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Vicky McDonald
Occupation Wine bar proprietor
Born 8th January 1977
Residence Brighton
Father Tim Arden
Mother Sandra Arden
Spouse(s) Steve McDonald (1995)
First appearance 5th January 1990
Last appearance 30th December 1998
Duration 1990-1996, 1998, 1999
Played by Helen Warburton
Chloe Newsome

Victoria Frances McDonald (née Arden) was played by Helen Warburton upon first appearing in 1990 and then by Chloe Newsome from 19th July 1991 until 30th December 1998


Vicky arrived in Coronation Street when her parents Tim and Sandra Arden died in a car crash. Her grandfather Alec Gilroy and his wife Bet became her legal guardians.

Vicky went to a private boarding school and owned a horse called Saracen, so holidays in a back street pub were not an attractive option. However, when she met Steve McDonald, it was some compensation. Alec desperately tried to separate the couple, but failed. She resisted his sexual advances for a short time until finally she lost her virginity to Steve. This was unimportant to him, and he two-timed Vicky with nurse Alison Rathbone. They then both dumped him.

After Alec left Bet to go and work in Southampton, Vicky continued to return to the Rovers and treated Bet as her grandmother. On reaching her 18th birthday, Vicky inherited £240,000 that had been left by her parents. To Bet's distress, Vicky immediately abandoned her studies and decided the money would be better than her schooling.

She visited Alec for a while to explain her decision to him. When she returned she was keen to confide in old flame Steve McDonald, but he was seeing hairdresser Fiona Middleton, and Vicky was left out in the cold. She found a way back into his life when she invested £1,500 into his T-shirt company. However, she lost her money when an order for Costello's nightclub fell through when the club went bust without paying the bill.

Instead of putting her off, this inspired her to enroll on a business studies course at the local technical college and she became Steve's business partner, insisting that she had control of the finances - which annoyed Fiona. She was even more annoyed when Vicky flew to Dublin with Steve for a 'business' weekend. Fiona dumped him, leaving the way clear for Vicky to walk into his arms. She seduced him easily, and she announced their engagement at Steve's 21st birthday party - shocking everybody and incensing Bet. Alec returned for a spell to convince Vicky to end the relationship but it was to no avail. Alec even offered Steve £5,000 not to marry Vicky.

Eventually, the pair went to St Lucia to get married - Bet gave her blessing as she knew that Vicky was happy. After their marriage, Vicky and Steve had a long honeymoon holidaying in the Caribbean and the United States. When they returned they turned their attention to the business, which needed another injection of capital - again provided by Vicky's inheritance.

Their relationship was failing as Steve was dwindling Vicky's money away and the final straw came when Steve was arrested on Christmas Day for buying stolen whisky. He was guilty but had encouraged Vicky to bribe Malcolm Fox for £5,000. Steve had bought the whisky from Malcolm and the bribe was for him to say that Steve didn't know that the whisky was stolen.

Steve was freed and the pair had presumed that they were safe. However, the police discovered the bribery when Malcom Fox's wife confessed. Vicky and Steve were arrested and the trial began. Steve maintained that the bribe was Vicky's idea. Vicky said that Steve had convinced her to do it. Subsequently, Steve was sentenced to 2 years in prison and Vicky was given a 1 year suspended sentence. She decided to get on with her life without Steve and enrolled herself in a hotel management course in an exclusive college in Switzerland. She left in June 1996, and soon afterwards served Steve divorce papers in prison.

Vicky came back to the Street at Christmas time 1998 with a bang. She accidently hit Steve McDonald's car as she parked her car outside the Rovers while visiting her grandad, Alec Gilroy. Vicky had blossomed into a lovely young woman, a far cry from the spoilt, impressionable teen that came to the Rovers many years before. She had just bought a wine bar in Brighton, and had come back asking advice from her grandad. Alec was having problems with the Duckworths and was getting very despondant with the Rovers. Vicky persuaded him to go into partnership with her, and with Alec selling the Rovers to Natalie Barnes, they both left Coronation Street together with hopes of a great future.


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


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