Characters of Coronation Street : Steve McDonald

Margaret Sanderson

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Steve Mcdonald is a fictional character in the British tv soap Coronation street. Played by Simon Gregson, Steve arrived with his twin brother Andy, parents Jim and Liz in 1989. The McDonalds didn’t have a lot of money and this seemed to fuel Steve’s ambitions, always looking for a way to make money. Steve started working with Jim in a building business but Jim was drinking a lot and during an argument and scuffle on scaffolding, Jim fell into a skip and was paralyzed for a time.
Steve was married to Karen McDonald (twice). During his separation from Karen in 2003, he had a one-night stand with Tracy Barlow, consequently making her pregnant. Tracy gave birth to their daughter Amy Barlow, though she initially was named Patience by Roy Cropper when he was deceived into believing Amy was his daughter. Tracy later decided she wanted to bring up her daughter herself, and revealed that Steve was the baby’s father on Steve and Karen’s second wedding day. Karen was horrified but later forgave him. Tracy was persistent in causing disruption for Steve and Karen which lasted from February 2004 to December 2004, until Steve finished his relationship with Karen on Christmas Day, admitting it was getting too much for him. In March 2005 he began dating single mum Louise Hazel but the dalliance soon fizzled out partly due to Tracy’s presence on the Street.

For a brief period shortly after, he dated Tracy, but his intentions were to try and secure his name as the father on Amy’s birth certificate, not because he had feelings for Tracy. Tracy became aware of Steve’s scheme, and attempted to prevent Steve access to Amy. The case was taken to court, where Steve was granted legal rights to see his daughter.

After proposing to Becky Granger (Katherine Kelly), he organises a quick wedding for them, which is disapproved of by many on the street. Becky turns up late for the ceremony drunk, rendering her unable to carry out the nuptials. Steve then brings her home in disgrace. A second wedding however, goes ahead, but Tracy is never far away with her schemes to break up the couple. Knowing how much Steve wants another child, and that becky cannot give him one, Tracy uses this to take verbal swipes at Becky as often as she can.
Steve and Becky split up and he begins a relationship with Tracy, after she announces that she is pregnant with his child, who later turn out to be twins. After Steve’s taxi business partner Lloyd leaves the area, Steve and Becky go into business and decide to extend the business when they meet hotel manager Danny Stratton (Jeremy Sheffield). Tracy assumes that they were having an affair and unbeknownst to Steve, she collapses at the hotel and miscarries the babies. However, Steve is told that Becky pushed her down the stairs, which caused the miscarriage. Steve is very bitter towards Becky and repeatedly accuses her of killing his unborn children, which she strongly denies. He propoes to Tracy on Christmas Day and he buys No. 13 from Lloyd and they later move in and he and Becky get divorced. Steve and Tracy marry but, at the wedding reception in the Rovers, Becky shows the entire pub Tracys medical records, which proved that she lied about Becky pushing her down the stairs. Steve is disgusted with Tracy and tries to stop Becky leaving with Danny for Barbados, but to avail, and he looks on as they board the plane. Steve angrily tells Tracy he wants their marriage annulled and that he loves Becky and not her. Steve’s attempts to get the annulment fail as he cannot do so without her cooperation, and is unable to file for divorce for a year. Worse still, he finds himself unable to kick her out of No. 13 as her name is on the deeds alongside. Unwilling to move out of his own house, Steve remains and tries to persuade Tracy to move out to no avail. Unable to stand living with her, Steve eventually takes drastic action and has the house converted into two self-contained flats.

Steve McDonald has proven to be one of the most popular characters on the Street in recent years due to high profile storylines such as his dodgy dealings with Jez Quigley and his explosive relationships with Karen McDonald and Tracy Barlow. At the 2004 Inside Soap Awards, the Tracy/Steve baby secret won the ‘Best Storyline’ gong.

This portrait was done with Staedtler ergosoft pencils on Bristol Board extra smooth surface. 250 gsm, A4 size.
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