Adam Barlow

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Adam Barlow
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Iain de Caestecker (2001–03)
Sam Robertson (2004–)
Duration 2001–07, 2016–
First appearance Episode 4967
14 January 2001
Introduced by Jane MacNaught (2001)
Kieran Roberts (2003)
Tony Wood (2004)
Kate Oates (2016)
Classification Present; regular
Iain De Caestecker at PaleyFest 2014.jpg
Iain de Caestecker (pictured in 2014) originally played Adam between 2001 and 2003.

Adam Barlow is a fictional character in the British television soap opera Coronation Street, played by Sam Robertson. He made her first appearance on screen on 14 January 2001. Adam was played by Iain de Caestecker from the character's first appearance in 2001 until 21 July 2003 with Robertson taking over the role from 31 December 2004 until 20 April 2007. Robertson reprised the role in 2016 and made his return on screen on 16 November.[1][2] Adam is the son of Mike Baldwin (Johnny Briggs) and Susan Barlow (Joanna Foster).


Adam first appeared aged twelve when he was visiting his uncle Peter (Chris Gascoyne) and grandfather Ken (William Roache), with his mother, Susan. It was revealed that he is Mike Baldwin's son, conceived when he and Susan were married, something neither he nor Mike knew. Susan died shortly afterwards in a road accident and Adam went to live with Mike. Adam left Coronation Street to go to boarding school in Scotland, but returned after doing his Highers exams.

Adam bought a car from an auction, but in an embarrassing turn of events, after filling his car up with petrol on a day out with his girlfriend Candice Stowe (Nikki Sanderson), his car ignited by the roadside. The cause of the fire was a mystery, until a policewoman told him his car ran on diesel, not petrol. He worked at his father Mike's factory, Underworld, and annoyed his new half-brother, Danny (Bradley Walsh), by being the apple of his father's eye. He was dumped by ambitious Candice Stowe via letter, had a short fling with Kelly Crabtree (Tupele Dorgu), and had a crush on Sarah Platt (Tina O'Brien) when he first returned to the Street. Adam began dating shy factory worker Joanne Jackson (Zaraah Abrahams) after they flirted at his birthday party.

Following Mike's death, he is determined to bring brother Danny down after he stole his inheritance. Adam is unaware that the will is invalid because Mike's last will, the real one, left everything to him. Only Leanne Battersby (Jane Danson) and Danny knew it existed, and Danny was determined to make sure that Adam did not get his inheritance. However, following her split from Danny, Leanne gave a photocopy of the new will to Adam and it was then possible he would claim his inheritance and press criminal charges against Danny. After Danny was questioned by the police, he decided to offer Adam a 40% share of the factory. Acting on Ken's advice, Adam accepted. In September 2006, Adam sold his 40% to Liam Connor (Rob James-Collier). Liam's brother, Paul (Sean Gallagher), bought the remaining 60% in January 2007. Joanne later dumped Adam by text message, after not seeing him for months. Adam left Weatherfield in April and moved to Portsmouth with his uncle, Peter, where they opened a bookies together.

In November 2016, on his return to Weatherfield, Adam is caught in Underworld by Johnny Connor (Richard Hawley) and Aiden Connor (Shayne Ward). He, Peter and his aunt Tracy Barlow (Kate Ford) visit Ken in hospital. They meet Daniel Osbourne (Rob Mallard), who reveals he is Ken's son. Adam joins his family for a meal and defends Tracy against Robert Preston (Tristan Gemmill)


In July 2016, it was announced that Coronation Street would be extending the Barlow family be reintroducing Adam along with Peter Barlow and Daniel Osbourne. It was announced that Chris Gascoyne had reprised his role as Peter and Rob Mallard had taken over the role as Daniel, followed by Robertson reprising his role as Adam. Addressing the plans, producer Kate Oates told Digital Spy: "One of the things I am most excited about and something I consider a real privilege is that I am lucky enough to work on the longest-running soap. One of the longest-running families on that soap is the Barlows and why would you not want to strengthen that family? I love the idea of Ken as the head of the family which has Tracy, Simon and Amy. I am excited to bring Peter back to the show. I am delighted to meet Daniel Osborne, who is Ken’s child with Denise and I am excited to bring back Adam, who is Mike Baldwin’s son and Ken’s grandson. I think that strong family dynasty - the first family on the soap, as it were - here, big, strong and sending ripples through the street, is really exciting and I am really looking forward to seeing that.”[3]

Of his return, Robertson said, “I’m delighted to be back. Coronation Street was my first job as an actor and is a special place for me. As a young actor it was a little overwhelming, so I’m looking forward to coming back and stamping my mark on the character - I feel there’s unfinished business with Adam".[4] In an interview with the Radio Times, asked if Adam would become a womaniser like his father Mike Baldwin (Johnny Briggs), Robertson replied: "Oh yes, it’s in my contract! Absolutely Adam’s a womaniser and at the minute he doesn’t seem to have much regard for the women he’s with. He doesn’t seem to have much heart, but maybe this is leading to him getting his fingers burnt.[5]


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