Archie Shuttleworth was a local undertaker at Shuttleworth's Independent Funeral Directors on Tile Street, who first appeared as Blanche Hunt's new companion. Archie always saw the good in Blanche. He asked Audrey Roberts to help out part-time and dress the hair of some of his deceased clients - but this made Blanche jealous. By then Archie had ended his relationship with Blanche, he became a very good friend to Audrey - even opening his home to her after her son in law Richard Hillman attempted to kill her by burning down her house. Archie was the only one at first that believed that Audrey was not losing her mind and that Richard was trying to kill her and stood by her admirably. He eventually fell in love with Audrey but when he asked her if there was any chance they could be more than friends, she gently told him there could not be.
When his friend Blanche died in May 2010, he held her funeral and even returned to the Rovers to toast to her. He was glad to see that Audrey was happy.
In December 2018, Audrey received news that Archie had passed away, and reminisced about him in the Rovers with Rita and Ken. Audrey received £80,000 in Archie's will while Ken was given a brass monkey which had previously been given to Archie in Blanche's will.
First and last lines
"My dear." (First line, to Blanche Hunt)
"Well, I'm glad to hear that." (Final line, to Audrey Roberts)