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Anna Windass
Occupation Waitress at Roy's Rolls and Cleaner at the Rovers Return Inn
Born 30th May 1967
Residence 19a Rosamund Street
Sibling(s) 1 brother
Spouse(s) Eddie Windass (common-law)
Children Gary Windass (1986)
Faye Windass (adoptive, 2011)
First appearance 14th November 2008
Duration 2008 to present
Number of appearances 900 (as of Episode 9013)
Played by Debbie Rush

Anna Windass is the mother of Gary and Faye Windass and the former common-law wife of Eddie Windass. She currently resides at 19a Rosamund Street with Gary and Faye.

The Windasses moved into No.6 in December 2008, and were dubbed as the "family from hell". They immediately became involved in a feud with the Platts next door at No.8 when they refused to pay for a kitchen fitted by Joe McIntyre at their previous address. Although Anna wanted to keep the peace and worried about Gary and his troublemaking ways, things were made difficult with his continuous feuding with David Platt, although this died down over time.

In 2011, Anna made a life-changing decision when fostering a troubled young girl called Faye Butler which led to her separation with Eddie as he couldn't cope and he planned a new life in Germany. Later she struck up a friendship with Owen Armstrong and although they had a rocky start since Faye was disapproving of him, Anna eventually adopted Faye and they became a family unit.

The relationship between Anna and Owen became strained after they were blackmailed by Owen's business partner Pat Phelan, who harassed Anna and coaxed Gary into punching him, which was all caught on film. Anna slept with Pat in order for him to release Gary and Owen from their contract, but at the cost of Owen losing a large investment. Anna and Owen separated in April 2015.

Anna, despite some flaws, cared for her family and their well-being. She also looks out for her friends such as Roy Cropper who had given her a job at Roy's Rolls shortly after her arrival. Despite Gary's problems, she was always willing to stand up for him and fight his corner.


Anna was born in 1967, and later met Eddie Windass. In 1986 their son Gary was born. Anna and Eddie never married, but they remained together and presented themselves to the world as a married couple. Eddie had proposed several times but she always turned him down. Eddie was involved in scams with his brother Len, often bringing trouble. He had also begun faking a disability. Gary grew up to be a trouble maker, often ending up in prison time and again.

In 2008, the family began a feud with Joe McIntyre and the Platts after refusing to pay for a kitchen he fitted in their house. Joe's daughter's boyfriend David Platt came round and ripped out the kitchen. Anna, Eddie and Gary moved next door to the Platt family after renting the house from Jerry Morton. Anna decided to make amends and made friends with Gail Platt, Joe's girlfriend, although Joe and David weren't happy with the idea. Gary and David began to have feuds, and ending up getting into a fight which nearly got Gary done for assault, but thankfully David's girlfriend Tina McIntyre told the truth in court that David threw the first punch, and they later split up.

Anna got herself a job in Roy's Rolls, but Eddie wanted some free booze so took Roy Cropper's identity and went on a shopping trip at the cash and carry, all oblivious to Anna. He wasn't found out until Roy's wife Hayley discovered that "Roy" had won a prize for being the millionth customer, and won a holiday. Anna felt embarrassed but the Croppers decided not to press charges and let Anna keep her job. She then told Eddie to stop his scheming and to stop faking his disability.

In January 2011, Anna started fostering a troubled young girl named Faye Butler. This caused difficulties between Anna and Eddie as he didn't want to adopt but he nevertheless wanted to make Anna happy so he let it go through. However, when he couldn't cope, he split with Anna and moved to Germany.

In April 2014, Anna took on the role of cleaner at the Rovers, because of the financial problems that the family was suffering from.

In April 2015, Faye gave birth to her daughter, Miley, just at the age of thirteen. She wanted to give her up for adoption, devastating Anna, as she didn't want Faye to make the wrong decision, but Anna's then boyfriend, Owen Armstrong, only saw Anna's actions as selfish.

In June, at Miley's christening, Faye did a runner from the church and she confided in her biological dad, Tim Metcalfe, that she was not ready to be a mother yet. The baby's paternal grandparents, Josie and Greig Hodge offered to have baby Miley come live with them. Both Anna and Tim were against the idea but soon discovered this is the only option to prevent baby Miley from being adopted. Later that same month, Anna and the rest of the Windasses said a tearful goodbye to baby Miley. In August, the Hodges moved to Canada with the baby with no intention of returning.

Other informationEdit

  • In 2009 it was mentioned that Anna's mother is dead.
  • Anna is a fan of Dolly Parton.


"Like Torvill and Dean." (First line)

See alsoEdit

Current characters
Ken Barlow | Emily Bishop | Rita Tanner | Peter Barlow | Gail Rodwell | Tracy Barlow | Audrey Roberts | Nick Tilsley | Kevin Webster | Jenny Bradley | Sally Metcalfe | Sarah Platt | Liz McDonald | Steve McDonald | David Platt | Norris Cole | Sophie Webster | Roy Cropper | Robert Preston | Leanne Battersby | Tyrone Dobbs | Dev Alahan | Eileen Grimshaw | Maria Connor | Kirk Sutherland | Bethany Platt | Todd Grimshaw | Fiz Stape | Simon Barlow | Sean Tully | Chesney Brown | Amy Barlow | Aadi Alahan | Asha Alahan | Michelle Connor | Anna Windass | Gary Windass | Mary Taylor | Liam Connor Jr. | Izzy Armstrong | Max Turner | Jack Webster | Hope Stape | Faye Windass | Eva Price | Beth Sutherland | Craig Tinker | Ruby Dobbs | Tim Metcalfe | Steph Britton | Sinead Tinker | Jake Windass | Lily Platt | Pat Phelan | Sharif Nazir | Luke Britton | Michael Rodwell | Alya Nazir | Yasmeen Nazir | Zeedan Nazir | Gemma Winter | Andy Carver | Billy Mayhew | Erica Holroyd | Cathy Matthews | Aidan Connor | Alex Warner | Johnny Connor | Kate Connor | Caz Hammond | Harry Platt

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