Wendy Papadopoulos, who was previously known as Wendy Crozier, returned to Coronation Street in tonight’s episode (Friday, June 17).
Wendy has a past on the cobbles, but who is she and what is her past with Ken Barlow?
Who is Wendy Papadopoulos in Coronation Street? When did she first appear?
Wendy first appeared in Coronation Street in June 1989 and at the time went by Wendy Crozier.
At the time she worked as a Weatherfield Council secretary.
She ended up having an affair with Ken Barlow after meeting him through her position as Planning Committee secretary when Ken was the owner of the Weatherfield Recorder free sheet.
Now she is a foster carer.
What happened between Ken and Wendy?
In 1989 Wendy and Ken shared their disdain of the secrecy and corruption of the council.
Wendy began giving details of the council’s plans to the Weatherfield Recorder, giving it an edge over the Gazette.
Ken didn’t tell his wife Deirdre about the leaks, fearing she would expose Wendy, but Deirdre became suspicious.
Eventually Deirdre found out the truth about Wendy and exposed her, getting her fired.
Ken hired her to work at the Weatherfield Recorder, meanwhile things weren’t good between him and Deirdre.
When Deirdre forgot his birthday, Wendy prepared a meal for Ken and they shared a kiss.
The two then entered an affair.
However Wendy encouraged him to tell Deirdre the truth, growing tired of being his bit on the side.
Ken didn’t tell Deirdre, and Ken and Wendy ended up spending Christmas Eve together.
Eventually Deirdre did find out, but Ken was unable to choose between the two women.
However Deirdre was fed up and threw Ken out and he moved in with Wendy.
But Wendy and Ken’s relationship didn’t last too long.
After Ken sunk into a depression, he realised he should never of left his wife and walked out on Wendy.
When did Wendy Crozier change her name to Papadopoulos?
Off-screen Wendy went on to marry a man named Christos Papadopoulos in 1991 and they moved to Norfolk.
But after 15 years together, Christos died of lung cancer and Wendy moved back to Manchester.
Ken and Wendy reunited
In 2012 Ken stood for Chair of Governors at Bessie Street school and was reunited with Wendy, who was also a governor at the school.
Ken didn’t want to work with Wendy again but after they had a talk, he kept the job.
He didn’t tell Deirdre, who had remarried seven years previously, that he was working with Wendy again, however she did eventually find out.
When Ken got drunk one night, Deirdre became suspicious that Wendy and Ken had rekindled things.
She went with Rita to visit Wendy and Ken had slept on the sofa, drunk.
But Wendy wanted Ken back and lied saying they slept together.
Ken told Wendy he never wanted to see her again and Deirdre realised Wendy was lying.
Wendy’s return to Coronation Street
Wendy returned to Corrie tonight as it was revealed she is the foster carer looking after Abi and her son Alfie in the mother and baby unit.
But will she come face to face with Ken again?
Who plays Wendy Papadopoulos?
Wendy is played by actress Roberta Kerr
What else has Roberta Kerr been in?
Coronation Street isn’t the only soap Roberta has been in.
From 1984 to 1985 she played Sally Haynes in Brookside.
In 1994 she joined the Emmerdale cast as Jan Glover for four years.
She also played Judge Barrett in Hollyoaks in 2017.
Roberta has also had roles in Doctors, Casualty, Downton Abbey and Silk.
Coronation Street usually airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8pm on ITV.
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