10 things you'd forgotten about Corrie's Amy Barlow

Johnathon Hughes
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All eyes are on Amy Barlow in Coronation Street right now as she becomes prime suspect in the "Who Pushed Ken?" saga.

Tracy is terrified her daughter did the dastardly deed that almost killed the cobbles icon, and she blames herself for how Ames has turned out. She's got a point – having your mum being banged up for murder as one of your earliest memories is bound to have an impact on a kid.

In fact, Amy Katherine Barlow has had quite an eventful 13 years. Running through some of her dramatic life events, it's no wonder she's growing up to be something of a handful and it wouldn't be a huge surprise if she really did hate her granddad enough to bump him off when you consider all this…

1. Tracy pretended her dad was Roy Cropper and sold her to him

Amy was the product of a boozy one-night stand between Tracy Barlow and Steve McDonald, but throughout the pregnancy, Tracy lied that Roy Cropper was the daddy as part of a sick prank that Trace had seduced the unsuspecting café owner (LOL!).

Selling her baby girl to the Croppers, who named her Patience, Trace then decided she couldn't go through with it. She then 'fessed up that Steve was the real father and took the tot back, renaming her Amy. Okay, so she was only days old, but being sold by your own mum can't have assisted the development of Amy's self-esteem.

2. Her christening turned into a massive brawl

Having ruined Steve's wedding to Karen (she was the second Mrs McDonald, but actually he married her twice so does that make her the second and third?) by storming the ceremony and announcing Steve was Amy's biological dad, Tracy made one heck of an enemy out of her rival.

Wonder why no-one talks fondly about Amy's christening? Because Karen and Tracy had the mother of all brawls at the font when Steve's missus thumped her in revenge for wrecking her nuptials, that's why. Although it's hands down still one of the best brawls in Corrie history…

3. She was nearly burnt to death before her 1st birthday

Karen became consumed with jealousy over the fact Tracy had Steve's child, as Karen herself struggled to conceive – and Tracy cruelly calling her "Barren Karen" didn't exactly help them become a happy family.

But Amy almost bore the brunt of Karen's rage when she torched Tracy's car and made Ms Barlow think Amy was inside (she wasn't, she was being looked after by Roy – even after that sick stunt Tracy pulled! What a saint). Luckily Amy was safe, but Karen's explosive envy and disregard for Amy's safety destroyed her marriage to Steve.

4. Her mum framed her dad by making it look like he kidnapped her

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Tracy accused Steve of putting their daughter's life in danger thanks to the antics of her unstable stepmother, sparking an acrimonious custody battle between the warring parents. And things got very nasty. For example, Steve took his little girl to the airport as Tracy had told him Amy loved looking up at the sky when a plane flew overhead – wouldn't it be nice to go and see them up close…?

Of course it was all a set-up and Trace tipped off the police that Steve was trying to sneak Amy out of the country and he was arrested for kidnapping his own daughter. We're just grateful Amy was too young to remember all this.

5. She was run over at the age of 4

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Trace was in prison for the whole Charlie Stubbs thing by this time and living full-time with her father, but Steve was hardly the model parent (although he didn't kill anyone – just saying). One day he left Michelle's long-forgotten-about "real" son Alex Neeson babysitting Amy at The Rovers.

So what happens when you trust a virtual stranger who had already established himself as a bit of a weirdo look after a child? He lets the kid wander off into the path of a speeding van, that's what. Steve was furious he'd put his daughter in harm's way – one of the many reasons Alex was quickly written out and never heard from again.

6. She risked her own life to get more attention

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Once Tracy had been released (something about dodgy forensic evidence), Amy had high hopes her parents would get back together and they'd be a proper family. It was around this time Ames displayed the early signs she'd inherited her mum's deceitful streak.

Diagnosed as being lactose intolerant, Amy deliberately guzzled down as much dairy as she could in secret to make herself ill so Steve would visit more often, and get closer to Tracy in the process. Basically she put her own health at risk for the attention – like mother, like daughter!

7. She plotted to kill Eccles the dog

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By now growing up into a proper mini-Tracy, Amy identified the Barlows' dog Eccles as a threat that needed taking down. Fed up with all the attention lavished on cute curly-haired cousin Simon (this is before he went inexplicably evil himself and started beating up his mum), nasty Amy deliberately let Si's little pal Eccles off the lead knowing how much it would upset him.

When the dog was discovered safe and sound, Ames stepped up her campaign against the canine by lying she'd bitten her, so Trace demanded the dog be put down. Eventually Amy admitted she'd made it all up and Eccles was saved, but there's a definite nervous look in that animal's eye every time she's left alone with Amy.

8. She nearly died in a fire started by her mum

Amy almost perished thanks to her mum's hatred of Carla Connnor a few years ago when the ladies' feud ignited into a fire at the Victoria Court flats. Trace unwittingly started the blaze that killed Kal Nazir and Maddie Heath (oh well), having sneaked into Carla's apartment in the dead of night and contemplated clonking her over the head, but when she realised someone else was in the flat, she scarpered – knocking over a candle that spread into a Super Soap Week inferno.

Turns out that "someone else" in Carla's gaff was Amy. So the woman who gave birth to her sold her for cash as a baby, then a decade later nearly killed her in an inadvertent act of arson. Mother's Day must be fun for these two.

9. She was physically tormented by her disturbed cousin

Since Amy took up the violin we've all wanted to tell her to pack it in and smash the instrument to pieces, but Simon – now a shadow of the lovable moppet he once was – really got aggro when forced to hang out with his cousin during his physically-abusive phase.

A fight ensued when he tried to take Amy's violin and it was only Ken's intervention that stopped it getting really out of hand. But sinister Simon ended up properly hurting Amy one day and it was her admission of the violent act to Tracy that exposed his serial abuse of mum Leanne. But was Si's attack merely karma for Amy wanting Eccles put down?

10. She blackmailed her stepmother

Amy had been getting on pretty well with her 934th stepmum (or something like that, we've lost count) Michelle, until last year when she suddenly turned against her. 'Chelle's ex Will came back into her life and clearly still held a torch for his childhood sweetheart, which was more than a touch awkward as he'd booked her to organise his wedding.

Michelle tried to keep their past quiet, but Amy overheard her discussing their romantic history with pal Sean and blackmailed Michelle into letting her stay at The Rovers as she didn't want to live with Tracy anymore. Cheeky madam. Amy's clearly a kid with issues – we wouldn't put anything past her…

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