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The girl who really broke the mould was Elaine Perkins, the daughter of a headmaster.
She was played by Joanna Lumley, who is very far from being a northern lass. During her affair with Mike Baldwin, the state of the Barlow marriage was front-page news But if Ken Barlow seems frisky, his behaviour has been mild compared with that of the actor who plays him, William Roache.
Perhaps inevitably, he decided to stay with Deirdre 2015: Audrey Roberts (Sue Nicholls).
Though she has appeared on the Street more than 1,500 times since 1979, Audrey has rarely taken any notice of Ken.
Three-times married Rita Tanner (as she is now) had yet to meet her first husband, Len, when she had a fling with Ken.
Today, the two rarely mention their night of passion 1973: Elaine Perkins (Joanna Lumley).
But that’s an uncharacteristic display of restraint and decorum from Ken, whose love life has left behind a mountain of human debris — wives, mistresses, one-night stands, failed flings and rejected lovers. A fellow student too middle-class for Ken, she became pregnant with his first child, Lawrence and (right) 1961: Marian Lund (Patricia Heneghan).A librarian engaged to another man, she left the Street but returned 47 years later, in 2008, for a cameo — the longest career break in soap history It is no coincidence that Coronation Street began in 1960, the year the Pill went on sale and British sex habits changed for ever.Any nondescript chap with a healthy ego, who might previously have expected to marry once, was free to play Casanova.Now they’re set for a fling — which Sue calls ‘a slow-burner’That’s the great irony of Ken’s life: he’s had more women than a Turkish sultan, but he will never be sure that the one woman he loved most, the wife he desperately wanted to be his soulmate, truly loved him in return.
But perhaps, again, that’s an example of Ken mirroring society at large.Headteacher Sue got drunk and ended up in colleague Ken’s hotel bed at a conference. They later had a brief affair before Ken was made redundant(left) 1998: Babs Fanshawe (Brigit Forsyth).