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Andy Carver
Andy Carver
Occupation Waiter
Born 8th June 1985
Died 27th October 2017
First appearance 21st November 2014
Last appearance 27th October 2017
Duration 2014-2017
Number of appearances 212
Played by Oliver Farnworth

Andrew "Andy" Carver initially introduced himself to the residents of Coronation Street posing as Michael Rodwell's son Gavin.

He died in October 2017 after being shot by Pat Phelan.

Biography

2014-2015: Posing as Gavin

In November 2014 he went to meet Michael at Just Nick's. The meeting didn't go according to plan and Andy left, however he later contacted Michael and asked to meet the next day. Later that month he attempted to contact the real Gavin after finding out that Michael suffered from a heart condition, which was confirmed to be hereditary.

He continued to build a bond with Michael and was immediately hired by Nick Tilsley at the bistro when he learned that Andy was an experienced waiter, although Andy seemed to show signs of uneasiness at his deceit and attempted to contact the real Gavin on several occasions. He also met co-worker Steph Britton there. On New Year's Eve after Leanne Tilsley was reinstated as bistro manager, she asked him for references, national insurance number and bank details which caused him to panic out of fear of being exposed. However he managed to get hold of Gavin's national insurance details, and made up the story that he didn't have access to his bank account because of an incident of hacking. On New Year's Day, he kissed Steph.

In January 2015, a guilt-ridden Andy confessed to Steph about his deceit in the aftermath of Michael suffering another shock collapse. He admitted that he was a flatmate of the real Gavin Rodwell, and after Gavin had fled with his girlfriend Andy visited Michael as part of a prank, but felt bad when he realised Michael was genuinely sorry for not being in the real Gavin's life. He agreed to tell Michael everything, but he and Steph decided not to after they found out that Michael required open heart surgery, and that the shock would most likely kill him.

The real Gavin Rodwell returns

The real Gavin Rodwell returns.

In March, Andy was shocked when he found out from Steph that the real Gavin Rodwell was back from Thailand. When Andy went to see Gavin at the flat, Gavin began questioning him about why he had received pay slips from Nick's Bistro and questioned him over a letter written by Michael. Defeated, Andy revealed he was using Gavin's identity, and tried to insist that Michael was a changed man and regretted abandoning his son. Gavin wasn't so sympathetic however, and threatened to expose Andy's lies. Later that evening when Andy and Steph were at the Rovers along with Michael and his fiancée Gail McIntyre, Gavin turned up and said that he would remain silent on the condition that Andy paid him £5,000. However, in the following days, Gavin died in a car accident. Gail, Steph and Andy were shocked. Gail attended Gavin's funeral and met his mother, Susan Meldrum.

The following month, Gail suspiciously started buying flowers for Gavin's grave but David followed her one day and found out the truth. Meanwhile, evil drug-dealer Callum Logan was trying to gain custody of his son Max Turner (who was living with stepfather David). On Gavin's birthday, David blackmailed Andy into helping him get Callum arrested. He made him buy drugs in The Swarbrick Arms and he then drove to The Dog & Gun and forced Andy to plant drugs in Callum's car. However Callum, along with his mates Gemma Winter and Macca, returned to the car and found Andy. They held him hostage in the pub's back room and threatened to beat him up. As Callum was about to attack Andy, he said that he would tell him everything. At that moment David walked in. After an argument, Callum released Andy but kidnapped David and beat him up. Andy returned to Gavin's birthday party late and told a shocked Steph about everything that happened. David was subsequently released by Callum and returned to Coronation Street, but had suffered a beating by his hands first.

Michael finds out the truth

Andy and Gail are rumbled after Michael finds out the truth about Gavin.

Andy's deceit was unveiled in June when Gavin's mother Susan Meldrum sent an album to Michael with pictures of Gavin. Andy awkwardly sat next to Michael as he looked through the photographs, but in later childhood images, it became clear that Andy wasn't Gavin. Michael was angry, even more so at Gail for not telling him and Michael subsequently walked out on Gail. Andy's crime was soon forgotten, as nobody reported him and he continued working at the Bistro as Nick saw him a good employee and didn't want to lose him.

Andy began to slowly patch things up with Michael, who later moved in with him and Steph at 19a Victoria Street. Despite Michael settling things with Andy, he wasn't interested in reconciling things with Gail and instead got together with Gail's enemy Eileen Grimshaw.

2016-2017: Conflict with Pat Phelan, abduction and murder

Michael left in March 2016 after Eileen decided to end their relationship and got together with Pat Phelan, a builder who Michael didn't trust. The (rightful) distrust of Phelan drove a wedge between the couple, which resulted in Eileen dumping Michael. Michael attempted to get back with Gail, however she seemed to show disinterest in getting back with him, which subsequently led to him leaving for Brighton with his ice cream van. Andy broke the news to Gail that Michael had left, much to her disappointment.

After Andy and Steph's landlord Jason Grimshaw left for Thailand in June, Phelan began to run the day-to-day operations of Jason's Construction. Phelan made a suggestion to Eileen that she should raise Andy and Steph's rent, which she agreed to although they struggled. When Michael made an unexpected return in July after several months away, he offered to move in with them to help with the rent, much to Phelan's annoyance.

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Phelan pins Andy down and attacks him with a laptop.

In January 2017, Phelan discovered that Andy had vital evidence proving that he was behind the luxury apartments con that he had planned with his friend Vinny Ashford. He confronted Andy at his flat, where Andy had just found the footage that could implicate Phelan. As Phelan sat down to survey the footage, Andy sneakily turned on the record on his mobile phone and attempted to get Phelan to confess to his deception. However Phelan caught onto Andy's trick and removed the phone from his pocket. As Phelan was intending to marry Eileen that day, he ordered Andy to destroy the laptop and the evidence, which Andy (in fear) agreed to. Phelan (still in possession of Andy's phone) looked through photos of Steph, before stumbling across photos of Michael. Phelan proceeded to mock Michael, which angered Andy was again. Andy then took the laptop and hit Phelan over the head, which caused him to stumble to the ground. However Phelan wasn't dead or unconscious, and he began to fight Andy. Phelan managed to get Andy to the ground, and proceed to beat him over the head with the laptop. Whether or not Phelan had intended to kill Andy, he had survived the attack. Rather than finish the job, Phelan loaded him into a van and took him to an abandoned old house, in which he chained Andy up in the cellar. Steph left for Portugal on her own, as she had thought Andy left her after receiving a text from his phone (sent by Phelan) claiming she was better off without him.

Andy was kept in the basement for months, with Phelan secretly visiting him and providing him with painkillers and food. Although Andy became dependent on Phelan for company, he attempted to fight for his freedom on several occasions. In June 2017, Phelan had sported a black eye, which was presumably caused by Andy. In August, Phelan paid Andy a visit and chatted with him, lamenting on whether or not he could change his ways after recently discovering he had a daughter named Nicola Rubinstein. The following day, Andy unsuccessfully tried to strangle Phelan, who was furious and confiscated his mattress upon discovering he'd used a piece of it in his latest attempt to kill him. Phelan later discovered Andy had stashed a note inside the mattress begging for help. With his patience running out, Phelan returned to the basement and informed Andy that he wouldn't be returning for quite a while, and left him alone for several days.

Upon Phelan's next visit, Andy sported a nasty injury on his arm which had become infected, causing him a great deal of pain. Phelan left him alone once again but eventually decided to save Andy by getting him some antibiotics. Later, Andy came up with a plan and persuaded Phelan to find a replacement prisoner.
Andy died

Phelan examines Andy's corpse

Andy would commit the crime so that Phelan could live knowing he would never go to the police, and Andy would take care of the new captive. Phelan kidnapped Vinny Ashford and placed him in the cellar alongside Andy, but decided that Andy must kill Vinny in order to buy his freedom, at the same time claiming that Vinny was responsible for Michael's death. Andy shot Vinny dead, but Phelan turned the gun on him. Despite Andy's plea that Phelan was a good person and wouldn't kill, Phelan killed him with a single bullet.

First and last lines

"Hello, dad" (First line, to Michael Rodwell)

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"Because underneath it all you're a good man Pat, and you're no murderer” (Final line)

See also

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