Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Top 50 Coronation Street Characters

11. Annie Walker

The landlady of the Rovers between 1937 and 1983, Annie Walker has been dubbed the Queen of Coronation Street. Known for her snobbishness and delusions of grandeur, Mrs Walker was on our screens for 23 years, and was one of four originals still in the show in the early eighties, the others being Ken, Albert and Elsie. Married to Jack for 33 years, they formed one of the earliest double acts in the soap’s history. Annie was heartbroken when Jack died of a heart attack in 1970, but continued to run the pub in his honour. With the absence of a man in the pub, Annie’s son Billy returned and helped his mother until he fled to Jersey in 1975. With Billy gone, Annie was glad to have Fred Gee as a cellar man. And who can forget her faithful subjects – barmaids Betty Turpin (who Annie called Elizabeth) and Bet Lynch or as they called themselves ‘B&B from the R&R’. By the 1980s, she depended on her staff and played the role of pub hostess, reminiscing with old regulars Len Fairclough, Elsie Tanner and Albert Tatlock. Annie’s last appearance was in 1983 and she passed on the reins of running the pub to Billy.

Should Annie be at 11? Or lower down at 13? Leave comments!

1 comment:

  1. she is a fantastic pub landlady