Owen Armstrong is a former owner of the Builder's Yard on Victoria Street. He is the father of Izzy Armstrong and Katy Armstrong. Following a huge row with long-term partner Anna Windass, the couple split up in April 2015 - their relationship having been torn apart by their financial and family problems. Feeling unable to stay in Weatherfield, Owen accepted an offer of work from a friend in Aberdeen.
Owen raised his two daughters as a single father; his wife Linda having walked out on him in 1997. He tracked his oldest daughter Izzy down to the Rovers Return Inn on Coronation Street in June 2010. Owen and Izzy were not speaking at that time and Gary Windass warned him to back off when he thought Owen was harassing her, however he revealed that he was her father. Owen gave Izzy a peace offering and she begrudgingly agreed to have Sunday lunch with him. He also chatted up Liz McDonald whilst in the pub.
In July 2010, Owen overheard Carla Connor approaching local builder Bill Webster about refitting Underworld after it was destroyed by her psycho ex-husband, Tony Gordon. Owen offered to give Carla a quote leaving Bill furious. Owen later agreed to refurbish the factory, and when he had a row with Bill in the Rovers after Bill accused him of stealing his business, Liz stepped in and defused the situation, leaving Owen smitten with her. Izzy was less than happy when her dad began working nearby, and angered when Owen eavesdropped on her conversations and attempted to persuade her to dissuade her younger sister Katy from going on holiday with her friends.
In August 2010, Owen offered work to Chris Gray and local builder Jason Grimshaw. He also took on Bill but was furious when he accidentally dropped a bucket of cement over Izzy, and tension between the two rose again, although they later made a peace offering in the Rovers. Bill also agreed to sell the yard to Owen and retire. Owen flirted with Jason's mother Eileen and they arranged a date, and she got drunk on their date in the Rovers. Owen later gave her advice after she found out her landlord was selling up and she could end up homeless, and offered her a job to do the yard's books.
In September 2010, Owen continued to date Liz and pass his relationship Eileen as just business, and Sean Tully saw Owen and Liz kissing. Sean informed Eileen who berated Owen and Liz. Owen told Eileen he was going to dock Jason's wages for his timekeeping but an angry Eileen stole from the safe in the yard to pay Jason. Owen was also out of his comfort zone when he discovered Katy was dating Chesney Brown, and even more so when she started skiving from school to go to the market with Chesney where he worked.
In October 2010, when he found out Katy and Chesney had slept together, Owen was less than happy and pinned Chesney against a wall telling him to stay away from Katy. He later talked to Fiz and John about his disapproval of Katy and Chesney sleeping together at No.5. Chesney decided to move out when Fiz banned Katy from coming round and Katy suggested they find a place of their own, but Owen forbade them from living together, but eventually gave his blessing to them staying at No.5.
In November 2010, Liz's ex-husband Jim McDonald sent her some flowers, but Owen met him at The Flying Horse and warned him to stay away from her. Owen later arranged to have Jim beaten up and hospitalised and even visited him in hospital; again threatening Jim and implying that it was him who arranged the beating.
In January 2011, Owen offered Gary, who was dating Izzy at the time, a job but when Jason accidentally locked him in a van, Gary lashed out due to his claustraphobia upon being let out. He attacked Owen but Jason managed to restrain him. He immediately sacked Gary and told Izzy that unless she dumped him he would also be reporting him to the police.
Later that month, Owen checked Eileen's roof and told her that it needed thousands of pounds worth of work doing before it would deteriorate further. Eileen put in an insurance claim, however, it was rejected as the roof damage was down to neglect. Eileen blamed Owen, but he told her that she should have paid for a full survey. Whilst Eileen was going through Owen's books, Carla arrived and payed a £10,000 cheque which she owed. Eileen then stole the cheque. Carla informed Owen that she'd given the cheque to Eileen and he told Carla he had forgotten about it. Owen began to feel guilty about the way he had treated Eileen and offered to repair her roof. Owen's bank card was later rejected and he realised that his money had been stolen. He invited Eileen for a drink, where he told her that he knew she stole money from him. He then threatened to call the police.
Eileen confessed her crime to her half-sister Julie Carp, who reminded her that she knew Owen had been ripping off the taxman. Eileen and Julie broke into the builder's yard and stole documents proving Owen's tax evasion. Eileen told Owen that she needed to see him. He arrived at Eileen's, where she gave him a £10,000 cheque and showed him the copies of the documents proving his tax evasion and theft. Eileen later told Sunita Alahan about Owen's tax evasion and suggested that she blackmail Owen into finishing her shop refurbishment. Knowing Eileen told Sunita, Owen secretly took Jason's house keys and let himself into Eileen's. He found the documents and took them. He filed the documents away and reported Eileen to the police for fraud. The police visited Owen and he told them that Eileen had been embezzling money from his business. Eileen was arrested, but Izzy later forced Owen to apologise to her.
In July 2011, Owen purchased 6 Coronation Street so that Anna Windass would have a secure home for her adoptive daughter Faye Butler. It was clear that Owen was interested in Anna romantically but Faye interfered by stealing Owen's mobile phone and sent a text message to Anna pretending to be Owen. Anna was baffled when the text told her that he no longer had an interest in her and was cancelling their date. It wasn't long before Gary found Owen's phone in Faye's bedroom forced her to tell the truth that she sent the text message. When Owen tried to arrange another date with Anna, she declined saying that it wouldn't be fair as Faye already had too much upheaval in her life. Owen was disappointed but told Anna that he understood. Owen and Anna were unable to fight their feelings for one another and later began a relationship but decided that it would be best to keep it from Faye to avoid upsetting her. However, Faye spotted them together and was immediately annoyed. After some initial resistance, Gary assured her that they would not abandon her and she accepted Owen from that point.
In October 2013, Owen did a job for his client: Pat Phelan. When he refused to pay him what was owed, Owen discovered that Phelan was bankrupted and he tried unsuccessfully to get cash out of him or his snooty wife: Valerie. Later on, Owen broke into the couple's house with Gary's assistance and stole Phelan's motorbike. Phelan later came round to the yard and was forced to pay Owen so he could get his motorbike back.
A few days before Christmas, Phelan turned up at No.6 with a business proposition for Owen, offering him a flat-conversion contract and wanting Owen to front the project as he was bankrupt. Anna wasn't pleased and didn't want Owen to agree. Phelan and Owen met up a couple of weeks later to discuss the deal, with Phelan telling Owen that he needed £80,000 upfront for the costs but guaranteed that he would make over £200,000 profit. Owen decided to talk the arrangement over with Anna and Phelan stated that he would give Owen twenty-four hours to think things over. Despite family reservations, their business partnership was agreed.
When Owen realised that Phelan didn't put his share into the account he tried in vain to contact Phelan and believed that Phelan may have conned them. Pat later turned up at the Builder's Yard and revealed that the money was already in the account, much to Owen's embarrassment. Anna then went round to Pat's house to apologise for having a go at him, but later felt uneasy in his presence and left. During numerous meets with Pat and his wife, Anna felt increasingly awkward - especially on one occasion when Pat had stroked her across the back and kept complimenting her appearance.
Anna decided to settle the score and invited Phelan round to No.6 to tell him to back off. However Phelan, seemingly oblivious to her demands, began to accuse her of trying to come onto him. He appeared to try and make a move on her, but soon left leaving Anna worried. That night she backed out of another meeting with the Phelans at Nick's Bistro, feigning illness. When Gary found out about Phelan's inappropriate advances towards his mother, he approached Pat at the site after all the workers had left and began questioning him about what went on. Pat then began goading Gary, accused Anna of being a tart and the pair got into a fight; Gary hit Phelan over the head with a plank of wood and knocked him unconscious. Believing that he had killed Pat, Gary summoned Owen to the site but they quickly discovered there was no sign of him.
Phelan turned up again a few of days later, proving that he was alive and well. At the building site the following day, he took Gary and Owen into the site office and revealed the CCTV footage which showed Gary attacking him. Phelan assured both Gary and Owen that he had further copies, and then demanded that they either completed the work for a minimum wage gleaning no profit or he would hand the the CCTV footage in to the police. Owen complied to Phelan's orders despite Gary's reluctance, as Owen didn't want his grandson Jake without a father figure if Gary were to be sent down.
As Phelan took delight in overworking the pair, Gary convinced Owen to take revenge by stealing a shipment of tiles from him. However, due to Gary's lack in covering his tracks, Phelan finds out about this and prepares to report Gary to the police. Owen manages to persuade Phelan in not reporting Gary to the police, but is left outraged when Phelan declares that he will be keeping the £80,000 that Owen invested - thus submitting the Windass and Armstrong clan into financial ruin. Phelan eventually released Owen and Gary from the contract, but not before arranging to have Owen removed from the council's list of approved workers - effectively blacklisting Owen to the point where he could no longer get any independent work - and then blackmailing Anna to sleep with him after she herself learned of the situation.
Thanks to this the Windass and Armstrong clan were finally free from Pat, however at the expense of going bankrupt and Owen was forced to sell the yard. Discovering Anna had slept with Pat to release them from the contract, Owen temporarily split from her, but the pair eventually reconciled. A couple of months later, Owen was forced to sell No.6 to help pay their debts, and the family moved into 19a Rosamund Street.
Owen's ex-wife Linda Hancock turned up after almost twenty years, wanting to see their daughters again. After Owen's attempts to stop her, she revealed to Izzy and Katy that he denied her access all those years ago. The family turned sour towards Owen for this revelation, and he felt obliged to allow Linda back into their lives. When Linda decided to move back to Portugal, she asked Owen to join her but he remained behind out of loyalty to Anna.
A few weeks later, Owen was angry when 13-year-old Faye gave birth to a baby girl and he attacked her friend Craig Tinker believing he was the father (and subsequently punched Kirk Sutherland). Owen was arrested and cautioned, but this was the final nail in the coffin for his relationship with Anna and she dumped him.
After a failed attempt at reconciliation, Owen decided that he couldn't remain in Weatherfield and went to visit Katy in Portugal, and then planned to move to Aberdeen to work with an old friend. After saying his goodbyes, he drove off in his van to Manchester Airport.
After Katy was killed in a car accident in October 2017, Owen relayed the news to Izzy over the phone.
- The character of Owen was created by producer Kim Crowther as the father of Izzy Armstrong and Ian Puleston-Davies was cast in the role, signing an initial six-month contract.
- Owen and his on-screen family were initially given the surname "Butterfield", but it was later changed to "Armstrong".
- In November 2014 Puleston-Davies quit Coronation Street after four and a half years of playing Owen Armstrong. The character departed the following year in April 2015.
First and last lines
"I was beginning to think you'd fled the country" (First line, to daughter Izzy)
"Bye Anna" (Final line)