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Stefan Brent is a fictional character and supporting antagonist of the British ITV soap opera Coronation Street. He merely appeared as a major antagonist in 2021.
Stefen is an affluent publisher and the father of Corey Brent who appeared to have a good relationship with his son. As such he was pivotally involved in a nation-gripping storyline where Corey brutally attacked Nina Lucas and Seb Franklin in a teenage hate crime incident that ultimately resulted in the latter's death.
Stefan Brent is known to be a well-known publisher and married man in Weatherfield who is also the father of wayward teenager Corey Brent.
In 2021, Stefan made his first appearance in Weatherfield when he meets up with Dev Alahan about Corey's relationship with Dev's daughter Asha. It was already clear that Dev distrusts Corey due to his rebellious nature, and tells Stefan about this before threatening to kill him unless he gets Corey to stay away from Asha for good.
Later on, Stefan learns that Corey and his associates have perpetuated a horrific attack on young adults Nina Lucas and Seb Franklin. Both were hospitalized and although Nina survived the attack, Seb had died in the arms of his grieving mother Abi. Soon afterwards, Stefan orders Corey to cease contact with his associates in order to prevent his son from getting implicated behind the attack. Stefan's interference allows Corey to incriminate fellow teenager Kelly Neelan as the perpetuator, whereas his associate Eli Higginson is also apprehended for the crime.
So far Stefan has managed to help Corey avoid jail time by having his lawyer approve for Corey's bail conditions. With the case still ongoing, it is more than likely that Stefan will resurface in Weatherfield once more and perhaps go to extreme lengths in order to either keep his son out of trouble or avoid letting Abi and Nina get justice against him for Seb's death.
The trial eventually commenced; it quickly becomes clear that Stefan has bribed people to take the stand in court and say that Corey is a good lad with no violent intentions. On the day of the verdict, Abi confrotned Stefan in his office and attempted to force a confession out of him in order to prove Corey's guilty in Seb's murder. However, Stefan anticapated this and used a panic alarm to alert the police to his office; Abi was thereupon arrested for breaking and entering, which prompted her to declare "I will kill you!!" in fury over her failed plan. Later on, Corey was acquitted for Seb's murder whilst Kelly is wrongfully found guilty for the crime; she is later sentenced to life imprisonment.
It then seemed as though as Stefan has succeeded in letting Corey get away with his actions. But that all changed when a homeless man named Stu came accross Corey's clothes, the same one that Corey wore on the night he killed Seb. Thereafter the Brent duo attempted to retrieve the clothes, but it was too late as Stu helped Abi and Nina deliver them to the police for evidence. Needing to escape the country with his son, Stefan acquired fake passports for him and Corey before summoning Eli's father Christian to request in fleeing Weatherfield in a getaway van. They are nearly successful until Christian is confronted by Kelly's adopted father Gary Windass, who takes the van to the police station; Corey is then arrested and charged before later getting sent to prison off-screen, henceforth destroying Stefan's chances of helping his criminal son once more.
- He made a total of 15 appearences during his time on the show.
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