Famous Corrie Guests

by | Jan 27, 2018 | Manchester, TV

Many of the nation’s most famous faces have made guest appearances on Coronation Street – or even started their careers on the show. iNostalgia fondly remembers a few of the best.

It’s hard to imagine Slade’s lead-singer Noddy Holder striding down the cobblestones of Coronation Street.

Or Margaret Thatcher propping up the bar with the regulars at the Rovers Return.

How about Prince Charles swapping jokes with the regulars or Alfred Hitchcock calling in for a crafty gin and tonic?

It all happened on Coronation Street from the 1960s to 1990s – when the nation’s favourite soap was reaching record TV audiences every week.

Even Prime Minister Tony Blair got involved in the plots and storylines.

In 1998, he promised to intervene when a national campaign was launched to free Corrie character Deirdre Rashid, played by Anne Kirkbride.

She was wrongly imprisoned for mortgage and credit card fraud while her conman lover walked free.

Blair himself toured the Corrie set at Granada studios in August 1996. He met cast members, including Sarah Lancashire who played barmaid Racquel, and greeted fans outside the Rovers.

Blair’s father-in-law, actor Tony Booth, appeared in three episodes in 1960. He played Christine Hardman’s flash boyfriend Malcolm Wilkinson.

Labour Leader Tony Blair and Sarah Lancashire meeting the people on the set of Coronation Street

Tony Blair and Sarah Lancashire greet fans on the Coronation Street set, August 1996.

Another Prime Minister to tour the Street was Margaret Thatcher in January 1990. Again she met members of the cast, including landlady Bet Lynch, and enjoyed a drink and a chat in the Rovers.

Unlike Blair, though, she never lent her name to a Corrie campaign!

She clinked glasses at the bar with Lynch (Julie Goodyear) and landlord Alec Gilroy (Roy Barraclough), but we’re not sure what she was drinking!

Margaret Thatcher in the Rovers Return

Margaret Thatcher shares a drink with the Coronation Street cast, January 1990.

Celebrated film director Alfred Hitchcock strolled into the Rovers in June 1964, a year after the release of his classic thriller The Birds.

He paused for a moment to peer out of the half-closed pub doors in a shot that could have come straight out of one of his films.

Alfred Hitchcock, Rovers Return Coronation Street

Film director Alfred Hitchcock peers out of the Rovers Return, June 1964.

Prince Charles was a more cheerful figure when he visited the Street in December 2000.

He enjoyed a whisky with barmaid Natalie Barnes (Denise Welch) as part of the show’s 40th anniversary celebrations.

Prince Charles in the Rovers Return, Coronation Street

Prince Charles enjoys a whisky in the Rovers with barmaid Natalie Barnes, December 2000.

Joanna Lumley, famous for her roles in the New Avengers, Sapphire and Steel and Absolutely Fabulous, played Ken Barlow’s girlfriend Elaine Perkins on the Street in 1973.

Elaine was the daughter of Bessie Street School head teacher Wilfred Perkins and was visiting Weatherfield from London when she met Ken.

Actress Joanna Lumley pictured on the set of Coronation Street. 5th July 1973.

Joanna Lumley plays Ken Barlow’s girlfriend Elaine Perkins, July 1973.

Gravel-voiced Slade front-man Noddy Holder played Stan Potter on Coronation Street’s 40th anniversary live episode in December 2000.

Potter, a friend of Duggie Ferguson, printed out a fake preservation order to save the street’s cobbles from being tarmacked. He disappeared as soon as the workmen left, wishing everyone a merry Christmas!

Pop superstar Noddy Holder in Birmingham.

Noddy Holder, who played Stan Potter in December 2000.

One of the Street’s more unlikely cameo appearances came from world darts champion Phil Taylor. He was darts player Disco Dave from the Flight Fandangoes team in one episode in January 2009.

Disco Dave helped expose Eddie Windass (Steve Huison) who was also posing as a professional in a Rovers’ darts tournament – and chased him out the pub!

Darts legend Phil 'The Power' Taylor

Darts player Phil Taylor was Disco Dave in Coronation Street, May 2012.

A number of stars from the Manchester area, including Davy Jones, Peter Noone, Anna Friel and Sir Ian McKellen, have all appeared on Coronation Street.

Even Bernard Manning played himself in a cameo role in December 1971. His niece, Francesca Manning, also appeared in the programme as Sandra Milligan in 2002 and again as an unnamed nightclub bouncer in March 2010.Monkees lead singer Davy Jones, born in Openshaw, made his television acting debut on the Street at the age of 16. He played Colin Lomax, Ena Sharples’ grandson, for one episode in March 1963.

As a child star, he also appeared in the TV series Z-Cars and played the Artful Dodger in the West End production of the musical Oliver.

Davy Jones, member of the 1960's pop group The Monkees

Davy Jones, who played Ena Sharples’ grandson in March 1963.

Herman’s Hermits’ frontman Peter Noone appeared as Len Fairclough’s 14-year-old son Stanley in one episode in December 1961.

He achieved the distinction of being the only named guest actor to be credited on the programme during the Equity actors’ strike.

Noone, born in Davyhulme, became lead singer of Herman’s Hermits when they formed in 1964. Their debut single, I’m into Something Good, went to Number One in the UK singles chart in September 1964.

Peter Noone, of the pop group Hermans Hermits, at the Bedlington night club.

Peter Noone, who appeared as Len Fairclough’s son Stanley in December 1961.

Many more memorable images of the past can be found in Clive Hardy’s brilliant book Around Manchester in the 1970s.

It’s crammed with more than 300 photos and illustrations that truly bring the decade to life.