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Tanya Pooley was a troublesome barmaid, who caused a great deal of drama during her short stay on the cobbles. Tanya was intelligent but had rather a spiteful nature and could say hurtful things.

Initially working at The Queens, where Liz McDonald was manageress for a time, she later found work in the Rovers and quickly became Raquel Wolstenhulme's enemy by setting her up with a fake modelling date which left Raquel standing alone in a deserted fruit and vegetable market for ages before realising it was a cruel joke.

Tanya was having an affair with Des Barnes' boss, Alex Christie, a married man, but she was dissatisfied. Taking the flat above Jim's Cafe, she also conducted a three-month affair with Des while he was going out with Raquel. Once she had ruined their relationship, she set her sights on trucker Charlie Whelan, who was Bet Lynch's man, and finally ran off with him, leaving Bet devastated.

Tanya and Charlie travelled to Hamburg but once there it didn't take long for Tanya to abandon him too and true to her nature, leave him to deal with the repercussions of the infidelity.


1993: Tanya behind the bar upon the McDonalds arrival at The Queens

First and last lines

"They came from the Rovers Return down Coronation Street... well, she did anyway." (First line, to Eileen Carter)


"Come on. No point staying where we're not wanted." (Final line, to Charlie Whelan)

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