manager at Bettabuys and formed a double act with pompous manager Reg Holdsworth. Curly’s battles with staff Vera and Ivy were quite reminiscent of Swindley and Ena Sharples in the 60s. He later became manager at Firman’s Freezers and later Frescho.
Curly was an unlikely Lothario. With his round specs he was currently a catch. His list of conquests include Shirley Armitage, Kimberley Taylor, Anne Malone, Angie Freeman, Maxine Heavey and Maureen Holdsworth. He certainly gave Des Barnes a run for his money. But his true love was Raquel Wolstenhulme, despite her not reciprocating his feelings. She did marry him in 1995 but only because Des had rejected her. Curly’s love for Raquel was proven when he named a star ‘Mrs Raquel Watts’ in her honour.
The Watts were only married briefly before Raquel left in 1996. She made a brief return in 2000 to tell Curly that they had a daughter called Alice. Curly later met and married policewoman Emma Taylor. They had a son called Ben, delivered with the help of Norris!
Curly became a councillor in 2001, succeeding Audrey Roberts. But in 2003 Curly, Emma and Ben left for Newcastle.
Curly’s best friends on the cobbles included Kevin Webster, Terry Duckworth, Martin Platt, Des Barnes, Gary Mallett, Jim McDonald and Jack Duckworth.
Kevin Kennedy has wished to return as Curly many times. Would you like him to return?
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