The list below is of all Coronation Street characters who were seen in the show on a regular basis when it began in 1960. Sorted by departure date, with the most recent first. William Roache, who plays Ken Barlow, is the only cast member to remain in the programme to this day.

Although Arthur Lowe left the main programme in 1965, he continued in the role of Leonard Swindley in the spin-offs Pardon the Expression and Turn out the Lights until 1967.

Of the original cast, William Roache, Alan Rothwell, Philip Lowrie, Ernst Walder and Anne Cunningham are still alive as of 2020.

See also: List of current characters
Character Actor Year of departure

Ken 1960
Ken Barlow

William RoacheOngoing 

Dennis Tanner

Philip Lowrie2014

Albert 1960
Albert Tatlock

Jack Howarth1984

Elsie 1960
Elsie Tanner

Patricia Phoenix1984

Annie 1960
Annie Walker

Doris Speed1983

Ena 1960
Ena Sharples

Violet Carson1980

Minnie 1967
Minnie Caldwell

Margot Bryant1976

Lucille hewitt 1960
Lucille Hewitt

Jennifer Moss1974

Jack 1960
Jack Walker

Arthur Leslie1970

David barlow 1960
David Barlow

Alan Rothwell1968

Swindley 1960
Leonard Swindley

Arthur Lowe1965

Florrie 1960
Florrie Lindley

Betty Alberge1965

Concepta 1960
Concepta Riley

Doreen Keogh1964 (recurring until 1975)

Harry 1960
Harry Hewitt

Ivan Beavis1964 (recurring until 1967)

Frank barlow 1960
Frank Barlow

Frank Pemberton1964 (recurring until 1971)

Martha 1960
Martha Longhurst

Lynne Carol1964

Christine hardman 1960
Christine Hardman

Christine Hargreaves1963

Esther hayes
Esther Hayes

Daphne Oxenford

1962 (recurring until 1972)

Linda cheveski 1960
Linda Cheveski

Anne Cunningham1961 (recurring until 1984)

Ivan cheveski 1960
Ivan Cheveski

Ernst Walder1961 (recurring until 1967)

Ida barlow 1960
Ida Barlow

Noel Dyson1961
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