Died: 18 November 1998
Played by: Philip Middlemiss
Appeared: 12 February 1990 - 18 November 1998
Des worked as a bookie
He moved into one of the newer houses, next door to Gail and
Martin, with wife Stephanie. His other neighbours are Mavis and
Derek Wilton. Des is a bit of a wag and the Wiltons are his favourite
Des had a grand passion for Steph, but she didn't seem to care as deeply for him, and eventually left for another man. Des had been building a boat in the backgarden for years, and the date of the launch coincided with Steph leaving him. He burned the boat on a canal.
When Terry Duckworth was in prison, Des offered his back garden to Lisa for their son Tommy to play in. His relationship with Lisa gradually deepened until she moved in with him. Terry arranged for some roughs on the outside to beat Des up. Vera was furious, accusing Des of breaking up her sons marriage and referring to him as a bookies runner. But she gradually came round as both she and Des shared a love for Tommy.
Lisa was tragically run over one night when crossing the street from the Rovers. Des was affected a lot more than Terry. Tommy went to live with Lisa's parents in Blackpool, but Des still sees him when they bring him to Weatherfield to visit Jack and Vera.
After Lisa, Des went out with Raquel Wolstenhulme. She moved in, but could tell that he was never going to ask to marry her and broke it off. Des persuaded her to go back to him when she started seeing someone she'd met on a modelling assignment. They moved back together. This ended in disaster when Des had a tempestuous affair with the new barmaid, Tanya Pooley. She was seeing Des boss at the time (Alex Christie), and really wanted him to divorce his wife and marry her. However, she couldn't resist stealing Des from Raquel at the same time. One night Des went to see Tanya and found Alex with her. During the resulting melee, Raquel arrived and discovered the affair.
Raquel later got engaged to Curly Watts. Des appeared at their party and forced Raquel to admit that she didn't really love Curly and Raquel later broke it off.
After this, Andy MacDonald moved in as a lodger. He later left in protest when Des started cracking jokes about his criminal family: "What do you call a MacDonald in a suit? The accused !"
Des is currently dating a young widow called Claire. They have brief illicit meetings during lunchtime as Claire is trying to bring her daughter Becky round to the idea of her mother seeing another man. Des wants Claire to take a boating holiday with him, and Becky thinks that's such a good idea, she wants to go too.
In 1998, Des visited his stepson, Tony Horrocks, but he was disturbed when he discovered drug dealers setting about Tony. When he tried to help his son, he was violently subjected to a physical attack - which resulted in him being rushed to hospital.
When Natalie went over to see him in hospital, she discovered him badly battered and bruised. He woke up, and told her about a dream that he had had about him with her in Blackpool. His last phrase was, "Oh Natalie..." - then he suddenly died in his bed.
Des was always remembered and respected (by most people) in death. He was the sixth person who lived in Coronation Street to be murdered.