Natasha Blakeman was a character in Coronation Street, who worked as a hairdresser at Audrey's Salon, Coronation Street and also dated Tony Gordon and Nick Tilsley and (briefly) Steve McDonald. She originally appeared on the show from Ep 6814 - 9 May 2008 to Ep 7434 - 27 Sep 2010. She returned to the series in Ep 10113 (11 Sep 2020). She was killed off in October 2021 when she was accidentally shot dead by Harvey Gaskell.
Natasha is played by Rachel Leskovac.
Natasha has two other siblings, a brother and a sister. She worked at a different salon before it burned down.
In May 2008, Natasha began to work at Audrey's Salon on Coronation Street and also covered for Maria Connor when she gave birth to a stillborn baby boy and took time off to grieve. In December that year, Natasha revealed to Audrey that her sister gave birth to a baby girl, Electra.
At the start of 2009 Natasha briefly dated Steve McDonald and they had a takeaway together, but they didn't take the relationship any further. Later in the year she began dating local villainous factory boss Tony Gordon, but grew jealous of Tony's relationship with Maria. She planned to drive a wedge between the pair by telling Maria that Tony was only interested in her because he felt bad for her, especially following the death of her husband Liam Connor. When Tony learned of what Natasha had said, he grew angry and made threats with her, before then breaking up the relationship. Natasha grew scared after catching a glimpse of Tony's darker nature and tried to warn Maria, but Maria chose to ignore her and her relationship with Tony began to blossom.
In 2010, Natasha moved onto Nick Tilsley, a businessman with family ties to the street with the Platt family. Nick broke up with Natasha, and she learned she was pregnant. Although she told Nick he wasn't interested, so she terminated the pregnancy. Afterwards, Nick wanted back with Natasha as she had changed his mind, much to her distress. She feigned being pregnant and reunited with Nick, and desperately tried to get pregnant again. She visited local GP Matt Carter for advice, but he told her it would take a few weeks to get pregnant again due to the abortion. Nick's mother Gail - who worked as a receptionist at the medical center - grew suspicious of Natasha's visits there.
Gail illegally gained access to Natasha's medical records and found out she wasn't pregnant, and chose to inform Nick. Nick broke off with Natasha and Natasha also got dismissed from Audrey's, due to Nick being her grandson. A devastated Natasha attempted to kill herself by overdosing on pills, but was found and saved. Audrey took Natasha, but she chose to leave Coronation Street. Before departing, she gave some home truths to Nick and Gail, before then reporting Gail's breach of patient confidentiality and getting her sacked from the medical center. Although satisfied with the payback, a broken hearted Natasha got into a taxi and departed Weatherfield, with Nick looking on.
Between 2010 and 2020
Following her separation from Nick, Natasha found out that she was pregnant, although decided not to inform Nick. Natasha gave birth to a baby boy in 2011. whom she called Sam, and raised him on her own. She began to build her life back up and started her own salon business, and by 2020 was looking to open up a third shop.
Ten years following her departure, Natasha crossed paths with Nick and Steve McDonald in the car park of the hospital. After a brief interaction all parties went their separate ways, and Natasha gave her regards for Steve's son (and Nick's step-son) being in hospital seriously unwell. Later on it is revealed that Natasha's son is in hospital with a sprain, although she is informed by the nurse that he will be okay. When the nurse asks about the boy's dad Natasha refuses to answer, stating that she has been reminded too much about his father, heavily implying that Nick is the father. She later made contact with Nick properly and revealed Sam was indeed his son, and allowed Nick and Sam to meet for the first time.
In December 2020 Natasha took a temping job in London and planned to move there with Sam on a short-term basis. But Sam, who had grown close to his father, wanted to stay behind in Weatherfield (for some reason). Natasha agreed and left Sam with a man he just got to know (as you do) as she went down to London for a few months. She will return in early 2021.
- Natasha was initially introduced on a recurring basis in 2008, before Rachel Leskovac was promoted to a regular in 2009 and Natasha was given a storyline.
- In 2010, Natasha was axed by newly arrived producer Phil Collinson. Although it was speculated she would be one of the victims in the planned tram crash for the show's 50th anniversary that year, she ended up leaving alive in September 2010.
- In July 2020, it was revealed that Natasha would be reintroduced to the show in late 2020, ten years following her original exit. She returned in September 2020. The character temporarily left in December 2020, although it was confirmed she would return later on. Rachel Leskovac resumed filming on the show in February 2021.
- Natasha was killed off in October 2021 following the aftermath of the "Horronation Street" week of episodes, in which she was shot by Harvey Gaskell. The character's departure from the series wasn't previously announced.
Appearances: 12 May 2008-27 Sep 2010, 11 Sep 2020-25 Oct 2021
Sibling(s): a brother and a sister
Children: Unborn child to Nick (aborted), Sam Blakeman (2011)