|Born||12th November 1957|
|Spouse(s)||Teresa Bryant (1978)|
|Children|| Jodie Morton (1978) |
Darryl Morton (1989)
Mel Morton (1989)
Kayleigh Morton (1994)
|First appearance||18th March 2007|
|Last appearance||29th September 2008|
|Number of appearances||167|
|Played by||Michael Starke|
Jerry Morton is the head of the Morton family, who lived at 6 Coronation Street from 2007 to 2008 with his children. He was also the owner of Jerry's Takeaway on Victoria Street. Jerry left Weatherfield in late-2008 with his daughter Kayleigh and ex-wife's son Finlay Bryant, relocating to Spain.
Jerry arrived in Coronation Street with his family in March 2007, moving into No.6 and opening Jerry's Takeaway, a kebab shop on Victoria Street. He immediately clashed with next door neighbour Gail Platt, as he was constantly playing his music at full volume. He relied heavily upon his eldest daughter Jodie to care for his younger children - Darryl, Mel, Kayleigh and Finlay - and to run the business for him, leading to Jodie's departure in November 2007. Jerry began a romance with Eileen Grimshaw, which ended after several months when she told him she felt she was becoming a surrogate mother to his children, and had no desire to assume that role.
Jerry suffered a heart attack in May 2008, prompting daughter Kayleigh to contact his estranged wife Teresa Bryant. At first Jerry was horrified to see her, but eventually conceded that he needed her help. Teresa moved in with the family, much to Mel's displeasure, though swiftly began to outstay her welcome. In a bid to ensure Jerry would not force her to leave, she took control of his medication and began keeping him deliberately ill, forcing him to rely on her. By August 2008, Teresa's tampering had taken its toll and Jerry collapsed, banging his head on the coffee table as he fell and rendering himself unconscious. He was transported to hospital, where his family were informed there was a possibility he may die, though Jerry soon came round at the beginning of September 2008, and Teresa later confessed her deeds to Jerry. He was horrified by her betrayal. Jerry refused to see his divorced wife Teresa, this eventually led to Mel arresting Teresa for attempted murder.
On 26th September 2008, Jerry told his family that he would like it for them all to move to Spain. After the scandal with Teresa, he yearned for a new start for the sake of his kids and his health. Mel turned down the chance due to her recent qualification as a police officer and Darryl did not want to leave his friends and wanted to run the takeaway. Disappointed about their decisions but fully understanding, Jerry left Coronation Street on 29th September 2008 with his younger children Kayleigh and Finlay bound for a new life.
On 14th November, Dev Alahan phoned Jerry in Spain and made him an offer on the business and within a week their transaction was completed. On the day that the sale went through, it was revealed Jerry had rented No.6 to Eddie and Anna Windass, much to the chagrin of Darryl and Teresa. Darryl left the street in 2009 to join Jerry in Spain.
By mid-2011, Jerry had decided to sell the house and gave Anna first refusal. Now separated from Eddie and responsible for foster daughter Faye Butler, Anna was upset as she couldn't come up with the money, although her friend Owen Armstrong purchased the property, and rented it to Anna so she didn't have to move out. This severed any last ties Jerry had with Coronation Street.
- Jerry was axed along with his family (except on-screen son Darryl, although he was axed a year later) in 2008 by then-producer Kim Crowther and departed in September that year.
"Oh, good to meet you. Jerry Morton." (First line, to Gail Platt)
"And you two, no arguing" (Final line)