Susan Barlow

Susan Barlow

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Susan Ida Barlow (previously Baldwin), is a fictional character in the British soap opera Coronation Street. She has been portrayed by four actresses. Wendy Jane Walker played her from 1970 to 1971 and Suzy Patterson from 1979 to 1981. Walker returned in 1985 until 1987 and then Joanna Foster played the character in 2001.



Susan was the daughter of Ken and Valerie Barlow and twin sister of Peter Barlow. She was born on April 15, 1965 after Len Fairclough drove Val to the hospital in the back of his van. Most of Susan's early storylines were alongside her twin brother Peter.

Valerie's life changed completely as all her time went towards looking after the twins. She still had to pander to Ken's ego - he didn't have to change his lifestyle after becoming a father. The Barlows had many friends in the Street, and could easily find babysitters, allowing Valerie to attend evening classes in Sociology. In November 1965, while Val was at a class, Ken was looking after the twins, but when he stepped out to the Rovers Return for a few minutes, a piece of coal fell from the fire, filling the house with smoke. Val returned home before Ken had put the fire out, but was outraged that he had left the babies alone while he went out to buy cigarettes. Val told Ken she would leave him if he ever smoked again.

In 1966, Ken had a fling with reporter Jackie Marsh. Val briefly left him and returned to Glasgow with the twins, but returned when he phoned her and convinced her...
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