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Desmond Francis "Des" Barnes is a fictional character on British ITV soap opera Coronation Streetmarker played by actor Philip Middlemiss.

Des appeared on the street between 1990 and 1998 and worked as a bookie in the local betting shop. He arrived on the street with his then wife Steph. After Steph left him he took up with a couple of other women on the street, including Raquel Watts and Tanya Pooley, both of whom he ended up in a love triangle with. In 1998 Des was attacked in his home and killed by drug dealers while trying to protect the son of his new wife Natalie.

Des worked as a bookie, currently at Sean Skinners shop in Rosamund Street.

He moved into one of the newer houses, next door to Gail and Martin, with wife Stephanie. His other neighbours were Mavis and Derek Wilton. Des was a bit of a wag and the Wilton's his favourite target.

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 back garden 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 son’s marriage and referring to him as a bookie's 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 McDonald moved in as a lodger. He later left in protest when Des started cracking jokes about his criminal family: "What do you call a McDonald in a suit? The accused!"

Des then dated a young widow called Claire. They had brief illicit meetings during lunch time as Claire was trying to bring her daughter Becky round to the idea of her mother seeing another man. Des wanted Claire to take a boating holiday with him, and Becky thought that was such a good idea, she wanted to go too. Becky accepted Des and when they returned from the boat trip Claire & Becky moved in with Des, even though this meant that Claire lost her widow’s pension.

1997 Everything was going well until Des was talked into making a parachute jump with his boss Sean Skinner and Samantha Failsworth, the Rovers barmaid that Sean was currently going around with. Due to an ankle injury Sean was unable to make the jump. Des & Samantha were elated that they had made such a successful jump, that later that day Des made a play for Samantha. She took up his offer, as far as him removing his trousers, then she threw his trousers out of the window and him out the front door in full view of Rita Sullivan, Mavis Wilton and Claire.

This resulted in Claire & Becky moving out and Sean giving him the sack. Des decided to give up and leave. He let the recently returned Angie Freeman take over his house, got himself a boat and left, with Derek Wilton giving him a fond farewell.

In July 1997, Des returned to the Street. Des was upset to find that his neighbour Derek had diedt. He also found Angie had moved Chris Collins (Kevin Webster’s workmate) into the house with her, at first Des didn’t approve, but eventually gave in.

In August Des made another play for Samantha, but this time was accepted. It was Des she poured out her heart to, telling him of her rape ordeal.

In 1998, he visited his son-in-law (Natalie's son) Tony Horrocks, and he was being harassed by some louts. As he tried to help him out, the thugs hit him and he fell backwards, slamming his head on a table. He later died in bed.

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