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Todd Grimshaw

Todd Grimshaw
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Bruno Langley
Duration 2001–04, 2007, 2011, 2013–
First appearance Episode 4967
14 January 2001
Introduced by Jane MacNaught (2001)
Steve Frost (2007)
Phil Collinson (2011)
Stuart Blackburn (2013)
Book appearances Coronation Street:
The Complete Saga
Classification Present; regular
Occupation Hospital Porter (2001–??)
Secretary (2004–13)
Barman (2013–14)
Switch Operator (2014)
Pawnbroker (2014–)
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Todd James Grimshaw is a fictional character from the British soap opera Coronation Street, played by Bruno Langley. He first appeared on 14 January 2001, following the arrivals of mother Eileen (Sue Cleaver) and brother Jason (Ryan Thomas) the year before. Todd's storylines included: a relationship with Sarah-Louise Platt (Tina O'Brien), becoming the soap's first homosexual character, having an affair with Karl Foster (Chris Finch) behind Sarah's back and having a premature child with Sarah, who dies within 24 hours.

Langley chose to leave the show in 2004 and his departure scenes as Todd aired on 22 September 2004. He returned for fifteen episodes in 2007 to tie in with Jason's wedding to Sarah-Louise and once again for one episode on 24 April 2011 to visit his family. In June 2013, it was revealed that Langley would be reprising his role as Todd permanently. Todd's return scenes aired on 4 November 2013.


  • Storylines 1
    • 2001–04 1.1
    • 2007–11 1.2
    • 2013– 1.3
  • Development 2
    • Family 2.1
    • Early relationships 2.2
    • Sexuality 2.3
    • Departure 2.4
    • Returns (2007 and 2011) 2.5
    • Reintroduction 2.6
    • Marcus Dent 2.7
  • Reception 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5



Highly academic, Todd is poised to sit A-Levels until he gets involved with teenage mother, Sarah-Louise Platt (Tina O'Brien), with whom he falls in love, leaving thoughts of university behind in favour of domesticity, much to his mother Eileen's dismay. Sarah becomes pregnant with Todd's child, her second, at the age of 17. However, changes begin to show in Todd when he becomes infatuated with Sarah's brother, Nick Tilsley (Adam Rickett). After a night out, Todd kisses a sleeping Nick, who wakes up and rebuffs him. Although Nick remains convinced that Todd is gay and insists that Sarah finish with him, Todd is able pass the incident off as a misguided moment of drunken confusion. However, he later secretly embarks on a relationship with gay nurse, Karl Foster. They sleep together in Sarah's bed and Todd admits that he enjoys sneaking around behind Sarah's back. Karl ends their relationship when Todd refuses to break up with Sarah, wanting to have Sarah and his child at home and Karl as his 'bit on the side'. Todd then confesses his sexuality to Sarah.

Sarah then suffers a placental abruption, caused by a pre-existing medical condition, and goes into premature labour. She has an emergency cesarean and their son Billy is born, leaving them both on the critical list. Todd shows little concern for Sarah's wellbeing during this time and is only interested in Billy, demanding that Sarah take him to see him. Billy dies 24 hours after his birth and tensions escalate between the Platts and Grimshaws. Todd comes to terms with his sexuality and resumes his studies and is accepted to Oxford University. However, when Todd catches Sarah and Jason together, he lashes out at Sarah, slapping her and throwing her out then fighting with Jason. In the aftermath, Todd moves to London and tells Sarah he hopes she finds someone who loved her as much as he did.


Todd returns in for Jason's stag party ahead of his wedding to Sarah. He tells Eileen he is in an open relationship with a man named Ben and has obtained his law degree and is doing temporary work. Jason informs Todd that Sarah's younger brother

External links

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  5. ^ Steggles, Annabelle (12 May 2002). "Tina makes a slip-up".  
  6. ^ Frances, Traynor (24 June 2002). "Street psycho's out to get me; From gymslip mum to teen rebel, Corrie star Tina could be facing her toughest fight yet against stepdad".  
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  11. ^ Tate, Alex (8 June 2003). "Star people: Tina talks men; Soap's sexiest teenager, Tina O'Brien, reveals why she loves a cheeky charmer, her role in Coronation Street and TV co-star Bruno Langley".  
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  16. ^ Smith, Emily (2004). "Gay or Street?".  
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  21. ^ Byrne, Paul (23 April 2004). "'"Gay Todd coming out of the Street; Corrie star Bruno quits so he can 'develop as an actor.  
  22. ^ Martin, Daniel; Deans, Jason (11 October 2004). "Coronation Street eyes spin-off".  
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  24. ^ Jordan, Barbara (16 October 2012). "Cori actor stars in Halton panto". Runcorn and Widnes World. ( 
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  36. ^ """Bruno Langley: "Todd Grimshaw will get his comeuppance.  
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  38. ^ Jones, Allison (11–17 January 2014). "Todd's shameless seduction!".  
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  40. ^ Morely, Nicole (30 January 2014). "Coronation Street spoiler: Maria furious after finding Marcus in clinch with Todd Grimshaw".  
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  44. ^ Stephen, Jaci (29 May 2004). "Waspish and witty - the ultimate insight into TV soaps.".  
  45. ^ ".. wonder what the WI will say about this".  
  46. ^ Tinniswood, Rachael (6 October 2003). "TV review: Gay kiss was out of character".  
  47. ^ Roberts, Brian (18 March 2004). "Tongue-tied, Todd?; The Street's gay kiss 2".  
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  50. ^ Simon, Jane (11 December 2013). "Todd Grimshaw mounts challenge to become Coronation Street's new devil child".  
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In 2014, an Inside Soap writer branded him a "wily man-hunter".[48] A fellow writer named him a "manipulative fella" and "scheming man-stealer".[49] Jane Simon of the Daily Mirror questioned whether Todd was attempting to become the show's "new devil child". She observed his behavior to be that of a "boy poking a wasp's nest with a big stick."[50] A writer from TV Magazine said that Todd would stop at nothing to get Marcus, top rated his cunning behaviour and branded him a "rotter".[51]

In 2003, a survey was conducted to determine which fictional characters British landlords thought were most like their tenants. 35% of landlords chose Todd and Sarah, who represented teenagers struggling to pay rent.[41] A reporter from Hello! magazine has branded Todd a "unlucky-in-love, relationship-challenged" character whose life is blighted with problems.[25] A Virgin Media writer branded him a "sensitive hunk". Peter Dyke and Katie Begley from the Daily Star touted him as the "gay hunk".[42] A writer from Orange branded him the "beacon of benevolence".[43] Jaci Stephen from the Daily Mail praised Langley and O'Brien's "utterly believable and moving performances" during Todd's coming out storyline. She said various characters overreacted and the fallout would have been more apt if a nuclear bomb landed on Weatherfield.[44] A reporter from the Daily Record opined that Todd kissing Nick sent "Coronation Street crashing into the 21st century". They added that they were surprised that it took forty-three years to feature a same sex kiss.[45] Rachael Tinniswood of the Liverpool Echo was not impressed with the "unrealistic" storyline. She said that "poor Todd" had "homosexuality foisted upon" him in a "sad attempt" to gain viewers.[46] Brian Roberts from the Daily Mirror believed that Todd was "out of the closet once and for all" when he kissed Karl in Canal Street. He branded the show's first gay kiss as a mere peck in comparison to the second.[47]


Langley explained that Todd made an effort to behave cunningly, choosing to loiter around Coronation Street to keep an eye on Marcus. Not does not care about the consequences and has his sights set firmly on Marcus. Langley explained that his character does not consider Maria's feelings because he has a "warped" view that he is doing Marcus and Maria a favour.[39] He believes that Marcus will eventually decide to be with another man and believes it should be himself. Todd also claims to be in love and lets local gossip Sean know, playing a game of manipulation knowing Marcus will hear of it[39] Langley further explained Todd's motives: "I think Todd has a reason for doing what he's doing. Todd was going to marry Sarah and have children, but he knew it wasn't right [...] he can see the same pattern happening with Marcus, so Todd is quite adamant when he tells Marcus that he's doing the wrong thing."[39] The Daily Star later released photographs obtained during location filming depicting Marcus chasing after Maria. Reporter Nicole Morley revealed that Maria would catch Todd and Marcus sharing a shirtless embrace.[40]

In January 2014, the storyline between Todd and Marcus was developed. Marcus is a gay male in a relationship with a female. He has not acted on his attraction to men while with Maria.[37] But Todd has a birthday party which Marcus attends and Todd uses the opportunity to gain his attention. Todd manipulates the situation by taking his shirt off in-front of Marcus. Condou told David Brown from Radio Times that Todd is "very flirtatious" and his handsome looks do not go unnoticed by Marcus. He was "turned on" by Todd but also upset about it.[37] Todd takes his plan further by getting Marcus alone to kiss him. Eileen interrupts them and Todd admits that he tried instigate a kiss. Condou added that Todd was controls the situation and knows exactly what to say to his advantage. This leaves Marcus "conflicted" because he loves Maria and Todd is "bad for him", but he cannot keep away.[37] Condou told Allison Jones from Inside Soap that "He's trying to tell himself his feelings for Todd aren't a big thing, but Todd’s like a dog with a bone and when he wants something he won’t let go. He knows what he wants and he’s going to get it."[38]

Marcus Dent

Langley also confirmed reports that Todd would attempt to steal Marcus away from Maria. He added that Todd would manipulate and use Sean in his efforts to impress and attract Marcus. But Maria is unaware of Todd's intentions towards her partner.[35] Of Todd's motives, Langley said that "he likes a challenge and I guess he’s probably one of those people who likes the drama of splitting couples up. It’s all for his own ego and just to prove that he can." The actor was happy with Todd's changed personality. He noted that Todd spent years living away from home and it would have been a bad decision for him to return the exact same person.[34] Todd's manipulation of Sean is soon exposed by Brian Packham (Peter Gunn). Todd reveals that he could never be attracted to Sean and Brian informs him. To gain revenge Todd exposes secrets to his girlfriend Julie Carp (Katy Cavanagh). Langley told a reporter from New! that "[Todd] was really angry so [he] decided to wreck his relationship with Julie."[36]

Upon his return Todd is played as a manipulative liar. Langley told Mark James Lowe from All About Soap that Todd had a job and a boyfriend in London but soon lost everything.[32] Todd behaved badly and "burnt his bridges" with those he knew. When Todd arrives back he is untruthful with his family. His ex-boyfriend Alex Hughes (Nathan Ives-Moiba) arrives claiming that Todd has stolen his money. Langley explained that Todd does not like being exposed as a liar because he enjoys Eileen viewing him as the "better son".[32] The actor told David Brown from Radio Times that Todd is concerned about the way Eileen views him, but does not care what other residents think. Todd has no worries about seeing Nick (now played by Ben Price) and Gail again, but upon doing so he is confronted with his past.[34] The change of behavior continues as Todd manipulates Sean Tully (Antony Cotton) into convincing Eileen to ask him to stay. Langley explained that Todd "knows that Sean fancies him so he uses that against him. He manipulates Sean into speaking to Eileen and his plan works. Eileen wants him to stay, which makes Todd very pleased with himself."[34]

On 17 August 2012, Langley revealed that he would like to return to the show.[29] On 5 June 2013, it was announced that the character would be returning to Coronation Street, with Langley returning as a regular cast member. Executive producer Stuart Blackburn told an reporter that "Todd is a much loved character who has real history on the show and his return will leave Eileen with some impossible choices." Langley said it was a great time to reprise the role and explore how Todd has changed whilst living in London. He added that he was happy to see the Grimshaw family reunited.[30] Langley returned to filming on 27 August and his first scenes aired on 4 November 2013.[31][32] Nick Owens from the Daily Mirror reported that Todd's return would seen him attempt to ruin Marcus Dent (Charlie Condou) and Maria Connor's (Samia Ghadie) relationship.[33]


On 30 January 2011, Daniel Kilkelly from Digital Spy revealed that Todd would return to Coronation Street. A spokesperson told Kilkelly that "we are currently in negotiations with Bruno Langley about a short storyline."[27] Langley was on a theatre tour when asked to return. He split his time between Leeds and Manchester filming for Todd's reappearance, which lasted one episode broadcast on 24 April 2011.[23] Despite the single episode return, Langley filmed over five days and decided to convey that Todd had changed. But he noted that Todd "is essentially the same guy - he's just grown up."[23] Todd returns to visit Eileen and introduces her to his new boyfriend Jools Creme (Ben Allen). Langley told Kilkelly that Todd and Jools must be in a serious relationship because Todd has never introduced a boyfriend to his family. Jools is middle-class and Todd had been treated as a guest at posh parties. Langley explained that Todd is nervous because residents of Weatherfield are completely different from Jools.[23] It was also revealed that Gail would not welcome Todd's return and brands him a "gay gold-digger".[28]

In 2007, Langley returned to the show to film fifteen episodes as Todd.[24] Langley said that he would return again because he enjoyed filming scenes with the Grimshaw family.[25] Executive producer Kieran Roberts was happy with Langley's performance during his return. He revealed that he asked Coronation Street writers for ideas for a potential return for Todd.[3] In 2009, Thomas asked the new producer Kim Crowther if she would reintroduce the character.[26]

Returns (2007 and 2011)

Producers decided not to kill Todd making it possible for Langley to reprise the role. Todd decides to leave Weatherfield when he discovers Jason and Sarah in bed together. A publicity agent for Coronation Street revealed that "these are really explosive scenes, very emotional and very dramatic."[20] The show's producer Tony Wood added that Langley "has been an asset to the show and his portrayal of the sexually confused Todd has been superb."[21] Daran Little, who wrote Todd's coming out storyline, told Daniel Martin and Jason Deans from The Guardian that he wanted to create a spin-off show focusing on Todd living in London.[22] Langley was asked to return various times but could not because of other work commitments.[23]


The storyline sparks an fight between Eileen and Gail. Eileen attacks Gail after she brands Todd a "two-timing, twisted, lying pervert". The two proceed to pull each other's hair out in the street.[19]

Emily Smith from The Sun reported that Todd would kiss Karl Foster (Chris Finch) and begin an affair. The director of Mediawatch-uk, John Beyer told Smith that "“This will cause offence. This scene seems to be calculated as a ratings ploy.”" David Allison, from LGB group OutRage!, said he welcomed the storyline because it was a departure from gay stereotypes.[16] The decision was made to film the scenes in the center of Manchester's Gay Village, Canal Street. As the kiss was filmed revelers on the street cheered at the actors.[17] Langley was worried about portraying the issue led story correctly. He told Billy Sloan of the Sunday Mail that the crowd approval made him believe he was doing in right.[18] Filming inside the street's nightclubs was carried out while actual drinkers were having their nights out. Thirty extras were hired to make the clubs look busier. Langley thought the location shoot was advantageous because "it gave you a real feeling of the atmosphere. It was very different from being on the normal Corrie set."[18] A spokesperson added that it was the beginning of Todd's realisation about his sexuality. While kissing Karl; Todd sees Sarah approaching and is "mortified", but she fails to notice Todd and Karl's kiss.[17]

In March 2003, Polly Graham from the Sunday Mirror reported that executive producer Kieran Roberts wanted Todd to become the show's first gay character. The show confirmed that had discussed the possibility but nothing has been decided upon.[12] On 22 August 2003, it was reported that Todd would befriend Sarah's brother, Nick Tilsley (Adam Rickett) and kiss him. But he does not reciprocate. A show spokesperson said that the storyline was a "groundbreaking move" and predicted a varied and "huge reaction" from viewers.[13] They told a reporter from the Liverpool Echo that Todd had always questioned his sexuality. They added that "the storyline came naturally out of the character. It is being handled extremely sensitively."[14] In October a spokesperson commented that "this is just the start. It's not a case of having a gay kiss just for titillation's sake. Todd will continue to struggle with his feelings, not for Nick, but general confusion over his sexuality."[15] Approximately fourteen million viewers watched the kiss and sixteen complaints were filed.[15]


[10]) to involve the social services.Helen Worth (Gail Platt (Amy and Emily Walton) electrocutes herself and Todd finds her unconscious. The accident prompts Bethany Platt But Sarah and Todd move into a flat together. Sarah's daughter [11].Oxford University reported that Sarah-Louise would dump Todd. Sarah fears that she and Bethany are preventing Todd from succeeding at The People In June 2003, Alex Tate from [10] that Sarah is "a bit dependent on Todd".Sunday Mail O'Brien told Steve Hendry from the [9] Prior to this, Langley's friends would tease him because Todd was a virgin.[8] Todd begins a relationship with

Early relationships

The Grimshaws are often portrayed as arguing rivals in their scenes.[1] Todd and his brother Jason Grimshaw (Ryan Thomas) are portrayed as "bickering brothers". Jason is often cheeky to their mother, Eileen Grimshaw (Sue Cleaver). Thomas told a reporter from Soaplife that he and Langley were best friends off-screen.[2] In 2007, Thomas told Derek Robins of The Sun that "Jason and Todd have a great bond as brothers and after all family is what Corrie is all about." He added that Jason eventually accepts his sexuality and wants to spend more time with Todd.[3]



Todd is then hired by Tony and Jason as a salesman for Jason's building firm, but when he deliberately orders shoddy building material for Tyrone and Fiz's house, Tyrone is injured in an accident. For his actions, Todd becomes estranged from his family and he is kicked out of the house by Eileen. He later is hired by Tracy to work in her second-hand shop. Todd is attacked by thugs on the street which leaves his face disfigured.

Todd leaves London and makes a surprise return to Weatherfield in 2013. A man named Alex then arrives and reveals that Todd is unemployed, has stolen his money and cheated on Jools. Eileen is upset with Todd's lies but he manipulates Sean into helping reaffirm his place in the Grimshaw household. Todd tries to cause tension with Marcus and Maria, and later attempts to kiss Marcus but Eileen interrupts. Todd refuses to listen to her warnings, and reveals that he sees sleeping with Marcus as a challenge. He continues to pursue Marcus and they eventually sleep together. Todd later sets up a scenario where Maria will catch them being intimate, which she does and she throws Marcus out. Todd and Marcus continue a relationship for a time, but Marcus soon ends it and leaves the Street.

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