Norman Arthur "Curly" Watts was manager of the Weatherfield branches of Bettabuy, Firman's Freezers and Freshco. He lived in Coronation Street from 1983 to 2003, most of that time as a bachelor until his marriages to Raquel Wolstenhulme and Emma Taylor.

Curly arrived in the Street while working on the bins; a meagre profession for a clever man. It wasn't until 1988, after his furniture removal business with Terry Duckworth folded, that Curly's ambitions took hold and he went to business school, later to begin his career as assistant manager at supermarket Bettabuy under Reg Holdsworth. He was later elevated to manager and as of 2010 was area manager of the Freshco chain.

In the Street, Curly lodged with Emily Bishop and Jack and Vera Duckworth before moving into No.7 with Angie Freeman. He wanted to settle down and marry but most women found him unattractive; perhaps his greatest love, barmaid and aspiring model Raquel, only liked him as a friend, and Angie moved out of No.7 when she realised he couldn't accept them living under the same roof and not being together. Relationships with Kimberley Taylor and Elaine Fenwick were equally disastrous as Curly was prone to jealousy and deception to hold onto his loves.

Curly's first marriage was to Raquel, who asked him to marry her only hours after her on-off lover Des Barnes had lured her into bed. The marriage lasted less than a year as Raquel left Curly to take a modelling opportunity in France. She returned in 2000 to tell him he had a daughter, Alice Watts. Curly's next love was policewoman Emma Taylor and their partnerhsip was far smoother; they married in 2001 and their son Ben was born that same year. The family moved to Newcastle in 2003 when Emma took a transfer there.

Curly also worked on the Council and successfully stood as Independent Councillor in 2001. His main hobby was astronomy and he had a telescope installed in No.7's loft.


Duckworths 1983
"If you've owt to say, spit it out before it flamin' well chokes yer"
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Curly Watts was axed in 2003 after 20-years in the series. Kevin Kennedy has since then always expressed interest in returning to the role. He got a special opportunity in 2010 when he played Curly for the direct-to-DVD film Coronation Street: A Knight's Tale where he appeared alongside his former co-star Ken Morley as Reg Holdsworth for the first time in 15 years. Kennedy is still interested in returning to the actual show.

First and last linesEdit

"Morning, Mrs Fairclough" (First line)


"Yeah. Thanks. Thanks for everything." (Final line)

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