49. Brian Tilsley
In the same position as Fred, but in the 49th position due to how the poll works out is Corrie’s mechanic during the eighties – Brian Tilsley. If you ask me, Brian’s stabbing was a breath of fresh air for him after living a miserable life with wife Gail and mother Ivy! He appeared in 1978 and soon wooed Gail Potter and within a year they were married. ‘Our Brian’ was usually the reason for countless battles between Anglican Gail and Catholic Ivy, one of Corrie’s classic feuds. When he was introduced, he was the latest Street hunk, following the footsteps of Ken, Mike and Ray. His marriage to Gail was popular during the eighties and was dubbed a super-couple. He became a father to Nick in 1980 and there was speculation if he was the father of Sarah, born in 1987. DNA results showed that Brian was indeed the father, and not his cousin Ian, who had had an affair with Gail in 1986. In 1988, the actor who played Brian, Chris Quinten, told producer Bill Podmore that he was leaving for the USA, and wished for Brian to have a recurring role. Podmore refused and Brian was killed off in early 1989 – stabbed to death outside a nightclub.