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Bernard butler
Bernard Butler
Occupation Hairdresser
Residence Saddleworth
Mother Fay Butler
Sibling(s) Sandra Butler
Gary Bailey (half-brother)
First appearance 17th November 1969
Last appearance 29th June 1970
Duration 1969-1970
Number of appearances 37
Played by Gorden Kaye

Bernard Butler was Elsie Tanner's nephew, who briefly lodged with Elsie in Coronation Street from late 1969 to early 1970. His sister was Sandra Butler.


Bernard arrived in Weatherfield and his aunt Elsie Tanner's house in November 1969 from Saddleworth, hot on the heels of his younger sister Sandra after their mother had been taken into hospital. The pair were allowed to lodge with Elsie for the foreseeable future, and Elsie got Bernard and Sandra jobs at Alan Howard's Salon, where Elsie worked as manageress.

Kind-hearted Bernard was protective of Sandra, although he was a greater physical threat than he appeared; when Sandra's fiancé Ray Langton was seen kissing Audrey Fleming, Bernard knocked him to the floor in the Rovers pub.

Soon after arriving in the Street, Bernard fell for Irma Barlow, who was on a visit from Australia, and kept finding excuses to see her. When Irma returned to Weatherfield permanently when her husband and son were killed in a car crash, Bernard was supportive but when her attentions moved to Dave Smith, Bernard realised Irma only saw him as a friend.

In 1970, Alan Howard unfairly sacked Bernard at the salon, causing the staff to walk out in protest. Bernard was spurred on by the staff to start up a rival business, but he was eventually persuaded to return. After being rejected by Irma, Bernard left Weatherfield and took a job back home in Saddleworth.

Background informationEdit

Bernard was written out of the series, along with his sister Sandra, when new Producer June Howson took over the programme in 1970.


"Oh, this is the right house then. Hello, Aunty Elsie, sis." (First line)


"Thanks, ta." (Final line, to Betty Turpin)

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