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Ivy Brennan
Occupation Factory worker
Born 8th April 1936
Died 23rd August 1995
Father Jim Nelson
Mother Alice Nelson
Sibling(s) Sheila Nelson
Spouse(s) Bert Tilsley (1956)
Don Brennan (1988)
Children Brian Tilsley (1958)
First appearance 14th June 1971
Last appearance 28th March 1994
Duration 1971-1994
Played by Lynne Perrie

Ivy Joan Brennan (née Nelson; previously Tilsley) was played by Lynne Perrie.

Ivy was the mother of Brian Tilsley and grandmother to Nick Tilsley and Sarah-Louise Platt (Tilsley) and would have been great-grandmother to Bethany and Billy Platt. Ivy spent most of her years on the Street working as a machinist at Mike Baldwin's factory, and was elevated to supervisor. Her best friend was the mouthy Vera Duckworth.


Character Biography


Early years

Ivy initially worked at the Mark Brittain warehouse. She and fellow worker Edna Gee spread rumours that new supervisor Elsie Tanner was having an affair with personnel manager Dennis Maxwell. In spite of this incident, Elsie and husband Alan Howard allowed Ivy to stay in their home in 1972, when Ivy's husband cheated on her. Ivy began a relationship with storeman George Harrop, and was the subject of her own set of rumours when Edna told people that Ivy was infatuated with Alan. The Howards were relieved when Ivy returned home.

In 1975, the warehouse burned to the ground, costing Edna Gee her life, and Ivy her job. Ivy soon began working for Mike Baldwin at Underworld.

Ivy's Family Troubles

In 1979, Ivy began to focus more on the love life of her son, Brian, who soon married Gail Platt.

There was always tension between Ivy, a devout Roman Catholic, and her daughter-in-law Gail, as Gail initially did not want to convert to the Tilsley family religion, and Ivy felt Gail did not respect the close relationship between mother and son. Matters were made worse when Ivy's husband Bert, who was a calming influence, was institutionalized and died. She did not approve of Gail returning to work and placing her children with a child-minder.

Ivy tried to accept Gail, and even supported Gail during her separation from Brian, but when Gail had an affair with Brennan cousin Ian Latimer and fell pregnant, Ivy never forgave her. Even when the baby was proven to be Brian's, Ivy still harboured some doubts as to the child's paternity. Due to this doubt (in spite of a DNA test), most of Ivy's affections went to Brian.

Relationship with George Wardle

In 1985, Ivy began dating George Wardle, the new van driver at Baldwin's. They both went to the same church, where George coached a junior league rugby team. Ivy used her master key to drive the work van to the match, which ended in violence, with graffiti on the van and a black eye on Ivy. Mike took the repair costs out of their pay packets. After a trip to the Isle of Man, George proposed to Ivy, but she eventually turned him down when he said as a divorcee, he could not marry in the church. A month later, she changed her mind, and begged him to take her back. This caused her son Brian to label her a "slut." In spite of her pleas, George began dating another woman. Ivy's pain nearly caused her to leave the church.

Marriage to Don Brennan

In 1987, Ivy met Don Brennan one night when he drove her home in his taxi. Don was a widower, and the couple settled into a marriage of friendship, if not passion. They had a double wedding with Brian and Gail.

Brian's Murder

In 1989, Ivy's life changed forever when her son Brian was murdered. Ivy turned more and more to religion, and spent more time interfering in Nicky's life, thus causing tension with Gail as well as Don.

Further upheaval occurred when Mike Baldwin's factory was demolished. Ivy began working at the Bettabuys grocery chain.

Ivy was scandalised when Gail married Martin Platt, who was many years her junior. She was also bitter that Gail changed Nick and Sarah-Louise's surname from Tilsley to Platt. In her attempt to stop this, Ivy first changed her will to say Nicky would get her house if he kept the name Tilsley. Finally, after a confrontation with Martin at the football pitch (where Ivy had gotten Nicky a position on the team in exchange for Nicky becoming an alter boy at her church), Ivy reported Martin and Gail to Social Services. Don forced Ivy to apologize.

Marital collapse

In 1992, Don began an affair with a barmaid, Julie Dewhurst. When Julie broke up with him, Don crashed his car in a suicide bid and had to have his lower left leg amputated. Ivy was devastated by his adultery and began drinking heavily, losing her job at Bettabuy's. Don reconciled with her, but insisted he stay in a separate bedroom. Eventually, Don could take no more of Ivy and left her.

Exit and Death

In early 1994, after the final collapse of her marriage, Ivy went on a long-term retreat in a convent, where she had a stroke and died. Her grandson Nick blamed Don, as Don had gone to ask her for a divorce three weeks before her death. In order to inherit under the terms of her will, Nick had to change his surname back from Platt to Tilsley.


A few years after Ivy's passing, Vera was sure she saw Ivy's ghost on the landing as she was in No. 5 and had gone upstairs to use the toilet. Ivy's granddaughter Sarah Louise then became convinced she'd also seen Ivy. Don solved the matter by hiring a fake exorcist to drive away Ivy's spirit.

Ivy's Diary

In December 2006, Ivy's old diary was discovered in the loft of Number 5 by Sophie Webster, who visited her friend Chesney Battersby-Brown. Sophie used the diary to fool several residents into thinking she was psychic by referencing past events written in the diary. David Platt, demanded the diary back and read it much to his amusement along with Maria Sutherland until Maria read a particular passage, containing information about Ivy's bitterness toward Gail and David's father, Martin, and the fact that Gail had intended to have an abortion. David then wrapped the diary as a Christmas present, addressed to Gail. David subsequently read to his whole family and their dinner guests, the Websters.

Background information

  • For most of Ivy's first decade on the Street, her backstory was not set in stone. First credited as Ivy Tyldesley, she was married to a man named Wilf. By 1975, her surname had changed to Tilsley, and she talked about her heartbreak as she and her husband Jack had been unable to conceive a child. By 1979, Ivy's husband was named Bert and they had a strapping young son named Brian. Actress Lynne Perrie joked that she was the most promiscuous woman on the Street.
  • Lynne Perrie was fired in 1994 after having cosmetic surgery on her lips without consulting producers.

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


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