She's so good at it and it's a great story. Realising how close he came to losing his best friend, Alec proposes to Rita. Rita introduces Len to her "manager" Johnny Mann (Charles Pemberton). Rita introduces Len to her husband Harry, convinced Len will get them a house. He is … The star first worked as a telegraphist in the Post Office after leaving school followed by a number of other jobs before making her professional acting stage debut in 1962 with The Boyfriend at Oldham Rep. She went on to appear in TV shows such as George and the Dragon,  Feel the Width and Never Mind the Quality before joining Coronation Street. Jerry advises Benny to tell Rita he's serious about her as Len doesn't want anything permanent. Alan, Benny, and Rita hold auditions for dolly birds, hostesses and strippers at Benny's flat as the decorators are still at the club. When Rita collapses in her flat in July 1998 from carbon monoxide poisoning, she is saved by Alec. By 1964, Rita was working as a belly dancer at the Viad… Rita invites Tina McIntyre (Michelle Keegan) to live with her when she is made homeless. Dennis Tanner was the former black sheep of the Tanner family who returned to his old home of Coronation Street in 2011 after an absence of 43 years and became Rita Sullivan's third husband. Len asks Benny to drop Rita from The Capricorn. Benny presents Rita with an expensive engagement ring. Her character was said to be on a world cruise with friend Doreen Fenwick, after selling her share of The Kabin to Norris Cole. “But Rita is terrified that she could not know who she is, or recognise her friends. The Sun website is regulated by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), Our journalists strive for accuracy but on occasion we make mistakes. Elsie decides to ask Rita what's going on. Rita tells Len that her husband is away often working on building motorways. Ray interrupts them to borrow money off Len to take Mandy Taylor (Sarah Twist) out. In late 2016 Gemma Winter (Dolly-Rose Campbell) comes to live with Rita but clashes with Jenny who Rita recently came back into contact with. Len brings Rita to his table. Soap sources had said it would end in tragedy for Rita, who has recently been experiencing strange symptoms, such as bouts of forgetfulness. He gives her an invitation via Jerry for a private drink. Jerry interrupts Len and Rita just as they get amorous on the sofa. Rather than be taken out for the night by Len, she makes a meat and potato pie for the lads and wins Jerry over. Many of the show's fans were devastated by the idea that such a beloved and iconic character might be killed off. Benny questions Rita about Len's treatment of her. She has been a firm favourite on the show for more than fifty years, having made her very first appearance back in 1964. Alf tells Rita that Len is up for Mayor of Weatherfield. In December 2019, it was reported by The Sun that Rita would feature in a big storyline over Christmas. Coronation Street: Rita’s fate revealed in emotional scenes Coronation Street: watch Vic Reeves’s debut scene! She obviously isn't happy in her marriage. Rita tells a worried Elsie about the night club deal. Jerry warns Len that Rita has given up a lot for him and hasn't gotten much back. "[6] Collinson later revealed Rita and Dennis would get married and their wedding would coincide with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.[7]. Emily Nugent (Eileen Derb… Benny asks Len how serious he is about Rita. Older Coronation Street stars are set to appear in the ITV soap via video call, to avoid them travelling to set. He was best known for playing Alan Bradley in the ITV soap and is … She's hurt. Maggie tells Rita she can stay as long as she has to but not a minute longer. A worried Ray asks Rita to explain to Len that there's nothing between them but she refuses. Len wants to get to know Rita again. Alan Bradley is a fictional character from the British ITV soap opera, Coronation Street, played by Mark Eden.He first appeared in 15 January 1986 and became the show's main antagonist until the character was killed off in 8 December 1989. On visiting Dennis in hospital, Rita tells him that she cannot forgive him for what he has done but offers him her sofa until he can sort himself out. They inform the fire crew and Rita is found. However, before she explained what it was like, Rita said she was 13-years-old at the time. When she left school in 1946she worked as an assistant in a grocer's shop but still aspired to show business. In April 2010 a spokesperson for Coronation Street announced that Knox has a job for life on the show and that she will continue to play her character Rita for as long as she wants to be there.[1][2][3]. Rita takes in Stacey, a local woman who tried to con Fred Elliott (John Savident) by pretending to be a Thai bride named Orchid. Coronation Street actor Mark Eden has died. ... Rita Tanner. Rita is proposed to by her friend and co-worker Norris Cole (Malcolm Hebden), she turns him down. Rita subsequently throws Dennis out of their house, so he sleeps at Gloria's house on the sofa. Rita skives off work to be with Benny. He apologises to the figure in the bed and realises it isn't Elsie. Eden was married to fellow Coronation Street star Sue Nicholls, who plays Audrey Roberts. And if we did have one, she'd be Mrs Tanner – how great is that? Ray thinks Len is better off without Rita. Elsie speaks to Rita on his behalf but she's afraid that she'll be thrown to one side again as Len thinks she's not good enough, even though she needs him and knows he needs her. Ray and Jerry don't like her. Rita looks hurt and embarrassed in front of her friends. Played by Sally Carman. https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/coronation-street-sack-katie-redford-5003506 Initially attracted to Ken Barlow (William Roache), Rita later starts an on-off relationship with Len Fairclough (Peter Adamson). She begins a relationship with him, unaware he is also seeing Gloria Todd (Sue Jenkins), a barmaid at The Rovers. She lays a place at the table for Len. Hilda Ogden (Jean Alexander) finds them there together. Stan Ogden (Bernard Youens) is taken with a young woman in The Rovers Return Inn and buys her a drink, only for Dennis Tanner (Philip Lowrie) to step in when he recognises her – Rita Littlewood, a belly dancer who's appearing at the Viaduct Sporting Club. Len tells Rita he can't take her out after all. Barbara first appeared in Coronation Street as Rita Littlewood in 1964 for one episode before returning in January 1972 as Rita Bates as the common-law wife of Harry Bates. For other inquiries, Contact Us. Coronation Street actor Mark Eden has died at the age of 92. Portrayed by veteran actress Barbara Knox, the character first appeared on-screen as Rita Littlewood for one episode on 2 December 1964, returning full-time to the series on 31 January 1972. The marriage only lasts three months, as he dies from a brain tumour. Body found in search for missing dad swept out … Their storyline harks back to 1964, when he looked after her and took her in. In March 1989, in retaliation, he tries to suffocate her but fails and is found not guilty of attempted murder. Len tells him that he's only interested in Rita's welfare. He wants Len to confess his feelings to Rita. He threatens to throw her into the canal if Tina does not give him a bag of drugs, which she had seized earlier in the day. In March 1982, they take in foster daughter Sharon Gaskell (Tracie Bennett), who becomes part of their family. She agrees. Rita refuses to return to Harry but Len refuses to have her at No.9. Len asks Rita to drop the idea of being hostess. In the summer of 1981, Rita and Len are rejected for being adoptive parents due to their age, (Rita told the agency she is aged 40, despite actress Knox being 48 at the time), but begin fostering children, enjoying their first foster son, John, despite the challenges. The residents get the wrong idea and think that Len is marrying Rita. Rita gets into a fight with a drunken woman and ends up on Chapman's lap, all to the delight of Alf and Alderman Rogers. Rita tells Benny she will work for him. Gemma confides in Rosie Webster (Helen Flanagan). Harry kicks Rita out and she dumps herself on Len. Len books a meal out for the two of them. A spokesperson for Coronation Street later denied that the character was going to die, and confirmed that Knox remains very much part of the show. Barbara first appeared in Coronation Street as Rita Littlewood in 1964 for one episode before returning in January 1972 as Rita Bates as the common-law wife of Harry Bates. Characters. Stan Ogden (Bernard Youens) is taken with a young woman in The Rovers Return Inn and buys her a drink, only for Dennis Tanner (Philip Lowrie) to step in when he recognises her – Rita Littlewood, a belly dancer who's appearing at the Viaduct Sporting Club. Rita turns up at The Rovers to see Len and tells him about Alec's offer. Alan tries to make Elsie see there's nothing between him and Rita. As he has since fallen on hard times and is living as a homeless person, he is highly embarrassed when Rita recognises him, and he runs off. Jerry tells Len that Rita isn't steady enough for him. Benny also asks Rita to come round to his flat that night but she turns him down. Coronation Street's Barbara Knox is a … The 85-year-old actress, who plays Rita Tanner in Corrie, sizzles as she lounges beside a pool during filming for the ITV soap in 1974. A friend of Dennis Tanner , it was a one-off appearance. Carl Paulsen, … Rita later moves in with her old friend Doreen Fenwick (Barbara Young), and although they initially get along well, Doreen outstays her welcome. PM confirms hotel quarantine for visitors from 22 countries, PM reveals schools won't go back until March 8 & extends lockdown for 3 WEEKS, PM to hold 5pm press conference after lockdown is extended by 3 weeks, Contactless card limit set to rise to £100 from £45, What are the symptoms of new Covid strains? Hilda tells Elsie she was sacked because she knew too much about Alan and Rita. Rita decides to take the job of hostess at the Club, keeping on the Betting Shop as well. Rita is the show’s second longest-serving character behind Ken Barlow (William Roache) who has been in the show since the first episode. Rita is shocked when she bumps into her old friend Dennis. Det Insp Patterson (Tony Steedman) investigates the burglary and interviews Rita and Benny about the routine of banking the money and who had the keys to the flat. http://bit.ly/1M3dxRH Rita feels totally betrayed because of the burglary. Charlie Moffitt (Gordon Rollings) slips on the joists in the loft and puts his foot through the ceiling of Elsie's room. He gets Rita to support him in a meeting to discuss terms with Jimmy Frazer (John Barrie) and Alan. Len pushes for Alan to fix his van and tells Alf he and Rita have split up. Rita allows Len to buy her a drink. But on Twitter, fans pointed out that Aadi and Asha (whose mother is Dev's former wife Sunita) were born on January 13, 2006, which makes them 15. Rita allows Alan to move in to her home and he proposes marriage several times, even going as far as to arrange their wedding as a surprise to Rita, but she refuses to participate when she arrives at the registry office thinking she's a guest at another wedding. Rita sobbed as she walked down the cobbled street on an emotionally charged episode on October 2, as she continues to hide her illness from loved ones. Jimmy and Benny agree to be equal partners in the new club venture with Alan looking after Jimmy's interests in his absence. He starts stalking Rita, who has a breakdown and escapes to Blackpool, but in December 1989 Alan tracks her down and tries to make her return to Weatherfield, but he is run down by a tram and killed in the attempt. The 6 signs to watch for, ©News Group Newspapers Limited in England No. Rita refuses to believe Gemma, before she collapses. Their relationship ends several months later when they realise they cannot trust one another. Rita notices how much Alan is drinking at the club. She later accuses Gemma of stealing money that she lent to Gina Seddon (Connie Hyde), which results in Gemma and Rita falling out. BARBARA Knox is one of Coronation Street's most-beloved characters - and her latest dramatic storyline is set to be the most heartbreaking of all. Ronnie Bailey. In 2017, Rita starts becoming forgetful, starting when she forgets she bought Gemma a mug. Len sets up a rota so he can have time alone with Rita at No.9. Benny asks to see Len and tells him that he's not certain Rita wants to marry him and that she and Len are meant for each other. On her wedding day in June 2012, Rita is kidnapped by loan shark, Rick Neelan (Greg Wood). She becomes Rita Fairclough when she and Len marry in April 1977. "I'm not saying that with any hint of surprise in my voice, she's been doing it for decades. When Rita writes a number of cheques for Jenny and her fiancé, Johnny Connor, (Richard Hawley)'s wedding, Gemma tries to prove to her that there's something wrong with her. She wonders why he's changed his mind. Rita takes him to task for it. Everyone thought she had gone out for dinner with an old friend, therefore nobody knew she was in the wreckage until Nick Tilsey (Ben Price) informs Norris, Emily and Mary Taylor (Patti Clare) that he saw Rita before the tram crash and that she said to him that her friend cancelled on her, thus worrying Norris, Mary, and Emily. Christine Geraghty has cited Rita and Mavis' friendship as an example of a soap opera portraying an important, stable, intimate female relationship: "Rita is Mavis's boss, but she is also one of her closest friends". Len is shocked when Rita is introduced singing on stage, though Elsie thinks he knew all along that she'd be there. [8] Producer Ian Macleod relished the chance to give Barbara Knox the spotlight after all of these decades in Weatherfield. But going by a previous storyline of Rita’s, this couldn’t be true. Alf tells Betty Turpin (Betty Driver) that Rita's house is due for demolition and Len is on the housing committee, hence the reason he thinks she's showing an interest in him. Abi Franklin. Rita begins a rivalry with Gloria, and when Dennis tries to look young again, Rita isn't very pleased. Benny entertains Rita in his new luxury flat above the betting shop though few of the remote control things work properly. Elsie gives the keys back to Alan, viciously, wondering what he was doing with Rita. Hilda insinuates that Alan is seeing Rita and is sacked by Alan. The actor, who played Alan Bradley for eight years, died today in hospital at the age of 92. Benny tries to get Rita to stay for a few drinks but she refuses as she has a date with Len. Len tells Jerry Booth (Graham Haberfield) and Ray Langton (Neville Buswell) to stay out of the house that evening as he’s entertaining a lady but to tidy up before they go. Rita learns about the attack and Alan's fraudulent activities and reports him to the building society. In January 2009, it was speculated that Knox and other veteran actors were going to be axed from the show in a bid to save money but this was later denied by a Coronation Street spokesperson. She later approaches Dennis Tanner at the soup kitchen and takes him to the Rovers to meet old friends Ken and Emily. If this is the case, then this would mean Rita is now 88-years-old. Rita and Len join Elsie and Alan for a drink in The Rovers before they go out and the ice begins to thaw between Elsie and Rita. Just as it seems that Rita and Dennis will live happily ever after, when Gloria announces she is leaving, Dennis decides to leave with Gloria at the last minute. Benny Lewis (Jeremy Young), the owner, talks Rita into an afternoon job as a hostess. Mayor Harold Chapman (Frank Crompton) tells Len he's in for a chance of being the next Mayor of Weatherfield and tells him to look out for a suitable Mayoress, insinuating that Rita doesn't cut the mustard. DON’T MISS… Coronation Street spoilers: Major shock for Evelyn in romance surprise [SPOILER] Elsie becomes suspicious of Alan's involvement with Rita. Norris Cole WILL return to Coronation Street in May 2019 Dennis and Gloria don't last long and he returns to the streets when she finishes with him, this results in him having a trip to hospital which Rita finds out about. In January 1972, Rita returns to the Street as Rita Bates, living with Harry Bates (William Simons) as his common-law wife and his twelve-year-old son Terry (John Barrett). Coronation Street- Character Ages (all birth dates taken from corriepedia) 6/6/2017 THE PLATTS Audrey Roberts- born 23rd July 1940- age 76 Gail Rodwell- born 16th April 1958- age 59 Nick Tilsley (departed) -born 31st December 1980- age 36 Sarah Louise Platt-born 2nd February 1987-age 30 Bethany Platt- born 4th June 2000-age 17 Here's what we know. They declare their love for each other and Dennis proposes. She makes him buy Ray and Jerry a drink. He confesses he needs her and Rita goes off with him, leaving a disappointed Benny behind. Dennis tells Rita of his disillusionment with showbusiness. Played by … [SPOILER] In 1981, Rita and then-husband Len Fairclough (Peter Adamson) wanted to adopt children but were turned down due to their age. Benny tells Ray and Len that Patterson thinks the keys they and Rita had were used in the robbery. Coronation Street spoilers: Maria Connor’s future destroyed in twist? In December, Barbara will celebrate 53 years with the soap, and 45 as a full-time cast member. Rita tells Len that she tried to give the ring back to Benny but he told her to keep it. Rita and Harry are offered a flat but need a marriage certificate and they reveal to Len that they lied about being married, and Harry has a wife. She can't find digs for the week and persuades a reluctant Dennis to let her sleep in his mother Elsie's (Pat Phoenix) bed while she's away. CORONATION Street legends Ken Barlow, Rita Tanner and Audrey Roberts will be back in time for the soap’s 60th anniversary, boss Iain Macleod has confirmed. Two months later, Len gets tickets from Alec Gilroy (Roy Barraclough) for the opening of the new Victoria Street Working Men's Club and invites Elsie and Alan Howard (Alan Browning). Ray delays going until Rita arrives so he can see who the woman is. Sometime after living together, Dennis begs Rita to take him back, but she declines, advising him that their marriage is over for good and the sooner he goes the better. Mark Eden, who played Coronation Street villain Alan Bradley, has died at the age of 92. It would be over seven years until Rita reappears. Rita is furious and throws Dennis out again. The next day, Rita has finally forgiven Dennis for his horrible insult, but when they are in the Bistro having a Valentine's Day meal, Gloria can't help but intervene and tells Rita that Dennis slept at her house the night before. [1] Knox's salary is £260,000 a year which producers pay to keep her in a secure future with the series. Hilda gleefully gossips to Len that Rita is with Benny. In January 1986, Rita takes in another foster daughter, Jenny Bradley (Sally Ann Matthews), and meets her estranged father Alan (Mark Eden). Coronation Street and Doctor Who actor Mark Eden has died at the age of 92 after a battle with Alzheimer's.. Rita says she hasn't been with Harry Bates and his family for two months. Rita Sullivan (also Littlewood, Bates, Fairclough and Tanner) is a fictional character from the British ITV soap opera, Coronation Street. Coronation Street. Rita rows with Len in the Rovers when he accuses her of being too common. Elsie pushes Len to keep on pursuing Rita. The ITV soap is no stranger for killing off … She can't find digs for the week and persuades a reluctant Dennis to let her sleep in his mother Elsie's (Pat Phoenix) bed while she's away. Aadi Alahan. Benny realises nearly £5,000 has been stolen. Millions of viewers tuned in to … View our online Press Pack. At The British Soap Awards 2004, she was presented with a "Lifetime Achievement Award" for her portrayal of Rita. "It's a really good story actually and Barbara Knox, as is always the case, if you give her something big to do she nails it," he said. [10] The 2006 ceremony saw Knox and Malcolm Hebden, who plays Norris, win the award for "Best On-Screen Partnership. Fictional character from Coronation Street, "Soaps – News – Anne Kirkbride signs new Corrie contract", "Soaps – News – Corrie veteran Knox 'takes sick leave, "Corrie veterans tipped for love war plot", "Corrie star hints at Dennis and Rita romance", "Coronation Street lines up shock Christmas accident for Rita Tanner", "Coronation Street lining up big new story for Rita Tanner in 2020", "Waveguide TV and Radio News – British Soap Awards 2004", "British Soap Awards: The Winners – Sky Showbiz", "National Television Awards 2018: winners in full", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Rita_Sullivan&oldid=1001615940, Short description is different from Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 20 January 2021, at 14:11. Dennis pays for the hole to be repaired when Charlie blackmails him over Rita in the bed. His camp, charming manner made him a natural … Len arranges an appointment with them and the housing committee. Len arrives at Harry's house to return a scarf that Rita left in his van. 7, the Faircloughs and Sharon move into the new home, but Sharon eventually moves away. The Sun on Sunday revealed Rita will be diagnosed with a brain tumour but will reject emergency surgery to remove the growth, fearing she might wake up to a life that she no longer remembers. News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. To see all content on The Sun, please use the Site Map. This service is provided on News Group Newspapers' Limited's Standard Terms and Conditions in accordance with our Privacy & Cookie Policy. Having got rid of Jerry, Len and Rita start cuddling on the sofa. She initially turns him down, but later changes her mind and accepts. [SPOILER] In 1981, Rita and then-husband Len Fairclough (Peter Adamson) wanted to adopt children but were turned down due to their age. They later make up but Rita's forgetfulness starts to get more frequent. Played by Adam Hussain. To inquire about a licence to reproduce material, visit our Syndication site. Elsie returns to the house, sees the hole and hears about Rita. Dennis worries what people will say about Rita staying with him. Elsie tells Len that Rita is not his type. Rita tells Elsie there's nothing between Alan and her – it's the booze she's got to worry about. Mark Eden as Alan Bradley with Barbara Knox as Rita Fairclough in a 1989 episode of Coronation Street. Len is killed in a car accident in December 1983 and Rita is devastated to learn he had been having an affair. Prior to 2006, Knox was reportedly the highest-paid actress with the show, until Anne Kirkbride began to earn more. On Christmas Day, 1972, the residents gather in the select of the Rovers for the 1940s show as Rita plays Marlene Dietrich. Jerry tells Ray he thinks Rita is a gold-digger. Harry arrives back at the site. Len gets rid of Jerry to entertain Rita at No.9. Rita survives with cuts and bruises. "The Sun", "Sun", "Sun Online" are registered trademarks or trade names of News Group Newspapers Limited. Dennis feels guilty about living off Rita, and she supports him in his attempts to find a job but becomes depressed when he gets a job in Birmingham. The actor, who had been living with Alzheimer's disease "for some time", died early on New Year's Day, his agent confirmed in a statement. Rita isn't sure and asks Len who tells her it's her decision. Benny feels life is looking up with the new business venture. Coronation Street actor Mark Eden has died at the age of 92 after a battle with Alzheimer's, his agent confirmed today. The marriage runs into trouble in early 1980, when sick of being taken for granted and living in what she describes as squalor, Rita leaves Len and thanks to Ralph Lancaster's help, attempts to regain her cabaret career. "[5] Rita and Dennis begin a relationship and series producer Phil Collinson stated "Rita genuinely loves Dennis very much. Benny asks Rita to join the staff permanently. In his time of need, he calls on Rita before informing the police. They flirt. Rita is taken to the registry office and she marries Dennis. Rita tells Tina that she loves Dennis and Tina reveals that he feels the same about her. As a child Rita enjoyed singing and show business and always sought to pursue this as a career, which her mother encouraged her in. Dennis worries what people will say about Rita staying with him. “In fact, she will be diagnosed with a tumour and her doctors will say there is a serious risk she will die if they don’t remove it. Elsie is cold with her. Stuart traces her to Rita's home and breaks in, destroying her property. Rita tells Len he won't have time to run the yard and be a councillor. Jerry doesn't like the idea of having Rita around. "[11] Knox was nominated for "Best Serial Drama Performance" at the National Television Awards 2018, losing out to her Coronation Street co-star, Lucy Fallon, who portrays Bethany Platt. Rita cooks for the lads at No.9. In May 2011, a Daily Mirror reporter announced that Rita and Emily Bishop (Eileen Derbyshire) would become love rivals, following Dennis Tanner's (Philip Lowrie) return. Len agrees to help her as she's on the housing list. Within days of the storyline being introduced a "Save Rita" campaign was set up online and attracted over 500 signatures. Tina hands over the bag and the police arrive to arrest Rick. Len pays him to go to the Rovers. The storyline received a lot of media attention and criticism from the viewers, as it began shortly after the death of Ashley Thomas, a character from fellow ITV programme Emmerdale, who had a seemingly similar diagnosis. Rita passes on an invite to Len for drinks at Benny's flat. Rita entertains Len after getting Terry out of the way. From June 1972, the character is once again credited as Rita Littlewood. She takes his keys and gives them to Billy in the morning. In September 2009, Knox took a break from the show due to ill health and returned on 15 March 2010. She had previously conned a man named Stuart (Duncan Preston), who locked her in his flat for days at a time and inflicted physical violence on her. Billy Walker (Ken Farrington) and Rita embarrass Len in front of Mayor Alderman Chapman at the opening of The Capricorn. When Rita returns home, she finds Dennis waiting for her. Rita tells Len she has to vacate by the end of the week. Len is appointed Deputy Mayor. 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