As a newborn in 2004, Amy was sold to Roy and Hayley Cropper, who had been fooled by Tracy into believing that Roy was her biological father. However, after handing the baby over Tracy had a change of heart and exposed Steve as the real father at his and Karen McDonald's wedding. Patience Cropper was then re-named Amy Barlow and Tracy spent the next couple of years pursuing Steve, using Amy as a pawn to sabotage his other relationships. Her efforts never bore fruit, as Steve was not interested in her, only Amy.
In 2007, Tracy was convicted of murdering her boyfriend Charlie Stubbs and sentenced to life in prison, and Steve became Amy's sole guardian. This period of stability ended in 2010 when Tracy was released on bail, and her conviction later quashed. Tracy was able to regain custody of her daughter with ease after threatening to expose the fact that Amy's stepmother Becky McDonald had bought her nephew Max Turner. Ultimately Tracy managed to worm her way back into Steve's life. When they became a couple again in 2017, Amy found it hard to get used to them not being at each other's throats.
In recent years, Amy has been impregnated at fourteen by Tyler Jefferies, had an abortion, and become close to her half-sister Emma Brooker. Like her mother, Amy doesn't suffer fools gladly, though she is kinder and more sensitive than Tracy. Currently attending Weatherfield High, she is friends with Asha Alahan and Summer Spellman and plays the violin. She lives at 15a Victoria Street with Tracy, Steve and her grandmother Liz McDonald.
2004: A turbulent first year
Amy Katherine Barlow was born on 9th February 2004, the daughter of 27-year-old Tracy Barlow, then recently divorced from Robert Preston. At the time, it was commonly believed that Roy Cropper was Amy's father, after Tracy drugged and (seemingly) bedded him at Peter Barlow and Shelley Unwin's wedding in order to win a bet with Bev Unwin. After Amy was born, Tracy concluded a deal with the Croppers by selling her daughter to them for £25,000, with the understanding that they would raise her. The baby was then named Patience by the Croppers.
Once Patience was born, Tracy's maternal instincts kicked in and and she decided that she wanted the baby after all. She'd set her cap at Patience's real father - Steve McDonald - but he wanted nothing to do with his child as he was due to re-marry Karen. At their wedding, Tracy interrupted the proceedings to demand Patience back from the Croppers, revealing the true identity of the baby's father to the congregation when Steve and Andy McDonald tried to eject her from the church. Though the Croppers tried to put up a fight for Patience, Patience's granddad Ken Barlow persuaded Roy that the baby belonged with her mother and he went alone to hand her back.
Tracy's first acts as Patience's mother were to change her name by deed poll to Amy and obtain a new birth certificate. Her long-term goal was to split up Steve and Karen so that Amy could be raised by both her parents. However, at that time Steve was barely acknowledging Amy as his daughter and failed to attend her christening, putting Karen first. Tracy was living at 7 Coronation Street, which her grandmother Blanche Hunt had bought for her and the baby, but she and Amy had to move back to her parents' home at No.1 when Blanche rented the house out while they were in Portsmouth.
In the following months, Steve began paying maintenance and even minded Amy on occasion, putting strain on his marriage. When Karen miscarried her and Steve's baby just before Christmas, she had a breakdown and stole Tracy's car, not realising that Amy was in the back seat. She torched the car and made Tracy believe that Amy was still inside, leading Tracy to go on a murderous rampage against Karen. Amy was located safe and sound with Roy but Steve, furious that Karen had let him think his daughter had been burned alive, told her to leave and never return.
In 2005, Steve tried to start a relationship with Tracy so he could see more of Amy and gain partial custody of her. Tracy eventually saw through his acts and wanted revenge. Tracy told Steve that Amy had a fascination with planes and told him to take her to an airport. This was actually a trick and Tracy told the police that Steve was planning on fleeing the country with Amy. Steve was let off and continued to fight for parental rights, but this was further made difficult when Tracy lied to the courts that Steve was physically abusive. The courts saw through Tracy's acts and Steve was eventually granted rights to see his daughter later that year.
Tracy started a relationship with builder Charlie Stubbs in early 2006. Tracy decided to move in with Charlie, bringing Amy with her, however, Charlie did not want Amy there so Tracy sent her to live with Ken and Deirdre. Tracy manipulated Charlie into allowing Amy to stay with them when she lied to him about becoming pregnant and having an abortion. In 2007, Tracy murdered Charlie after discovering his affair with Maria Sutherland but unsuccessfully tried to make out it was self-defence. She was sent down for fifteen years but Steve didn't know how to tell Amy since she was so young. Amy moved in full-time with her father and paternal grandmother, Liz McDonald, at the Rovers Return Inn.
In February 2008, Alex Neeson was meant to be babysitting Amy, but he dumped her outside where she was almost knocked down by Harry Mason's van. In 2009, Steve married Becky Granger, a rough and tumble girl with a genuine side who saw Amy as her own daughter. When Amy began to get picked on by a boy at school over Tracy being a murderer, Becky told her the truth which Steve wasn't happy with the first time round but they agreed that it was time that Amy should now see Tracy. Everyone on the street believed Becky was a much better mother to Amy, since no-one liked Tracy. Becky and Steve had plans in 2010 to adopt a child when Becky found out she was unable to have children of her own. Around this time, Amy's great-grandmother Blanche had passed away, which upset her. When a social worker was visiting over the adoption plans, Becky explained Blanche's death in a loving and caring way which made Amy feel better, impressing the social worker.
2010-2014: Growing up with Tracy
During Blanche's funeral in May 2010, Tracy was allowed compassionate leave from prison to attend the funeral. Tracy also got a chance to be reunited with Amy, who was initially frightened and reluctant towards her relatively unfamiliar mother. The tension between Tracy and the McDonalds became even worse when a jealous Tracy confronted Becky over her closeness with Amy and eventually attacked her, leading to a hyped-up Tracy to be ushered away from the crematorium by police officers. The situation upset Amy deeply. Back in prison, Tracy tried her best to be a part of Amy's life and she encouraged Becky and Steve to have a word with the warden so she could be moved to an open prison and finally have a bit of her freedom back in exchange for Tracy giving the McDonalds a good reference so they could adopt a baby. Tracy threatened Becky, and said that one word or action and she could easily ruin their adoption plans and they could even lose custody of Amy.
Becky's half-sister Kylie Turner gave Steve and Becky a bad reference, making them unable to adopt, but she offered to sell her young son Max Turner to them. Becky agreed to the purchase and Max moved in with the McDonalds as Amy's younger brother. Over Christmas 2010, Tracy was released from prison when the forensics investigator on her case was discovered to have created fraudulent evidence. When Amy told Tracy that Max had been bought, not adopted, Tracy took Amy away from the McDonalds, threatening to tell the police about Max. Amy moved back in with the Barlows. Steve was able to keep partial custody over Amy by tricking Tracy into believing that he would give her the manager job the Rovers.
In April 2011, Tracy was accused of poisoning Amy when she became ill. It was later revealed that Amy was actually lactose intolerant. Tracy started seducing Steve, taking him and Amy on a trip to Blackpool, where Amy briefly ran off during an argument. Amy started drinking milk on purpose so that her parents would stop feuding. Tracy briefly moved to London with Amy but returned when she discovered she was pregnant with twins from a one-night-stand with Steve. However, she later miscarried. Amy's parents married in January 2012 but separated on the wedding day when Steve learned that Tracy had lied about Becky causing her miscarriage by pushing her down a flight of stairs.
In 2013, Ken and Deirdre complained that Tracy was neglectful of Amy, due to Tracy's relationship with new boyfriend Rob Donovan. As Tracy's relationship with Rob became more intense, she temporarily relinquished the care of Amy, with majority custody given to Steve, living with Deirdre for the rest of the time.
In August 2014, Amy had begun to grow bitter over her cousin Simon getting constant attention after his father Peter was wrongfully arrested for murdering Tina McIntyre. Whilst being babysat by Maddie Heath and Sophie Webster, Amy grew annoyed at their pandering to Simon and went out with the family dog Eccles to Barlow's Buys to tell her mother that Maddie had threatened to slap her. This enraged Tracy, who then warned a confused Maddie to not come near Amy again. A couple of weeks later however, Amy was again looked after by Maddie and Sophie along with Simon and Eccles. Again growing envious, Amy untied Eccles from outside The Kabin and allowed her to escape, although she was later found and brought home.
In September, Amy came to blows with Simon at No.1 when Tracy allowed Simon to feed Eccles. Amy took the dog into the backyard and blocked the door. When Simon managed to get the door open Amy had cut her hand, and wanting to get back at Simon claimed that Eccles had bit her. This annoyed Tracy who told Deirdre to put Eccles down, although Deirdre had deduced that Amy was trying to get attention. Eccles was later snatched by Maddie and Sophie after Simon was worried that Tracy was going to kill Eccles. She was later retrieved by Ken, and Amy eventually confessed to lying about Eccles biting her stating that she'd felt left out because of Simon getting constant attention. Ken and Deirdre however assured Amy that she was still important to them.
2015-2016: Victoria Court fire and disowning Tracy
In May 2015, Amy and Carla Connor became trapped inside 12 Victoria Court after Tracy unintentionally started a fire there after leaving a lit candle near a lampshade. Carla was rescued whilst Leanne Tilsley and her partner Kal Nazir went inside to rescue Amy, but the trio became trapped when the roof caved in and blocked the door. Eventually, the fire brigade arrived and got Amy and Leanne down a ladder to safety. However, a gas cannister caught fire, causing an explosion to happen, killing Kal. Despite being rescued, Amy showed little care about Kal's death, only feeling pleased and somewhat excited at the fact she was rescued from a fire.
In May 2016, Tracy spitefully ruined the wedding of Nick Tilsley and Carla Connor by telling Nick that Carla had slept with Tracy's then-boyfriend (and former husband) Robert Preston. Tracy's joy at causing the newly married couple's separation was short-lived when a furious Amy disowned her for her behaviour, choosing to move in full-time with Steve. However in July, Amy decided to forgive Tracy, but on the condition, some of her demands were met with one of them being a raise in pocket money.
2016-2017: Ruairi's death and Oliver's birth
In October, Michelle Connor snapped at Amy after she assumed she'd overheard her making an appointment with the genetic counsellor. However, Amy had being minding her own business and hadn't heard anything. When Amy complained to Liz about Michelle's attitude, Liz accidentally dropped a hint that Michelle was pregnant. The news delighted Amy, but she was left horrified when she discovered that Michelle had been researching abortion clinics on the tablet.
After being questioned by Amy, Michelle was able to explain that Steve had recently discovered the news that his father Jim McDonald was suffering from a hereditary disease (Myotonic Dystrophy) which could be passed onto the baby thus causing complications, however Amy refused to accept the abortion. Taking Amy's feelings on board, Michelle later decided to go through with her pregnancy - despite the health risks - and in December Steve thrilled Amy by showing her the scan photo of her baby brother.
Meanwhile, Amy's adoptive uncle Daniel Osbourne and cousin Adam Barlow arrived to take care of Ken in the aftermath of his stroke. Later, Tracy began to date Luke Britton and eventually told her daughter - having originally shielded her from the latest in a long string of relationships. Amy was unfazed by the revelation and asked her mother to invite him round for dinner at No.1. During the dinner, Amy questioned Luke intensely but he was eventually able to win her round.
In January 2017, Amy suggested that they throw a baby shower for Michelle at the Rovers - but Toyah Battersby and Eva Price had the same idea for Leanne. After an agreement was reached, a joint party was organised for both of the women. At the party, Michelle began to suffer from pains and was driven to Weatherfield General by Leanne. Later that day Michelle went into premature labour and gave birth to a stillborn son Ruairi McDonald - although the birth was classed as a late miscarriage. Steve informed Amy of her brother's passing a few days later and she decided to print out a poem from the internet to give to Michelle. By February, Leanne had given birth to her son Oliver Battersby and Nick Tilsley had started to pass him off as his own. However, when Steve was given the baby to hold by David Platt, after some drinks were spilled at the Bistro, he was unable to give his son back and confessed to Michelle that Oliver was his child and the result of a one-night-stand he'd had with Leanne. Michelle was devastated by his confession, and slapped Leanne before causing a scene at the Rovers - threatening legal action against Steve. When Amy was informed of the truth she was disgusted by her father's actions and left upset that she had lost yet another stepmother.
2017: Whodunit suspect and Rob's return
In March, Adam began to get into trouble with notorious drug lord Ronan Truman - after sleeping with his girlfriend Trina Robson. Unknowingly Amy allowed the situation to become worse, as she delayed Adam in getting to a meeting with Ronan by guilt-tripping him into taking her to Deirdre's grave. Later, Ronan threatened the lives of both Tracy and Amy if Adam didn't return his money - but Ken had discovered Adam's secret and burnt the "dirty" money before disowning his grandson. Instead of harming either Tracy or Amy, Ronan had Adam seriously attacked - before Adam decided to leave Weatherfield to get away from Ken. At the time, Ken had also began to burn bridges with his other loved ones - as he had refused to give Tracy the money to buy her shop, when Peter had decided to sell, and had also doubted Peter's innocence when Chloe Tipton claimed that the pair had engaged in an affair behind Toyah Battersby's back. Tracy and Amy also overheard a conversation between Ken and Sinead Tinker where he unwittingly encouraged her to get an abortion as she was holding Daniel back from making a better life for himself by going off to Oxford University.
On the night of her violin recital at the end of March, Amy was able to sneak away from the concert in order to meet up with Adam - who was revealed to still be in the area - to give him money that she'd managed to con out of Ken (pretending that she needed the money to buy a new violin after her old one was damaged). Tracy and Luke had been left worried about her disappearance and had begun to search for her, but during the time of her disappearance a mystery intruder left Ken seriously injured after hitting him on the head with an object and pushing him down the stairs of his own home - only to be later found by Pat Phelan.
DS MacKinnon - who was the detective assigned to the case - initially chalked out several suspects including Pat, Peter, Tracy, Daniel, Adam and Sinead. However, Pat was eliminated from inquiries almost immediately as Todd Grimshaw uncovered CCTV footage that showed he had been at 19a Victoria Street at the time of the attack. Peter and Tracy also had firm alibis for the time in question but were left unable to reveal them - as Peter had been secretly visiting Chloe again and Tracy had been hiding Rob Donovan, who had escaped from prison after some thugs who wanted him dead caused his prison van to crash, at the abandoned gym. When Tracy uncovered Ken's will - which had completely removed all mention of her and left everything to Peter, Adam and Daniel - she confronted Adam and threatened to go to the police but he pointed out that the will would give her motive too.
Later, Simon discovered a voicemail from Peter from the night of the attack - sounding frantic and apologetic - and believed this to have been a confession. When Simon revealed the recording to the rest of his family, Peter was forced to admit that he had visited Chloe in order to ask her to tell the truth about her claims the pair had an affair. Upon being interviewed by the police, Chloe denied being Peter's alibi and claimed that he had visited her on another night and assaulted her. Soon after her statement, Toyah and Leanne visited Chloe to question her - realising that she was lying - the girls threatened to create a fake assault allegation against her. Having been backed into a corner, Chloe confessed that she and Peter hadn't been having an affair and that he hadn't assaulted her but suggested that he could have pushed Ken after he had left her house. Unlike Peter, Tracy was unable to expose Rob as her alibi and instead forced Luke to provide her a fake one (despite the fact that the pair hadn't been together during the search for Amy). This put a strain on Tracy and Luke's relationship and later led to the pair breaking up. Due to Peter and Tracy seeming to have clear alibis, Adam asked Rosie Webster to lie about them having had sex on the night of Ken's attack - which she reluctantly did. Adam then began to poke holes into Tracy's alibi with Luke - as he knew that the pair had been out looking for Amy and thus couldn't have been together all the time - so in an act of revenge Amy contacted the police to tell them that Adam's fingerprints would be on the new worktop which had been fitted on the night of the attack.
Having found Adam's fingerprints on the worktop, the police arrested him for attempted murder and his alibi was eventually revealed to have been faked. This forced Adam to confess that he had been in the house at the time, as he had organised to retrieve some money left for him by Amy, and that he had found Ken's body but was reluctant to help him due to the fact that it could have put him in the frame. Amy denies all knowledge of Adam's story while being questioned by the police, however was left flustered when they asked her how she had known that Adam's fingerprints had been on the worktop. Tracy, now believing that her daughter was the mystery assailant, kicked the police out and began to formulate a plan to prevent Amy from going to prison.
Tracy later confided in Rob, who was desperate for her help to flee the area, about her plan for her and Amy to come with him. Rob was initially unconvinced, but when Tracy informed him of the substantial evidence against Amy and that she had uncovered the money that she had conned from Ken stuffed in her teddy bear, he reluctantly agreed. The trio then went on a break to the Peak District, with Amy blissfully unaware that Rob was also with them, and their disappearance was soon heavily publicised by the police - who correctly believed the pair to be harbouring Rob.
Tracy banned Amy from all electronic devices including her phone and the television, as she feared what her daughter would do if she realised that they were on the run. However, Amy eventually grew bored of the cottage and used a nearby phone-box to call her father. The police were able to track the call to the cottage, but not before Amy walked in on her mother and Rob kissing. Amy was terrified by the murderer's presence at the cottage and refused to cooperate with their plans of fleeing. When the police arrived, Rob bundled Amy into a car while Tracy provided a distraction by allowing the police to arrest her - as she didn't want Amy to go to prison for Ken's attack. Although Amy soon told Rob that she wasn't Ken's attacker and, believing her to be innocent, he let her out of his car to get a bus back to Weatherfield. Tracy falsely admitted to having attacked Ken, in order to spare her daughter, but when Rob handed himself in to the police he informed her that Amy wasn't the attacker and that she had returned to Weatherfield alone on a bus - Tracy retracting her previous claims and denied the assault.
While Tracy was awaiting her court appearance, to discover if she would be prosecuted for assisting Rob, the truth about Ken's attacker was finally revealed when Ken identified Daniel's shoes as those his attacker had been wearing. Daniel finally admitted to the crime, claiming that he had lost control after discovering Ken had inadvertently forced Sinead to abort his child. While Peter, Tracy and Daniel were disgusted by Daniel's actions and disowned him - Ken told the police that his memory of the night had returned completely and he had fallen down the stairs rather than having been attacked. The only other people to learn the true identity of Ken's attacker were his mother Denise Osbourne, as well as Sinead and Chesney Brown - who found the murder weapon hidden at 15a Coronation Street.
2017-2018: Steve and Tracy reunited
In August 2017, Steve gave up all hopes of a reunion with Michelle - as she had entered into a relationship with Robert Preston - and later proposed to Leanne to ensure that the pair of them could raise their children as a proper family. Despite having her reservations, Leanne initially accepted the proposal - to the shock of everyone, and horror of Tracy and Amy. However, after talking to her sisters Toyah and Eva Price - Leanne realised that she and Steve had no real chemistry, to which Steve ultimately agreed, and the engagement was called off. Although, the pair decided to remain close friends so that they could bring up their son in the best possible environment.
By October, Amy had began to go through a rebellious stage - as her and Asha Alahan started causing trouble on the street. The unrepentant pair knocked Brian Packham's coffee over him, and upon inviting him to shower at No.1, Amy then put a beef stock cube in the shower head. However, the pair went too far when they put blue ink in the window-wash reservoir of Roy's car and almost caused a crash when Brian and Cathy Matthews had to swerve to avoid hitting David the Dog. Cathy was immediately able to identify the culprits and wasted no time in summoning Steve, Tracy and Dev Alahan to discuss the pair's reckless behaviour. In way of an apology Amy and Asha were forced to put on a Boney M. performance for Brian and Cathy. However, Amy and Asha were not finished and began to manipulate their new friend Summer Spellman by daring her to spray paint a penis onto a teacher's car in shaving foam. Later, the dares became more serious as Summer was told to smoke a strange looking cigarette found by Simon. Despite having refused and thrown the cigarette box away, Summer later returned after the other kids had left and smoked it. The cigarette turned out to contain the drug spice and Summer collapsed - Amy and Simon found Summer in the ginnel and were able to get her some help but the pair found themselves punished along with Asha and Aadi Alahan for putting her up to it.
In December 2017, Steve decided to move on from his relationship with Michelle - and part time engagement to Leanne - by using an online dating App. However, he was shocked to discover that his perfect match was Tracy. Upon spending the night together, Steve received a phone call from Tracy on Christmas Day claiming that the night had been a "mistake" - although, it was later revealed that Amy had sent the text as she dreaded her parents reuniting due to the fact that it always ended disastrously. Amy also attempted to make Tracy angry with Steve by taking Eccles and making her believe that Steve had left the door open and allowed the dog to escape. Despite her attempts, Steve and Tracy saw through her plan and decided to make their relationship official.
In January 2018, Amy began to feel jealous about the lack of attention she was receiving from her parents. This jealousy was heightened when Steve presented Tracy with a lavish gift of a trip to Paris but refused to buy her a new phone, even after she had purposely broken her current one and was now forced to go without. Steve challenged Amy to a contest, that he could go longer without his phone than she could, and promised if she beat him that he would buy her the new phone. Over the next week and a half, Steve began to cheat and secretly use his phone while nobody was around but Amy eventually got her revenge by going to a house party instead of the cinema one night in February. As a result of not having a phone, Steve was unable to contact Amy - but they eventually located her, humiliating her in front of her friends and crush Matthew Begley, but Tracy ordered Steve to buy his daughter a new phone so that incidents of the same nature wouldn't arise again.
Elsewhere, Billy Mayhew asked Tracy if Amy could team up with Summer on a school project - but Tracy refused as Summer was known for being the bottom of the class (something which Billy was unaware of) and Tracy didn't want her to pull Amy's grades down. Amy was more sympathetic to her friend, and later agreed to help her track Billy down after he had went AWOL. However, their attempts to find Billy proved futile and almost led them to be abducted by a man who had pretended to have information about Billy's whereabouts. Luckily, the pair were found by Amy's uncle Peter - who was able to scare the man away before he could cause any harm.
Eventually, Amy began to warm to the idea of both her parents being back together. However, Steve had started to doubt the longevity of the pairing - although for Amy's sake he proposed to Tracy in June. Tracy immediately accepted the proposal, but was left annoyed when Daniel stole her limelight by proposing to Sinead on the same day. Tracy soon began to plan a lavish wedding at a castle, but decided to settle for the Chariot Square Hotel after the castle burnt down - something that Steve took to be an omen.
However, in August Steve kissed Abi Franklin while comforting her and began to realise that he didn't want to marry Tracy - this led to him having another one-night stand with Leanne only a week before the wedding. The wedding was plagued by more trouble as Amy slipped at a spa and broke her arm meaning that she was unable to attend, and Daniel spontaneously organised his wedding for the same day - stealing a large majority of the guest list including Ken, and Tracy's best friend Beth Sutherland. As predicted the wedding ended in chaos, when the truth about Steve and Leanne's affair was revealed, and Tracy punched Steve during their first dance routine. Despite declaring that their relationship was over, Tracy joined Steve in Morocco for their honeymoon - but later stole his wallet and passport before abandoning him in a desert and returning home alone. Upon finding his way home himself, Steve begged for Tracy's forgiveness - and she later accepted on the condition that he hired Abi to work at Street Cars.
Amy had at first been enraged that her mother had even considered taking Steve back, but later plotted with Adam to create a legally binding contract for them both to sign in order for them to gain her acceptance. Steve and Tracy both signed without thoroughly reading the papers and were later horrified to discover that they now had to live their lives governed by rules designed to make the trio a better family such as; scheduled family time and fines for name calling. Despite at first allowing the contract to control their lives, Steve and Tracy later found a way to outsmart Amy by organising "family time" when she wanted to hang around with her friends.
2019-present: Pregnancy and termination
In January 2019, Amy took a pregnancy test and was shocked to discover that she was pregnant. At first she believed that she was only a couple of weeks pregnant and planned to have a secret abortion, but soon discovered that she had confused the dates and was much further along than she had first thought - this meant that she would need a surgical abortion. When the abortion clinic advised Amy to open up to someone close to her, preferably a family member, she confessed everything to her grandmother Liz. Later that same day, Amy also decided to tell her parents - although they had already discovered her secret after finding a pregnancy test in the bin. Steve and Tracy were initially furious about the revelation and demanded to know who the baby's father was, but Amy kept his identity a secret. However, she was eventually forced to reveal that the father was Tyler Jefferies as Steve and Tracy had began to point the finger at several other residents such as Aadi and her cousin Simon.
Steve and Tracy were disgusted to learn that Tyler was the culprit, as that meant that he had committed statutory rape - as he was seventeen at the time of the conception while Amy was underage. When Tracy suggested contacting the police about Tyler, Amy angrily refused and eventually decided against having an abortion as her parents informed her that they would raise the child as their own if she wasn't ready to be a mother. Tyler's mother Vicky Jefferies soon learnt of Steve and Tracy's plan to raise Amy's baby and was left upset by the prospect of not being part of the child's life.
When Vicky began to interfere in things by talking to Amy and getting Tyler a job at the Viaduct Bistro, Tracy decided that she needed to get him out of their lives and offered him five thousand pounds if he left them alone. Tyler refused Tracy's offer and, seeing red, she contacted the police about his sexual activity with her daughter. The police questioned Amy about Tyler, but she told them that she didn't want him to get into trouble and wouldn't testify against him. Later, Amy met Tyler at Victoria Gardens and he revealed that he didn't want to be a father. After speaking to Bethany Platt, who was able to sympathise with Amy's situation as her mother Sarah Platt had been a teen mother too, Amy decided to have an abortion. Bethany accompanied her on the day that she had it and advised her to be honest with her parents, although Amy kept it a secret from them after realising how much they were looking forward to the child.
Tracy bought herself a new outfit for Amy's christening but nothing for Amy. In the early years, Tracy shirked her responsibility and fobbed Amy off on anyone, whether it be Deirdre, Ken, Blanche, Emily, Liz, the Croppers, or even her various boyfriends she'd known for five minutes. She also used Amy as a pawn to drive Steve and Karen apart, putting him in situations where he had to be around her, once leaving her on Steve's doorstep and leaving her with him and Karen overnight. Tracy only took Amy back when Karen threatened to go for custody of Amy with Steve, outmaneouvering Tracy.
Steve didn't want Karen to know that Amy was his. Wedding chaos. After the truth was revealed, he didn't acknowledge Amy or pay maintenance, focusing instead on his marriage. Tracy demanded £50 a week for Amy. When Tracy forced Steve's hand by leaving Amy with him overnight and refusing to take her back, Steve was confronted with fatherhood and enjoyed taking her on the swings and singing to her.
Amy was given the middle name Katherine after Katie McDonald. Liz was involved as soon as Tracy reclaimed Amy from the Croppers and persuaded Steve to attend her christening without telling Karen. He obliged without telling Karen.
Roy and Hayley Cropper
The Croppers fought for access to Amy after handing her back to Tracy. They were advised by Dean Pomfrey that they had no rights over Amy and advised them to drop their case, which they did. After this, Tracy repaid the Croppers £17,000 of the £25,000 they gave her for Amy, promising the rest in installments. Devastated at losing Patience, Roy offered to drop some or all of the installments in exchange for occasional access to Amy. At Ken's suggestion, Tracy made the Croppers godparents, and Hayley made Amy's christening gown with Roy reading a poem by Philip Larkin - born yesterday.
Amy's maternal grandfather Ray Langton first met her when he nearly knocked her down in Victoria Street in 2005. Tracy took Amy to hospital to be on the safe side, and when Ray saw the Barlows he realised who she was. Tracy still resented Ray for abandoning her all those years but eventually let him hold Amy for the first time.
Hobbies and interests
- Amy has grown up with a number of stepmothers. Stepmother number one, Karen Phillips, resented her presence but second stepmother Becky Granger saw Amy as her own. By the time her third stepmother, Michelle Connor entered her life, Amy was resentful at first but they eventually bonded.
- In December 2014 Amy pretended (with the encouragement of her mother) that she was able to speak to dead people in a bid to wind Norris Cole up.
- In 2015, Ken persuaded Amy to start learning to play the violin, but the noise it created caused a great deal of annoyance to the rest of Amy's family.
Amys one through sevenAmy was born on 9th February 2004 with babies Holly Bowyer and Rebecca Pike jointly playing the role. A third baby, Amber Chadwick, also appeared briefly in that month for three episodes. Bowyer departed at the end of March 2004, while Pike continued as Amy until June 2005.
Louisa Morris took over the part in the same month as Pike's departure. She would play Amy for three months until September 2005, although on 29th August and 7th September the role was instead played by Rachel and Sarah Corker.
Morris was replaced by Madison Hampson in late September. Hampson played the role until March 2006. Later that month it was reported in the news that her parents had taken her out of the part because they believed she was finding it "too harrowing", however Coronation Street bosses denied the claims, insisting that they followed "very strict guidelines" regarding child welfare and that Hampson was instead taken out because it was common for young child actors to be replaced.
Following Hampson's withdrawal, Amber Chadwick made a return to the role, becoming a regular cast member for the first time. She took over in late March 2006 and played Amy for four years until April 2010. Although Kate Ford who played Amy's mother Tracy left the show in 2007, Amy remained on the show in the care of her father Steve McDonald while Tracy was imprisoned. Shortly before Chadwick's final appearance, it was reported that Amy was to be recast as producers wanted an older and more capable actress to play the role in time for Tracy's return . It was also revealed that producers had been planning to replace Chadwick for a while, but her parents had persuaded them not to .
Elle MulvaneyElle Mulvaney, a student of the Carol Godby Theatre Workshop, was announced to be the next actress to play Amy. Mulvaney was cast in March 2010 after believing she'd blown it at the audition, as she told Inside Soap: "I remember doing the audition and worrying that the other person was going to get the part. My cardigan was buttoned up wrong, and I had beans down my top. I even said my line wrong!" . Mulvaney was seven years old when cast, playing six-year-old Amy. With her casting, Amy became the most recast character, with eight actresses playing the role. Her first storyline in the part was the death of Amy's great-grandmother Blanche Hunt.
Mulvaney has remained in the part until the present day, seeing Amy through to adulthood. In the 2010s, she developed into a character who spoke her mind, not unlike her mother Tracy. Mulvaney: "I think people can see how Amy has grown up to be like her mum. She can be quite nasty when she wants to be, but I love that she has a bit of spice to her." .
Amy was given her first major storyline in 2019 when she fell pregnant at 14. At the point of filming, Elle Mulvaney had just turned 16 and was able to work longer hours on the programme. According to producer Iain MacLeod, the story was as much about how Tracy and Steve dealt with the pregnancy, saying in an interview: "It becomes about family and Steve and Tracy's relationship – it forces them to instantly grow up and be parents for the first time in history." It was also a watershed moment for Amy: "It’s really good – it gives a leading role to Elle Mulvaney, who deserves the chance to step up and do something a bit more grown up." .
Elle has been the most successful actress to play Amy, being nominated for "Best Young Actor" in the Inside Soap Awards three years' running. Mulvaney subsequently won the award for "Best Young Performance" at the British Soap Awards in 2017 and was nominated again in 2019.
First and last lines
"Mama!" (First line, to mum Tracy)
List of addresses
|16a Victoria Street||9th to 20th February 2004|
|7 Coronation Street||20th February to 31st May 2004|
|1 Coronation Street||6th June 2004 to|
|15a Victoria Street||25th June 2018 to present|