Having served a prison sentence, during which he befriended David Platt, Paul turned up on Coronation Street to seek out his estranged sister Gemma. However, Gemma was left unnerved by his arrival - as he had been sent to prison after taking the blame for her manslaughter of an elderly woman she had burgled and she feared that he would expose her secret to Rita Tanner. Although, Paul and Gemma eventually made up and he supported her after she discovered that she was pregnant with Chesney Brown's quads. During his time on the street, Paul began dating vicar Billy Mayhew - but the pair eventually separated. When Paul's mother turned up on the street, and later regained contact with her ex-boyfriend Kel Hinchley - who had sexually groomed Paul as a child - Billy made it his mission to help Paul see that he had been too young to consent and was abused by Kel.
1991-2018: Childhood and sexual grooming
Born in around 1991 to Bernie Winter, Paul was the twin sister of Gemma Winter and was raised alongside her on the Ecclestone Estate until he was 14 - 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 left disgusted to learn that Gemma had wasted the second chance he had given her by falling in with the likes of; Callum Logan and Cormac Hibbs.
Paul was introduced to his new cellmate David Platt in May 2018 - despite David's protests that he didn't want to share (as he had been raped by a man, Josh Tucker, and as a result feared sharing the confined space). David warned Paul to stay away from him, and later lashed out and pinned him to a wall - as Paul gently tried to wake him up. David later 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.
2019 to present
In January 2019, Paul showed up on Coronation Street looking for his sister - whom he had learnt lived nearby due to his conversations with David in prison. After causing a scene in the cafe, when Billy Mayhew accused him of attempting to steal Eileen Grimshaw's money, Paul visited David in order to ask for a job at his salon. However, David's partner Shona Ramsey - the waitress at the cafe - considered Paul to be bad news and was relieved when David explained that there were no vacancies going at the salon.
David decided to get Paul in touch with the local vicar, Billy - much to Paul's horror due to their earlier argument. Billy reluctantly agreed to help, and persuaded Carla Connor to take Paul on at Underworld. However, when Gemma discovered that her brother was working nearby she tried to get him sacked by paying a visit to Carla and attempting to destroy some of the factory's stock in order to have Paul take the blame, although she was caught before she could succeed.
Billy was also taken aback when Paul came on to him and he realised he was gay. They arranged a date but Billy saw him with another man in the Rovers and realised that Paul was a philanderer and had no intentions of making a faithful commitment. Meanwhile, an aghast Gemma watched from the sidelines as her brother integrated himself with the residents who were all taken in by his charm.
- Paul was born ten minutes before Gemma.