19. KAREN MCDONALD (162 VOTES)
Played by: Suranne Jones
2012 character poll position (women): Not included
Introduced as a friend of Linda Sykes’ and who was taken on as a machinist at Underworld. Popular with men, she soon had flings with Vikram Desai and Peter Barlow.
By 2001 she was in a relationship with Steve McDonald. Janice Battersby made a bet that Karen wouldn’t get engaged. Karen persuaded Steve to propose in the Rovers and they married – much to the surprise of both of them!
In 2003 Karen fell for the charms of Joe Carter and agreed to steal the factory from Mike Baldwin with Joe. Karen realised that Joe was just using her and temporarily left Weatherfield. Steve tracked her down and the McDonalds reconciled.
In 2004 Karen decided that she wanted a lavish wedding and so called a divorce so that she could re-marry Steve in a church rather than a register office. But the wedding was spoilt somewhat by Tracy Barlow’s revelation that Steve was the father of her daughter Amy. After some persuasion from Steve, Karen eventually remarried him.
Karen’s wrath for both Tracy and Amy escalated so much that it led to the breakdown of her marriage. She left the cobbles on Christmas Day 2004. Steve received his divorce papers on Valentine’s Day 2005.
Were you a fan of Karen? Should she pay Steve a visit?
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