Norris was deeply affected by the death of his mother Eunice in 1961, on which be blamed his older half-brother Ramsay Clegg for returning to the scene some years after Eunice had him adopted. Norris never accepted Ramsay as his brother, even 48 years later when Ramsay tried to make amends shortly before he succumbed to a brain tumour.
Norris has been married three times. In 1994, he left his first wife Myrtle and became a thorn in the side of fellow salesman Derek Wilton after a chance meeting at an M6 service station. Norris and Derek became rivals with Norris eventually marrying Derek's ex-wife Angela Hawthorne and becoming involved with her stationary wholesaler, Hawthornes.
In 1999, now divorced from Angela, Norris rented a room at the Park Road B&B before taking permanent lodgings at 3 Coronation Street the following year. At the same time, Rita Sullivan recruited him as her assistant at the Kabin. Ever the fusspot, Norris became a cowardly gossip, criticising his customers and neighbours from behind the counter. While his ramblings caused both Rita and his landlady Emily Bishop no end of despair, he maintained strong friendships with both women. In 2009, Norris used the money from Ramsay's will to purchase the Kabin from Rita and in 2013 as a mark of generosity Emily signed her house over to Norris.
1940-1994: Early yearsEdit
Norris was born on 15th March 1940 to Eunice Cole. In 1960, Norris learned that he had a half-brother named Ramsay Clegg, who was born five years prior to Norris himself but was given up by their mother due to her being single. Ramsay's arrival caused great stress to Eunice as it brought up a past she wanted to forget, and in January 1961 she suddenly passed away. Norris was devastated by his mother's passing and blamed it on the shock of seeing Ramsay, and during the funeral Norris got into a conflict with him. Norris wanted nothing to do with his brother and cut him off, subsequently leading to Ramsay to return to Australia.
At some point afterwards, he met a woman named Myrtle Hargreaves and the pair got married.
In March 1994, Norris gave Derek Wilton a lift after he was stranded on a motorway. A grateful Derek told Norris that he would be welcome to visit him in Weatherfield anytime. Taking Derek's advice, Norris left Myrtle and suddenly turned up at Derek's home on Coronation Street unannounced, much to the displeasure of Derek's wife Mavis.
1994-1997: Norris' lucky yearsEdit
Norris developed a friendly rivalry with Derek Wilton, as Norris was capable of success and luck, whereas Derek was at the bottom. Having divorced Myrtle, Norris set his eyes on Derek’s ex-wife Angela, and the pair married in 1995.
After Derek had passed away suddenly from a heart attack in 1997, Norris broke the news to Mavis. Angela didn’t attend the funeral, with only Norris going in order to represent the Hawthornes. He was late to the funeral service and barged past the coffin, and insensitive to Mavis’ feelings referred to Derek as “Dirk” and mentioned how Mavis had abandoned him on the motorway and forgot his birthday. After the funeral, Norris returned home.
- Norris became an unlikely midwife in 2001 when he helped deliver baby Ben Watts.
- Mary Taylor bought Norris a wig for his seventieth birthday in 2010. However, he didn't wear it (only briefly trying it on in the Rovers' toilets).
- 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.
- On 22nd January 2018, it was revealed that Malcolm Hebden had taken an extended break from filming, after being hospitalised with an illness, and that he would be given as long off as he needed. His last appearance was Episode 9321 on 8th December 2017.
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