|Born||6th May 1942|
|Died||21st February 1977|
|Spouse(s)||Ken Barlow (1973)|
|First appearance||16th June 1969|
|Last appearance||21st February 1977|
|Played by||Judith Barker|
Janet Louise Barlow (née Reid) was played by actress Judith Barker from her debut in 1969 until she was killed off in 1977.
Janet worked as the Town Clerk in Weatherfield. Always portrayed as an upwardly mobile home-wrecker, she first came into the picture as a love interest for Len Fairclough, but she finished their relationship. In 1971, she set her sights on Alan Howard, but his wife, Elsie, saw Janet for what she was and confronted her in the Corner Shop, telling her exactly what she thought of her; Elsie however, made her realise that Janet was a bleeding heart, who just wanted to be loved.
While separated, Janet and Ken did not divorce; they did however, date other people. Ken met Janet's new partner, a taxi driver, and the three of them got on very well. However, he too was to tire of Janet's forthright behaviour and he left her. In February 1977, Janet came to Ken's house and begged for him to take her back. He refused, but allowed her to stay the night in their bed - Ken slept on the sofa. Rejected by the one person she thought would never forsake her, a distraught Janet took an overdose of sleeping pills. Ken discovered her dead in bed the following morning, and the situation was complicated when Ken was initially suspected by the police of murdering her in order to avoid a divorce. Ken had lost his mother, father, brother, nephew, his first wife, and now he had lost another.