In 1996, Josie and Don were scammed into buying MVB Motors at an inflated price by Mike Baldwin, who employed Josie as office manager at his factory Baldwin's Sportswear. When the garage went into receivership due to Don's poor business decisions, Don turned against Josie, causing her to leave him. Away from Don, Josie's life improved and as of 1997 she was married to a doctor.
Frantically searching for her daughter in January 1995, Josie Clarke hired a cab from Don Brennan but was left feeling deflated when there was no answer at either of the houses she visited. Eventually Josie decided to return home, however she found herself £2.50 short of the taxi fare. Resigned, Don decided to let her off. Although, Josie later turned up at the Rovers Return and repaid the money. As thanks for her kindness Don bought Josie a drink and the pair hit it off. She made that much of an impression on him that he turned up on her doorstep a few days later to ask her out for a meal. As she had already eaten Josie declined, but agreed to have another drink with him.
With their newfound friendship progressing nicely Don introduced Josie to his daughter-in-law Gail Platt and her mother Audrey, but Josie feared that she had come on too strong when she bought presents for Gail's children. The pair caused a stir with other residents, especially Vera Duckworth who was disgusted to see Don entertaining another woman whilst his wife Ivy was on a religious retreat.
As the pair began to get even closer Josie offered to stay the night but Don turned her down. Embarrassed, Josie made her excuses before leaving. The following week Josie picked up the last of her things from Don's house and left her key, but Don returned home and persuaded her to stick around.
In March 1997, less than a year after their split, Don was upset to learn that Josie had married a doctor.
Ten years before portraying the role of Josie in Coronation Street for eighteen months between January 1995 and August 1996, actress Ellie Haddington played Faye Duffield for three episodes in November 1984.
First and last lines
"Thank you. Oh, the lights aren't on... look, I'm not running away!" (First line, to Don Brennan)