|First appearance||29th November 1995|
|Number of appearances||1|
|Played by||Kathryn Apanowicz|
Carol Starkey applied within for a barmaid job at the Rovers after Betty Williams walked out in 1995. Jack Duckworth - running the place on his own while Vera was in Blackpool - told Carol, who'd never worked in a bar before, that he'd give her a trial that evening but stipulated that she would have to give the customers "something else".
During the shift, Carol barely cracked a smile and was cold to the customers. Before it was over she asked Jack to pay her off, remarking the trial went both ways and that it wasn't for her as the customers were all either mad or miserable. Jack wasn't sad to see her go, later telling Raquel Wolstenhulme (pretending to her that he'd sacked Carol) that her backside was "definitely not for slapping".