|Born||11th August 1930|
|Died||11th January 1978|
|Spouse(s)||Emily Nugent (1972)|
|First appearance||6th September 1967|
|Last appearance||11th January 1978|
|Number of appearances||410|
|Played by||Stephen Hancock|
Ernie was raised in Weatherfield and followed in his late father's footsteps by pursuing photography as a profession, eventually coming to own a camera shop. A shy, kind man, Ernest remained a bachelor into his late thirties, and in 1969 met Emily Nugent, a fellow member of the local Mission circuit. They had a rocky romance but got married in 1972, and bought No.3 Coronation Street.
As well as his photography, Ernie was engaged in work at the local Community Centre, as was Emily. However, neither was a great source of income and when the studio's rent was trebled in 1976 Ernie was forced to put the photography business into liquidation. The Bishops were saved financially when Mike Baldwin opened denim factory Baldwin's Casuals in the Street and gave Ernie a job as wages clerk, and it was at the factory in 1978, when Ernie was making up wage packets, that two men tried to raid the factory and one of them accidentally fired a shotgun at Ernie, killing him.
Something of a serial worrier, Ernie often let his pessimism get the better of him and he was sometimes inadvertantly ignorant of Emily's needs. Despite this, he was a devoted husband and a popular member of the community.
Ernest was born to parents Caroline and George Bishop in 1930 and was educated at Weatherfield Grammar School. He later became a photographer and arrived at the wedding of Steve and Elsie Tanner in 1967 to take photographs. He also went under the trade name of Gordon Bishop.
Ernie met Emily Nugent at his mother's funeral in 1969 and started dating. They had a long courtship before tying the knot in 1972. They always wanted to have children, especially after having a miscarriage in 1972.
While sorting out the wages for the factory girls in 1978, two robbers broke in and demanded Ernest to hand over the money, while he was held at gunpoint. The man holding the gun, Ed Jackson, accidently set the gun of, and shot Ernest. Ernest was rushed to hospital, but had later died on the operating table, leaving his wife Emily widowed. The two thugs where caught and sent to life in prison.
- Emily still keeps photos of Ernest around her house and is still fondly remembered. When Ernest's niece Freda Burgess visits Emily, they talk about Ernest and look through his photographs.
- In 2006, Emily met a man called Ed Jackson at the church. She later found out he was Ernest's killer who has came back to make amends, although Emily couldnt forgive him. After a talk with the Vicar at the church about Ed, she found out he was suicidal. Emily decided to turn the other cheek and forgive him, and gave him Ernest's camera to send her photos to let her know how he is doing.
- In 2012, Norris Cole borrowed Ernest's old dancing shoes from Emily. They were the ones that Ernest had worn at their engagement party in 1971 and Emily was devastated when they were deliberately vandalised by Tracy McDonald who had an ongoing feud with Norris and believed them to belong to him.
- Ernest's departure in 1978 came due to actor Stephen Hancock felt he had to resign from Granada what he perceived as the injust way contracts were handled, particularly with the major stars, and wanted a more equitable system.
- Ernest was first credited as Gordon Bishop, but this was later revealed to being his trade name.
"Come on, you're only young lads." (Final line).