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Norris Cole
Occupation Proprietor of The Kabin
Born 5th March 1940
Residence 3 Coronation Street
Father Mr. Cole
Mother Eunice Cole
Sibling(s) Ramsay Clegg (half brother)
Spouse(s) Myrtle Hargreaves
Angela Hawthorne (1995)
First appearance 11th March 1994
Duration 1994-1997, 1999 to present
Number of appearances 1440 (as of Episode 8708)
Played by Malcolm Hebden

Norris Benjamin Cole was born on 5th March 1940. His mother Eunice had put his older half-brother Ramsay up for adoption, but he returned in 1960 after tracking her down. Eunice died the following year, which left a devastated Norris to blame Ramsay, a grudge he held against him for many years.

Norris was a salesman and married Myrtle Hargreaves but later left her and moved in with Mavis and Derek Wilton in the 1990s after picking him up and driving him home when Derek's car broke down. They became rivals and Norris once played a prank on Derek by kidnapping his gnome Arthur and sending ransom notes. When Derek found out after finding Arthur in Norris' cupboard, he drove him to the wrong church on Norris' wedding day to Derek's ex-wife Angela, where Derek was the best man. He attended Derek's funeral in 1997 after he died of a heart attack.

In 1999, Norris reappeared in Coronation Street and having briefly lodged with the Duckworths, he moved in with Emily Bishop and got a job at The Kabin working for Rita Sullivan. Norris became a cowardly gossip and got into scrapes, especially with serial killer Richard Hillman who intended to murder Emily. In 2009, Ramsay came back after fifty years to make amends but Norris wasn't having any of it, and Ramsay died later from a brain tumour when returning to Australia. Norris used the money from Ramsay's will to buy The Kabin as Rita was retiring.


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Other informationEdit

  • Norris became an unlikely midwife in 2001 when he helped deliver baby Ben Watts.
  • Mary Taylor bought Norris a wig for his 70th birthday in 2010. However, he didn't wear it (only briefly trying it on in the Rovers' toilets).


"Might I be right in thinking this is Mr Wilton's residence?" (First line).


"Your bullyboy tactics don't scare me..." (During an argument resulting in Norris receiving a punch).


"I mean, why do people... blight us with this endless bureaucracy!?" (After being told he was "too hasty" for his parcel by Morris Grieves).


"You just want a free meal ticket, but guess what? she doesn't want you!" (Response to Norris' harassment of Dennis Tanner inside the The Kabin during work hours on the subject of Dennis using Rita).

Background informationEdit

  • Norris was introduced in 1994, and appeared on a recurring basis until 1997. This was mainly due to him not living on the Street and not much of a major character and was normally involved in storylines with rival Derek Wilton. The character was axed in 1997 by Brian Park and last appeared at Derek's funeral. However two years on, he was reintroduced in 1999 on a regular basis, working in The Kabin.
  • Norris wasn't Malcolm Hebden's first role in the series. Twenty years before taking the part of Norris, he played the character of Carlos in 1974. There is a touch of irony in this, as the character proposed to Mavis Riley and was close to marrying her. Mavis later married Derek who was Norris' rival and friend, and Norris also ended up working for Rita Sullivan, Mavis' friend, in The Kabin.

See alsoEdit

Current characters
Ken Barlow | Emily Bishop | Rita Tanner | Gail Rodwell | Tracy Barlow | Audrey Roberts | Nick Tilsley | Kevin Webster | Sally Webster | Sarah Platt | Liz McDonald | Steve McDonald | David Platt | Norris Cole | Sophie Webster | Roy Cropper | Robert Preston | Leanne Tilsley | Tyrone Dobbs | Dev Alahan | Eileen Grimshaw | Maria Connor | Kirk Sutherland | Bethany Platt | Jason Grimshaw | Todd Grimshaw | Fiz Stape | Tony Stewart | Simon Barlow | Sean Tully | Chesney Brown | Amy Barlow | Lloyd Mullaney | Aadi Alahan | Asha Alahan | Michelle Connor | Carla Connor | Anna Windass | Gary Windass | Mary Taylor | Liam Connor Jr. | Izzy Armstrong | Kylie Platt | Max Turner | Jack Webster | Hope Stape | Faye Windass | Eva Price | Beth Sutherland | Craig Tinker | Ruby Soames | Tim Metcalfe | Steph Britton | Sinead Tinker | Jake Windass | Lily Platt | Andrea Beckett | Sharif Nazir | Luke Britton | Michael Rodwell | Alya Nazir | Yasmeen Nazir | Zeedan Nazir | Callum Logan | Andy Carver | Billy Mayhew | Erica Holroyd | Cathy Matthews | Aidan Connor

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