Percy Sugden was a character in Coronation Street from Ep 2336 - 22 Aug 1983 to Ep 4285 - 20 Oct 1997. He was the old age pensioner who was very brash, and quite cantankerous, and he liked to make other peoples business his business. Percy actually enjoyed stirring it and causing trouble. He lodged with Emily Bishop. After having to put up with the Battersby family as neighbours, and thinking Emily was an alcoholic, Percy decided to move into a retirement home in October 1997. Percy was played by Bill Waddington.
Biography[edit | edit source]
Backstory[edit | edit source]
Percy Sugden was born on the 8th April 1922 in Weatherfield. Percy was the second of 2 children, he had an older sister Millie Sugden. His parents retired to The Lake District in 1943. Percy was in National Service. Percy married Mary Jackson in 1945 but they never had any children.
1983-1997[edit | edit source]
Percy Sugden moved into Coronation Street in 1983. He lived at the community centre flat. He was a know all who always rubbed other residents up the wrong way and made this clear when he moved into Coronation Street. Percy briefly knew Albert Tatlock but Albert went to live with his daughter and later died. Percy clashed with Fred Gee over a motor car he was selling. Percy once told Fred to clean his pipes out, and gave him money for a bus fare when he said the raffle is still on. Fred grabbed Percy by the throat and had to be restrained by Terry Duckworth. Percy started checking his neighbours back yards in a Neighbourhood Watch scheme. He was once mistaken for a burglar until Alf Roberts vouched for him.
Percy soon gained a reputation for being a nosey parker and became a lodger of Emily Bishop. So much so that in 1988, the words "Nosey Parker" was painted on the ground outside Emily's house, where Percy lodged. One time, people got so fed up with Percy and his busybody ways, that for Guy Fawkes Night, an effigy of Percy was made, and burned on the bonfire. The humourless Percy of course, sneered and took offence.
In July 1997 Percy was against the new Battersby family moving in as they were loud and uncouth. They gave the quiet Coronation Street a bad name. Percy was told to back off by Toyah Battersby when he turned her radio off after it was playing loud music. Percy often had disputes with Les Battersby. Percy found the Battersby's too noisy and loud.
In October 1997, Percy begins to suspect Emily of being a secret drinker as he finds empty alcohol bottles stashed around the house, and thinks she is playing pranks on him when things are moved around (not realising Les Battersby is secretly breaking in and doing this as a wind up). Percy finds himself unable to live with Emily as he believes she is an alcoholic, and decides to move on to Mayfield Court. Emily makes no attempt to convince him to stay, and her and Ken bid farewell to Percy as he departs for a new life at the retirement home. Several Coronation Street residents may have been pleased that the pernickerty, nosey old parker had finally left the area, although Emily surprisingly found it emotional when he left.
After 1997[edit | edit source]
Percy never returned to Coronation Street after he moved to Mayfield Court. He has not even been back to see Emily. Although Emily got shot of Percy, she took in Norris Cole as a lodger three years later, who was quite nosy hut not really as cantankerous or miserable as Percy was, and would prove to be a loyal friend for years to come.
As of 2020, what has become of Percy is uncertain. If he is still alive he will be 98 years old.
References following departure[edit | edit source]
In November 2019, when talking about old fashioned names, Kevin Webster and Abi Franklin mentioned the name Percy. This made Kevin mention Percy Sugden by saying "We had a Percy who lived round here once. He was as miserable as sin". Percy had been gone from the area 22 years by then. Kevin only mentioned Percy in past tense, and did not disclose what became of him after 1997 (although it is unlikely Kevin would know what became of him).
In February 2021, Rita mentioned Percy when she said how her late husband Ted died while she watched Percy playing bowls.
Memorable info[edit | edit source]
One time in 1984, Percy was jokingly called "Percival" as Percy is often a pet name for Percival but Percy is a name in its own right. Whether Percy's full first name was Percival is unknown.
Memorable info[edit | edit source]
Born: 8th April 1922, Weatherfield, Lancashire
Full Name: Percy Sugden
Siblings: Millie Prior (Nee Sugden)
Spouse: Mary Jackson (1945-??)