A list of all Coronation Street characters who were seen in the show on a regular basis when it began in 1960. Sorted by departure date, with most recent first. William Roache was the only cast member to remain until the show's 50th Anniversary in 2010 as Ken Barlow. In May 2011, Philip Lowrie returned in the role of Dennis Tanner, making Ken not the only surviving original character in the series. This was averted when Dennis had left Coronation Street in July 2014, and Ken resumed as the only remaining original character 5 days later.

Although Arthur Lowe left the series in 1965, he continued in the role of Leonard Swindley in spin-off Pardon the Expression.

Of the original cast, only William Roache, Alan Rothwell, Philip Lowrie, Ernst Walder and Anne Cunningham are still alive, and of those, only Alan Rothwell's character (David Barlow) has been killed off in the show.


Character Actor When they left
Dennis TannerPhilip Lowrie2014
Ken BarlowWilliam RoacheOngoing 
Albert TatlockJack Howarth1984
Elsie TannerPatricia Phoenix1984
Annie WalkerDoris Speed1983
Ena SharplesViolet Carson1980
Minnie CaldwellMargot Bryant1976
Lucille HewittJennifer Moss1974
Jack WalkerArthur Leslie1970
David BarlowAlan Rothwell1968
Leonard SwindleyArthur Lowe1965
Florrie LindleyBetty Alberge1965
Concepta RileyDoreen Keogh1964 (recurring until 1975)
Harry HewittIvan Beavis1964 (recurring until 1967)
Frank BarlowFrank Pemberton1964 (recurring until 1971)
Martha LonghurstLynne Carol1964
Christine HardmanChristine Hargreaves1963
Esther HayesDaphne Oxenford1962 (recurring until 1972)
Linda CheveskiAnne Cunningham1961 (recurring until 1984)
Ivan CheveskiErnst Walder1961 (recurring until 1967)
Ida BarlowNoel Dyson1961

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