"You're finished Barlow. Deirdre loves me. She's mine, I'll...
~ Mike Baldwin's last words before he dies in the arms of his archenemy Ken Barlow after recalling their love triangle with Deirdre in the past, thus signaling the end of the show's most developed feud of all-time.

Mike Baldwin is a fictional character and the anti-villain of the British soap opera Coronation Street. He appeared on the serial for 40 from 1976 to 2006 and was involved in some of the show's high-profiled storylines, most notably in a love triangle with his archenemy Ken Barlow and his wife Deirdre in 1983; the feud continued on for many years to come and Mike served as the central antagonist in their rivalry arc at the time. Though he is not as evil as some of the show's most villainous characters like Alan Bradley and Richard Hillman among several others as well, Mike still developed traits as an antagonist due to him being portrayed as a self-made cocky businessman who can at times be cruel and prove to be a manipulative cheater - although he would sometimes show a softer side once in a while. In his final few months in the show from mid-2005 to early 2006 the character became a tragic figure when he developed Alzheimer's disease and later passed away, conveniently in the arms of Ken.

He was portrayed by Johnny Briggs.

History

Mike Baldwin is a self-made businessman, who arrived in Coronation Street in 1976 when he opened up a new factory "Baldwin's Casuals" dealing in making denim jeans and jackets. He flirted with barmaid Bet Lynch behind the back of his common-law-wife back in London, although he later dumped Bet.

In 1983, Mike began an affair with Deirdre Barlow, who was getting bored of her life with Ken and looked for more excitement. She turned to the far more interesting Mike, who wished to start a proper family with her and her young daughter Tracy. However Deirdre decided in the end to remain with Ken, who later forgave her for the affair. This act would continue a feud between the two men for many years to come.

A couple of years later Mike began dating Ken's 21-year-old daughter named Susan and the pair later married against Ken's wishes. Mike dotted on Susan and bought her gifts and hoped to start a family with her, however she was more interested in making a career for herself. When Susan discovered she was pregnant, Mike was over the moon. But Susan claimed she had an abortion, and a disgusted Mike threw her out and Susan left Weatherfield. Unknown to Mike at the time, she didn't have the abortion and gave birth to his son Adam, who he wouldn't know existed until 12 years later.

Mike later got together with Alma (and caused her to split from Ken). But the marriage would fall apart when Mike had an affair, but he confessed to Alma as he was being blackmailed by Greg Kelly.

In 1997, Mike was targeted by his fellow nemesis Don Brennan over a business conflict between them. Don sought revenge on Mike and tried to kill him, as well as Alma by kidnapping her before plunging their car in the canal. But in the end Don confronted Mike until the police were called to arrest him. Don tried to run over Mike, but crashed the car and was killed in the resulting explosion.

Towards the end of the 1990s, Mike and Ken were forced to team up with Deirdre gets arrested for a crime she didn't commit - having been implicated for fraudulent dealings that her ex-fiancé, Jon Lindsay, had been perpetuating. When Deirdre is wrongfully convicted for Jon's crimes whilst Jon himself is released without caution, Mike and Ken resolve to find any evidence against Jon to settle Deirdre's exoneration. This nearly collapses until Jon's bigamy past is revealed, which Mike and Ken use to exonerate Deirdre and have Jon arrested for his crimes.

By 2000, the feud between Mike and Ken has begun to die down. This involved the pair being held hostage in a siege the Freshcos supermarket, up to the point where were tied up in a room together. The two men argued and threw insults at each other, but the matter got serious when Mike suffered a heart attack and Ken had to calm him down to prevent him from dying. Although they wouldn't be friends, they finally managed to put their feud behind them, and Ken even helped organize a surprise birthday party for Mike.

In 2004, Mike's nephew Danny arrived to help him out at the Underworld factory. Mike's brother passed away, and it was discovered that Danny was actually Mike's son as Mike had an affair with his brother's wife. Danny was disgusted by this and was close to hitting Mike.

Mike later began suffering memory loss and during a Christmas meal with his family he began asking for his brother, not realizing he had been dead for months. It was discovered Mike had developed Alzheimer's disease and got increasingly worse overtime, subjecting the once powerful man to weakness and hopelessness. Mike also began living in the past and asking about previous dead residents of the street.

After being soaked in the rain Mike was admitted to hospital with pneumonia. He managed to escape and returned to Coronation Street and hung around outside his old factory. He was found by his old rival Ken, who tried to help Mike back home. However Mike began to believe he was back in 1983 and told Ken he needed to collect Deirdre and Tracy to come and live with him. Mike collapsed and Ken held him, and Mike told him that Deirdre wants him. Mike then suffers a massive heart attack, and ends up dying in Ken's arms.

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Trivia

  • Johnny Briggs reprised the role of Mike Baldwin for a Text Santa sketch in December 2012 in which he appeared as a ghost to Norris Cole.

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