|Born||26th May 1966|
|Spouse(s)||Norman Watts (1995)|
|Children|| Alice Watts (1997) |
Another child (2000)
|First appearance||23rd January 1991|
|Last appearance||2nd January 2000|
|Number of appearances||532|
|Played by||Sarah Lancashire|
Raquel started at the Rovers in 1992 when she was taken under Bet Gilroy's wing. She worked there for four years, while taking on the occasional modelling assignment. Her ultimate goal was to model for a big designer. For most of her time in Coronation Street, Raquel only thought of Curly as a friend although he loved her from afar. It was only when on/off lover Des Barnes continually cheated on her and used her that Raquel became attracted to Curly as she knew he would respect her, however this never provided a solid foundation for a marriage and in 1996 Raquel walked out on Curly to go for a modelling job in Kuala Lumpur.
Raquel gave birth to Alice after her split from Curly and eventually settled in France as housekeeper of Armand de Beaux. In 2000, pregnant with Armand's baby, she made a brief return to Weatherfield to ask Curly for a divorce so she could marry Armand, also telling Curly about his daughter's existence.
Raquel was noted for her naivety and her dim-wittedness, but also her desire to better herself and also seeing the best in people.
- In 2002 Bet Lynch told Vera Duckworth, she still hears from Raquel now and again, she is happy with her French husband and children at a Chateau.
"The number is.... the number is 986." (First line, to Bettabuy raffle ticketholders)
"I were always led to believe I were equally good at most things. I were told that when I were at school. They said - 'Raquel - you have no particular talents"
"I'm going to be, after tonight. You will be too I hope. Promise me." (Final line, to Curly Watts)