The Malletts moved into 9 Coronation Street in 1995. Judy was an arcade assistant, and later a barmaid at the Rovers Return. Brash and strong-willed, Judy had a sensitive side and longed to have children. Before the arrival of the twins in 1998, Judy had believed she was unable to conceive, leading the Malletts to arrange to buy pregnant teen Zoe Tattersall's baby, calling her Katie. They were left heartbroken when Zoe gave birth and kept her daughter after all.
Less than a year after becoming a mother, Judy was involved in a minor car crash which caused a blood clot in her leg that went undetected as Judy did not think it was serious. A few days later, she dropped dead while hanging out the washing at No.9, whilst Gary was attending Ashley and Maxine Peacock's wedding.
Judy moved into the Duckworths' old house with husband Gary, when Jack and Vera Duckworth bought the Rovers in 1995. Impressed with the house, Judy bragged to her friends that it had stone-cladding and a mini-bar. An arcade assistant, Judy later began working as a barmaid at the Rovers Return.
Always close to her mother, Judy was grief-stricken when she was killed in a hit and run accident. Judy always wanted children, and was devastated upon being told that she couldn’t bear them. But, together with Gary, she planned to adopt teen tearaway Zoe Tattersall’s daughter Shannon (who they renamed Katie Joyce). Eventually, Zoe reclaimed her daughter and the Malletts found happiness again when they were blessed with twins Billy and Becky on Christmas Day in 1998.
On the day of Ashley and Maxine Peacock's wedding, Judy stayed at home complaining of pains in her leg that didn't go away. Despite Emily's protests, Judy refused to rest and whilst Emily went to town to pick up some things for her, Judy decided to hang out the washing. She suffered a sudden embolism brought on by a car crash caused by a cut-and-shut car that Terry Duckworth had supplied and died almost instantly. The residents of the street were devastated, none more so than Gary, who held Judy's lifeless body in his arms, weeping and saying she was the only woman he'd ever loved.
First and last lines
"Gary..." (Final line, whispered quietly before her death)