Roy and Hayley Cropper were voted the UK’s most loving couple of 2004 by readers of the Printworks in Manchester.
1. Roy and Hayley Cropper (Coronation Street) – 23%
2. Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne – 18%
3. Brad Pitt and Jennifer Anniston – 15%
4. Kat and Alfie Moon (Eastenders) – 12%
5. Jack and Vera Duckworth (Coronation Street) – 11%
6. Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan – 8%
7. Homer and Marge Simpson – 6%
8. Madonna and Guy Ritchie – 4%
9. Tony and Cherie Blair – 2%
10. The Queen and Prince Philip – 1%
The ultimate odd couple, Roy and Hayley’s unique relationship has endeared them to soap fans the world over. Roy, the archetypal anorak, and transsexual Hayley first met in 1998 and married in April 1999 in the glamorous surroundings of Roys Rolls café.
The pair have faced more obstacles than most, from Hayley being tormented about her sexuality to Tracy Barlow selling her baby to the Croppers in the latest Corrie cliffhanger. Yet while they have experienced some truly dramatic peaks and troughs, the pair have always retained an incredibly strong bond, that has seen them through bad times and good.
Three of the top five loveliest couples are soap creations – two from Coronation Street and one from Eastenders – revealing that we are influenced and affected by the relationships of fictional couples aswell as those of real life celebrities.
Fred Booth, The Printworks Centre Director, comments: “Coronation Street has a great history of powerful characters and some classic couplings. Who can forget Stan and Hilda, Ken and Deirdre or Curly and Raquel? “Nobody would choose Roy and Hayley as the great romance of the century but what they do have is a genuine love and affection for one another that shines through the screen every time we watch them. They just go to prove that there is someone out there for all of us!”
Alison Sinclair, senior Coronation Street publicist comments :"We are thrilled that Roy and Hayley have been voted the UK's most romantic couple. They might be unconventional but Roy and Hayley have stuck together through thick and thin and they have got more heartache to come next week thanks to Tracy Barlow. Their popularity as a couple is down to the superb acting and characterisation of Julie Hesmondhalgh and David Nielson and the talent of our writing team."
In 2002, Coronation Street’s Hilda and Stan Ogden were voted the most romantic TV couple of all time.
The poll conducted by NTL Home, the UK’s largest cable TV and broadband internet company, asked over 5,000 people to nominate their ‘Most Romantic TV Couple’, making it the largest poll of its kind in the UK. The top ten are:
1. Hilda and Stan Ogden – Coronation Street
2. Monica and Chandler – Friends
3. Rachel and Ross – Friends
4. Dot and Jim – Eastenders
5. Niles and Daphne – Frasier
6. Scott and Charlene – Neighbours
7. Jonathan &Jennifer – Hart to Hart
8. Sonya & Jamie – Eastenders
9. Del & Raquel – Only Fools and Horses
10. Barry & Nathalie – Eastenders
Rod Henwood, Director of TV at NTL Home says: “Britain’s longest running soap can today celebrate as we reveal that the nation is still in love with the infamous Hilda and Stan Ogden. It seems that their unaffected love and the daily ups and downs of Weatherfield, have left a far stronger impression on the great British public than the gloss of Friends or Frasier. Perhaps ITV has found a sure-fire way to boost its ratings – bring back the type of romance that created that long-standing ‘Ogden magic’!”