Like Gemma, Paul had a rough start in life, growing up in poverty on the Paul Robeson Estate in Wythenshawe. As a child, he was groomed by Bernie's partner Kel Hinchley, a fact which he did not reveal to his family until many years later. As a result of the abuse, Paul had behavioural problems which led to him leaving home at fourteen. He kept in touch with Gemma though and in 2018 he was doing time at Highfield Prison after taking the blame for her manslaughter of an elderly woman she had burgled.
In 2019, Paul was released from prison and made a new life for himself in Coronation Street, gaining employment at Underworld, romancing vicar Billy Mayhew and becoming a father figure to his teenage ward Summer Spellman. He lost his new family in 2020 after Billy fell victim to the machinations of ex-boyfriend Todd Grimshaw, blaming Paul for a number of events which were actually Todd's doing.
1991-2019: Childhood and sexual grooming
Born in 1990 to Bernie Winter, Paul was the twin brother of Gemma Winter and was raised alongside her on the Paul Robeson Estate in Wythenshawe until he was fourteen, when he left the family home after being sexually groomed by his mother's boyfriend Kel Hinchley. Despite his departure, Paul kept in contact with Gemma and he was the person that she turned to when she accidentally caused the death of an elderly woman she had burgled. Paul took the blame and was sent to prison for a lengthy period, but was disgusted to learn that Gemma had wasted the second chance he had given her by falling in with dodgy individuals such as Callum Logan and Cormac Hibbs.
2018-2019: Prison and arrival in the street
In 2018, Paul was introduced to his new cellmate David Platt, who was serving a custodial sentence for missing court after viciously beating up Gary Windass. David had protested that he didn't want to share and warned Paul to stay away from him. Later, David lashed out and pinned Paul to a wall - after he gently tried to wake him up. David eventually apologised to Paul and admitted that he could do with a mate inside, but Paul informed him that there were no 'mates' in prison and that he would have to learn to fend for himself.
Having been released in January 2019, Paul showed up in Coronation Street looking for his sister. It didn't take long for him to start causing trouble, when Billy Mayhew accused him of attempting to steal Eileen Grimshaw's money in the cafe. Later that day Paul visited David, in order to ask for a job at his salon. Although he was unable to help him, David put Paul in touch with the local vicar Billy, which horrified Paul due to their earlier argument. Billy reluctantly agreed to help, and persuaded Carla Connor to take Paul on at Underworld.
During this time, Paul began to stalk Gemma, vengeful that she had turned her back on him after he had taken the blame for her, and this resulted in him being tackled by Chesney Brown. Gemma was horrified to discover Paul had returned, fearing that he would expose her secret to her friend Rita Tanner and attempted to get Carla to sack him by destroying some of the factory's stock. Fortunately for him, Paul found out before Gemma could sabotage the material and was able to stop her. Later in the Rovers Return, Paul openly flirted with Billy, grateful for him having secured his job, and the pair arranged a date. However, when Billy discovered Paul with another man, he realised that Paul was a philanderer and had no intentions of making a faithful commitment.
List of addresses
|Paul Robeson Estate, Wythenshawe||Unknown|
|Highfield Prison||Unknown to January 2019|
|10a Coronation Street||February 2019 to 20th November 2019|
|19a Rosamund Street||20th November 2019 to February 2021|
|5 Coronation Street||February 2021 to 3rd March 2021|
|15a Coronation Street||3rd March 2021 to present|
|Packer||Underworld||4th January 2019 to 17th February 2021|
|Apprentice||EGB Construction||19th February 2021 to July 2021|
|Unknown||Trim Up North||July 2021 to present|