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Nick Tilsley
Occupation Co-owner of Nick's Bistro
Born 31st December 1980
Birthplace Weatherfield
Residence 8 Victoria Court
Father Brian Tilsley
Martin Platt (adoptive)
Mother Gail McIntyre
Sibling(s) Sarah Platt
David Platt (half-brother)
Unnamed girl (adoptive)
Spouse(s) Leanne Battersby (1998, 2013)
Carla Connor (2016)
First appearance 5th January 1981
Duration 1981-1996, 1997-1999, 2002, 2003-2004, 2009 to present
Number of appearances 1710 (as of Episode 9013)
Played by Warren Jackson (1981-1996)
Adam Rickitt (1997-2004)
Ben Price (2009 to present)

Nicholas Paul "Nick" Tilsley (previously Platt) is a former resident of Coronation Street. He is the first born son of Gail and Brian Tilsley, a businessman, and known to break a few hearts. He was born in 1980 and grew up in the Street.

Nick became troublesome in his teenage years and began smoking, later marrying his girlfriend Leanne Battersby. He left for Canada in 1999 after he persuaded her to abort their child. When he returned in 2003, he resumed his relationship with Maria Sutherland. (The couple had a brief fling when he visited for his mother's wedding to Richard Hillman the previous year). He began working with Mike Baldwin at Underworld but lost the job. He left again for Canada in 2004. Sometime after that he returned to Britain and moved to Nottingham.

He returned again in 2009 when Audrey wanted him to talk Gail out of marrying Joe McIntyre; Nick didn't mind him. He moved back to the Street in 2010 when Gail was accused of murdering Joe. After briefly running Underworld with Carla Connor he set up a bar called The Joinery under the viaduct which was managed by Leanne. They had a brief affair despite Leanne being engaged to Peter Barlow. Nick tried to stop Leanne from marrying Peter but Leanne realised her mistake and spurned Nick. After their marriage broke down, he and Leanne remarried in January 2013, but following the couple's split the following year, Nick lives alone at 8 Victoria Court. Nick's godmother is Elsie Tanner.


1981-1996: Early years

Gail and Brian

Brian Gail Nick

Nick as an infant in 1981 with his parents Gail and Brian

Nick Tilsley was the first-born child and only son of Brian Tilsley and Gail Platt He was born on New Year's Eve 1980 and was known as "Nicky".

Nicky's first few years were spent in a happy home but over time Brian and Gail clashed strongly over Gail's desire to work and get out from under her interfering mother-in-law Ivy's thumb. They also fought over Brian's immaturity. By 1986 Gail had had an affair with Tilsley family cousin Ian Latimer, falling pregnant; Brian and Gail split up. The child, Sarah Louise, was Brian's but he refused to believe it. Brian began dating lawyer Liz Turnbull with Nicky a major issue throughout the relationship: Gail resented the thought of Liz spending time with him. Liz finally dumped Brian because she realised Nicky meant more to Brian than she ever could. Meanwhile, Gail was dating plumber Jeff Singleton. When Brian saw Jeff and his son together he snapped and kidnapped Nicky. The police set up a nationwide search, leading to a standoff between Gail and Brian at a motorway service station where Brian again departed with his son. Finally, Brian realised Nicky needed his mother and Brian and Gail reconciled.

Gail and Brian remarried in 1988 but the marriage was one of convenience as they had become very different people. In 1989 Gail told Brian she wanted a divorce, leading to a major argument when Gail refused to let Brian take Nicky. Brian stormed out, going to one of the clubs he had begun frequenting. When he stepped in to help a girl who was being pestered by a group of men in an alleyway, he was stabbed to death...

Gail and Martin

Nick Gail Sarah

Nick with his mother Gail and sister Sarah in 1989

After his father's murder Nicky began to act out but Martin Platt proved a calming influence. In 1991 Gail and Martin, now married, planned to have Martin adopt Nicky and change his last name to Platt. This would become a huge source of conflict in the family upon Ivy's death. Nicky became an altar-boy at St. Luke's, which Ivy made him do in exchange for getting him a place on the football team. When Martin dragged Nicky away from the football pitch Ivy reported Gail to Social Services as an unfit mother. In spite of these difficulties the adoption proceeded.

Call me Nick

Nicky slowly began to regard Brian as the saint his grandmother Ivy Brennan painted him to be, resulting in friction with Martin. Nicky saw Brian as tough and Martin as soft, telling Martin to not try to order him around as Martin wasn't his biological father. Nicky began to rebel, taking up smoking and demanding to be called 'Nick'. When Ivy died in 1995 her will stipulated that Nick must revert to his original surname Tilsley in order to inherit her house. This he did and the family became embroiled in a row over the property which was still occupied by Ivy's widower Don. Don eventually bought the house from Nick for £12,000.

In July 1996 Nick chose to stay at home while the rest of the family went on holiday to Prestatyn. He got sick of Audrey fussing over him and ran off. He was missing for weeks and the family feared the worst. When he returned he claimed he'd been living rough in London and eventually went to work in a cafe. Martin was furious with him but Gail was mostly relieved. Nick's bold stories caused Jamie Armstrong to want to run away to London; when angrily confronted by Jamie's mother, Nick admitted that he'd only lasted two hours in London and spent the rest of his time in Torquay.

In 1996 Nick went to Canada. He returned in 1997 to study PE at Tech.

1997-1999: Relationship with Leanne

Nick Leanne

Nick marries Leanne Battersby in 1998

Nick lost his virginity to Leanne Battersby. Their fling was kept secret as Nick knew Gail did not approve of Leanne or her family. They chose to elope to Scotland and broke the news to his horrified mother. They eventually rented a room from Ashley Peacock and tried life as a married couple.

While Nick was at college, studying humanities his class had a visit from convicted murderer Darren Whateley, who was giving a first hand account of prison life. Nick was horrified to discover that he had come face to face with his father's killer. He wanted to make Darren pay and when he learned Darren was facing parole soon he began to write under Leanne's name, asking to meet Darren. Darren agreed, and when he was released went to see Leanne, assuming she wanted him. Leanne was frightened by him and furious with Nick for putting her in danger. Darren attempted to rape her. When Nick told Darren who he was Darren threatened to kill Nick the same way he'd killed Brian, but then got Nick to realise he was still too young to understand what had happened. Nick told the police what Darren had done, and he was returned to Strangeways Jail for breaching his parole conditions.

Leanne's money was not enough for the couple to live on so Nick became a model for teacher Miranda Peters. Leanne eventually began to suspect him of adultery and confronted him as he posed for Miranda. She left him, even refusing to attend his eighteenth birthday party.

Nick was shocked when Leanne told him of her pregnancy. Miranda told him Leanne should have an abortion and Nick demanded her to do so. Leanne somewhat reluctantly agreed and was then upset to learn he had told everyone she'd lost the baby. Nick decided to move to Canada, going on his own when Leanne told him she didn't love him.

1999-2004: Return and Maria Sutherland

Nick arrived for his mother's wedding to Richard Hillman in July 2002. He began a relationship with Maria Sutherland and she left with him for Canada . She returned soon after, unhappy with the experience.

Factory fire

Nick is hailed a hero when he rescues Janice Battersby from a fire at Underworld in 2004

Nick returned in September 2003 and became friends with his younger sister Sarah's boyfriend Todd Grimshaw. Todd and Sarah were having problems, and one night while Nick was asleep a tipsy Todd kissed him on the lips. Nick was in no way receptive to Todd's advances and was disgusted when Sarah forgave Todd.

Nick found work at Mike Baldwin's factory, Underworld. When Janice Battersby made fun of him, he planted alcohol in her bag and had her fired, but was forced to reinstate her when cleaner Harry Flagg said he had seen what Nick had done. When Janice accidentally started a fire at the factory, Nick saved her, and was hailed for his efforts.

Nick reconciled with Maria and she moved into his family home at No. 8, although Gail did not care for her. Nick's ex-wife Leanne had recently returned to Weatherfield. She was angry with Maria for sleeping with her sister Toyah's boyfriend, John Arnley. Nick and Maria planned to return to Canada but Leanne convinced Nick to come by her flat. Leanne later sent Maria a photo of the two of them together. Maria dumped Nick and he returned to Canada alone. Sometime later, Nick returned to Britain and moved to Nottingham and ran his own business.

2009-2010: Back in Weatherfield

Nick Tina

Nick meets Tina in 2009

When Audrey couldn't convince Gail to call off her wedding to Joe McIntyre, she decided to summon Nick back to talk some sense into her. Nick met Tina McIntyre in a bar and introduced himself, but she didn't know he was related to David or Gail. He told her that he was back to stop his mum marrying a loser. Tina later left the bar - as she was already in a relationship with Jason Grimshaw - who she'd argued with earlier on. Later he learned that his half-brother David was once involved with Tina. The pair briefly flirted which resulted in David flying off the handle. He threatened to kill Nick like his dad before him, however Nick saw red and smashed David into the wall, warning him about his behaviour.

In 2010, Nick bought up Tony Gordon's share of Underworld, and was a business partner to factory owner Carla Connor. In June that year, Carla's murderous husband broke out of Highfield Prison and took Carla hostage in the factory, before setting it on fire. Carla managed to escape but Tony perished. In light of the incident, Carla and boyfriend Trevor Dean went on holiday to South Africa and during this time Nick decided to set up his own clothing firm, under the trade name of Nick's Knicks. When Carla returned she wasn't happy when she discovered what Nick had been up to, as he had stolen her workforce. She then gave his buyer Paul Stokes a better deal which he agreed upon, and Nick decided to let her work with him until the factory was rebuilt.

2010-2012: Leanne/Peter love triangle

Nick Leanne Again

Nick reignites his affair with Leanne a decade on in 2010

When the factory was eventually rebuilt, Nick wasn't happy when Carla hired Trevor to become trainee manager, and eventually quit. He then decided to use Turners Joinery to set up a bar, a plan previously thought up by Leanne and her fiancé Peter Barlow. Nick then asked Leanne to come and work with him, to which she agreed. The Joinery bar eventually opened up, but Nick couldn't contain his feelings for Leanne and they began an affair. The pair were caught by Leanne's soon-to be father-in-law Ken Barlow and Leanne decided to leave Nick as she and Peter were due to get married soon and Ken decided to keep the affair a secret as long as she promised that she was sure the affair was over. Nick still couldn't contain his feelings, and later asked Leanne to marry him, but she declined, insisting that she still loved Peter.

During Peter's stag night celebrations on 6th December 2010, Nick intended to tell Peter about the affair. He took him in the office, but they were interrupted by Ashley Peacock who wanted to talk with Peter first. Suddenly, due to a fluctuating gas supply, a huge explosion tore through The Joinery which caused a tram to come careering off the damaged viaduct and into Coronation Street. Trapped inside, Nick and Ashley needed to help Peter who was badly injured. Ashley managed to hold up a pillar to enable Nick to get Peter to safety, but Ashley was later killed after rubble collapsed and crushed him to death. Immediately after the devastation, an investigation was launched and gossip quickly spread around the street with residents believing that Nick was to blame for the incident as the establishment's chef,Ciaran McCarthy had already notified him of a problem with the gas pressure earlier that evening. This news further upset Ashley's widow Claire and Nick decided to leave Weatherfield again, however he was relieved when DS Miller informed him that the investigation had shown that the gas equipment had proved to be faulty and that the explosion had not been caused by human error. On New Year's Eve, a broken Nick gave in to Tracy Barlow's sexual advances and the pair were caught by Leanne in a compromising position in Barlow's Bookies. Having already slept with his half-brother David since being newly released from Redford Prison and hurling insults at the revellers in the Rovers, she was found unconscious and beaten up in the back yard of No.1. Nick was suspected along with most other street residents, although Claire Peacock was responsible for the attack.

Nick still wanted Leanne, and tried to tempt Peter back on the drink, hoping for him to fall off the wagon. However, Peter found out about Leanne and Nick's affair from Tracy after she overheard Leanne and Carla arguing about it in the Rovers' toilets. On 14th February 2011, Peter and Leanne were to renew their wedding vows in a blessing ceremony and he asked Nick to be his best man. Nick eventually accepted, unaware that Peter knew all about the affair and was plotting some kind of revenge. During the ceremony, Peter refused to recall his vows and presented Leanne with an envelope containing a solicitor's letter requesting a divorce. Leanne was horrified as Peter announced to the whole congregation that she had been having an affair with Nick. Gathering his thoughts inside The Joinery, Peter turned up and threatened Nick with an iron bar. Trying to get away, Peter knocked him to the ground and threatened to kill him, however spared him as Nick saved his life in the explosion. Peter left and reunited with Leanne a few days later, deciding to put the whole mess behind them.

The premises was rebuilt and eventually reopened in April. He quickly hired Cheryl Gray and promoted her as manager, also his mother Gail also wanted the job.

2013-: The crash and brain damage

Nick and Leanne once again resumed a relationship but she was caught up in a custody war with her ex-husband Peter over his son Simon. When Simon chose Leanne over Peter however, he left Weatherfield with Carla in order to heal himself of his alcoholism. Nick and Leanne got engaged, and planed to get married on 25th December 2012. A few days prior to the big day, Peter returned unexpectedly after a few months and Leanne decided that she couldn't marry Nick as she still had feelings for Peter. Although after she realised that Nick would always try his best to make her happy, put her doubts down to nerves and decided that the wedding was back on.

During the ceremony, Eva Price informed the wedding party that Leanne planned to leave him for Peter, but changed her mind due to Peter getting back with Carla. A furious Nick called the wedding off and went to his hotel room. After being treated badly by David, his wife Kylie went back to Dalebrook Hall offering her support. They ended up sleeping together, and were almost caught together the next morning when Gail and David came to check on Nick. He decided to forgive Leanne and they got married on 11th January 2013

After their one-night stand, Kylie discovered that she was pregnant but didn't know if the child was Nick's or David's. Gail found out and threatened to go to the police because of Kylie's part in helping Lewis Archer get access to her bank account details, however Nick also confessed that Lewis had found out and blackmailed Kylie. Gail was shocked, however decided to keep it a secret as she didn't want David to be stressed out.

An anonymous letter was sent to Leanne, informing her to question Nick about his activities on Christmas Day (when he and Kylie slept together), and Nick discovered that he was being investigated for watering-down spirits at the bistro, he came to the conclusion that David was responsible. He took David for a drive and told him that he knew the truth and that David was leading the hate campaign, before confessing to sleeping with Kylie. Nick then offered to drive back to the bistro but David - hit with the starkness that he could have lost his wife - unfastened Nick's seatbelt and grabbed the steering wheel causing them to veer off the road, which led to an oncoming truck hitting the car. 

Nick ended up in a coma following the accident. After nearly two months in Weatherfield General he awoke, but panicked when he saw David. When Kylie revealed that her baby daughter Lily had been born and showed him photographs, Nick began to repeat "Mine" over and over, although Leanne put it down to him trying to say "my niece". Eventually, at Lily's christening, Nick revealed all, including David's "stunt" which almost got them both killed. Kylie immediately declared their marriage over and Leanne also finished with Nick. The pair eventually reconciled but Nick began suffering from mood swings when under stress and slapped Leanne across the face over Christmas 2013. They stayed together for the interim and Nick sought help from personal trainer Kal Nazir.

In January 2014, Nick decided that he couldn't risk losing his temper towards Leanne again, and feeling guilty that his behaviour meant that Simon was safer living with Peter, the marriage irretrievably broke down. Leanne moved in with her mother Stella at No.13 but despite this they remained partners at the bistro, as Nick continued fitness training with Kal.

Background information

The Three Nicks Update

The three Nicks (Top Warren Jackson and Adam Rickitt, and on the bottom, Ben Price, currently playing Nick.

  • Warren Jackson played the role of Nick from infancy to the age of 15. Jackson then had to leave the role to concentrate on his GCSEs. He expected to return after he completed his studies but new producer Brian Park recast the role with Adam Rickitt. Rickitt left the show as a regular in 1999 to concentrate on his music career, making periodic returns until Nick was written out in 2004. With the decision to bring back the character, the offer was made for Rickitt to resume the role but he declined to return, choosing instead to work on the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street.
  • In July 2009, plans were announced to recast the role. [1] In October, former Footballers' Wives star Ben Price was announced as the new Nick. [2]
  • Todd kissing an unconscious Nick has been called the first gay kiss on Coronation Street [3],

See also

Current characters
Ken Barlow | Emily Bishop | Rita Tanner | Peter Barlow | Gail Rodwell | Tracy Barlow | Audrey Roberts | Nick Tilsley | Kevin Webster | Jenny Bradley | Sally Metcalfe | Sarah Platt | Liz McDonald | Steve McDonald | David Platt | Norris Cole | Sophie Webster | Roy Cropper | Robert Preston | Leanne Battersby | Tyrone Dobbs | Dev Alahan | Eileen Grimshaw | Maria Connor | Kirk Sutherland | Bethany Platt | Todd Grimshaw | Fiz Stape | Simon Barlow | Sean Tully | Chesney Brown | Amy Barlow | Aadi Alahan | Asha Alahan | Michelle Connor | Anna Windass | Gary Windass | Mary Taylor | Liam Connor Jr. | Izzy Armstrong | Max Turner | Jack Webster | Hope Stape | Faye Windass | Eva Price | Beth Sutherland | Craig Tinker | Ruby Dobbs | Tim Metcalfe | Steph Britton | Sinead Tinker | Jake Windass | Lily Platt | Pat Phelan | Sharif Nazir | Luke Britton | Michael Rodwell | Alya Nazir | Yasmeen Nazir | Zeedan Nazir | Gemma Winter | Andy Carver | Billy Mayhew | Erica Holroyd | Cathy Matthews | Aidan Connor | Alex Warner | Johnny Connor | Kate Connor | Caz Hammond | Harry Platt

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