A former Politics student, Spider had dropped out of university and was living a vagabond lifestyle when he showed up at "Auntie Em"'s door looking for digs in 1997. In his first year in the street, he ruffled feathers by leading a successful campaign to stop the building of a concert bowl on the Red Rec and, later, by standing against Audrey Roberts in the council elections, though he ultimately lost.
In 1999, Spider got a job at the DSS but he resigned after being forced to deny benefits to a single mother, feeling he had sold out. Leaving Weatherfield to go on a spiritual journey in India, Spider returned in 2001 to ask Emily for money to open a juice bar before settling in London.
In 2003, he returned to Weatherfield after Emily was attacked by Richard Hillman. Reconciling with ex-girlfriend Toyah, Spider spent several years in London before leaving the country to do volunteer work. As of 2016, he was working at a school in Peru, inspiring Emily to join him there.
1972-2000: Meeting Toyah Battersby and early eco-activities
2001-2016: Returns to the Street
Over a year later, Spider returned and whilst Emily was happy to see him, Toyah felt uneasy having just started a new relationship with Sam Kingston and also being violently raped by a man that she had met through Spider. Spider hoped to renew their relationship, but Toyah wasn't willing and the two agreed to remain friends.
Spider was also visiting as he was now living in London and wanted to start a juice bar, but was short of cash and hoped to borrow from Emily. Emily was happy to help her nephew out, but didn't have the cash herself. However, Richard Hillman persuaded her to sell her house to him for a lump sum and he would allow her to continue living there rent-free until she died, at which point the property rights to the house would belong to him. Emily agreed to Richard's offer and gave Spider a cheque for £15,000, telling him that she was giving him his inheritance early, happy that she would be able to see him enjoy it.
Spider visited the street again in 2003 when he heard that Emily had been attacked and was nearly killed whilst she was babysitting Joshua Peacock. He was angry with her lodger Norris Cole who had been spreading rumours that Richard was responsible and told him off. During his visit, Toyah found out that her then-boyfriend John Arnley had cheated on her with flatmate Maria Sutherland and realised she had never gotten over her rape. Spider offered her a fresh start in London with him, and she agreed. The two then bid a final farewell to Emily and left Weatherfield together.
First and last lines
List of addresses
|3 Coronation Street||December 1997 to August 1999|
|Flat 3, 6 Arnica Street||October 1999 to 28th July 2000|
|India||July 2000 to 2001|
|3 Coronation Street||11th to 18th November 2001|
|London||18th November 2001 to 2015|