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Emma Watts (née Taylor) was the police sergeant who helped solve the case when DC Simon Cavanagh was stalking Colette Graham and Curly Watts. Curly took her out for a thank-you drink and then asked her out to dinner and they started a relationship.

On 12th October 2000, the police, including her, surrounded the Freshco's supermarket as a siege developed inside. When eventually they burst in, Emma shot the main gunman, Dean Sykes - who died in an ambulance on the way to hospital. Due to her licence to kill, she did not stand trial.

Curly proposed to Emma on a bateaux mouche in Paris and they married on Christmas Eve, 2000 though their honeymoon to New York was delayed because Curly's daughter, Alice, couldn't return to Raquel when planned. Emma soon became pregnant and gave birth to baby Ben on 26th December 2001.

Emma started working with PC Mick Hopwood who was dating Janice Battersby. Her estranged husband Les was very jealous and the two spent a lot of time winding each other up. Mick and Emma stopped Les in his taxi on a minor offence and after Les insulted Mick, Mick beat Les very badly but Emma promised to back him up even though Les did not deserve to be attacked. When Curly found out, this caused a lot of tension and they split up briefly. Emma was feeling guilty and planned to confess the truth to her superiors but at the last minute, testified and backed up Mick at Les's trial, which led to Les being imprisoned for three months. Near the end of Les's incarceration, Emma did confess to her superior but was put forward for a promotion to Inspector in Newcastle. That would mean moving away and Curly was afraid he'd never see Ben. He swallowed his principles and in order to reconcile and live in peace, away from Les, they put 7 Coronation Street on the market and moved to Newcastle. The pair drove off into the night, Curly just managing to wave a final goodbye out the back window.

Background information

Actress Angela Lonsdale initially auditioned for the role of Debs Brownlow, which ultimately went to Gabrielle Glaister. However, soon after she was asked back to try out, ultimately successfully, for the role of Emma.

In the 2010 DVD spin-off Coronation Street: A Knight's Tale, Curly mentioned that he and Emma had split up.

First and last lines

"Mr Watts is it? You had a break-in last night I believe." (First line)

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