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Carla Connor
Occupation Businesswoman
Born 3rd January 1975
Sibling(s) Darren
Spouse(s) Paul Connor (1999)
Tony Gordon (2008)
First appearance 1st December 2006
Duration 2006-
Played by Alison King

Carla Gordon (previously Gordon) is a villainous character, played by Alison King, she has always had a crush on brother-in-law Liam, though he is married to Maria.

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Background & Character Development

Carla's mother was a drug dealer, who sold drugs from a pram on an estate, and her brother, only known as Darren, is serving eight years in Strangeways prison for armed robbery.

Carla made her first appearance on 1st December, 2006, at a Christmas party at her husband, Paul Connor's, factory. She arrived with a bottle of champagne in each hand immediately asserting her presence amongst the factory girls. She was friendly with most of the workers but has a deep dark side.

Storylines

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Paul Connor

Carla was furious to discover that her husband had spent all the money she needed to start her children's clothing business, though to make more money she manipulated fellow factory workers Kelly Crabtree and Joanne Jackson into working weekends, early mornings and late nights in order to raise money for her business. However, Kelly and Joanne eventually refused to continue working for Carla as they became isolated from their friends, and didn't have much freedom. Polish workers Wiki Dankowska and Kasia Barowicz later began to work for Carla and Paul in February 2007.

On April 16th 2007, after an illegal night shift making clothes for Carla's business, fellow factory worker Kasia tripped and fell down the stairs of the factory, and was killed instantly. The only workers present were Carla and Wiki Dankowska. Instead of phoning for an ambulance, Carla contacted husband Paul, who came over and sent Wiki home, assuring her that matters would be taken care of. Paul then devised a plan to avoid Carla's illegal night shifts from being discovered. Paul decided to make he and Carla wait until 8 a.m., then clock Kasia in for work, so that they could say she came in early to help Paul, and then fell to her death, unaware that she was already dead.

Carla became close friends with brother-in-law, Liam's girlfriend Leanne Battersby and the pair went into business together, they opened a restaurant, Valandro's, though Carla never worked there and was burnt down by Paul Clayton in 2008. However, their friendship was destroyed after Carla discovered that Leanne was secretly a prostitute, and guessed that her husband Paul was one of Leanne's clients. She vowed to divorce Paul, who blamed Leanne for wrecking his marriage, and he took revenge by kidnapping her in the boot of his car. However, Paul was distracted on the journey and the car was hit by a truck at a junction. Paul subsequently died in hospital although Leanne survived, and Paul's sister Michelle missed his demise. Carla then backed out of the business relationship with Leanne and told her she wouldn’t be investing in the Italian restaurant they were planning to open; Valandros. Carla subsequently inherited Paul's 60% share of Underworld, causing friction with Liam, who owned the remaining 40%.

Relationship with Tony Gordon

Carla got over Paul's death very quickly and barely spoke of him. This threw her and Liam together, but she soon met Tony Gordon and they started dating in September 2007. This move by Carla made Liam think about how he truly felt about her. During an argument, Liam and Carla kissed. Although she denied having feelings for him and he was dating and engaged to Maria Sutherland, they were both left confused. Liam didn't tell Maria and Carla didn't tell Tony. Carla tried to stop Liam from marrying Maria the night before their wedding and on the day, she also kissed Liam in an attempt to steal him from her. It did not work, leaving Carla devastated. Maria did find out about he kissing him on the cheek, persuading Maria to be neglectful on marrying Liam, but she soon came over and went on with the marriage, Carla actually turned up at the wedding, upsetting Maria, and Carla cried as they married. Maria finally stood up to her and slapped her in the toilets of the church. A forelorn Carla then left the reception in the back of a cab.

Carla and Tony broke up briefly as Carla believed herself to be in love with Liam, however on 17th March 2008, Tony proposed to Carla, and she accepted, in front of Maria, Liam, Michelle and her boyfriend Steve McDonald at a dinner party, Carla was shaken on the moment but soon agreed and became engaged to Tony, despite her feelings for Liam. Steve, Tony and Liam all got drunk and after Steve, Michelle and Maria had returned home, Tony booked Lloyd Mullaney to drive Liam home, though when Tony went out, Carla cancelled Liam's taxi and he spent the night on the sofa, though nothing happened between he and Carla. In May that year, Carla supported Liam through the stillbirth of his and Maria's son, whom they named Paul Connor Jr., after his brother Paul, the two finally slept together, after an argument but they soon softened up to each other. Rosie Webster, assistant and fellow worker to Carla, saw Liam and Carla kissing outside Carla's flat and filmed it on her mobile phone, Carla was initially unaware of her seeing them kissing but knew that Rosie had seen them together, and subsequently bought Rosie a handbag in an attept bribe her. However, on 16th June 2008, Carla wanted Liam out of her life altogether, and suggested he sell his 40% share of Underworld to Tony, after Liam had refused, Carla began to blackmail Liam into selling his share of the factory by threatening to tell Maria and Tony of her and Liam's one-night stand.

Liam's death

In September that year, Carla and Liam went back into business, after Liam's cousin Tom Kerrigan made Carla own 25% part of their new business, Liam disapproved to this after past experiences, Liam and Carla both agreed not to tell their partners.

Carla fled Weatherfield in February 2009 after husband Tony confessed he had Liam murdered. Tony later found out Carla had filed for a divorce.

Return

Carla returned to the street on the 19th October 2009. She told Tony he went to far when proposing to Maria and wanting to adopt her baby Liam. They met at the gravestone of Liam. She told him to sell his shares of the factory to her, and leave Weatherfield forever. She told him to meet at the factory after the girls leave to sign over the shares and also that he should start packing. However, Tony hired his friend Jimmy to finish her off at the factory, but when he arrived there, she changed her mind and headed to Tony's flat, wanting to meet her there. Tony then told Jimmy to finish her off there instead. Later on in the night, Carla went to bed and Jimmy decided to kill her. He pressed the buzzer and Carla let him in, believing he was Tony. Tony changed his mind and drove over to the flat to stop Jimmy. Jimmy hit Carla and attempted to kill her, but when Tony stepped in, Jimmy got distracted which let Carla hit him with a candlestick. Tony felt for a pulse, and told Carla that she had killed Jimmy, and that they are now equel, and she should leave. Carla left and said one day she will make Tony pay for what he has done and got a taxi back to the airport. She hadn't actually killed Jimmy. Tony only led her on.

When Tony was arrested for trying to kill Roy Cropper, Carla was called back to Weatherfield. She had acted shocked and managed to fool people in believing that she had nothing to do with Tony's crime. But the police questioned her when they had arrested Jimmy who "had a lot to say about her". Carla confessed that Tony said he killed Liam, but she didn't believe him and left Weatherfield. The police let her go and Carla took control of the factory again. But everyone was shocked, especially Michelle Connor when Carla was discovered to be aware of Tony killing Liam. But the factory girls forgave her and so did Hayley, when her and Roy found out Tony attempted to kill Carla.

Behind the scenes

Carla exited the soap in February 2009 due to Alison King being pregnant. She had given birth to a baby girl. She returned to filming in September 2009, and the character arrived back on-screen.

Actress Alison King had given up smoking when she discovered she was pregnant, but the Liam's death storyline involved her smoking, cos had to pretend to smoke a (herbal) cigarette (she's never seen actually smoking, just holding it), as it involved her smoking with Deirdre when she discovers Maria's pregnant, and she said she hadn't smoked in 13 years, and the last one she had was shared, cut scene to Liam having a cigarette while drunk on his stag night and remarking to Ryan not to tell Maria or Michelle, then saying to Lloyd he hasn't smoked for 13 years, and even that was half.

See also

Current characters
Ken Barlow | Emily Bishop | Rita Sullivan | Peter Barlow | Betty Williams | Deirdre Barlow | Gail McIntyre | Audrey Roberts | Jack Duckworth | Nick Tilsley | Kevin Webster | Bill Webster | Sally Webster | Liz McDonald | Steve McDonald | Rosie Webster | David Platt | Norris Cole | Sophie Webster | Roy Cropper | Ashley Peacock | Janice Battersby | Leanne Battersby | Hayley Cropper | Tyrone Dobbs | Dev Alahan | Eileen Grimshaw | Kirk Sutherland | Jason Grimshaw | Sunita Alahan | Fiz Stape | Joshua Peacock | Simon Barlow | Sean Tully | Chesney Battersby-Brown | Claire Peacock | Amy Barlow | Kelly Crabtree | Lloyd Mullaney | Molly Dobbs | Amber Kalirai | Aadi Alahan | Asha Alahan | Becky McDonald | Michelle Connor | Freddie Peacock | Ryan Connor | Carla Connor | Teresa Bryant | Tony Gordon | Tina McIntyre | Graeme Proctor | Julie Carp | Ted Page | Natasha Blakeman | Joe McIntyre | Pam Hobsworth | Eddie Windass | Anna Windass | Gary Windass | Minnie Chandra | Jesse Chadwick | Sian Powers | Connie Rathbone

This article uses material from the "Carla Connor" article on the Coronation Street wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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