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Corrie hunks past and present as actress calls for more eye candy

Over the last 60 years that Coronation Street has been on our screens, characters have been and gone, and some have captured the hearts of fans.

And, some of those captivating characters have raised the heat in our living rooms, The Mirror reports.

The soap has welcomed lots of eye candy to the set over the years, but one actress has called out the show saying there is not enough heat on set.

Corrie star Rachel Leskovac said that the soap has not got enough hot male totty for her character Natasha to find a new love interest.

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Could she be right? Is Corrie a fit-free zone?

We look back on the catches of the cobbles over the years – for looks, personality, humour and bad boy mystique…

Aiden Connor (Shayne Ward)

Former X Factor star Shayne played Aiden

His good looks and soulful singing won him The X-Factor in 2005, so when Shayne joined the cobbles as heart-throb Aidan, his popstar looks and designer stubble could have got him his pick of Underworld’s machinists. Instead he ended up with vixen Eva Price and gorgeous Aidan ended up taking his own life.

Brian Tilsley (Christopher Quinten)

Brain Tilsley wowed the audience with his handsome looks

Mechanic Brian’s grubby overalls got mums all hot under their bonnets.

The mullet-haired pin-up wed Gail and fathered Nick and Sarah Louise, but was stabbed to death at a nightclub. Coincidentally, actor Quentin’s career also came to an end when he got a job at Stringfellows.

Callum Logan – Sean Ward

Hottie hardman Callum was a violent, criminal drug dealer who caused chaos on the cobbles. The evil, blackmailing ex-lag, played by Sean Ward, tried to take his biological son Max from his mum Kylie and extort money from the Platts.

Clearly all he needed was the love of a good woman – instead he got a wrench in his head and buried under the extension.

Chris Collins – Matthew Marsden

Originally the buff bod in the Body Impulse Spray adverts, model actor Matthew became the cobbles eye candy as car mechanic Chris before he left for a Hollywood career in movies such as Black Hawk Down.

Singer Madonna was rumoured to have asked him for a date, but he turned her down saying he spent enough time with old bangers.

Ciaran McCarthy – Keith Duffy

Boyzone’s Ciaran became a barman at The Rovers

A member of the 90s boy band Boyzone, Irish charmer Ciaran pulled pints – and ladies – as bar man in the Rovers. He even got himself arrested to avoid marrying Sunita, which would have been an even longer sentence.

Hero Ciaran also tried to help abused Shelley, but was sacked for his troubles.

Danny Baldwin – Bradley Walsh

Sexy older man Danny turned out to be Mike Baldwin’s secret son. No stranger to the marital bed – other people’s that is – Danny left his first wife for the babysitter, then ran off with his son’s girlfriend.

When his son then had an affair with his second wife, viewers wondered if Weatherfield had moved to Alabama.

Dev Alahan – Jimmi Harkishin

Devilishly handsome and owner of a kebab shop, Dev is a cobbles catch. His wife Sunita divorced him when she found out he’d been giving his employees a little something extra in their pay-packets – like a baby.

The sexy shopkeeper also had a knee trembler with Deirdre, who looked demure, but had more fresh man meat on the soap than one of Betty’s hotpots.

Jason Grimshaw – Ryan Thomas

Ryan Thomas went on to win Big Brother and had a baby with TOWIE star Lucy Mecklenburgh

Hunky Jason joined the cobbles and proceeded to work his way through the young women.

The buff builder got into a love triangle with Sarah Platt and barmaid Violet, then left the show to pursue other roles.

Lewis Archer – Nigel Havers

Suave, sophisticated gentleman escort Lewis stole Audrey’s heart – as well as the bookies money. Over the years the charmer kept turning up like a bad penny, duping people out of cash including Gail, but thankfully he died before Audrey could be stupid enough to fall for his lies yet again.

Nathan Harding – Ray Fearon

Nathan Harding was played by Roy Fearon

Luckily for us ladies, car mechanic Nathan’s hobby was stripping down to his boxers for a few rounds in the ring.

The punchy star was played by velvet-voiced Shakespearean stage actor Roy Fearon, which means he was used to unbelievable storylines including not noticing his own surname had been changed.

Steve McDonald (Simon Gregson)

Street Cars supremo Steve started on the show as one of Jim and Liz’s fresh-faced twin boys.

He became one half of the Posh and Becks of the cobbles and twice wed Karen McDonald until Tracey Barlow got her claws into him.

But having now been married seven times to five different women, unsurprisingly Steve is getting a bit frayed around the edges.

Terry Duckworth (Nigel Pivaro)

Hard to believe that this portly, middle-aged soap baddie was a Jack the Lad in his heyday but for some he was irresistible.

Vera and Jack’s ex-lag son Terry has climbed the greasy pole and fallen down to earth with a bang more times than a lap dancer in his skanky Se7enth Hea7en club.

Curly Watts (Kevin Kennedy)

Mums loved Curly and his little boy looks, while girls thought he was a wet fish with a floppy fringe.

But the unlucky-in-love Bettabuy manager had the last laugh when he pulled barmaid Raquel and became the patron saint of punching above your weight.

Adam Barlow (Sam Robertson)

Hunk of the cobbles, Adam Barlow

The youngest of the Barlow Boys – and arguably the best-looking – Ken’s grandson Adam (and Mike Baldwin’s son) has also spent an inordinate amount of time in Canada, where I like to think there’s a parallel Corrie.

Like his old dad, Adam has spent too much time in ladies underwear, but he’s wed Sarah Platt and retrained as a solicitor.

Billy Mayhew (Daniel Brocklebank)

A hot priest with a murderous past, Billy (Daniel Brocklebank) became Sean Tully’s lover when he met him in a nightclub, but left him for bad boy Todd Grimshaw.

Although it’s not clear which part of this good-looking vicar’s violent, drug-taking past makes him the ideal moral guardian for young Summer.

Charlie Stubbs (Bill Ward)

We all hated evil, womanising bully Charlie for controlling and manipulating the nation’s sweetheart and Rovers landlady Shelley.

But the good-looking monster met his match in Tracy Barlow when she tried to kill him with a lap dance, and when that didn’t work, clocked him over the head with a statue.

Imran Habeeb (Charlie De Melo)

Coronation Street star Charlie de Melo

The other half of Adam’s Barlow Legal Services, or Barely Legal Services as it should be known, suave solicitor Imran is seeking justice for the Underworld roof collapsing and killing his sister Rana.

As if that wasn’t enough bad luck, sharply-turned out Imran, played by former EastEnders actor Charlie, has been bedding the other Battersby sort, Toyah.

Joe Carter (Johnathon Wrather)

Handsome jailbird Joe had the perfect qualifications – two years for fraud – to run the undies factory.

The bad boy scam artist and Karen McDonald become the Bonnie and Clyde of the Underworld and set up a dummy company to steal cash – but the real dummy was Mike for trusting him in the first place.

Kevin Webster (Michael Le Vell)

Grease monkey Kev’s mullet and ‘tache made him a gay icon in the 80s.

The now-silver fox, single dad wed Sally twice but lost two partners in transport mishaps – one under a lorry and the other in a tram crash. One is a misfortune – two looks like car-lessness!

Peter Barlow (Chris Gasgoyne)

Tall, dark and handsome, it’s hard to believe Peter is Ken Barlow’s son. Mainly because he was played by six different actors before actor Chris arrived on the cobbles.

Now waiting on an organ donation, some would say hard-drinking Peter is heartless, but it’s actually a new liver he needs.

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Gummy Bears and Candy Bars Are Casualties of the Pandemic

With great change comes great experimentation, and that’s what some of the country’s gum and candy makers have been doing since the pandemic began.

For one, they’ve recognized that impulse buys are changing. For years, they’ve known that the traditional front-of-store setup is under threat, both from online shopping and self-checkout lines. And it’s not that people skipped snacking during the pandemic—far from it. Cookies and ice cream, which can be consumed in front of a TV screen or during a family game night, are doing just fine. Both Mars Wrigley and Hershey noted a jump in bulk gum purchases among people playing video games. Fruit-flavored and bubblegum also did OK last year. Perhaps, Nolen ventures, it’s because parents used the stuff to keep Zoom-addled kids awake in online classes, what he calls “mouth entertainment.”

Snack manufacturers have also turned to digital- and ad-based tricks to encourage impulse buys. Food brands have upped their digital advertising during the pandemic and are now running ads on grocers’ websites, as well as delivery services like Instacart.

Manufacturers and retailers are using data collected on shoppers’ past purchase and dietary preferences to offer up complementary products, like marshmallows and chocolate bars to accompany graham crackers. S’mores anyone? Some have paid for promotions that, for example, tell shoppers they’re just a few dollars away from free delivery—would they like to add a bag of chips or a pack of gum?

“It becomes really important to make sure that we remind people about those products as they navigate their shopping experience, both online and in the store,” says Shaf Lalani, the vice president of strategic demand leadership at Mars Wrigley, which churns out gum and mint brands like Orbit, Extra, Altoids, Lifesavers, and Hubba Bubba. In February, the company announced an experiment with a ShopRite in Monroe, New York: It loosed a robot named Smiley on the grocery store, which sang, danced, and offered people M&M’s, Skittles, and packs of Extra gum as they shopped. The goal: Make every moment in a grocery store an “impulse buy” moment.

Hershey is experimenting with an Add a Hershey’s button at the end of the ordering experience. It’s also working with other manufacturers, to, for example, find easy and frictionless ways to add a quick snack to curbside deliveries. The company’s data shows that, even if customers order their groceries for curbside pickup, 50 percent will actually go into the store anyway, and 70 percent of those people will grab at least one unplanned item.

There is one event that promises to trap plenty of Americans in grocery stores and pharmacies, and give them plenty of time to consider a candy bar: the vaccine rollout. Those being vaccinated against Covid-19 are generally asked to stick around for 10 to 15 minutes, to make sure they don’t have an adverse reaction. To the makers of impulse-buy products, that’s time and friction—”built-in dwell time for them to walk around the store and buy an impulse item,” says Nolen. Who wouldn’t want to celebrate their personal end to the pandemic with a pack of mints or Twizzlers? And here’s the best part: Most people have to do it twice.


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Author: Aarian Marshall
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