Anna Windass is the mother of Gary and Faye Windass and the former common-law wife of Eddie Windass.

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.

In January 2018, she was wrongfully convicted for the attempted murder of Seb Franklin, having been set up by Phelan; who told a semi-conscious Seb in hospital that it was Anna who pushed him off his ladder. She made a surprise return at the end of May 2018, coming to the aid of Gary and his partner Sarah Platt, whom Phelan had tied up at the builder's yard. She then went on to confront Phelan and stabbed him before he could escape Weatherfield, killing him and ending his reign of terror for good.


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 ran out of St. Mary's 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, Greig and Josie Hodge offered to have baby Miley to go and live with them. Both Anna and Tim were against the idea but soon discovered this was 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.

In October 2017, Anna divulged to Pat Phelan's daugter, Nicola Rubinstein, everything he did to her family, prompting her to confront her father.

The following month, Pat framed Anna for pushing Seb Franklin, Faye's boyfriend, off a ladder by placing her earring, which she dropped in the Builder's Yard after an altercation with Pat, inside Barlow Legal Services (which was the building from which Seb fell). After Pat refunded everyone who was affected in the Calcutta Street flats scam, he convinced Anna he was a changed man. Anna placed a recording mobile phone in her kitchen and invited Pat over for a drink, hoping to get him to confess to framing her, however Pat pretended he had no clue what she was talking about.

Other informationEdit

  • In 2009 it was mentioned that Anna's mother is dead.
  • Anna is a fan of Dolly Parton.
  • Anna mentioned her favourite food is Shepherd's Pie.

First and last linesEdit

"Like Torvill and Dean." (First line)


"Thanks, Kev" (Final line)

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