Thursday, 17 March 2016

Top 25 Favourite Corrie Females - No. 17


Duration: 1991-1996, 2000
Played by: Sarah Lancashire
2012 character poll position (women): 23

Introduced as an assistant at Bettabuys supermarket, working alongside the likes of Curly Watts, Reg Holdsworth, Vera Duckworth and Ivy Brennan.

She was later hired as a barmaid at the Rovers and formed a close friendship with landlady Bet Gilroy and fellow barmaid Betty Turpin. She also dabbled in modelling.

Soon enough, Raquel was in a relationship with Des Barnes. She was heartbroken when ex-wife Steph turned up as he hoped for a reconciliation. Time and time again Des and Raquel would rekindle their relationship, only for Des for dump her when he got a better offer. 

After failed relationships with Gordon Blinkhorn and Wayne Farrell, she married friend and confidante Curly in 1995. But the aching truth was that she didn’t love him. She still loved Des, for all his faults. 

She confessed to Curly her real feelings, but he forgave her. They had a happy marriage until she left him – not for Des, but for a job in Malaysia. She made a brief return in 2000 to let Curly know that they had a daughter called Alice. Raquel was by then living in Paris.

Ditzy Raquel’s notable scenes during her tenure include having French lessons with Ken Barlow in the Rovers backroom and having a conversation about football with Alma Baldwin and Denise Osbourne in the Rovers bar. She is undoubtedly a classic Corrie character.

A fan of Raquel?

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Anonymous said...

Really enjoy Sarah Lancashire in Happy Valley. She is brilliant. And so many ex-Corrie people: Racquel, Steph Barnes, Becky McDonald, Hayley it.

I read a post on DS recently, someone said they couldn't watch Happy Valley because Sarah Lancashire will always be Racquel off Corrie. That's sad, she's gone on to do some great work since leaving the Street about 20 years ago.

Anonymous said...

She was great in Last Tango in Halifax.

Anonymous said...

She is completely brilliant in Happy Valley - the Corrie writers would do well to check that series out! This is one great actress who should and could never be seen only as Raquel.

Tvor said...

I always liked Raquel and Sarah L. is a brilliant actor!

Ancient corrier said...

Ah! Will there ever be another Raquel? All the Corrie women are gobby cows now.

Anonymous said...

Sarah L is a phenomenal actress! I love everything she's done since Corrie.

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