A local Weatherfield celebrity due having his own hospital radio show, Geoff was an unreliable figure in Tim's early life - and failed to step forward to prevent Faye from being placed into care (and eventually being adopted by Anna Windass) when her mother passed away from a suspected heroin overdose in 2011. However, over the years Geoff regained contact with his son and provided safe accommodation when Tim fled Coronation Street alongside Faye in 2018 - fearing the wrath of murderous Pat Phelan. Upon Phelan's downfall, Tim returned to the street full-time and Geoff began visiting more regularly after beginning a relationship with Yasmeen Nazir.
As Geoff and Yasmeen's relationship progressed he began to show a more sinister side to his personality by controlling every aspect of her life by secretly hiding cameras around her house and staging a burglary to ensure that she was more reliant on him. Yasmeen's granddaughter Alya began to take a disliking to Geoff, but by this time he had manipulated the situation to ensure that she moved out of the house and even bought into the family business Speed Daal to prevent her from overruling his control.
1950-2018: Troubled past
From an early age Geoff began work as an entertainer. While he was mostly hired for magic performances, Geoff would also spend a lot of time volunteering for charity events. At some point he married a twenty-six year old woman, however she passed away from breast cancer two years later. After his wife's death, Geoff became involved with another woman Tessa - who he described as "selfish, rude, demanding and lazy", however he put up with her faults as she would allow him to saw her in half as part of his performances.
Despite his dislike for her, Geoff decided to marry Tessa after she became pregnant with their son - she later gave birth to Tim in January 1972. However, the relationship eventually ended in divorce sometime later.
For undisclosed reasons, neither Geoff or Tessa stepped forward to take their granddaughter Faye Butler in following the death of her mother Jenny in April 2011 - resulting in Faye being put up for adoption and later being adopted by Anna Windass. Despite not being involved in his son or granddaughter's lives for a number of years, Geoff was revealed to still be in contact with them in January 2018 - when Tim arranged for himself and Faye to stay with Geoff in order to escape Pat Phelan.
2018: Light-hearted entertainer and supportive father
As a hospital radio DJ, Geoff visited the Tony Wilson ward of Weatherfield General in order to speak to patients and ask if they had any song requests. Audrey Roberts, who was recovering after a fall, complained to Geoff that the music being played on the station was terrible and made a request for "Crazy" by Patsy Cline.
Audrey tuned into Geoff's radio show and was delighted when he told his listeners of an encounter with a delightful woman on the Tony Wilson ward. Geoff complimented her spirit and was confident that she would be back on her feet in no time. Despite her suggestion for Patsy Cline, Geoff decided to dedicate a song that he believed summed up what he wanted to say to Audrey earlier. However, Audrey's delight was cut short as she was unamused when Geoff started playing "Shaddap You Face" by Joe Dolce.
Geoff and Audrey continued to bond during her time in hospital with her enjoying his cheeky sense of humour. On a visit to the hospital, Yasmeen Nazir agreed to find Geoff to cheer Audrey up failed to find the funny side of his cheesy jokes. However, in a more tender moment waiting for Audrey to be examined, Geoff opened up to Yasmeen and explained that his jovial personality was an act that he adopted for his radio show. The two bonded over their shared passion for charity work and agreed to meet up.
Geoff asked Yasmeen out for a meal at the Viaduct Bistro, however she had reservations about going, admitting to Rita Tanner that she had never been on a date since splitting up with her ex-husband Sharif. After being talked round, Yasmeen decided to go to the bistro but was disappointed to find Geoff already there entertaining Audrey and Rita. After explaining it was all a misunderstanding, Yasmeen forgave Geoff and agreed to join him for a meal at his son's house.
Geoff visited Coronation Street regularly to visit Yasmeen, acting as support for her when her grandson Zeedan left home to move to London. He also agreed to balance his voluntary work for hospital radio with helping Yasmeen at her family's restaurant Speed Daal. In August 2018, Geoff made an offer to buy out Imran Habeeb's shares but was hurt when Yasmeen turned it down.
He was also a major help for Tim and his wife Sally over the events of the year. Geoff set up fundraising events for Jack Webster after being diagnosed with sepsis and arranged a special circus event at Speed Daal. He also helped Tim's marriage by warning his son that Sally's sister Gina Seddon was attempting to start an affair and protested his daughter-in-law's innocence when she was wrongly sent to prison for fraud.
2019 to present: A darker personality emerges
After a couple of months getting to know each other, Geoff and Yasmeen officially started their relationship in March 2019. Yasmeen had initial reservations about the relationship due to the breakdown of her marriage to Sharif and admitted to her friend Cathy Matthews that she had not yet been intimate with Geoff.
After agreeing to become more serious in their relationship, Geoff slipped on some food Yasmeen had dropped at Speed Daal, leading to him injuring his back. Geoff subsequently took advantage of his fall, as he was waited on hand and foot by Yasmeen at 6 Coronation Street and treated to a free meal. However, after deliberately dropping a note in front of him, Yasmeen exposed Geoff as a fraud when he bent down to pick it up. Geoff admitted that he had been exaggerating his injury to mean he could spend more time with her.
Geoff later became upset over the amount of time Yasmeen was spending working at the restaurant and cancelled her book club appointment in order to cook her a romantic meal. Despite Yasmeen encouraging him to invite Tim and Sally to the meal, Geoff encouraged his son to decline the invitation as he wanted some alone time with his partner. Despite his interventions, Sally and Tim ended up going for the meal which didn't end well. Geoff was hurt by Yasmeen's criticism of his food and berated her for always putting Sally down.
His controlling behaviour continued surrounding events that he wanted to take place for his DJ and magician work. Geoff pushed for Yasmeen to let him DJ for a new student night initiative at the restaurant and was put out when Alya Nazir overruled and picked Ryan Connor. He hit back by making Emma Brooker his assistant for his magic act at the Rovers talent night, leading to Yasmeen apologising for letting him down.
Geoff's manipulation stepped up when Cathy convinced Yasmeen to attend a wine tasting night at the bistro in July 2019. Annoyed with her ignoring his texts and not coming home for a meal he had prepared, Geoff decided to pretend that he had cooked her beloved pet chicken Charlotte. The next day, he spilt a glass of water over Ryan's mixing decks at the restaurant, blaming it on Yasmeen being hung-over. Having been sent home early to recuperate, she then got mugged and regretted not letting Geoff walk her home and protect her.
Following the mugging, Geoff scared Yasmeen off the idea of returning to work, suggesting that her mugger might return. He was later shocked to discover her drinking with Ryan, Alya and two friends that they had invited back to the house. Setting her up further, Geoff stole Yasmeen's bracelet and pointed the finger at the two guests that had attended the night before. Alya and Ryan were suspicious and believed Geoff staged the burglary; they searched his pockets but only found a replacement bracelet and a receipt. Geoff later sold Yasmeen's valuables to Little Baz for £450 and guilt-tripped her into apologising for not believing him.
Geoff used the staged burglary as a way of gaining even more control over Yasmeen. He looked for new insurance to protect their belongings but put his own bank details on the claim, taking charge of the house's finance. He also installed a number of security cameras, allowing him to spy on Yasmeen while giving the illusion of protecting her.
When Geoff had a routine appointment with Dr. Gaddas in August 2019, he decided to give Yasmeen the impression that he had serious health problems. This concerned Yasmeen who started waiting on Geoff, believing that the symptoms he had listed were consistent with cancer. She confided in Sally but when confronted by her and Tim, Geoff tells them that Yasmeen had let her imagination run away with her and that he was fine.
Character creation and role
Geoff first appeared in Episode 9415 in March 2018. Bartholemew's casting was announced on 22nd March 2018, only a week prior to his on-screen debut, where it was reported that he would become a love interest for Audrey Roberts (Sue Nicholls) after she's admitted to hospital and mistakes him for a doctor. Duncan Lindsay of the Metro reported that 'Geoff and Audrey would "have a laugh together" after she becomes locked in the radio studio'. Fans initially began suspecting that Geoff would be the father of established character Tim Metcalfe (Joe Duttine), due to their shared surname, although producers kept Geoff's identity a secret until the transition of Episode 9418 where he visited 4 Coronation Street to comfort his family following the revelation that Pat Phelan (Connor McIntyre) was a serial killer.
Born in Portsmouth, Bartholomew was already an established actor before finding work on Coronation Street with extensive television credits for the likes of; The Darling Buds of May, Rumpole of the Bailey, Minder, and more recently, Making Waves, Spooks and Marcella.
Coercive control development
Throughout 2019 Geoff began to show a more sinister side towards his partner Yasmeen (Shelley King) and viewers soon began to speculate that he would eventually turn abusive after he began to isolate her from granddaughter Alya (Sair Khan), her last remaining relative on the street, and her friends. A coercive control storyline was confirmed in June 2019 with executive producer Iain MacLeod announcing that the show was working closely with Women's Aid and Independent Choices Manchester as part of their research - the organisations advising on how to portray the impact of coercive abuse sensitively and realistically.
Speaking at the time, MacLeod said “Abusive behaviour is not always physical – you can damage someone profoundly without laying a finger on them. Thousands of people feel trapped in relationships with someone who claims to love them but who is actually taking them apart piece by piece, isolating them and locking them in an invisible prison of fear and insecurity. Often the abusive behaviours accumulate and intensify over time so that you don’t realise it’s happening – it is an insidious type of brainwashing. I hope this storyline will help anyone going through similar experiences in the real world by highlighting that feeling undermined, belittled, intimidated or controlled by your partner is never okay.”
In an interview posted by the official Coronation Street website, Bartholomew revealed "I knew when I was first brought in to the programme as Tim’s dad that the character might turn a bit dark so it wasn’t unexpected. For the first few months it was ‘nice Geoff’, ‘funny Geoff’ and ‘silly Geoff’. But now it is slowly starting to become apparent that there is something missing in Geoff’s psychological make-up. As an acting exercise and something for an actor to get his teeth in to, it is going to be interesting but it is also a privilege to be trusted with such an important storyline that I hope will make a difference."
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|6 Coronation Street||March 2019 to present|
|DJ||Weatherfield General||Unknown to present|
|Assistant||Speed Daal||2018 to present|