Anna's storylines have included: a rocky relationship to her long-term partner, Eddie Windass (Steve Huison); feuds with the Platt family, Tim Metcalfe (Joe Duttine) and Sally Webster (Sally Dynevor); her wayward son Gary's (Mikey North) decision to enroll into the army; her turbulent relationship with Owen Armstrong (Ian Puleston-Davies); adopting Faye Butler (Ellie Leach), who later alleges that Anna is abusing her; being blackmailed by Owen's client-turned-business partner Pat Phelan (Connor McIntyre) into having sex with him; facing bankruptcy following the end of her relationship with Owen; coping with Faye's underage pregnancy; a relationship with Kevin Webster (Michael Le Vell); getting severely burnt in a car explosion unwittingly caused by Gary's old rival David Platt (Jack P. Shepherd); and being framed by Phelan for pushing his apprentice and Faye's boyfriend Seb Franklin (Harry Visinoni) off a ladder, which resulted in her wrongful five-years imprisonment off-screen . [11][12] Rush was glad that Anna's story did not end with her last departure as she felt they could not leave Anna imprisoned. Anna's encouragement for Faye to be a mother towards baby Miley (as Faye has named her, after pop star Miley Cyrus) causes to Owen thinking that Anna was acting selfish and that she was making Faye keep the baby so she can be a grandmother, but after a meeting with a social worker, when Owen confronts Anna with his suspicions, Anna breaks down over his harsh words and tells him of how she only wanted Faye to be a good mother and that she didn't want her to regret giving Miley up. Then she was thrilled that she'd done it, because she could finally sleep. Anna then tells Phelan that she won the feud, and watches as Phelan takes his last breath and dies in front of her - finally ending his reign of terror at long last. Anna initially refuses, but reluctantly complies after finding Gary having another panic attack; she meets up with Phelan at a hotel, where they proceed to have sex. When I got the part I couldn’t believe it, I was thrilled to bits. The actress liked returning for the episodes. She could not understand why Anna could not just forgive Owen because she had with all of Eddie's crimes. Phelan visits Anna again and threatens her family. 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Anna's trial soon begins and Phelan sticks to his story that Anna pushed Seb off the ladder. Seb then told Faye, who called the police. However, she heard footsteps and using a wrench, she hit Eileen unconscious by mistake, when she thought it was Phelan. Anna eventually found out and angrily ordered Faye to stay away from them, which resulted in Faye running away from her and staying with Gary and Izzy. David goes round, rips out the kitchen and sets fire to it outside the family’s house. Anna is later wrongfully sentenced to five years in prison off-screen. In April 2009, Roy Cropper (David Neilson) gives Anna a job in the café. Izzy reluctantly informs Gary about this, and he plans to confront Phelan by offering him a lift back to the house. Roy is extremely guilty that he has confided in Anna about Hayley's privacy, and orders her not to say anything to anybody about it. Anna is dismayed in 2010 when Gary decides that he wants to join the army. She was arrested and was questioned by the police, strongly insisting that Phelan is setting her up. Following her betrayal with Phelan, a regretful Anna cannot bring herself to be close or have sex with Owen - which devastates him. Rather than be mad at Faye for not telling her, Anna is determined to encourage Faye to be responsible for her daughter, even if it means her no longer being in school until she learns to take maternal responsibility of the baby. [9] Rush explained that the decision to leave was "not made lightly", but she is looking forward to pursuing other roles. Actress Debbie Rush took to social media on January 22, 2018 to bid farewell to soap fans after spending almost a decade on the show. David Platt (Jack P. Shepherd) then tries to force them to pay but after they refuse, he makes a number of threats, resulting in David, Tina McIntyre (Michelle Keegan) and Graeme Proctor (Craig Gazey) setting fire to the Windasses' kitchen. Anna and Owen are upset by Gary and Izzy's split, but are later faced with another dilemma when Owen receives letters from people who he has borrowed money from. A few days later, Anna and Owen accompany Faye to the police station and they see Grace with her mother, who clashes with Anna. Coronation Street revisits Anna Windass's jail storyline next week as concern mounts over the lack of news on her release. It’s surreal, because the cast and characters are already part of your life just from watching it. For other inquiries, Contact Us. Coronation Street just took a spectacularly grim turn when a terrible car explosion saw Anna Windass covered in flames. In July 2017 The Sun revealed how the actress was leaving Corrie. Anna's nephew, Rory visits while his parents are on holiday. Anna allows Faye to move in with Tim, making Anna break down in Owen's arms. [16] MSN branded Anna and her family as chavs and suggested they would make the perfect guests for The Jeremy Kyle Show. The Sun website is regulated by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), Our journalists strive for accuracy but on occasion we make mistakes. The following day, Phelan arrives at the café when it is closed and attacks Anna - pinning her up against the wall. But what happened to Miley, the daughter Faye gave up? Unfortunately, she is silenced and Anna is later found guilty of GBH. Izzy learns of this and Tina goes into premature labour. The next morning, Anna broke into Phelan's office to try and find evidence that Phelan is lying. During Gary's next visit, Anna was overdosed after she took medication prescribed by her doctor and she collapsed while trying to get back into her cell. Later on that night, she witnesses Kevin jumping in to save a man's life after nearly getting struck by Jamie Bowman (James Atherton) - a pornographic offender who had just robbed the Bistro and left Carla brutally unconscious. ... playing Faye Windass from 2009. But what happened? "[4] Rush said of their entrance and choice of surname for the family: "The Windasses are a very close family, who are just about on the wrong side of the law, but they mean well. Anna is dismayed when she discovers that her landlord Jerry Morton (Michael Starke) is planning to sell No. Eileen apologizes to Anna for disbelieving her, and they make amends in order to move on from Phelan. Anna and Faye escape to a car park, but was surrounded by the police, who ask her to come out of the vehicle. After killing Phelan at the climax of his siege, Anna decided to leave Weatherfield - thus concluding the character's story arc. Anna initially copes with Phelan's presence around the street, but is left furious when Phelan tells her that he will be staying in Weatherifeld after Kevin hired him to work at his garage. Grace and Faye cause havoc all over Coronation Street, but it isn't until the pair attack Simon Barlow (Alex Bain) that Anna loses her temper with Faye. Mary, another victim of Grace and Faye's, sees the video first, and shows it to Simon's carer Tina. Anna Windass had been sentenced to five years in prison on Coronation Street after she was framed by evil Pat Phelan for pushing Seb Franklin off a ladder. By the time Owen and the rest of the workmen have left the site, Gary confronts Phelan and warns him to stay away from his mother. Anna is stunned to learn that Gary has developed a crush on Tina after discovering he bought her late father's wedding ring at a pawn shop after it was stolen. Actor Mikey North attributed their success as characters to a combination of good writing and prominent plotlines received in a relatively short time period. For a while, Anna … On the day Anna had told Nicola the truth about her father, Phelan forced Andy to kill Vinny before executing Andy himself - after which he buried their corpses prior to framing Anna for Seb's ladder accident. Faye decided that Miley was better off in Canada, but when Tim confronted her of being selfish, Faye told him that she made up her mind and that Miley is with people that love her. "[5] The character was originally called Donna Windass but was changed last minute to Anna Windass[4] after a series of name changes to all the members of the family since their inception, but before appearing onscreen. Izzy and Gary are terrified that Tina will report Anna to Social Services, but she doesn't. Anna is present when a car accident on the street caused by David traps Gary and David's own daughter, Lily Platt. "[9] Additionally, a show spokesperson confirmed "plenty more drama" for the character before her departure and wished Rush "every success for the future". 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