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Who was Geoff’s ex-wife and Tim’s mum in Coronation Street?

Geoff Metcalfe (Ian Bartholomew) is set to reach a new low in his control of Yasmeen Nazir (Shelley King) in Wednesday’s Coronation Street when he leaves her trapped in a box as revenge for the magic trick mishap on Monday night’s show.

The character’s increasingly twisted behaviour is slowly beginning to reveal itself to others in Weatherfield – with Tim (Joe Duttine) set to find out when he rescues Yasmeen, while Cathy (Melanie Hill) already overheard him berating Yasmeen over cleaning tasks the other week.

We don’t know a whole lot about Geoff’s past, although a reference to his ex-wife – and Tim’s mum – on Wednesday give us some insight into things.

Just who was his ex? Here’s what we know…

Who was Geoff’s ex-wife and Tim’s mum in Coronation Street?

Although Geoff’s ex-wife Tess has never appeared in the soap, we do know a little bit about her, including the fact that Geoff married her after she became pregnant with Tim, who was born in January 1972.

The couple later divorced, and for reasons which weren’t revealed neither of them stepped in to adopt granddaughter Faye Butler(Ellie Leach)  after her mother Jenny died in 2011 – leaving Faye instead to be adopted by Anna Windass, although it was revealed Geoff was still in contact with Tim and Faye in 2018.

There are hints in Wednesday’s episode when Tess is mentioned that she may have been violent and abusive towards Geoff – and Bartholomew has suggested that matters were pretty complicated between the couple.

‘On the face of it it’s very straightforward but I think because he has kept the details of the relationship with Tim’s mother as his own version, it has been airbrushed and is always from Geoff’s point of view,’ he said.

‘Tim only knows his mother from Geoff’’s point of view. There is a whole wealth of stuff to explore.’

‘We don’t know much about Geoff’s previous relationship but I am sure this is not the first time he has behaved like this in a relationship, because of that need to be loved, that need to be in control, the need to be with someone and there is a fear and a strange vulnerability in that.

He went on: ‘There is something deep within him that is not right but he can’t admit that to himself because if he admits it to himself or even gets anywhere close to admitting what he is doing his word will crumble and he is left in the place where he couldn’t bear to be which is lonely.’

Coronation Street continues on Wednesday night on ITV at 7.30pm.

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