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Lauren
Lauren

PORTRAYED BY

Shannon Flynn

FULLNAME

Lauren

ALIAS

Inconclusive

ORIGIN

Coronation Street

OCCUPATION

A student in Weatherfield High School who is the bully of Bethany Platt

POWERS AND SKILLS

Master of Deception

HOBBY

Bullying Bethany

GOALS

To exact revenge on Bethany and her family for their retaliation over her bullying towards them
(Failed)

FATE

Gets expelled in Weatherfield High School
(Coronation Street)
Gets brutally raped and beaten to death by Nathan Curtis
(Weatherfield series)

TYPE OF CHARACTER

Cowardly Egotist
Sadistic Bully
Teenaged Villainess

Lauren is a fictional character of the British soap opera Coronation Street who served as the quaternary antagonist in the 2016 series and fictitiously reprised that role in the Weatherfield series.

History

Lauren was a sadistic bully who, alongside with her friends, had been terrorizing Bethany Platt at school.

Events in Coronation Street

Lauren makes remarks about Bethany and her mother Sarah Platt as well as pulling her hair. Lauren and her friend Shelley, send cruel messages to Bethany online. Lauren, Shelley and the others follow Bethany home, but Luke Britton intervenes and forces them to leave. When Sarah learns of Bethany's bullying, she visits Lauren at her home and confronts both Lauren and her mother. Judging from the conversation between Lauren and her mother, Bethany isn't the only student Lauren has bullied.

In April 2016, Lauren and her friends follow Bethany back home and make cruel remarks about her newborn half-brother Harry. Just then, Bethany's uncle Nick Tisley sees what's going on and calmly tells Lauren to leave his niece alone. At first, Lauren doesn't feel threatened by Nick and replies that he looks like he's going to have a breakdown, before Nick snaps and snatches Lauren's bag and throws it to the ground, spilling the contents and orders her again to leave Bethany alone, before leaving. An annoyed Lauren picks up her bag and warns Bethany that she and Nick are in trouble.

Lauren later returns with her mother, who demands justice for what Nick did, only for the rest of the Platt family to stand up for Nick, with Sarah ordering Lauren and her mother to leave after learning that Bethany is still getting bullied. Later that month, Lauren and her friends gang on Bethany again, but are prevented from continuing when Luke arrives in his car and gives Bethany a ride home. Bethany looks pleased to see the smiles leave her bullies faces.

In July 2016, Lauren appears to bury the hatchet with Bethany, claiming that she was forced to be mean by her friends and offers to help Bethany get a job. However, this is turns out to be a trick as Lauren and her friends learn that Sarah has been put into a psychiatric ward (after having a guilt induced mental break down, she believing that her deceased ex-boyfriend and Harry's father Callum Logan was still alive) and shout psycho at Bethany, but leave when Anna Windass arrives.

In August 2016, Lauren reappears and it's revealed that due to Lauren's bullying, Bethany had failed her GCSE's and Bethany joined the gym under the belief that she was overweight which caused her to start taking diet pills which resulted in her collapsing while exercising. Lauren had found Bethany training in the gym and started mocking as well as kick her causing Bethany to lash out and hit her and causing Anna's son and the gym's manager Gary to intervene and force Lauren to leave the gym while Lauren is swearing revenge.

In September 2016, Lauren reappears after Gary reported her to Bethany's headmaster and during a meeting between Lauren's mother, Sarah, and the headmaster, Lauren convinced her mother that Bethany had been bullying her and showed the bruises inflicted by Bethany when she defended herself. When Sarah and Lauren's mother start arguing, the headmaster decides to suspend both Lauren and Bethany until further notice. She reappears in another episode and it's implied that due to Lauren's bullying Bethany is suicidal because she laments on Kylie's death and wished that Bethany had died rather than Kylie. Moments later Lauren appears at the salon and abuses Bethany, shoving her against a trolley before proceeding to become verbally abusive once more. Just then, David arrived to witness the incident and he requests a temporary cease fire; offering Lauren a free wash and blow dry as a peace offering. He sends Bethany to fetch coffee for her and David, but he ends locks the door behind her and uses the scissors to ruin Lauren's hair in revenge for bullying Bethany and insulting Sarah and Kylie, saying that next time it will be her throat. Lauren then calls the police on David as well as wanting revenge on Bethany but David is let off with a warning after convincing the police that Lauren wanted her haircut, but got into a frenzy when she changed her mind after the first cut.

In late September of 2016, Lauren was finally expelled from school following multiple complaints from the other students who were being bullied by Lauren and it was also revealed that some of Lauren's own friends sent complaints as well in regards to her bullying. Later that month, her father Phil was called into school as Lauren had been expelled for her actions, and tried to maintain that Lauren was still the victim in the hope that Bethany would receive the same punishment as his daughter. Mr. Griffin stayed firm however and threatened to call the police if they did not leave the premises. When a vengeful Lauren left with her father, Mr. Griffin told Bethany that because of her courage and bravery most of the other girls in the school came forward about being bullied - even some of Lauren's friends.

The Platts' grievance with Lauren's family wasn't over, as a couple of days after her being expelled, Phil followed David to The Dog & Gun before attacking and beating him to a bloody pulp, still angered about the incident in the salon. David decided against reporting the matter to the police, however, as he was obsessively bent on taking revenge on his wife's killer Clayton Hibbs and his half-brother Macca.

Events in Weatherfield

At somepoint, Bethany relayed Lauren's bullying to her shop superior Nathan Curtis - whom Bethany has recently been in a relationship with - and when he learned more of it from Sarah, he secretly planned to take action of "punishing" Lauren.

The next day, Nathan phoned the police to report Phil's assault on David; which resulted in his arrest, much to Lauren's chagrin. She later stormed at the shop to confront Bethany, accusing her of reporting her father for assaulting David. Claiming that David got what he deserved, Lauren grabbed Bethany as she desperately tried to escape and then forced her against a wall. Having pinned Bethany, who unsuccessfully tried to resist herself free with all her might, at her mercy, Lauren grabbed her cheeks and leaned her own face towards Bethany's nose; claiming that she's gonna pay for what happened to her in the salon. She continued to verbally gloat in her face and ends up comparing her to a cancer, which triggers Bethany to finally snap and break herself free from Lauren's grasp; knocking her down on the ground.

As Bethany caught up with her breath and relief, Lauren emerged and furiously proclaimed once more than she'll regret doing that; albeit said in a more darker tone this time. On the verge of grabbing Bethany again, however, Lauren suddenly found herself caught by the arrival of Nathan and was shoved onto the floor. After telling Bethany to go, which she thankfully did, Nathan blocked Lauren when she tried to peruse Bethany and started to act violent towards her; he yanked Lauren's hair and even slapped her face before pinning her against a wall. Lauren was, by now, terrified and began pleading for mercy, though Nathan claimed that she has none after giving Bethany no mercy. Her claims that Bethany is the real bully are ignored as Nathan continues to physically torture Lauren; it soon became clear that not only was he raping Lauren, but he turned out to be a charismatic rapist who had kept this revelation from Bethany during their interaction.

Lauren was then dragged into a slaughterhouse where she witnessed her father being brutally maimed by virtually every henchman Nathan has whilst her mother has already been killed prior to Lauren and Phil's torture. After being forced into watching her father being gouged and killed by Nathan's bodyguard, Lauren - now crying for help as she was already traumatized by her parents' death and Nathan's rape - could only listen to Nathan claiming that the cause of her rape and her parents' deaths was brought on herself due to way how she treated Bethany. He finishes off his sentence by comparing Lauren to a cancer and saying that "bullies with cancer are purely incapable of living in this world, they instead belong in hell where all they get is the suffering as they're caused in others and end up burning like a crisp". He then proceeds to gouge out Lauren's eyes, leaving her to do nothing but scream in agonizing pain as she suffers a long and painful death.

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