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Denise Osbourne 1994
Denise Osbourne
Occupation Hairdresser
Born 1st December 1955
Mother Irene
Sibling(s) Alison Dunkley
Spouse(s) Frank Osbourne
Neil Mitchell (1990)
Children Daniel Osbourne (1995)
First appearance 4th December 1992
Last appearance 10th June 2007
Duration 1992-1997, 2007
Number of appearances 281
Played by Denise Black

Denise Osbourne was a hairdresser in Coronation Street in the 1990s, the mother of Daniel Osbourne and ex-partner of Ken Barlow.


1955-1992: Early lifeEdit

Denise married solicitor Frank Osbourne but later divorced him and married Neil Mitchell in 1990.

1992-1994: Arrival on the streetEdit

Denise moved to Coronation Street in 1992, by which point she had left Neil. She opened a salon at No.2, living in the flat above.

Denise was popular with the male residents. In 1993, she became close to Don Brennan who had recently had his foot amputated, as she had a hand disability. Don invested in Denise's salon and wanted to become closer to her. He harassed her with telephone calls and although Denise pinned the blame on Don's wife Ivy, Don confessed to being behind the campaign.

1994-1996: Relationship with KenEdit

In 1994, Denise started a relationship with Ken Barlow. Soon afterwards she became pregnant. Denise was distraught after miscarrying, but soon discovered that she had actually been carrying twins and the other twin had survived. Ken proposed to Denise but she turned him down and broke up with him. Denise gave birth to her son Daniel Osbourne in January 1995 and although Ken gave her support, she left his name off the birth certificate. Denise ran away with Daniel later that year, but when Ken tracked them down, they decided to give their relationship another go.

In January 1996, it transpired that Denise had been having an affair with her brother-in-law Brian Dunkley for two years. Ken ordered Denise to leave, so she moved away with Brian and abandoned Daniel in the care of Ken. In November, Denise returned for Daniel, leaving Ken with no choice but to hand him over due to his absence from the birth certificate.

1997-2010: Bringing up DanielEdit

Denise, Daniel and Brian moved to Scotland in January 1997 and quickly lost contact with Ken. Sometime later, Denise broke up with Brian and moved back to the Manchester area with Daniel.

In 2007, Denise sent a card to Ken after learning that his daughter Tracy had been sent to prison for murder. Ken went to stay with Denise after experiencing problems with his wife Deirdre. Ken hoped to become closer to Daniel, which proved difficult due to his long absence. Ken stayed with Denise for a few weeks and although Daniel grew frustrated at his father's presence, Denise became closer and made a pass at Ken. However, Ken turned her down and later returned to Deirdre after a reconciliation.

2010: DisappearanceEdit

Denise wasn't the same after Ken returned to Deirdre, so around 2010, when Daniel was 15, she decided to move away. Daniel refused to go with her due to his GCSEs and friends, so remained on his own while Denise left. Daniel didn't hear from her again and was forced to lie to friends and teachers that Denise was still around to avoid being taken into care.

When 21-year-old Daniel reconciled with Ken in November 2016, his family became suspicious of where his mother was, especially after his adoptive sister Tracy entered his flat without his knowledge and deduced Denise wasn't living with him due to lack of female presence. Daniel was forced to admit the truth to his family.


  • "Yeah. Well, I'd like to ask a favour as well. Could I leave some of these with you to hand out to your customers?" (First line, giving leaflets to Deirdre in the Corner Shop)
  • "Good luck with Deirdre." (Final line, to Ken)

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