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Corey Brent is a fictional character and major antagonist of the British soap opera Coronation Street. He appeared as a supporting antagonist in both 2019 and 2020 before becoming the show's main antagonist in 2021.
He is portrayed by Maximus Evans.
Corey Brent first appeared in Weatherfield as a student at the local high-school. He was classmates with fellow student Asha Alahan and the pair began dating, though at times he would cause trouble to the point where he attempts to get her to trust him more. Moreover, Asha's brother Aadi and their father Dev both distrust Corey due to his rebellious nature. As such, Asha's best-friend Amy Barlow is thoroughly skeptical towards Corey because of this.
In 2021, Corey's disreputable activities took at it's worst when he and his friend Eli Higginson went out fellow teenagers Kelly Neelan and Summer Spellman. They are soon joined by young adults Nina Lucas and her boyfriend Seb Frankin. At first things got out of hand when Kelly was dared to slap Nina and she did, prompting her and Seb to start heading back home. However, Corey and his associates later followed them before proceeding to attack them in a hate crime. Both Nina and Seb were consequently rushed to hospital; though Nina recuperates, Seb is unfortunately brain dead and he dies in the arms of his grieving mother Abi.
Following his role in Nina's hospitalization and Seb's death, Corey feigned remorse for what has happened to Asha in an attempt to convince her that he was not involved. Asha soon learns otherwise from Nina, however, but decides to make it appear that she still trusts Corey in order to try and catch him off guard. In the meantime, Corey implicates Kelly as the instigator behind the attack and Kelly is arrested before getting charged with the crime. Corey is later taken in for questioning; though Eli is also charged for GBH, Corey is released without charge and is told by his father Stefan that he'll get out of the situation by all means.
At Seb's funeral, Corey secretly expresses his lack of remorse for what has happened. Abi spots Corey mocking over Seb's death and contemplates on attacking him, but is stopped by Asha. Later on, Asha drugs Corey and attempts to find evidence of his involvement in his phone. Corey discovers her betrayal and goes out of the flat, but collapses on the stairs and is rushed to hospital. Corey is then visited by the police again and gets charged for his role in Nina's attack and Seb's death, but is granted bail thanks to Stefan's assistance.
Soon afterwards, Nina confronts Corey and he later hassles her with threats before getting arrested by policeman Craig Tinker on suspicion of breaking his bail conditions.
- The storyline where Corey and his associates brutally attack Nina and Seb, to the point where the latter gets killed-off in the process, was inspired by a real-life incident surrounding the Murder of Sophie Lancaster in 2007.
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