Anthony "Tony" Gordon was a Scottish businessman and co-owner of Underworld between 2008 to 2010. He was married to Carla Connor and was responsible for murdering her ex brother-in-law Liam Connor after finding out about an affair they had while engaged.
After confessing to Carla, she had fled Weatherfield and Tony embarked on a relationship with Liam's widow Maria, even helping deliver Liam's son. They got engaged, but Tony suffered a heart attack and confessed to Roy Cropper, and attempted to kill him before handing himself into the police. Tony later perished when he escaped prison and burnt down Underworld.
Tony was known to have evil tendencies when not getting what he wanted, and normally did anything to cover his acts, which almost led to murder on some occasions. He attempted to kill Jed Stone who discovered his deceit, and tried to murder Carla twice, once when she returned to Weatherfield after her time away to blackmail the factory out of him, and when he kidnapped her during the Underworld siege in 2010, Tony also attempted to kill Roy Cropper with a kitchen knife, although in some instances he got others to help with his work, such as his henchman Jimmy Dockerson who killed Liam for him, and fellow cellmate Robbie Sloane, who Tony turned on and killed during the siege.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Personality
- 3 Relationships
- 4 Businesses
- 5 Other information
- 6 Background information
- 7 First and last lines
- 8 Appendices
- 9 See also
1971-2008: The ambitious businessman
Tony was born in 1971 in Scotland, and was followed by a brother named Pat. In his youth Tony witnessed his father suffer a heart attack, although did nothing to get help or save his life and allowed him to succumb to it and die, feeling that his mother was better off without him. When growing up Tony entered into the world of business and started his own company "Gordon's Catelogues", which saw him relocate down to England in the city of Manchester. There he met a woman named Lindsey and the pair married, although their relationship was strained following her affair with his brother Pat, and the pair ended up divorcing. Despite the messy marriage, Lindsey still held a torch for Tony.
Tony came to Coronation Street in September 2007 when he was interested in doing business with Underworld owners Carla Connor and Liam Connor (her brother-in-law). Tony immediately charmed Carla, and the pair were attracted to each other. He began to make frequent visits to the factory although wasn't interested in talking about business, and the pair ended up dating. This caused Liam, who was in love with Carla, to become jealous. Tony's character was called into question when Lindsey suddenly turned up at the factory and punched Carla out, and claimed she was still Tony's wife. Liam became suspicious of Tony and began to spy on him at his house, and later got talking to Lindsay who stated that Tony was a control freak. Liam attempted to warn Carla but she rebuffed him, so Liam proposed to his girlfriend Maria Sutherland to get back at her, as Carla also loved Liam.
As his relationship with Carla blossomed Tony began to muscle his way into Underworld, and in 2008 he wanted Liam's share. When Liam refused, Carla secretly blackmailed Liam to sign over to Tony, or that she would reveal their previous affair to his new wife Maria. Tony was now the co-owner of the factory, and had ambition to expand his business empire with the plan to retire in his 40s with Carla. But his dirty business tactics and dodgy behaviour made Tony unpopular with some of the street residents. He came to blows with cafe owner Roy Cropper, and Tony illegally killed a colony of bats in a disused warehouse on Victoria Street, as they were getting in the way of his development of luxury flats, which would later become Victoria Court. Tony also bought up the houses on Nightingale Terrace and began to evict the residents as he was planning to redevelop the site into a block of flats. But his plan was disrupted now lone resident Jed Stone, who refused to leave his property. Jed was ironically enough a former resident of Coronation Street, and another thorn in Tony's side. Having spent two weeks trying to intimidate the old man into leaving, Jed's old age got the better of him and he suffered a heart attack. When Jed was in hospital Tony cleared his stuff out and had the house boarded up, and was delighted at his victory.
During this period Tony was also planning to expand Underworld, although needed The Kabin and Webster's Autocentre (which were located right outside of the front of the factory) demolished to help with the expansion. Tony offered to buy the Kabin from owner Rita Sullivan, which she was tempted by as she had considered retirement. But the garage owner Kevin Webster was not so willing to give up his business and took an instant disliking to Tony, even though his wife Sally was employed at the factory. Realising that Kevin wasn't willing to give in to his threats, Tony enlisted his henchman Jimmy Dockerson to steal Kevin's customers, and later arranged to have Kevin's tow truck stolen after a fake call out. Despite this, Kevin stood firm and refused to sell, and Tony's Underworld expansion never came to fruition when Rita decided not to sell the factory.
2008: Jealousy to murder
Tony had suspicions that Carla was having an affair with Liam, so got Rosie Webster to video them. His suspicions were proven when Rosie showed a video of them kissing. Tony decided to have Liam killed in revenge. In early October 2008, Tony invited Liam and Maria to come with him and Carla for a weekend away. Tony took Liam to an underground cave and asked him to be his best man. Tony claimed he and his brother Pathad fallen out. Liam agreed to be Tony's best man at the wedding.
On the night of 16th October 2008, Tony hired his friend Jimmy to run Liam over on his stag night. Tony stole Liam's wallet and when they headed to a men's club, Liam thought he left his wallet back at the pub, so Tony convinced him to head back. When Liam stepped onto the road, Jimmy raced round the corner in his car and hit Liam, killing him on impact. Tony held Liam in his arms while the other men called an ambulance, and told him "the best man lost". Tony dumped Liam's wallet in the canal later that night after taking money out of it.
After the funeral, Carla decided to have a break and called off the wedding, before leaving for Los Angeles, much to Tony's annoyance. However, she later returned and they got married in December 2008. Jed also returned to the Street when Emily Bishop gave him a room at her home. Jed began to blackmail Tony for money. When Maria suspected Tony had murdered Liam after seeing the video of Liam and Carla kissing, and discovering Tony knew about the affair, she tried to convince everyone he killed Liam. Jed teamed up with her and told Maria about Tony evicting him from his home.
On Christmas Eve, Jed confronted Tony and after Tony accidentally told Jed about Liam's killer Jimmy, Jed threatened to go to the police, which resulted in Tony strangling him. Thinking he killed him, he stuffed Jed's body into a Christmas hamper, and returned the next day to discover he was still alive. Tony took Jed to Wigan, telling him never to return to Weatherfield.
2008-2009: Moving on from Liam's death
In January 2009, Maria still tried to prove Tony was her husband's killer. When she looked for Tony in the empty factory, he confronted her. He then told Maria he murdered Jed Stone at Christmas, much to her disgust. She tried to tell everyone about his confession, but people thought she was still grieving and going crazy. After a failed attempt to tell the police, an upset and distraught Maria hit Tony with her car before crashing it. Tony was seriously hurt, but decided to stop Maria once and for all, and later took Jed back to Coronation Street and into the pub, making Maria look even crazier, which humiliated her. Carla however began to get suspicious of Tony when he saw him telling Jed never to return to Coronation Street again, or it will be the last thing he does. Carla followed Jed back to Wigan to confront him and discovered the marks on his neck. Tony tried to claim that they were marks when Jed tried to kill himself, but Carla was still suspicious and confronted Jimmy. When Jimmy failed to answer her questions, she knew that Tony must have had Liam killed.
Tony locked her in the factory in February, and Tony confessed to the murder, which led to Carla managing to escape and flee to Los Angeles, leaving Tony behind crying in the rain. After a short relationship with Natasha Blakeman, Maria began to soften towards Tony when she saw him mourning at Liam's grave. They later became good friends with the previous events of her accusations completely forgotten about. Tony helped Maria deliver her and Liam's son, who she called Liam after her late husband.
In late 2009, Tony and Maria started a romantic relationship, and on 16 October 2009, one year since Tony had Liam killed, he proposed to Maria at Liam's graveside. She happily accepted. However, Carla returned from America and told Tony that he had gone far enough, telling him to leave Weatherfield after signing his shares of Underworld over to her, and to never return. Tony hired Jimmy to kill Carla, but later changed his mind and raced over to his flat where Carla was waiting. However, Carla knocked Jimmy out with a candlestick. Tony fooled her into thinking she had killed Jimmy. Carla packed and left again, and Tony told a well and alive Jimmy to leave the area.
When Maria went over to Cyprus to visit her parents with baby Liam, Tony decided to stay behind with Ozzy the dog to finish up some business and then head over in a few days. However, Tony suffered a heart attack when he left the factory and collapsed against the wall, and was later found by Roy Cropper. He was rushed to hospital where it was thought he wouldn't survive the night. Tony then cofessed to Roy about his involvement in Liam's death, before going into cardiac arrest and needing to be revived - Tony survived. Maria returned to Weatherfield and was grateful to Roy for helping Tony. Roy kept following Tony and told him he should go to the police and confess but Tony got fed up with Roy's interfering.
2009: The truth comes out
Tony went round to Roy's Rolls one night to confront him. Tony threatened him and told him to keep away from him. A scared Roy and Hayley Cropper went to the police to report Tony's threat, which led to Tony being questioned by the police. However, he was released due to lack of evidence, and when Maria discovered what happened, she got scared and began to wonder if it was all really true. An angered and upset Tony felt he lost everything and headed to the canal at night where Roy was bat-watching and decided to murder him. Roy found Tony with a bloody knife (Tony took it from the café earlier when hiding there, and accidently dug it into his hand when he heard an upset Maria talk to Hayley whilst discovering about Tony). Roy thought that he had hurt Hayley, and Tony smiled and made out that he did kill Hayley, which angered Roy who attacked him. Tony then threw Roy into the canal when discovering he couldn't swim. However, he changed his mind at the last minute and dived into the canal to save Roy and dragged him out. Tony then walked into the police station and confessed to murder. When Maria discovered Tony's secret, she was sickened and told him she wanted him to die. Tony had also given his friend Jimmy's name forward as the hitman, and Jimmy was later arrested.
In November 2009, Tony had his court hearing and was to be kept in custody until his trial on 4th January 2010, and would not be granted remand. Carla had returned to Weatherfield and watched Tony get sent down. Maria had also left Weatherfield to start a new life in Ireland with Liam's parents, Barry and Helen Connor.
Tony sent Carla a visiting order in December, and she decided to visit him to see what he wanted. He told her that he had hired Jimmy to kill her, and that she hadn't actually killed him. She called him a bastard, and Tony asked if Maria would ever forgive her, with Carla replying "Not a chance". Carla then left the station, leaving a broken Tony behind.
2010: Siege at Underworld
In May 2010, Tony began to plan his escape from Highfield Prison along with his cellmate Robbie Sloane so he could get revenge on Carla and Roy, as he blamed them for his downfall. He bribed his cellmate with a lot of money for his part in it. Tony managed to get a sim card smuggled into the prison so he could contact Robbie from inside the jail when he got out. When Robbie was released, he began to keep an eye on Carla and Roy, and phoned Tony through a hidden phone and told him he would see him the next day.
When Tony was having lunch in the prison lunch hall, he wound up a prisoner which led to him being punched and beaten. Tony then faked a heart attack and was rushed to hospital in an ambulance. It was however pulled over by Robbie in a black van, and he used a gun to get a policeman to release Tony. They then locked the paramedics and the police officer in the back, before heading off on a motorbike Robbie had.
Tony arrived on the Street and lurked around the back alleyways, where he was spotted by Sunita Alahan. She thought he was mugged, but Tony slipped out the back when Sunita's husband Dev came round after hearing of Tony's escape. Robbie managed to take Carla and Roy's wife Hayley hostage, much to Tony's pleasure. After an argument over money and Robbie beginning to not trust Tony, Tony then shot Robbie dead. Maria had then arrived and Tony took her hostage, but she later escaped. Tony decided to release Hayley, as he wanted to die with Carla. He proceeded to set the factory on fire, and lit a match and set the place up. Carla managed to get untied, and shot Tony with his gun when he attempted to stop her. She escaped, and Tony decided he would rather die and walked back into the flames, and perished when the factory exploded.
Tony was a control freak and always wanted to get what he wanted, and possessed a jealous streak. When he realised Carla had an affair with his rival Liam Connor, he went as far as to have Liam run over and killed. Tony didn't like people getting in his way and would go as far as almost killing just to get his own way. When Jed Stone attempted to blackmail Tony over Christmas 2008, Tony went as far as to almost kill Jed. He has attempted to murder before - in 2009 he sent his henchman Jimmy Dockerson to kill his wife Carla when she blackmailed him to leave town or she would expose him being Liam's killer, and tried to kill Roy Cropper when he found out about Tony's dark secret. This hunger for revenge even led to Tony breaking out of jail and attempting to kill Carla and Hayley, but only ended up burning himself in the factory.
Despite his ruthless and near murderous streak, Tony has shown signs of care and even remorse for his actions (especially Liam's murder) and even took it upon himself to help support Maria when she was heavily pregnant and help with taking care of the baby, which lead to their romance blossoming. And despite his very frosty relationship with Jed Stone (who he had ruthlessly evicted from his home), Tony spared his life after nearly killing Jed in a moment of rage and instead chose to give him a new flat in Wigan rent free and money to get him started, on the condition he remained away from his doorstep. And whilst he nearly tried to drown Roy Cropper in the canal for him finding out Tony's secret in killing Liam which drove a wedge in his relationship with Maria, he chose to spare his life before subsequently confessing to the police.
Whilst in prison Tony's mental instability appeared to deteriorate, as he now relished revenge and planned to get back at those who wronged him, with the likes of Carla and Roy being the primary targets. As he knew he would never come back from this revenge, he planned a murder suicide involving him, Carla and Roy's wife Hayley, as he knew Hayley's death would be far more painful on Roy rather than kill Roy himself, and wanted him to feel Tony's loss at losing Maria. However despite his scheme, he still cared for Maria and despite briefly taking her hostage, he allowed her to go (and later Hayley). Even after Carla escaped and his plans scupered, Tony allowed himself to perish in the burning factory.
The only family of Tony's to ever visit him on the Street was his brother Pat, who arrived as his best man for his wedding to Carla in December 2008. However Tony never actually invited Pat, it was his fiancée Carla. Tony was worried about his arrival as he claimed to Liam Connor that he had fallen out with his brother, in order to get him to the stag night to kill him, and also didn't want Maria Connor, Liam's widow, to discover who Pat was. There seemed to be a problem for the two brothers in the past due to Pat having an affair with Tony's first wife Lindsey, many years before Tony's arrival on the street. Pat didn't seem too surprised that Tony had many enemies on the Street, including Kevin Webster, Jed Stone and Roy Cropper. Pat left the Street shortly after the wedding and subsequently disowned Tony when it was discovered that he murdered Liam Connor and was sent to prison.
Tony's father died of a heart attack, which Tony witnessed, however failed to get help as he believed that he and his mother were better of without him.
Not much is known about his extended family, although he had an uncle named Robbie.
Carla was one of the loves of Tony's life, and he also knew her late husband Paul Connor as they were friends at the golf course. Tony fell for Carla, and they began dating, much to the disapproval of Carla's ex-brother in law Liam, who loved Carla. When she accused him of being jealous of her new relationship, Liam immediately went and proposed to pregnant girlfriend Maria Sutherland.
In March 2008 at a dinner that Tony set up at Carla's flat with Steve McDonald, Michelle Connor, Liam and Maria, Tony proposed to an embarrassed Carla in front of everyone. She however accepted, but he became wary and proposed to her the next day when they were alone and Tony was delighted when she still accepted. Later in the year, Tony bought Liam's shares of Underworld after Carla blackmailed Liam into doing it.
Tony found out Carla was having an affair with Liam after Rosie Webster took a video of them kissing on her phone, which led to Tony having Liam bumped of on his stag night. A devastated Carla took a break away, which upset Tony as it wasn't what he planned. However she came back and they got married in December 2008. But Carla later became suspicious of Tony when Maria began accusing him of murder and when elderly Jed Stone, who Tony evicted from his home and almost killed over Christmas, showed that he was scared of him. Tony then confessed to murdering Liam to Carla, and stated it was for her. However she fled Coronation Street for Los Angeles, leaving a broken Tony behind.
In October 2009 after discovering Maria and Tony were in a relationship and engaged, Carla returned to blackmail Tony into selling his shares back, or she would tell everyone about him killing Liam. Tony then hired henchman Jimmy Dockerson (the same man he got to bump of Liam) to kill Carla. However, he changed his mind and disrupted Jimmy, who got hit over the head by Carla in self-defence. Tony then made out she killed Jimmy, causing her to flee once again. She returned when Tony confessed to murder a month later and was sent to prison, and she visited him once, telling him there would be no chance of Maria forgiving him.
After planning revenge over the months he was in prison, Tony broke out with the aid of his cellmate Robbie, who took Carla hostage along with Hayley. After shooting his henchman dead over a disagreement with money, Tony proceeded to torch the place, but let Hayley go after Carla convinced him to. As he set fire to the factory, Carla broke free and got hold of Tony's gun and shot him. She managed to flee the factory, leaving her husband to perish in the explosion.
Tony's relationship with Maria was quite a complex one. After the murder of Liam, he feigned sympathy which she bought into at first, not knowing at the time he was the one who ordered Liam's demise. However after finding out that Tony was aware all along of Carla and Liam's affair and never actually took them to task over it, she (rightfully) assumed Tony had some involvement and accused him of being Liam's killer, however her friends and neighbours assumed it was just the grief talking.
As Maria's accusations grew, Tony got tired of the abuse and after failing to bribe her contemplated strangling her with a belt, however thought against it when Fiz came to Maria's door. In order to make Maria look like she was crazy, Tony told her that he had murdered Jed Stone, an old man he'd previously had a run-in with, and had teamed up with Maria to expose Tony. When the police refused to believe Maria's claims, she knocked Tony down with a car, however he chose not to press charges as he felt "sympathy" for her. When he revealed Jed was alive and it was clear Jed had no intention of exposing Tony, Maria dropped the accusations and decided to put her behaviour down to grieving for Liam.
After Carla left Tony (unbeknown to everyone it was down to him confessing to having Liam killed), he began to slowly form a friendship with Maria, as they were both "victims" to Carla and Liam's affair. Although not showing outward signs, Tony was slightly controlling to the point he didn't like the thought of Liam's cousin, Tom Kerrigan, having feelings for Maria and after buying his share of Lad Rags, Tom left when it became clear Maria wasn't interested in him. Tony began supporting Maria through her pregnancy, and also came to her defence when his short-term girlfriend Natasha Blakeman said some unsavoury things to her.
Their relationship became serious, and strengthened when Tony helped her give birth to her son, Liam Connor, however her family - especially Liam's parents Barry and Helen, didn't approve of the relationship, especially Helen who thought Maria moved on way too fast. However they soon came round to the relationship. On the first anniversary of Liam's death, Tony proposed, and although Liam's family were again shocked at the timing, they came to accept it.
Maria's trust of Tony was again tested when Roy Cropper was adamant that Tony killed Liam, after Tony confessed to him following a serious heart attack. Unsure if Tony was telling the truth, Maria sneaked out the back door of their house whilst Tony was in the living room and approached Roy's wife Hayley, and tried to be in denial that Tony was a good man until Hayley snapped her out of it. That night, Tony was arrested after attempting to kill Roy before subsequently handing himself into the police and confessed to Liam's murder. After being held on remand, Tony was devastated when his ex-wife Carla visited him and told him that there wasn't a chance Maria would forgive him, when he questioned whether or not she would.
After Tony broke out of prison in May 2010 and held Carla and Hayley at Underworld as part of a revenge campaign, he briefly took Maria hostage, only because she had walked into the situation unknowingly. Unlike his two captives, he didn't intend to harm Maria. When she made the decision to walk out of the situation Tony pointed his gun at her, however couldn't bring himself to pull the trigger and allowed her to go free. This would be the final time she saw him, as he would perish on his own in the factory that night after setting it ablaze.
Tony came to blows with cafe owner Roy Cropper in 2008 when Tony illegally gassed bats on a warehouse site in which he planned to develop luxury apartments, and although Tony tried to "make up" by donating to a bat trust, he was temporarily barred from the cafe.
Tony and Roy's lives crossed over a year-and-a-half later when Roy discovered Tony after he had suffered a heart attack outside the Underworld factory. Roy got Tony help and stood by him at the hospital. An irritated Tony took to petty jibes at Roy, especially over his wife Hayley previously being a man, however Tony apologised after he calmed down. When Tony appeared to be on his death bed, he confessed to Roy about him having Liam Connor killed.
After Tony was released from hospital, he found himself being followed by Roy, who tried to persuade him to do the right thing and go to the police. After putting up with Roy for weeks which resulted in Maria being suspicious that Tony was indeed responsible, a broken Tony plotted to murder Roy by the canal when he was bat watching. When Roy believed that Tony murdered Hayley, the pair got into a fight which resulted in Tony pushing Roy into the canal. Although he contemplated allowing him to drown, Tony instead dragged Roy from the freezing waters and saved his life. That night Tony handed himself into the police, realising the game was finally up.
Despite his rescue of Roy, Tony's time behind bars caused him to began blaming him for being part of his downfall and preventing him having a happy life. When Tony planned to kill himself along with his ex-wife Carla, he chose not to murder Roy in the siege but rather Hayley, as he felt it would be far more better that Roy would have to live in pain without her. During Tony's siege at the Underworld factory in which Carla and Hayley were his captives, Roy attempted to plea to Tony's better nature through the locked door and even offered to trade himself in place of her, however Tony refused. Despite his however, Tony had second thoughts and after some persuasion from Carla, released Hayley.
Tony came to blows with garage owner Kevin Webster in mid-2008, especially when Tony had ambitions to expand the Underworld factory and wanted to buy the garage to make it happen; however Kevin refused to sell to Tony and could see through his charms. Tony tried to use his henchman Jimmy (a crooked garage owner) to steal Kevin's customers and also arranged for his pick up truck to be stolen, however Kevin still refused to budge, resulting in Tony's plans to fall through and forcing him to back down.
As Kevin's wife Sally worked at the factory, Kevin ended up being a guest at Tony and Carla's wedding, in which Kevin took advantage of the free bar and after getting drunk accidentally spilled a drink on Carla. Although Tony was furious with Kevin's actions, Carla managed to get him to drop the matter.
Kevin would continue to have a deep dislike for Tony, however the pair of them never came to any serious blows during Tony's remaining time on the street.
Jimmy was Tony's loyal henchman and who he hired to do the dirty work and to scare anyone who stood their ground with Tony. Jimmy was originally enlisted to steal Kevin Webster's customers at the garage, and later to scare pensioner Jed Stone, although the pair of them were more defiant that Tony hoped.
Tony hired Jimmy for a more deadlier task which involved running over his love rival Liam Connor and making it look like a hit and run, which Jimmy did, mostly out of need for quick cash due to the recession. However the hit wasn't as easy on Jimmy as he couldn't stop thinking about striking Liam with the car, and planned to call it a day with Tony.
Two months following Liam's death, Tony again called upon Jimmy when Jed was becoming suspicious of their involvement in his demise. This further strained their relationship, and on Christmas Eve when Tony needed help of disposing of Jed's body (who Tony thought he had killed), Jimmy hung up the phone on him. A couple of months later after a very much alive Jed accidentally aroused Carla's suspicions of Tony's involvement in Liam's death, Jimmy agreed to put the frighteners on Jed and warn him away, but after the incident again told Tony not to call him.
Several months later Tony again called upon Jimmy, this time to get rid of Carla who risked exposing him to the police. Fed up, Jimmy briefly attacked Tony, however agreed to deal with her. During a standoff with Carla at her flat, she gained the upper hand and knocked him out, although presuming she killed him fled on Tony's order. Feeling satisfied Carla had left for good, this time Tony sent Jimmy on his way and ordered him to pack a bag and left town, making this their final arrangement.
After handing himself into the police and confessing to Liam's murder, Tony identified Jimmy as the one who carried out the hit, which led to his arrest.
Tony had his own business known as "Gordon Catalogues" a clothing company and he was contracted with Underworld, although he was more interested in Carla Connor. In 2008 after beginning a relationship with Carla, he bought Liam Connor's shares, and Carla had blackmailed Liam to do it or she would tell his wife Maria about an affair they had.
Tony was into property developing and was part of the Victoria Court apartments which where opened in August 2008. He owned properties at other locations in Weatherfield, but had problems selling them due to the recession. He began evicting residents in nearby Nightingale Terrace (but giving them money for the trouble) so he could convert the properties into flats. One of the pensioners was Jed Stone, but Jed refused to move until a stroke put him in hospital. By October that year, the development still hadn't got off the ground.
- Tony's family had a history of heart disease: Both his father and grandfather suffered fatal heart attacks, his father died aged 39 and his grandfather aged 42. Tony suffered a heart attack in 2009, however he survived unlike the rest of the men in his family.
- In March 2009, Tony and Luke Strong rescued Simon Barlow and his father Peter from inside a burning 9a Rosamund Street when a drunken Peter dropped a lit cigarette, setting fire to the carpet.
- Maria Connor's baby Liam was given the middle name Anthony, because of her close friendship with Tony.
- In January 2014 a dying Hayley Cropper thanked Carla Connor at Underworld for saving her from Tony, and mentioned she counted every year of her life ever since the Underworld Siege.
- Tony was a supporter of Celtic F.C.
Scottish born actor Gray O'Brien's casting of Tony Gordon was announced in August 2007, a month prior to the character's introduction. He was described by The Mirror's Brian Roberts as the new Coronation Street "heartthrob".
Murder of Liam Connor and other storylines
In February 2008, Liam Connor's actor Rob James-Collier took the decision to leave Coronation Street after less than two years, as he wanted to avoid being typecast. At the actor's request, he wanted to be killed off, and it was decided the character with be murdered later in the year, with the suspects being either Tony, Carla Connor, or Maria Connor.
Tony's darker side was shown in the months building up to Liam's murder, with him being involved in the gassing of bats at a warehouse which would become the Victoria Court apartments, and his harassment of pensioner Jed Stone (with Kenneth Cope reprising the role after 42 years) and Tony seemingly contemplating allowing Jed to die following the old man suffering a stroke. Jed's role was originally meant for an original character named "Mr Gamble", until casting director June West asked producers to bring Kenneth Cope back as his old character Jed from the 1960s.
It was confirmed in publicity that Tony would be the perpetrator of Liam's murder, with the plotline tying into Liam's affair with Tony's fiancée Carla Connor and Tony's plans to kill his love rival. Liam's murder storyline was to span during a week of episodes, with it taking place over the course of a day during Tony's stag. Although Liam was to be killed in a hit and run orchestrated by Tony on the night of his stag party, two alternative deaths were filmed in order to keep viewers guessing how Tony would kill Liam. The two alternatives included Tony shoving Liam from the balcony of Victoria Court, or shooting Liam dead in the woods during a paintball game.
The aftermath of Liam's murder saw Tony's attempts to keep it a secret. Cope was brought back as Jed in November 2008 (three months following his four episode appearance in August of that year) in order to be Tony's new rival, and to team up with Liam's widow Maria, who was suspicious of Tony's involvement in Liam's "accident". It was planned for Tony to commit a second murder during the Christmas period near the end of the year, in which he would have strangled Jed to death in the factory. Although Tony did strangle him, Jed survived the encounter at the request of Kenneth Cope, who wasn't happy with the idea of Jed's murder. Instead, Jed was taken out of Weatherfield by Tony and sent to Wigan to live in one of Tony's luxury flats in order to buy his silence. Cope returned for three more episodes from January to February 2009, before departing from the show for good.
Coinciding with these stories was Carla's actress Alison King taking maternity leave. A partial two-hander between the two in February 2009 saw Tony confess to his crimes after Carla became suspicious of her husband, which saw Carla flee Weatherfield and take a flight to Los Angeles, which allowed King to take a break from the show for several months.
Contract extension and exit
Originally it was intended for Tony to be written out of the show in late 2009 at the conclusion of his storyline, in which he would have been sent to prison for the murder of Liam. However the show's bosses wished for O'Brien to reprise the role at a later date as the scriptwriters had devised a new storyline for his character. After several meetings with the bosses, O'Brien's contract was extended into 2010, although they did grant him a short break so he could partake in the pantomime Aladdin at the Opera House over the Christmas period. This was reported and confirmed by a Coronation Street spokesperson in May 2009, who went onto say: "Gray had been due to leave Corrie later this year, and so had arranged the role in panto. But scriptwriters went back to Gray to ask him to extend his contract as they have come up with another exciting storyline for his character". Tony's original departure aired on 11th December 2009 in Episode 7228.
Tony's return was teased by producer Kim Crowther in February 2010, in which she described it as "dramatic". When speaking to Digital Spy on Tony's upcoming return, she went on to explain: "It'll be in the spring, around May. We'll see that while he's been locked up he's gone through quite a lot psychologically. Has he had a breakdown in the period since we last saw him? He's certainly got a plan again. He doesn't settle for things when he's not in control of them so you put Tony Gordon in a corner and he comes out with a plan." At the time, Crowther also hinted that Tony's return would tie with the other return of Maria Connor, as the character departed due to Samia Smith's maternity leave. Two months later in April, it was revealed that Tony's return would involve him escaping prison and holding Underworld hostage.
Tony's return scenes aired on 28th May 2010 in Episode 7349, over five months after his last appearance. The 1st June saw a storyline dubbed "Siege Week" being kicked off which involved Tony (along with his cellmate Robbie Sloane as portrayed by James Fleet) kidnapping Carla and Hayley. The story was intended to run each day through the week in order to celebrate Coronation Street's debut in HD and each episode would have aired at 9:00pm between the two episodes of Britain's Got Talent. However the rest of the episodes from Tuesday the 2nd June to Friday 4th June ended up being postponed to the following week due to the Cumbria shootings, which occurred on 2nd June.
At the British Soap Awards in May 2009, Gray O'Brien won an award for "Villain of the Year" for his portrayal of Tony Gordon.
First and last lines
"Carla... Pity it's not in happier times." (First line)
"Oh feisty! That's why I fell in love with you!" (Final line)
List of addresses
- Unknown Address, Scotland (1971 to unknown)
- Unknown Address (unknown to 2008)
- 4 Drapers Mill Apartments, Weatherfield Quays (2008-2009)
- 7 Coronation Street (2009)
- Highfield Prison (November 2009 to May 2010)
List of occupations
- Owner of Gordon's Catalogues
- Property developer
- Co-owner of Underworld (2008-2010)
- Co-owner of Lad Rags (2009)