Saturday, 22 August 2009

Top 50 Coronation Street Characters

33. Mavis Wilton (known as Mavis Riley)

Prissy Mavis Riley first appeared in 1971 as an old friend of Emily Nugent and was her bridesmaid at her wedding to Ernest Bishop in 1972. In 1973, she became a regular on the street when Rita Littlewood hired her as her assistant at the newly opened newsagents ‘The Kabin’. This partnership would last for nearly 25 years. Budgie lover Mavis had her fair share of romances. She was barely behind the counter before she was wooed by Jerry Booth. Their relationship was more off than on and Jerry died before they could go no further. Jerry was barely cold before Mavis had another love interest – Derek Wilton. For the next 11 years, he would pop in and out of her life. In 1983, the unthinkable happened when Mavis was in a love triangle. B
oth Derek and Victor Pendlebury wished to marry her. After much dithering, Mavis chose Derek and they planned to marry but they both jilted each other! Four years passed before they married, and their marriage lasted until Derek’s untimely death in 1997. After playing the role for 26 years, Thelma Barlow quit the series and Mavis left Weatherfield for the Lake District.

Should Mavis be at 33? Or higher at 26? Leave comments!

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