We look at some of the most successful Rovers Return barmaids & how they went from great to even greater

We look at some of the most successful Rovers Return barmaids & how they went from great to even greater

Rovers Return barmaid is one of the most prestigious jobs on the cobbles.

And for many who serve pints there, it’s a launchpad to even greater things…

Katherine Kelly

Age: 40

Character: Becky McDonald née Granger

Years behind the bar: 2008-2011

Known for: Morphing from thieving tearaway to lovable firecracker

Best quote: “Regrets are for people what stop on the ground, we’re heading for the stars.”

Exit: After ruining ex-husband Steve McDonald’s wedding to Tracy Barlow, she legged it to Barbados.

After the cobbles: Katherine showed the breadth of her acting talent when she played posh Lady Mae in Mr Selfridge, as well as securing leading roles in dramas including Cheat, Liar, Happy Valley and Netflix hit Criminal: UK.

Catherine Tyldesley

Age: 37

Character: Eva Price

Years behind the bar: On and off 2012-2018

Known for: Being Eva The Diva

Best quote: “I don’t want to marry a lying, cheating, man pig!’

Exit: Realising she needed a clean break following estranged boyfriend Aidan Connor’s suicide, she left with baby Susie.

After the cobbles: Cath hit the Strictly dance floor with pro Johannes Radebe last year and played Karen in BBC1’s Scarborough alongside comic Jason Manford. Recently, she announced her first play, The Ceremony, which she wrote in lockdown and stars Corrie alumni Sue Johnston and Paula Lane.

Denise Welch

Age: 62

Character: Natalie Barnes née Horrocks

Years behind the bar: 1997-2000

Known for: Splitting up Sally and Kev.

Best quote: “I didn’t rip him out of your arms. He was bored stiff.”

Exit: Natalie discovered she was pregnant by on/off lover Vinny and didn’t want to bring a baby up in a pub. She sold The Rovers Return and relocated to the Cotswolds.

After the cobbles: Denise was already a star when she joined the cast, thanks to Soldier, Soldier. She’s gone on to become a Loose Women panellist, mental health campaigner and successful author.

Sarah Lancashire

Age: 56

Character: Raquel Watts née Wolstenhulme

Years behind the bar: 1992-1996

Known for: Being ditsy but full of heart and the Curly/Des Barnes love triangle

Best quote: “I were always led to believe I were equally good at most things, I was told that when I was at school – they said: ‘Raquel, you have no particular talents.'"

Exit: She made the agonising decision to leave husband Curly Watts for an aromatherapy job in Kuala Lumpur.

After the cobbles: Sarah went on to win fans with Where The Heart Is, Lark Rise To Candleford and Happy Valley. As well as winning two BAFTAs, she was awarded an OBE in 2017.

Sally Lindsay

Age: 47

Character: Shelley Unwin

Years behind the bar: 2001-2006

Known for: Her disastrous taste in men

Best quote: “I am not drunk, I am livid.”

Exit: She left Weatherfield for a fresh start when she found out she was pregnant with abusive ex Charlie Stubbs’ baby.

After the cobbles: Sally developed the idea for TV show Scott & Bailey with fellow Corrie pal Suranne Jones. She’s also starred in Mount Pleasant, Still Open All Hours and Ordinary Lies.

Michelle Keegan

Age: 33

Character: Tina McIntyre

Years behind the bar: 2010-2014

Known for: Her trademark hoop earrings

Best quote: “I was born gobby.”

Exit: She was murdered by Rob Donovan after she threatened to reveal she’d been having an affair with his sister Carla’s husband, Peter Barlow.

After the cobbles: Michelle’s starred in Ordinary Lies, Our Girl, Tina & Bobby and Brassic and still found time to marry former TOWIE star Mark Wright in 2015.

Tina Hobley

Age: 49

Character: Samantha Failsworth

Years behind the bar: 1996-1998

Known for: Her malicious lies

Best quote: “Keeping my mouth shut all these years was daft.”

Exit: Sam told Des Barnes she was having his baby to wreck his relationship with Natalie, then said she’d miscarried… and later left on a motorbike after revealing to him that she was actually still pregnant!

After the cobbles: Tina spent 12 years playing staff nurse Chrissie Williams in Holby City, before leaving in 2013. She appeared in reality show The Jump in 2016.

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