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Frank Foster is a fictional character and recurring antagonist of the British Soap Opera Coronation Street.
He debuted in January 2011 and became the show's main antagonist until the character was axed and killed off in his own titular whodunit storyline, "Who Killed Frank Foster?", from March 2012.
In his storyline, Frank had embarked on a romantic business partnership with established character Carla Connor that soon led to him getting engaged; though not before he nearly cheated on Carla by seducing and trying to rape her sister-in-law Maria. But then Carla had an affair with her future husband Peter Barlow and decided not to marry Frank after all. It was then Frank raped Carla in a fit of rage, which subsuqently led to the scenario of his trial for her ordeal and the events building up to his eventual death after he gets found not guilty in the end.
The character was portrayed by Andrew Lancel.
The seedy client
Frank Foster first came to Weatherfield as a client for the Underworld Factory in January 2011, meeting up with the boss Carla Connor.
Soon enough he took an interest to Carla's sister-in-law and PA Michelle and showed this clearly when having a meeting with her, which made Michelle uneasy until she left with her boyfriend Ciaran McCarthy. Soon enough Frank set his sights on Carla's other sister-in-law Maria, who was also working at the factory. When Maria turned up for a business meeting at Frank's house in a dress, Frank misread the signals and made a pass at her. She rejected him and Frank tried to rape her, but Maria fought him off and left the scene.
When Maria confronted Frank the next day, he admitted to making a pass at her but denied attempting to rape her. Frank later threatened to call off the contract, but Maria was unwilling to let Carla's business get threatened and agreed to "forgive" him allowing Frank and Carla to make a deal. But Maria was still uneasy around Frank, causing her to quit and confine to her boyfriend Chris Gray about it. Chris confronted Frank and warned him to stay away from Maria. In the meantime, Carla grew closer to Frank after he turned her against Maria by making it out out Maria had exaggerated the situation. Frank also showed a softer side by supporting Carla after her mother's passing.
Raping Carla Connor
Soon enough, Frank bought a share of the factory and his relationship with Carla developed as time went on. Eventually he proposed to her and she accepted. However, Carla soon exhibited a crush on local resident Peter Barlow and the two began seeing each other behind Frank's back. She soon realized Frank wouldn't leave the business so easily, so went to see a solicitor on how she can get him out of Underworld. On the eve of their wedding Frank was crushed when Carla called it off, and he came to realization she loved Peter and was seeing him. Frank raped Carla, but upon realizing what he had just done fled the scene. Deciding to cover his tracks, he went to the corner shop to buy wine and put on the image as a perfect fiancée, and when returning to the flat acted shocked when Carla "accused" him of rape. Frank was arrested but later released. When he turned up at Coronation Street to the Bistro, he was attacked by Peter and Frank was arrested for going against his bail conditions and held in remand.
Revenge against Carla and Peter
In order to ruin both Carla and Peter, Frank contacted Peter's estranged wife Leanne Battersby and told her that the pair had been seeing each other and that they were setting him up. Leanne began to doubt Carla's claims, along with a few in the street. Frank was released on bail, and began taking equipment from the factory to set up his own place as he had a right to it. He also hired his mother Anne as a proxy.
Frank managed to successfully con Carla out of her share of Underworld. However, when his mother overheard him one night in the factory taunting Carla over his success and threatening to rape Carla a second time, she confronted him after Carla left and was angry and distraught, and blamed Frank for the death of his father due to stress. Frank taunted her, and in anger Anne grabbed a glass bottle Carla left behind and hit him over the head. Frank was killed and an upset Anne fled. Carla, along with Peter were one of the suspects for killing Frank, but Anne was later revealed to be the killer and arrested.
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- Andrew Larcel (the actor who played Frank Foster) was nominated for some awards for his character's performance.
- He appeared in a total of 137 appearneces throughouht his time on the show.