Annie Walker

Fictional character in the British soap opera Coronation Street

Annie Walker (also Beaumont) is a fictional character from the British ITV soap opera Coronation Street, played by Doris Speed from the series' first episode in 1960 until Speed retired from the role 23 years and 1,724 episodes later in 1983. Speed appeared as a guest of honour at the 30th birthday celebration of Coronation Street in 1990 which was hosted by Cilla Black.

Annie Walker
Coronation Street character
Portrayed byDoris Speed
First appearanceEpisode 1
9 December 1960
Last appearanceEpisode 2351
12 October 1983
Created byTony Warren
Introduced byStuart Latham
Book appearancesCoronation Street: The Complete Saga
Coronation Street: The War Years
ClassificationFormer; regular
OccupationPub landlady
Mayoress of Weatherfield
Chairman of the L.V.C.

The character of Annie has been noted as "snobbish"[1] and "snooty"[2] due to her condescending attitude and delusions of grandeur. Despite this, Annie proved to be one of the show's most popular characters and Speed received more fan mail than any other cast member at the time. For her service, Speed was later declared a "national treasure" by the media and received an MBE in 1977.[2]


  1. Fiddy, Dick. "Coronation Street - The 1960s". BFI. Retrieved 12 November 2010.
  2. 2.0 2.1 McMahon, Kate (24 May 2010). "BBC to mark 50 years of ITV's Coronation Street with 90 minute drama". Mirror Online. Archived from the original on 17 November 2010. Retrieved 12 November 2010.