|“||What do you say Anna; is Pat Phelan to be trusted?||„|
|~ Pat Phelan delivers his most famous quote upon taunting his would-be archenemy: Anna Windass|
Patrick James "Pat" Phelan is a fictional character and recurring antagonist of the British ITV soap opera Coronation Street.
He first appeared as a minor antagonist in October 2013 and went on to serve as the secondary antagonist in the first half of 2014 before departing in April that year. Following his absence in 2015, Pat Phelan returned as the show's primary antagonist throughout 2016-2017 and in the first half of 2018 before departing the programme at the start of June that year.
Pat Phelan made his first appearance in October 2013 when his client Owen Armstrong arrives at his house to collect the money Phelan was supposed to pay him, only to learn that Phelan is bankrupt. Owen then attempts to get the money out of Phelan's wife Valerie, but she too refuses to pay. Owen and his partner Gary Windass break into Phelan's house, steal his motorbike and lock it away at the builder's yard. Phelan eventually decides to pay up what he owes. A few days before Christmas, Phelan turns up at No. 6 in order to put forward a business proposition to Owen, offering him a flat-conversion contract and wanting Owen to front the project as he is bankrupt. Owen's girlfriend and Gary's mother, Anna, is unsure of the proposition and does not want Owen to agree. However, a couple of weeks later, Phelan and Owen meet up to discuss the deal, with Phelan telling Owen that he needs £80,000 upfront for the costs, but guarantees that he will make over £200,000 profit. Owen decides to talk the arrangement over with Anna, with Phelan stating that he would give Owen 24 hours to think things over. Despite family reservations, with Owen's older daughter Izzy siding with Anna and Gary in opposing Phelan's proposition, their business partnership is agreed after Izzy's sister Katy convinces her father to go ahead with his investment project. When Owen realizes that Phelan has not put his share into the account, and after failing to contact him over the matter, he suspects that Phelan might have conned them. Phelan later appears at the builder's yard, and reveals that the money is already in the account, much to Owen's embarrassment. Anna then visits Phelan's house to apologies for her reservations, but later feels uneasy in his presence and leaves. She soon becomes increasingly awakened during numerous meetings with Phelan and Valerie, especially on one occasion when Phelan stroked her across her back and keeps complimenting her appearance.
Anna decides to settle the score and invites Phelan round to No. 6, telling him to back off. However, Phelan — seemingly oblivious to her demands — begins to accuse her of trying to come onto him, then appears to try to make a move on Anna before she eventually throws him out of her house. That night, Anna feigns illness to avoid another meeting with Phelan and Valerie; when Izzy comes over to check on Anna, she confines to her about Phelan's attempt to rape her. The following day, Izzy tells Gary and he later confronts Phelan at the worksite. Phelan begins goading Gary, accusing Anna of being too flirtatious and they descend into a physical fight after Gary punches Phelan; the resulting brawl leads to Gary striking Phelan over the head with a plank of wood, knocking him unconscious. Believing that he killed Phelan as a result, Gary summons Owen to the worksite — where they are surprised to find he has vanished.
Phelan turns up alive a few days later at the building site. He takes Gary and Owen into the site office and reveals the CCTV footage, which shows Gary attacking him. Phelan assures Gary and Owen that he has further copies, and then demands that the pair themselves either complete the work for a minimum wage — gleaning no profit — or he would hand the CCTV footage in to the police. Owen complies with Phelan's orders, despite Gary's reluctance; as Owen didn't want his grandson Jake to grow up without a father figure if Gary were to be sent to prison. Phelan takes delight in overworking Owen and Gary, such as forcing them to bury a grave for a dead pigeon and then removing perfectly fitted windows from the building they're constructing together. Because of this, Owen and Gary begin to take their frustrations out each other as well as their family. Gary soon plans to get even on Phelan by stealing a shipment of tiles from him, but Phelan quickly finds out that it was Gary and was ready to report him to the police until Owen manages to stop him. However, Owen's relief is short-lived when Phelan declares that he'll be keeping his £80,000 investment from the job — which turns out to be what Phelan had intended to do all along to exact revenge on Owen for stealing his back and forcing him to pay what was owed. Phelan then arranges for Owen to be removed from the council's list of approved builders, effectively blacklisting him which meant he could no longer get any independent work. Anna visits Phelan after realizing the strain his actions are causing her family, and he gives her an indecent proposition: to have sex with him and he would let Gary and Owen go from the project. Although disgusted, Anna agrees with Phelan's plans out of desperation and meets him at the Dunford Hall Hotel — where the two have sex. After spending some time with him, Anna leaves after Phelan teases her. The next day, he tells Owen and Gary to go home after getting the former to sign a form that releases him and Gary from the project. However, Phelan refuses to pay back Owen's investment — leaving him in debt and causing the Armstrong and Windass families to go financially bankrupt due to Phelan's actions.
It is later implied that Phelan has left the street following his blackmail when he sends Owen and Anna along with their families a postcard from Dubai — thus rubbing his glory further onwards. It was at this point that Anna confessed sleeping with Phelan to Owen, which effectively drove the couple apart as Owen would leave Weatherfield due to the crisis. It was around this time, however, that Valerie discovered the truth about Phelan as well — which consequently led to the pair's divorce and Valerie claiming all the assets, thereby leaving Phelan with nothing.
Pat Phelan returns to Weatherfield in January 2016, having got a job from local builder Jason Grimshaw on his construction business and later working with his friend Kevin Webster on his garage expansion. Anna eventually learns of Phelan's return when she witnesses Kevin saving him from a speeding car — driven by Jaime Baldwin, a pornographic offender, and his accomplice Lee — and he later tells Kevin his own version of what happened between them; with Phelan learning that Owen had already left in 2015 and that Anna is having a relationship with Kevin. Later on, Phelan approaches Anna to "apologize" for his cause in destroying her relationship with Owen and promises her that he'll not cause her any trouble under the condition that she does the same thing. At first she complies with reluctance, even when Gary and Izzy learn about Phelan's comeback as well — which at one stage led to Gary confronting Phelan before Anna, along with Jason and Kevin, is forced to separate him. In February 2016, Phelan's constant tormenting eventually becomes too much for Anna to cope with and she ends up smashing his van windscreen with a sledgehammer in a fit of rage. She then lashes out at Phelan in front of Kevin, who once again sides with Phelan and ends his relationship with Anna. The following day, Phelan visits Anna in the café and demands that she apologize to him in public. When she refuses and tries to stand up for herself, Phelan pins Anna against the wall and continues to threaten her until Kevin abruptly walks in — causing him to realize that she was telling the truth about him. Kevin promptly orders Phelan to leave, and he later refuses to help fix his damaged windscreen after learning from Anna about their past. This subsequently leads to the two men clashing with each other, during which Kevin tries to warn Jason and his family about Phelan's nature to no avail. When they cross paths again at the Bistro, during which Kevin is dating Anna after their relationship is repaired, he pulls a prank on Phelan by ordering him some wine in a "kind" act of gesture — angering Phelan when he is forced by the staff to pay for his wine order.
Nevertheless, Phelan manages to settle himself in Weatherfield and continues to build his companionship with Jason — up to the point where spends most of his time at Jason's house and begins flirting with his mother: Eileen. This effectively leads to the pair bonding with one another, but Eileen's current boyfriend Michael Rodwell grows increasingly suspicious of Phelan and they quickly becomes enemies; in which Phelan constantly antagonizes and humiliates Michael in a successful bid to deteriorate his relationship with Eileen — who frequently berates Michael whenever his efforts to investigate Phelan go too far. Ignoring his desperate warnings, she eventually breaks up with Michael after Phelan provokes him into lashing out with his crutch in front of her. Phelan uses this opportunity to seduce Eileen and they proceed to form a relationship with each other. When Anna learns about this from Izzy, she plans on visiting Eileen to warn her about Phelan. However, Phelan — anticipating this — strikes first by fabricating a story to Eileen about how Anna fancied him and they had a one-night stand, which he claims to have immediately regretted and further states that Anna is crying rape because the result had practically ended her relationship with Owen. This works successfully as Eileen would later dismiss Anna's warning about Phelan, sticking to his story about their "flinging past". Shortly after leaving Eileen's house, Anna bumps into Phelan and the duo grapple again; with Phelan grabbing Anna's arm and taunting her before leaving, though not before making it clear that he'll be staying in Weatherfield for as long as he pleases.
In April 2016, Phelan's growing involvement with Eileen and Jason builds up a feud between him and Jason's brother: Todd — whom Gary has already warned about Phelan's nature. Whilst investigating his ulterior motives, Todd deduces that Phelan is the mastermind behind two nefarious activities; one where Phelan vandalized the Jamila House Community Centre in order to secure Jason's beneficial partnership with the Freschos supermarket; and the other in which Phelan swindles local newsagent Norris Cole by calling an acquaintance to steal his shipment of tiles that were meant to fix his broken roof at The Kabin Corner Shop, thereby causing Norris to accept Phelan's "help" in fixing his roof at a cheap rate. Though unable to stop Todd's interference, Phelan continues to get close with Jason and soon acts as a father figure towards him — particularly when Eileen informs Jason that his father, Tony Stewart, has died of a heart attack. At one point, Phelan steps in to help Jason when he gets into a fight with Aidan Connor — the boyfriend of Jason's ex-lover, Eva Price — in Weatherfield's local pub: "The Rovers Return Inn". In Jason's defense, Phelan pins Aidan against a booth in The Rovers and threatens him before his father Johnny arrives to witness his son being throttled. When Phelan ignores his demand to release son, Johnny punches him to save Aidan and the pair nearly brawl until they are forced to settle down; Phelan later has another run-in with Johnny and, rejecting his apology, promises to get even with him one day before leaving when Johnny's girlfriend, Jenny, intervenes.
Phelan soon hatches a plot to usurp Jason and begins sabotaging his construction business in an effort to become Weatherfield's new landlord, first by stealing Jason's windows and then arranging for his van to be torched under the guise that associates of Jason's late enemy — Callum Logan — was behind it. His plan ultimately succeeds when Jason — manipulated by Phelan — decides to leave Weatherfield and start anew in Thailand, allowing Phelan to take control of Jason's operation and formulate a plan in stealing his £65,000 inheritance. With Jason gone, Phelan later sizes his chance to move into Eileen's house; this he does by exploiting Todd's recently-exposed affair with local vicar Billy Mayhew that causes the latter's boyfriend, Jason's foster brother Sean Tully, to move out of the house. When Todd discovers Phelan's role behind the departures of both Jason and Sean respectively, he responds by pranking Phelan in the shower to make clear of his resentment towards him — escalating their feud in the process.
In August 2016, Phelan summons his business partner Vinny Ashford over to Weatherfield and the two discuss their plans on launching a scam project called "Calcutta Street" — which consists of a development of non-existent flats. Their first act is to get the planning permission confirmed from the local council; to do this, Phelan negotiates with Kevin's ex-wife Sally — the recently-elected Mayor of Weatherfield — in order to gain her approval. At first she agrees with his proposition, but later considers withdrawing her support when Todd points out that the local community youth hall may get demolished as a result. Needing to acquire a building so he can put forward with extra affordable housings, Phelan manipulates cafe worker Alex Warner in using his film club for Calcutta Street's redevelopment — an act which secures Sally's consent when she promises to speak to the committee on his behalf. With all obstacles now removed, Phelan persuades Eileen to convince Jason in using his £65,000 investment for the project. In doing so, he and Vinny manage to get their planning application accepted — thus enabling them to put the scam project into fruition. However, Todd's constant interfering leads him to discover the scam himself. After rejecting his offer to be invited in working on the project, Todd report Phelan to the police for fraud and his mother's supposed departure — unaware that Phelan has actually sent Eileen away with Vinny to prevent Todd from informing her of his discovery. However, Todd eventually relents with reluctance when Phelan warns him about Vinny — stating that he originally planned to kill him and Eileen for his ongoing interference — and also convinces him that they need to put their differences aside for his mother's sake. They subsequently resolve to helping Vinny complete the development, though Todd makes Phelan promise that his family will be protected and refunded at all costs.
In October 2016, Phelan becomes unnerved when Eileen and Vinny start to doubt each other midway through "Calcutta Street" progression; with Eileen growing concerned upon learning that Vinny has not hired any contractors for the development, and Vinny becoming enraged at Eileen for spending his £30,000 on a shipment of tiles without his consent. Despite this, Phelan manages to medicate their friendship — until Vinny secretly goes to meet with his consociate, Russ, at a casino where the latter gives Vinny false passports for himself and Phelan. Upon discovering this and believing Vinny to be conning them, Eileen insistently requests Phelan to confront "Vinny" at the casino; he reluctantly obliges, but not before calling Vinny to warn him. When they arrive, Phelan is relieved when Vinny manages to convince Eileen that his intentions are otherwise and that Russ — who is addressed "Mr. Russell" — is one of his potential buyers. In response, Eileen apologies to Vinny for disrupting his meeting and returns home with Phelan — who is initially angry with Eileen for her interference, but later cooks her dinner to apologise for snapping at her. Their relationship resumes, with Eileen partly working on the project amid retaining her old job at the "Street Cars" taxi company, and Phelan eventually proposes to her; she accepts and they celebrate their engagement at the pub.
Towards the conclusion of the Calcutta Street development, Michael learns that Phelan has been scamming the residents of Weatherfield over the last few months, with him and Vinny seizing all the cash deposits from the locals; amongst the victims include Gary's girlfriend Sarah Platt Jenny's foster mother Rita Sullivan, and the Jamila House Community leader Yasmeen Nazir themselves. After preventing his friend Freddie Smith from getting conned by the duo, Michael seeks Anna's help in exposing Vinny's scam in order to bring Phelan down once and for all. Ironically, Anna's adoptive daughter Faye had unwittingly stolen Phelan's mobile phone; by the time Anna discovered it, she became aware of the scam herself. Working together against their shared enemy, Michael breaks into Vinny's yard to extract evidence whilst Anna invites Phelan in a bid to delay him. She attempts to bribe him in leaving Weatherfield, but Phelan rejects it and is about to leave when his phone suddenly rings — causing him to learn of the conspiracy. After the call, Phelan leaves Anna after smashing her house out of anger whilst promising to make her regret crossing him. He then confronts Michael at the yard with a crowbar just as the latter gets hold of Phelan's fake passport. Initially calling his bluff of reporting him to the police, knowing that doing so would expose his involvement in the scam, Michael grows uneasy when Phelan makes clear of his intent to kill him. With his life in danger and unable to persuade Phelan in turning himself in, Michael throws a chair at him and flees from the yard — with Phelan in pursuit. When crossing paths again, Michael suffers a heart attack when he makes a break for it. Phelan, unfazed at this, reclaims his passport and tells Michael a story from his childhood about how he shot a rabbit with an air rifle and watched it die — as he didn't have the bottle to put it out its misery. Declaring that he's won again, Phelan tells Michael that his time is up and — making it clear that he has no intention of helping him this time, in contrast to being previously forced to help him before — leaves him for dead. Anna alerts Gary to the situation and he heads down to confront Phelan, but does not notice a dying Michael succumbing to his heart attack and taking his last breath. Once all is settled, Phelan approaches Michael's corpse and silently bids him goodbye with a sign of the cross before walking away.
Phelan later alerts Vinny of what happened and, informing him about Michael's death as well as the impact he has left them on, suggests that the pair leave immediately to avoid any further suspicion. On the day of their scheduled departure from Weatherfield, however, Phelan discovers that Vinny has already left the country for Hawaii upon chatting with his landlady. Unable to contact Vinny as the number has been disconnected, Phelan calls the bank to confirm his fears that all the money from the business account has been withdrawn; he screams Vinny's name in rage upon learning of his betrayal. Phelan soon returns home to Eileen and Todd, who inform him of Michael's death. Phelan feigns his shocked reaction about Michael, but secretly confides in Todd that Vinny has left with the money and gone abroad. Phelan is later questioned by the police about Michael's death and Vinny's escape, but he manages to cover his involvement on both circumstances. However, when Eileen notices the police questioning him, Phelan is forced to come clean and is promptly slapped by a furious Eileen who then kicks him out of the house. When Todd organises a meeting with the residents involved in Calcutta Street, Phelan arrives at the last minute to take responsibility for the scam, admitting that Todd and Eileen are completely blameless due to his association with Vinny. Though this leads many residents to resent him over the scam, Eileen forgives Phelan for his actions and the pair slowly reconcile to resume with their wedding plans. Towards the end of the year, Phelan learns that Anna has been sending multiple letters of complaint against him and Eileen over the scam and later threatens her. Kevin soon learns about the threat made against Anna and confronts Phelan, nearly attacking him when Phelan reacts indifferently until Luke Britton intervenes to separate the pair.
Later on that night, Phelan gets struck over the head with a brick by Luke's friend: Andy Carver, who correctly assumes that Phelan murdered Michael, whom Andy had been having a surrogate father-son relationship with; even though the pair weren't actually related. Phelan, however, survives the attack and subsequently blackmails Andy into performing a series of petty crimes under the threat of reporting him to the police and having him charged with attempted murder. Phelan soon coerces Andy into sabotaging Kevin's business, culminating with Andy being forced to set fire to Webster's Auto Centre, during which Phelan spiked Kevin's drink to distract the local mechanic long enough for Andy to proceed. When Andy sets the garage on fire, he steals the laptop containing CCTV footage of Phelan and Todd talking about the Calcutta Street development. He soon explains this to his girlfriend, Luke's sister Steph, upon confessing to everything due to Phelan's blackmail; Steph, through angry at Andy, forgives him when she learns that Phelan threatened to harm her as well. Planning to leave for Portugal together, Steph goes along while Andy stays behind to incriminate Phelan. His attempt is halted when Phelan arrives to bid him farewell, only to discover the laptop in the room which is playing the CCTV footage video of him and Todd unknowingly incriminating themselves. Things get heated when Phelan realizes that Andy is recording their conversation about the scam and Michael, which gradually turns into an argument when Andy knocks Phelan out for taunting him over Michael. Rising to his feet, Phelan engages Andy in a brawl and gets the upper hand despite being pummeled multiple times. He then grabs the laptop, recalls this moment different to the habitual ending of "the bad guy getting his comeuppance", and smashes Andy on the head with it, supposedly killing him. After sending a text to Steph from Andy's mobile phone to dump her — causing her to leave the country alone — Phelan goes on to meet Eileen at the wedding reception where they get married, with Todd and Billy present.
Phelan later employs young offender Seb Franklin, who is having a relationship with Faye. This infuriates Anna, who has disapproved of her daughter's relationship with Seb ever since he got arrested for assaulting Jackson Hodge – Faye's ex-boyfriend and the teenage father of her baby daughter, Miley – and grows further stoked when Faye starts bonding with Phelan. At one point, while Faye is waiting in Phelan's van to visit Seb at the delinquent centre, Anna steals his red van and drives off with it. Phelan notices this and confronts Kevin about the incident, just as Anna arrives, sparking yet another row when Phelan mocks Anna's parenting skills. At the same time, Phelan grows increasingly annoyed with constant demands from Ken Barlow to speed up on his house work, going as far as to accuse him of dishonesty due to his knowledge of the Calcutta Street scam. This could have been a motive for Phelan when Ken is later attacked by a mysterious assailant, and he himself becomes a prime suspect on the police investigation along with Ken's family. When Ken's children Peter and Barlow mention their father's issue with Phelan to the lead investigator, DS MacKinnon, she takes Phelan in for questioning and he later calls Todd at the request of providing him with an alibi. However, an earlier altercation between them — during which Phelan lashed out at Todd for aggravating him — prompts Todd in refusing to help. Todd, however, changes his mind when he finds evidence that proves of Phelan's innocence. Phelan later thanks Todd for his help, and the pair finally start to bond mutually prior to Eileen's return from a holiday. Phelan also drops by at the Barlow's house to inform the family of his alibi, thereby forcing them to accept his innocence as they became convinced of Phelan's role in attacking Ken.
As time goes on, Phelan has become a father figure towards Seb and he soon meets his social worker Nicola Rubinstein. During their meetings over Seb's apprenticeship, Phelan apparently recognises Nicola as her surname becomes familiar to him, which stands to reason that Phelan has some sort of history with Nicola, who later gets drawn into his suspicions when she finds Phelan with photographs of her. He eventually explains that he thinks she could be his daughter, as he had an affair with her mother Annabel. Nicola initially wants nothing to do with Phelan, but later agrees to do a DNA test which confirms that Phelan is indeed Nicola's biological father.
In mid-August 2017, it is revealed that Phelan did not kill Andy, but instead chained him up in the cellar of an abandoned property and held him captive. Eileen nearly discovers this when she visits Phelan over an altercation with her best friend Liz McDonald, but Phelan manages to stall her - surprisingly with Andy's help. This leads Phelan into staging Andy's "freedom" by getting him out of the country. However, along the way, Phelan crashes his van and is seemingly left unconscious. Rather than calling an ambulance, Andy decides to make a break for it. Phelan awakens, however, and corners Andy before telling him that this staging was actually a test. He then knocks out Andy and recaptures him, but is forced to cover his tracks again when Eileen confronts him a second time with Nicola's help as the pair find themselves deceived into thinking that he had left town for a job at Inverness. A month later, Phelan becomes frustrated with Ken's son Daniel Osbourne as he begins questioning the locals of the Calcutta Street scam for a newspaper article. This builds up a feud between the pair, with Daniel making it clear that he intends to expose his involvement of the scam while Phelan promises to "hurt him" should he pursue his ambition. Phelan eventually catches Daniel and his boss Cindy Watson in a passionate position, and, upon realising that Cindy is married, ensures that her husband Ross catches her and Daniel dining at the Bistro, thus stopping Daniel from investigating the story any further.
However, Daniel's curiosity leads Phelan to Vinny's mother: Flora McArdle. It transpires that Vinny's real name is Harvey McArdle, and Phelan begins to contact Vinny from Flora's care home in order to get his money back and exact revenge on Vinny for his betrayal. After surviving an assassination attempt, Phelan surprises Vinny when he arrives to save Flora the next day. Phelan punches Vinny before giving him an ultimatum; either Vinny delivers the money within, or Phelan would kill Flora to show the pair what he's truly capable of doing. Vinny complies and manages to deliver the money to Phelan, but when Phelan takes him to see his mother, he gets knocked out and is consequently captured; Phelan points out that he isn't safe despite the fact that his mother is unharmed. Phelan takes the captured Vinny to meet Andy, whom he had earlier manipulated into believing that Vinny had killed Michael. When Vinny awakens and vows to kill his ex-cohort, Phelan secretly instructs Andy to kill Vinny in order to secure his freedom. Andy becomes extremely hesitant, but is unable to change Phelan's insistence. After knocking Vinny unconscious, Phelan takes him and Andy to an abandoned warehouse to murder Vinny. There, he is briefly jumped on by Vinny before subduing him - thanks to an untimely warning from Andy. After forcing him to drag the unconscious Vinny into the warehouse, Phelan gives Andy the gun and begins to pressure him into fulfilling the deed by fabricating a story on how Michael died at the hands of Vinny. Left with no other choice, Andy shoots Vinny dead just as the latter regains consciousness. He then turns the gun on Phelan, but is talked out of it - only for Phelan to point the weapon at Andy from that moment. Ignoring his desperate appeals, Phelan murders Andy with a single gunshot before reciting a prayer. He then dumps the bodies in a nearby lake before returning to Eileen. They later went on a holiday together for a couple of weeks, but upon returning learn that their new house — where Phelan had kept Andy captive — was involved in an arson attack; it soon turns out that Phelan had covertly organized the arson attack by bribing two hooligans to burn the house down. Using the money that he forced Vinny to deliver prior to killing him, Phelan takes the opportunity to repay all the Calcutta Street victims — creating goodwill in the Weatherfield community, and thus cheering up Eileen as she was saddened over the arson attack.
It was at this point, however, that Nicola had learned about her father's past with Anna when they were both called into hospital after Seb had been involved in a ladder accident; in the midst of waiting for Seb's recovery, Anna had confided in Nicola about what Phelan had done to her along with Gary and Owen back in 2014. This prompted Nicola into visiting her mother's old friend Lydia Hartman the next day, which concluded with Lydia revealing to Nicola that Phelan had raped Annabel just nine months before her birth; the last time Lydia had seen Phelan was the night he attacked Annabel's lover Issac during a fight, at the end of which Annabel had then told Lydia the truth about Phelan. An enraged Nicola summoned Phelan to her late parents' bench in a park, whereupon she confronts him for raping her mother as well as Anna. He unsuccessfully attempts to assuage her suspicions by proclaiming his love for her mother, only to get angry at the accusations made by Anna and Lydia, with Phelan claiming that both are to blame for the ordeal. This escalates into an argument that leads to Nicola branding Phelan a rapist and calling him evil before disowning him when he reacts badly to her beliefs. Initially determined to tell Eileen the truth about him, Nicola instead chooses to leave Weatherfield at Anna's suggestion to avoid Phelan. Knowing this and realizing that Anna had exposed their secret to Nicola behind his back, Phelan hatches a spiteful plot to frame Anna for Seb's ladder accident in an act of revenge. This works successfully after Phelan plants her earring - which he kept following an earlier altercation between them - at the building where Seb fell off his ladder; Anna is later arrested, but released without charge. After discovering his scheme, Anna invites Phelan over for a drink and attempts to extract a confession from him under the guise of putting their differences aside following his repayment to all the Calcutta Street victims. Unfortunately, Phelan cunningly deduces her strategy and pretends to have no clue about what she is saying - leading Anna to furiously order him out of her house. Later on that night, Phelan - unable to blackmail Anna in having Nicola come back to him - proceeds to manipulate Seb into believing that Anna pushed him off the ladder, resulting in Anna getting arrested once more; she is subsequently remanded in custody until her trial starts at January 2018.
Towards the point of Christmas 2017, Anna escapes prison after being rushed to hospital - the news of which subsequently spreads around the community. Although Phelan takes delight in reacting to Anna's escape, this unwittingly caused Faye to discover his true colours; the pair had earlier bonded over Seb's apprenticeship. Phelan eventually catches Anna out when he finds her standing beside an unconscious Eileen, who had just been caught in his arch-enemy's mistaken attack. He instantly phones an ambulance for Eileen and the police on Anna, who is consequently rearrested after she and Faye are unable to make a getaway escape. When Phelan later visits with the promise of further revenge, Anna lashes out and slaps him across the face, provoking him into pressing charges for assault.
On the verge of the trial starting, Phelan finds himself pressured with Luke studying the events of Andy's disappearance from his childhood friend Matt Luscombe. In early January 2018, Phelan is revealed to be bribing Matt into covering up Andy's whereabouts, thereby leading Luke to believe that Andy left for Bristol. When Luke finds out, he forces an explanation from Matt and then leaves to confront Phelan at the site near the same warehouse where Andy was murdered. As Luke's questioning slowly becomes argumentative, Phelan smacks him on the head with a rock when he intends to report Andy's disappearance to the police, only to be subdued and punched onto the ground by Luke, who flees from Phelan as he gets up and pursues him in his van. The pair engage in a spectacular car chase that ends with Phelan forcing Luke's car to crash into a wall, totaling it and injuring Luke. Knowing he could expose his secret, Phelan shoots Luke as he desperately attempts to escape out of the car before indirectly revealing Andy's fate. He then claims his fourth victim and murders Luke by shooting the petrol tank from his car, destroying it and killing Luke in the explosion. By the time Luke's death becomes public knowledge, Seb grows increasingly suspicious over Phelan and slowly comes to realise that he killed Luke; however, Phelan had already covered his tracks by deceiving Seb into touching the gun, thereby incriminating himself for the murder. Realizing that he's been used to frame Anna for GBH, Seb stands up for her in court by openly changing his statement and telling the jury that Phelan is the real perpetrator behind the crime. Despite Seb's betrayal, his testimony becomes insufficient when Eileen finds CCTV footage of Faye's father Tim Metcalfe and Gary restraining Seb into a taxi, making it appear that the duo coerced him into testifying against Phelan. Although Anna desperately tried to proclaim her innocence and describe Phelan as the "monster" he truly is, recalling how he victimized Owen and Michael on separate years, she is nevertheless found guilty thanks to Eileen's evidence. As she's dragged out of court, Anna hysterically brands Phelan "pure evil" just as he takes the opportunity to gloat in front of everyone except Eileen, who had already left by the time the verdict was announced. Anna is later sentenced to five years imprisonment off-screen.
On the day of Anna's sentencing, Phelan becomes surprised when Nicola turns up at the builders yard - seeking forgiveness for the accusations she made against him. Phelan forgives Nicola and the pair form a conversation of the recent events when Gary spots the pair and instantly confronts them, only for Nicola to dismiss his accusations against Phelan at the request of "building bridges, not breaking them", thus implying that she wants to move on from the past. Although Gary ends up leaving out of anger, he's soon requested by Nicola to meet up at her flat, whereupon he finds out that Seb has taken refugee at Nicola's since the trial. Nicola tells Gary that she defended Phelan to ensure that he doesn't uncover her true intentions, as she had recently learned from Seb about Phelan framing Anna and killing Luke. Initially skeptical, Gary reluctantly agrees to go through with her plan on seeking a job at Phelan's new site mill project in order to investigate his crimes as well as raising money for their impending baby; the pair recently had a one-night stand together, which led to Nicola getting pregnant and Gary being revealed as the father of her would-be child. This apparently works when Nicola manages to persuade Phelan to reluctantly hire Gary under her conditions of her child's upcoming future, and Gary manages to make some progress when he notices Phelan feeling pressured upon his boss Mona Beattie (Rachel Logan) announcing that the project is scheduled to be launched near the place where he killed Andy and Vinny. Eventually, Phelan grows suspicious when he spots someone inside Nicola's flat and steadily learns of her betrayal when he manages to gain access into her flat and ends up seeing Seb there. On the day Nicola is rushed to hospital upon collapsing from her baby's kicking, Phelan confronted her shortly after firing Gary from the mill site job and the pair argued, concluding with Phelan disowning Nicola before storming out in tears, later explaining the situation to Eileen and declaring that she and her granddaughter Summer Spellman are the only people he trusts; further stating that Nicola can "go to hell" along with Gary and Seb.
As Phelan ensures Eileen's eternal trust over him, he becomes irritated with Liz's constant meddling and the pair begin clashing; with Liz feeling insulted towards Phelan as he continually warns her to back off. However, when Eileen organizes a party for Phelan and invites everyone over, she becomes concerned when Phelan doesn't show up. As it turns out, Phelan had recently learned from Mona that his fellow workman will be draining the lake where Andy and Vinny's bodies were buried. He desperately attempts to relocate them to someplace else, but in the process his phone gets dropped into the cement and whilst trying to retrieve it, Phelan falls and is knocked unconscious. With Tim's reluctant help, Eileen finds her husband and phones an ambulance to rescue him. On the day after, Phelan attempts to thank Tim for aiding Eileen in rescuing him. Tim, who is already aware of Phelan's true colors, instead rejects his thank you card and begins questioning him over his nefarious activities. Although Phelan denies his role in the deaths of Michael and Luke, as well as claiming that Anna brought Seb's GBH incident all on herself, he gleefully admits to masterminding the Calcutta Street scam development before leaving the taxi, unaware that Tim had actually been recording his confession, which he later delivers to Eileen. She instantly confronts Phelan over his involvement in Calcutta Street, concluding that Anna and Michael were telling the truth about his role in the scam development all along, and that Todd had merely been helping out as well to fulfil her wishes in getting along with Phelan since his previous warnings about him were dismissed. Phelan is unable to victimize himself upon stating that Vinny ripped him off, to which Eileen disregards as she contemplates on reporting him to the police. However, she changes her mind at the last second when he manages to win her over once again by helping her in Summer's situation with Billy; to do that, however, Phelan forced Billy to go into rehab by attacking him when Eileen and Summer were absent at that point.
Knowing that Tim's recording evidence may be enough to bring him down, Phelan forges a holiday trip with Eileen in an attempt to evade the law. While Phelan proceeds with his plans, Gary and Seb seek out the gun that Phelan used to kill Luke near the site manager's office. In doing so, however, they instead locate Andy and Vinny's bodies and are formally arrested, until DS Keith Willets manages to puzzle the truth following Gary's accusation. News of Phelan's murderous activates soon spread around Weatherfield when Gary instructs his lawyer, Ken's grandson Adam, to phone Tim about this. He promptly alerts Eileen just as she and her husband end up rowing over Phelan needing some privacy. Later on that night, Phelan discovers Eileen receiving Tim's voice message; thus confirming everyone's theory about him. Realising that he's been exposed at last, Phelan chucks Eileen's phone into the river and proceeds to enumerate the deaths he caused; admitting to his role in the deaths of Michael and Luke, as well as confessing to kidnapping Andy before revealing how he forced him to kill Vinny before murdering Andy himself. Horrified and outraged, Eileen furiously brands Phelan a "murderer" and "rapist" as she berates him for what he did to Anna and Todd before threatening to chuck his getaway keys into the water — causing him to snap and charge at Eileen, only to end up falling over the edge. However, he manages to hang onto a rope and desperately begs Eileen for help as he struggles to make it up to safety, going as far as to claim that Todd is in danger, and would die if she wouldn't help him up. This ultimately proves to be the last straw for Eileen, who proceeds to angrily stamp on his fingers whilst repeatedly calling him a "liar"; eventually, Phelan loses his grip and ends up falling into the rough sea below. Though Eileen is safely recovered by Tim and Liz, as well as the police, Phelan's body is not found and he is presumed dead the next day when his killing spree become public knowledge; however, unbeknown to everyone, Phelan has survived the fall and is nursing his way back to health at Mrs Gillen's bedsit in Ireland — having checked in under the alias on his false passport, "Alan Frost". Upon watching several residents including Eileen and Nicola speak out for Anna's release, which Daniel has organized in his campaign to free her, Phelan checks out of the hotel and plans his return.
Phelan moved to a caravan park in Abergele, Wales, where he used a false identity on a mother's social group to keep in contact with an oblivious Nicola. However, this is a vital error as a suspicious Gary and his army friend Joe Haslam began to look into the mysterious contact, tracked the location and found out that it was Phelan. Intending to finish him for good, Gary attacks Phelan with a bat; however, he is quickly subdued and is on the verge of getting killed when Joe entered the caravan and knocked Phelan out with a rock. The pair brought Phelan back to Weatherfield where Gary had planned to get revenge on him for what he did to his family, only for Sarah to confront him and end up learning of Phelan's captivity. As Sarah argues with Gary about informing the police about his return, Phelan is discovered by Kevin's young son Jack Webster - whom he previously helped rescue Anna back at the start of 2017 on New Year's Day - and he attempted to bribe him with a tender into setting him free. This proved initially successful until Gary and Sarah arrived back and talked Jack out of it before sending him away with the promise that he never saw Phelan. Once Jack has gone, Phelan taunted Gary with remarks about his mother that caused the latter to brutally hit his enemy with a plank of wood. When Sarah once again tries to convince Gary into calling the police, Phelan manages to free himself — thanks to Jack's help — and attacks Gary with a chair. He then locked the builder's yard gate, retrieved his firearm and forced Gary and Sarah back into the garage where he held a gun to Sarah ordering Gary to contact Nicola and request that she come to the garage along with his newly born grandson: Zac. After finding out that she had called Tim instead, not knowing in reality that she was actually speaking to Kevin on the phone, Phelan frightened Sarah by firing an unloaded gun at her before leaving her and Gary at the garage. He then made his way discreetly to Eileen's house, where she was looking after Nicola and Zac. After tricking Nicola into telling him in, Phelan forces his way into the house where he meets Zac and tells Eileen that their "marriage" meant nothing as it was all part of his original plan cover-up his crimes. When Nicola attempts to prevent her father from coming near Zac, he threatens to shoot her. However, Seb — who was also in the house — secretly comes down the stairs and attacks Phelan with a screwdriver. Despite the efforts of the three attempting to subdue Phelan, he overpowers them; knocking out Eileen and Seb, but unintentionally shot Nicola in the process.
Feeling guilty for shooting his own daughter, Phelan storms into the bistro, during the wedding of Michelle Connor and Robert Preston, with Nicola in his arms — begging for help. Phelan instigates a siege by ordering Roy Cropper to confiscate everyone's phones, then forces Michelle's son Ali Neeson to save his daughter under the threat of shooting his mother — refusing to let the guests call an ambulance. However, upon hearing sirens arriving nearby, he agrees to an ambulance and apologizes to Nicola before giving her a kiss goodbye. After telling Ali to save his daughter, with Michelle's sister-in-law Maria Connor and her friend Rana Habeeb stepping in to help him out as well, Phelan requests for a hostage and insists on taking Michelle; despite her sister-in-law Carla and Roy both offering to be taken captive. Despite Robert also offering to be taken captive, Michelle agrees when Phelan cocks his gun and threatens to kill the pair. After forcing Robert and the guests into a corner, threatening to shoot Michelle should they follow him, Phelan drags the bride-to-be into the kitchen where he is surprised to find Anna waiting; Daniel's campaign had been successful, and Anna was since then released and has merely just rescued Gary and Sarah from captivity. Michelle uses this opportunity to manage herself into escaping from Phelan's grasp, but this prompts him into shooting her. In the moment Phelan turns to face Anna, she instantly charges at him with a knife — stabbing Phelan. Shortly after Robert bursts into the kitchen with Ali and Carla, with all three rushing over to Michelle for medical treatment, Phelan pulls the knife from his chest and gloats at the fact that Anna will go back to prison for murder. Michelle, however, defends Anna by saying the attack was self-defence, and that she'll be willing to tell any court the same - for Luke and Andy as well. When Anna tauntingly declares victory in their long-standing feud, Phelan does a light chuckle with his last breath — indicating that nobody has won in this scenario — before he succumbs to his wound and dies in front of her. The residents of Coronation Street observe as his body is brought out and put in the private ambulance, thus confirming that Phelan is dead and signalling the end of his reign of terror once and for all.
|“||Do you really want to know what I am? I’m that; I’m the darkness and the light; I’m a creator and a destroyer, the accuser and the prosecutor; I'm the lord in hope; I’m the layer in wait....... and I’m the worst thing you can imagine!||„|
|~ Pat Phelan's breakdown as his wife Eileen finally discovers his true colors.|
List of Victims
A list of people whom Phelan has victimized in the course of his reign of terror.
- Annabel Rubenstein — Phelan raped Annabel back in September 1989; just nine months before their daughter Nicola was born.
- Anna Windass — Phelan raped Anna by blackmailing her into sleeping with him in April 2014. After disgracing and terrorizing her for two years since his return in January 2016, Phelan framed Anna for pushing Seb off a ladder. She eventually got her revenge on 1 June 2018 after stabbing Phelan during his "last stand" rampage, killing him and ending his reign of terror once and for all.
- Gary Windass — Phelan blackmailed Gary in retaliation for the latter's assault on him, which led to the events of Anna's rape and Owen losing his £80,000 investment that consequently left both the Armstrong and Windass families on the verge of financial bankruptcy. Phelan was later kidnapped by Gary and was secretly taken back to Weatherfield, whereupon Phelan escaped Gary's captivity and briefly took him hostage at gunpoint.
- Owen Armstrong — Phelan tricked Owen in investing £80,000 onto their business project, as part of his plan to exact revenge on Owen for stealing his motorcycle and forcing him to pay what was owed back in October 2013. After blackmailing Owen in completing the project for no profit in retaliation for Gary's assault, Phelan subsequently arranged for have him blacklisted from the council's list of approved builders; the result leaves Owen financially bankrupted and virtually jobless, before he eventually leaves Weatherfield after Phelan's actions had effectively destroyed his relationship with Anna as well.
- Kevin Webster — Phelan manipulated Kevin into believing his own version of his past with Anna, which nearly destroyed their relationship in the process. When that failed and the pair embarked on a feud, Phelan sabotaged Kevin's business ventures by blackmailing Andy into setting fire to his garage — which consequently discredited Kevin along with his mechanic operations, which Phelan had earlier arranged to have impaired beforehand.
- Jason Grimshaw — Phelan deceptively usurped Jason by sabotaging his business developments, at one point having his van torched - which essentially led an unsuspecting Jason to depart Weatherfield, thus allowing Phelan to seize control of both his inheritance and his venture for the impending "Calcutta Street" flats scam project.
- Todd Grimshaw — Phelan entrapped Todd into working alongside him and his business partner, Vinny Ashford, on their "Calcutta Street" flats scam project in 2016 — the result of which nearly led to the pair getting arrested following Vinny's betrayal. In 2017, Phelan's marriage with Eileen led to Todd facing multiple complications — culminating in him getting arrested for assaulting a police officer and attempting to leave Weatherfield with his adopted daughter Summer Spellman. Throughout this, Phelan is indirectly responsible for Todd's departure from Weatherfield.
- Norris Cole — Phelan conned Norris by arranging to have his venture obstructed; one of Phelan's associates falsely appeared as a property developer and deceived Norris into ordering new shipments before fleeing with them.
- Yasmeen Nazir — One of the victims of the "Calcutta Street" flats scam development, which Phelan had perpetuated; prior to this, Phelan had vandalized Yasmeen's committee, the Jamila House Community Centre, in a successful bid to secure his partnership with the Freschos supermarket.
- Rita Turner — One of the victims of the "Calcutta Street" flats scam development, which Phelan had perpetuated.
- Sarah Platt — One of the victims of the "Calcutta Street" flats scam development, which Phelan had perpetuated; subsequent to this, Phelan had taken Sarah hostage during his "last stand" rampage and was even on the verge of executing her.
- Michael Rodwell — Phelan watched Michael die of a heart attack, without helping him, in order to prevent him from exposing the truth about his "Calcutta Street" flats scam development. Prior to this, Phelan previously watched Michael have a heart attack in March 2016 and was on the verge of not helping him until Jason abruptly interfered.
- Andy Carver — Phelan blackmailed Andy in retaliation for the latter attacking him in December 2016. On his weeding day a month later, Phelan kidnapped Andy to prevent him from exposing the truth about both Michael's death and the "Calcutta Street" flats scam development. After keeping him captive in a cellar for nearly over a year, Phelan killed Andy - though not before forcing him to execute Vinny under the guise of earning his "freedom".
- Vinny Ashford — Phelan blackmailed Vinny in returning to Weatherfield as revenge for the latter's betrayal within their "Calcutta Street" flats scam development. After forcing him to bring the money he was fleeced from, threatening to harm his mother Flora McArdle otherwise, Phelan kidnapped Vinny and staged his death by forcing Andy to shoot Vinny dead.
- Luke Britton — Phelan killed Luke after the latter had unknowingly puzzled the true circumstances about Andy.
- Steph Britton — Phelan deliberately caused Steph to leave Weatherfield on two different occasions; first in 2017 when she sought to leave Weatherfield for Portugal with Andy, her boyfriend, after learning about Phelan blackmailing him and threatening her; the second in 2018 when Phelan drove Steph to leaving Weatherfield for good in order to prevent her from discovering his killings of both Andy and her brother Luke.
- Seb Franklin — Phelan incriminated Seb for the murders of both Andy and Luke after tricking him in touching his gun, which nearly led to Seb being framed for the murders had he and Gary not recovered Andy's body during their campaign to avenge Luke's death. Prior to this, Phelan manipulated Seb into believing that Anna pushed him off the ladder — which subsequently led to her arrest and wrongful conviction for Seb's accident; it is unclear but likely that Phelan pushed Seb off the ladder as part of his scheme against Anna.
- Eileen Grimshaw — Phelan deceived Eileen throughout his reign of terror in the events between 2016-2018, and nearly killed her in their dramatic showdown when she finally discovered his true colors — culminating when she kicked Phelan into the sea, presumably killing him. The following day, Eileen was arrested for all of her husband's crimes; as the police suspected her of abetting Phelan as well as being involved in his nefarious activities.
- Nicola Rubenstein — Phelan unintentionally shot Nicola when she attempted to stop his lethal rampage, but she managed to survive. Nicola was also the result of rape after Phelan sexually assaulted her mother Annabel just nine months before she was born.
- Michelle Connor — Phelan shot Michelle during his attempt to escape Weatherfield, but she managed to survive.
|~ Pat Phelan greeting his criminal associates.|
|~ Pat Phelan's catchphrase.|
|“||It's been a pleasure||„|
|~ Pat Phelan's final words in his first stint before departing the show in 2014|
|“||I won't cause you any trouble if you don't cause me any trouble!!||„|
|~ Phelan makes a coerced deal with Anna shortly after the two get reacquainted|
|“||Pat Phelan, nice to meet you!||„|
|~ Pat Phelan's first words in his second stint upon returning in 2016|
|“||Don't you wander off now.||„|
|~ Pat Phelan's last words to Michael Rodwell as he watches the latter succumb to a fatal heart attack.|
|“||You know that story you were writing? How about the bad guy that gets his comeuppance? Well, I’ve just thought of a new ending!||„|
|~ One of Pat Phelan's famous quotes as he seemingly kills fellow enemy Andy Carver.|
|“||You don't know me.||„|
|~ Pat Phelan's last words to Andy before he executes him; mere moments after manipulating Andy into killing Vinny Ashford.|
|“||Well you came looking for Andy! Looks like you found him, you say hello from me.||„|
|~ Pat Phelan's last words to Luke Britton before murdering him after a spectacular high-speed vehicle chase.|
|“||You wouldn't risk getting locked up, lying for her.||„|
|~ Pat Phelan unsuccessfully tries to implicate Anna for stabbing him when Michelle Connor — whom he had shot moments ago — and her wedding guests tell him that the attack will be confirmed as self-defense; with Michelle wanting this to be the case so she could avenge Andy and Luke as well.|
|~ Pat Phelan's last words on the show as he slowly dies in front of Anna upon realising his ultimate defeat in horror.|
- Pat Phelan's reign of terror is similar to Richard Hillman's killer storyline.
- Phelan and Richard were both businessmen and con artists.
- Phelan and Richard's first "murder" victim was by accident and somebody they left to die; with Richard indirectly causing the death of fellow associate Duggie Ferguson in 2002, whereas Phelan had deliberately provoked his arch-rival Michael Rodwell into dying of a heart attack in 2016 before staging the lethal execution of former cohort Vinny Ashford. in 2017.
- Their second and third murder victims were committed by their own hands; with Richard killing his ex-wife Patricia in 2002 and later local neighbor Maxine Peacock in 2003, whereas Phelan killed his personal hostage Andy Carver in 2017 before murdering the latter's best friend Luke Britton in 2018.
- Shortly after their second murder they got married to the person they loved, with Richard marrying Gail and with Phelan marrying Eileen.
- The pair of them tried to move on from their crime and build a happy family life, with Richard creating a ready made family with Gail's and with Phelan attempting to bond with his long-lost daughter.
- When the pair came close to being rumbled, they confessed to their loved ones about their crimes, although Richard did it simply because he couldn't lie to Gail anymore, whereas Phelan seemed to do it to boast to Eileen and scare her into letting him getaway. Phelan also appeared to meet his end in a watery grave like Richard, however this didn't come to pass as unlike Richard, he survived and didn't drown. But like Richard himself, Phelan went into hiding after his confession and was killed after his "last stand" rampage had ultimately failed.
- The kidnapping storyline which ended on 27 October 2017, with Phelan shooting Andy after having Vinny executed; resulted in Ofcom receiving 390 complaints. Ofcom claims that these complaints were about the violence, but most of these complaints were about the lack of quality in the writing. Critics cite this as a prime example of ITV's supposedly thin skin.
- A recurring occurrence with the character is the amount of times he has cheated death and been attacked by an adversary, but he always manages to survive.
- Connor McIntyre, the actor who portrays Pat Phelan, won villain of the year at the British Soap Awards in 2016 and in 2018; he was also nominated for the same award in 2017, but lost to Lucy-Jo Hudson's portrayal as Rhiannon Davis from Doctors.
- The week of Phelan's last stand was aired after the watershed (9.pm) due to violence and gore.