Monday, 30 April 2012

Top 60 Corrie Characters - No. 15

15. Ena Sharples 1960-1980 (98 votes)

The inspiration for the likes of Blanche Hunt, Ivy Tilsley and Maud Grimes – Mrs Ena Sharples! On our screens for 20 years, Ena was the original battleaxe and ruled the roost on Coronation Street. Known for being a harridan in a hairnet and for her Christian morals, Ena had her fair share of disagreements – with Elsie Tanner, Annie Walker and Leonard Swindley. During her tenure, she worked as a caretaker; first at the Mission Hall and then at the Community Centre. If she wasn’t working, she would be found gossiping with pals Minnie Caldwell and Martha Longhurst in the Rovers snug. She was also a dab hand on the piano and led sing-songs in the Rovers. She also had a harmonium and played at Ernest and Emily’s wedding in 1972. Although they constantly clashed, Ena did comfort Elsie Tanner when she was down in the dumps and even saved her from suicide. By the 1970s, she had mellowed and became the grandmother figure on the street and in 1977 played the role of Queen Victoria on the Jubilee float. Her appearances during between 1974 and 1980 became sporadic and she left the street for St. Anne’s in 1980.

Should battleaxe Mrs Sharples be at 15? Should she be in the top 10? Were you a fan? Leave a comment!

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8 comments:

David said...

Ena should be no No.1! But then it has been 32 years.

Rachel said...

Is Stella going to be at no. 1? ;-)

Anonymous said...

14 characters better than Ena Sharples? I think some of the people who voted in this poll understand the programme as well as the current production team!!!

Flaming Nora said...

If St Ella comes in at Number 1, I'm closing the website down!

John in Cincinnati said...

I am shocked that Ena is ranked this low, I don't care that she hasn't been on the programme since 1980..that is beside the point, she is a foundational character! In the very first episode for heaven's sake! What are people thinking?

Greg said...

Ena should definitely be in the top 10. But as people have said, it's a long time since she graced our screens. Unless I've missed him, Graeme still hasn't appeared. Surely he can't be in the top 10?!
Stella wasn't in the poll, which will no undoubtedly relieve some people!

Dolly Tubb said...

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! Shows how bobbins I am at picking the winners. Still, we haven't had Roy yet. I am still confident he will be in the number 1 slot ;-)

Milk said...

I'm a young Corrie fan and think Ena should have made the top ten. :(

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