Monday, 7 March 2016

Top 25 Favourite Corrie Females - No. 25

25. EMILY BISHOP (143 VOTES)

Duration: 1961- 
Played by: Eileen Derbyshire
2012 character poll position (women): 25

The show’s longest serving female character who’s been a resident at 3 Coronation Street since 1972. In her early years she was addressed as Miss Nugent.

Destined to be a spinster, she married photographer and lay preacher Ernest Bishop in 1972. Ernest was shot dead in a wages snatch in 1978. Emily then married pet shop owner Arnold Swain in 1980 but he turned out to be a bigamist. She then reverted back to Ernest’s name.

She hasn’t been short of male attention over the years despite her reserved and shy personality. She jilted boss Leonard Swindley in 1964 and has had relationships with Miklos Zadic, Frank Starkey, Bernard Morton and Ramsay Clegg to name a few.

Childless, she has become a mother figure and confidante to many with Deirdre and Tracy Barlow and Curly Watts being prime examples. She has also been the resident babysitter. She has also taken many lodgers over the years. Insufferable pensioner Percy Sugden lodged with her between 1988 and 1997 and then Norris Cole moved in in 2000 and was her lodger until 2014 when he bought the house from her.

Emily has held many jobs over the years: shop assistant, barmaid, café manageress, wages clerk. She is also notable for her charity and voluntary work. She is also a staunch Christian and has strong values. While having a timid personality, she does shock her neighbours sometimes when she stands firm over an issue.

She escaped death twice during the winter of 2002/2003. Financial adviser Richard Hillman was desperate for money and he attempted to kill Emily who had invested with him. Having failed to smother her with a cushion, he went on to clobber her on the head with a crowbar. But to no avail – Emily is still going strong today!

Any Emily fans out there?


Like us on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter | Download our free App | Visit Corrie.net

Please read our advice for leaving comments on the Coronation Street Blog

Creative Commons Licence All original work on the Coronation Street Blog is covered by a Creative Commons License

3 comments:

C in Canada said...

Long live Emily!
She is sorely missed...I hope she comes back from Peru eventually...

Anonymous said...

Often underestimated but has had some very powerful storylines over the years. In the 70's , Emily was quite feisty and her integrity shone through when. Ernest's killer came back 30 years later looking for forgiveness.....

Rapunzel said...

Emily is the quietly-spoken, wise old woman whose strength of character is sorely undervalued - until she's no longer there.

I do hope she returns, but suspect that Eileen Derbyshire has deliberately chosen a fitting final farewell for Emily a la Elsie Tanner, rather than succumbing to an Ena Sharples/Phyllis Pearce/Percy Sugden/Maud Grimes/Annie Walker illness-induced, retirement to St Anne's or the like.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Our Top 10 Blog Posts in last 7 days (automatically updated)

Click on a name to find out more about your Corrie favourites!

aidan connor alan halsall alex bain alison king alison sinclair all about soap awards amy barlow amy kelly andrea beckett andrew paul andy carver andy whyment anna windass anne kirkbride antony cotton audrey roberts awards barbara knox barlows battleaxes becky mcdonald behind the scenes ben price ben tagoe bet gilroy bet lynch beth tinker bethany platt betty driver betty turpin betty williams betty's hotpot bev callard bev unwin beverley callard bill roache bill tarmey billy mayhew billy the vicar blanche hunt brooke vincent bruno langley Callum Logan can i visit the coronation street set Canada canadian coronation street fans cardy o'donnell carla barlow carla connor carmel morgan catherine tyldesley cathy matthews celebrities on coronation street characters joining coronation street characters leaving coronation street charlie condou cherylee houston chesney brown chris fewtrell chris gascoyne claire king classic corrie clothes worn on coronation street colson smith competition conversation street coronation street art coronation street fan events coronation street fan of the week coronation street fans coronation street funerals coronation street history coronation street in canada coronation street look-a-like coronation street map coronation street men coronation street merchandise coronation street news coronation street spoilers Coronation Street The Tour coronation street weekly update coronation street weekly updates coronation street writers craig charles damon rochefort daran little david neilson david platt debbie oates debbie rush deirdre barlow deirdre hunt deirdre Langton deirdre perm deirdre rachid Dennis Tanner dev alahan eileen derbyshire eileen grimshaw ellie-louise leach elsie tanner emily bishop emily nugent ena sharples exclusive interview famous people who have been in corrie fat brenda faye windass fiz brown fiz stape flaming nora florizel street flying ducks gail hillman Gail McIntyre gail platt gail potter gail rodwell gail tilsley gary windass gary's army diaries gay and lesbians gay men in coronation street gay men in soaps gay women in soaps granada manchester coronation street set granada studios gurn of the week helen worth hilda ogden hilda ogden's curlers Hope Stape hot pot how to contact coronation street inside soap magazine izzy armstrong jack and vera duckworth jack p shepherd jane danson jane danson's husband jason grimshaw jennie mcalpine jigsaw jimmi harkishin job vacancies at coronation street julie carp julie goodyear julie hesmondhalgh julie jones julie walters kabin karen mcdonald kate ford katherine kelly kathy jones katie mcglynn Katy Cavanagh ken barlow kevin webster kim crowther kirk sutherland kylie platt kylie turner kym marsh kym ryder leanne barlow leanne battersby leanne tilsley leanne's real mother les dennis lisa george liz mcdonald lloyd mullaney maggie jones malcolm hebden maria connor maria gordon maria sutherland mark llewellin maxine's bench michael le vell michelle connor mikey north mikey north miley windass minnie caldwell Morrissey mothers on the cobbles new set newton and ridley nick tilsley nick's bistro nigel pivaro no.1 Coronation Street no.11 coronation street no.13 coronation street no.3 coronation street no.5 coronation street no.6 coronation street no.7 coronation street no.9 coronation street norris cole norris cole's brother nuttalls brewery odd side of the street official coronation street website oldham coliseum on location outside broadcast paddy mcguinness pat phoenix patti claire patti clare paula lane peter barlow peter gunn pets on coronation street phil collinson Philip Lowrie pickled jo pictures of the coronation street set pigeons pillars of the community platt family props qasim akhtar returning characters rita fairclough rita littlewood rita sullivan road to coronation street rovers bosses rovers fire rovers return rovers return barmaids rovers return fire rovers return landlady roy and hayley roy cropper roys rolls ryan thomas sally webster sally and tim sally dynevor sally webster sally whittaker sam aston samia smith sarah platt schmeichel sean tully simon barlow simon crowther simon gregson sinead tinker sophie webster state of the street steve mcdonald storyline speculation storylines streetcars stuart blackburn stuffed marrow sue cleaver sue johnston sue nicholls sylvia cropper sylvia goodwin terence maynard terry duckworth the corrie years the kabin the road to coronation street through the years tina mcintyre todd grimshaw tony warren Tony Warren inspiration tours of coronation street tracy barlow trafford set tram crash tricia hopkins tyrone dobbs underworld underworld sign unofficial book vera duckworth victoria court fire walking tours weatherfield weatherfield arms weatherfield council weatherfield county weatherfield county football club weatherfield fire station weatherfield gazette weatherfield haulage Weatherfield Open Days weatherfield style weatherfield wayfarer wedding wedding dress weddings weekly awards weekly update where have you seen william roache William Roache Interview window cleaners writers for soaps