In 1976, Colin Grimshaw caught the eye of Paula, who was his daughter Eileen's best friend at the time. Paula was only fourteen years old, but she still seduced him and they slept together. When Colin's wife discovered this, she left him although they agreed to protect Eileen by keeping the truth from her. Meanwhile, Paula moved away and Colin was unaware that they had conceived a daughter, Julie, who was born the following year.
Paula arrived in Weatherfield in February 2009, meeting up with her daughter and old friend Eileen for the first time in years. Eileen was surprised when Paula revealed that she had given birth to Julie in her mid-teens. Paula and Eileen met several times at 11 Coronation Street, but Paula left quickly on one occasion when Colin entered as she felt awkward around him due to their fling.
At Colin's 70th birthday party in the Rovers, Paula arrived looking for Julie, after hearing that her daughter had slept with Jason Grimshaw. She and Julie argued over why the pair couldn't be together with Paula revealing that they were related and announced to a shocked Eileen and the rest of the pub that Colin was Julie's father. At first Eileen blamed Paula for wrecking her parents' marriage but then began to realise that Paula had been the victim. Subsequently, a few days later, they made their peace.
After Colin came out of Weatherfield General following a stroke, Paula went to the police. Local officers came to No.11 to question Colin, but the preoccupying thoughts of going to prison resulted in a collapse from a fatal stroke. Julie made it clear that she felt Paula was to blame and told her to go and never come back.
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