Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Corrie A-Z: C is for Cigarette Holders


Over the years, many Corrie characters have been known to smoke. I believe that a cigarette in their hand explains a lot about their character and gives them a rough edge. Since the smoking in public places ban in 2007, characters have not been seen smoking in the Rovers so you have to keep watch of who smokes these days as they’re not regularly seen sporting a cigarette in their hand.
 
Known smokers include Deirdre Barlow, Liz McDonald, Elsie Tanner, Bet Lynch, Hilda Ogden, Becky Granger, Steve McDonald, Lloyd Mullaney, Stan Ogden, Vera Duckworth, Ray Langton, Alan Howard, Jack Duckworth, Janice Battersby, Eddie Windass, Martha Longhurst, Suzie Birchall, Alec Gilroy and Peter Barlow.
 
Ken Barlow used to smoke in the 1960s (I don’t think Deirdre knows that!) and in her first appearance street duchess Audrey Roberts had a cigarette in her hand! And our Rita, in her early days, was sometimes sporting a cigarette in her hand as the photo shows.
 
Other characters are known to opt for smoking cigars. The ones that come to mind are Mike Baldwin, Fred Elliott, Billy Walker and Dev Alahan. And during Betty’s wake, there was a brilliant scene of the Corrie menfolk smoking cigars in the Rovers backyard.
 
 
Phyllis Pearce is best remembered for her gravel-voice but was never seen smoking.
 
While Annie Walker was a non-smoker, Doris Speed who played her was. It has been said that Speed died with a cigarette in her hand!   
 
Remember any other characters who smoke/d? Know any actors that do/did?
 
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7 comments:

Beth said...

Fred Elliott was also a cigarette smoker.

David said...

Mrs. Walker was seen smoking at least once, when she went to the Spanish consulate in 1971 http://coronationstreet.wikia.com/wiki/Juan_Arrabal

Anonymous said...

Filthy habit

Clinkers (David) said...

Gary Windass smoked in a few of his early episodes. Leanne has had a few crafty drags in her time too as did Toyah, Janice and Les. Must have had a nice big ash tray at number 5 . . .

Anonymous said...

Frank Barlow and Harry Hewitt smoked a Pipe !

Tvor said...

In fact Leanne started a fire in the factory from smoking in the loo. Karen MacDonald smoked as did Les Battersby, Alec Gilroy, and didn't Ryan Connor's cig start a little fire in Number 13 when Sophie was cleaning?

Barrie.T said...

on "i,m a celebrity get me out of here..." antony cotton and helen flanagan were smokers but their characters never smoked. The most famous smokers have to be julie goodyear and pat phoenix who were chronic chain smokers and never seen without a cigarette out of their hands

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