Peter Francis Barlow
is a fictional character
in the UK television ITV soap opera Coronation Street
. The character first appeared onscreen during the episode aired on 15 April 1965. Currently portrayed by Chris Gascoyne
, who has portrayed the character in episodes since 2000, the character has been previously portrayed by six different actors.
Peter is the son of Ken
) and Valerie Barlow
) and father of Simon
(Alex Bain). He is the current owner of Barlow's Bookies on Rosamund Street and husband of Leanne Battersby
). Peter is born in 1965. He and his twin sister Susan
are raised by Ken and Val until Val's death in 1971. In 1980, Peter joins the Royal Navy
and serves with them until 2000. He marries Jessica Midgeley in 1990 but they separate and later divorce in 2000 after she is unfaithful. After being discharged from the Navy, Peter returns to his native Weatherfield and begins to build a life there, buying the Bookies in Rosamund Street and getting engaged to Shelley Unwin
). While still with Shelley, Peter becomes involved with Lucy Richards
) and marries her after finding out she was pregnant with his baby, but he still married an oblivious Shelley and lived a double life until his wives found out. Lucy move to Australia with Peter's son Simon, and with his life in ruins, Peter moves to Portsmouth.
Peter returns to Weatherfield in 2008 when Lucy dies and leaves Peter all... Read More