Barbara Knox first appeared on the cobblestones as Rita Littlewood in 1964, but the nightclub singer returned permanently in 1972. And she soon racked up the romances…
1972 Harry Bates Rita returned as the common-law wife of Harry Bates (played by William Simons, who was later Heartbeat’s Alf Ventress). They soon separated, due to Harry’s violent temper
1973 Ken Barlow Is there anyone our Ken (William Roache) hasn’t had a fling with? Rita took a shine to him when he was teaching Harry’s son, Terry. The pair had a one-night stand, not long before Ken tied the knot with his second wife, Janet Reid
1977 Len Fairclough Loving the veil, Rita! The former Miss Littlewood became Mrs Fairclough in April 1977. First husband Len (Peter Adamson) died in a car crash in 1983, and a shock discovery added to Rita’s grief – he’d been having an affair!
1985 Alf Roberts Two of Rita’s many offers of marriage came from corner shop owner Alf Roberts (Bryan Mosley). He was drunk the first time he proposed, in 1985, but not the second time, in 1990, when he said he’d leave his wife, Audrey, for her
1989 Alan Bradley Soap villains don’t come any badder than Rita’s lover, Alan (Mark Eden). The father of her foster daughter, Jenny, he died after being hit by a Blackpool tram in 1989 in an episode watched by 27 million viewers
1992 Ted Sullivan Second husband Ted (William Russell) was one of the good’uns, but the couple’s happiness was short-lived. He had an incurable brain tumour and, three months after they married, he died on Rita’s lap on a park bench
1996 Fred Elliott “Will you marry me; I say, will you marry me?” Another proposal came from Fred Elliott (John Savident), who asked the same question Audrey Roberts and Maxine Peacock’s mum, Doreen, before he got a ‘yes’ from Bev Unwin
1998 Alec Gilroy The pair became close when Alec (Roy Barraclough) saved Rita’s life. He found her unconscious in her flat from carbon monoxide poisoning due to a faulty gas fire. He proposed and she accepted, but they both later got cold feet
2007 Norris Cole He now has an admirer in Mary, but Rita’s the woman Norris (Malcolm Hebden) has always yearned for. Hoping to be more than just good colleagues, he proposed but she swiftly turned him down. And can you blame her?
2009 Colin Grimshaw Rita was all set to become Eileen’s stepmum, but she called off her engagement to Colin (Edward de Souza) when she discovered he’d abused Eileen’s old schoolfriend, Paula Carp, and got her pregnant when she was just 15
2011 Dennis Tanner Rita thought she’d lost Dennis (Philip Lowrie) for ever when he left to take a job in Birmingham. But he realised he couldn’t live without her and dashed back to the cobbles where, with a bit of encouragement, he proposed. Will she become Mrs Tanner? Watch Corrie on ITV1