Tina O'Brien

Tina O'Brien

Tina O'Brien in July 2011
Born Tina Michelle O'Brien
(1983-08-07) 7 August 1983
Rusholme, Manchester, England
Nationality British
Occupation Actress, Model
Years active 1997–
Notable work Sarah-Louise Platt in Coronation Street
Bex Fisher in Waterloo Road
Claire in Children's Ward
Height 5 ft 1 in (1.55 m)
Television Coronation Street (1999–2007, 2015–)
Waterloo Road (2010–2011)
Strictly Come Dancing (2010)
Partner(s) Ryan Thomas (2003–09)
Adam Crofts (2010–present)
Children 2

Tina Michelle O'Brien (born 7 August 1983) is an English actress and model. She is best known for her role as Sarah Platt in the ITV soap Coronation Street from 1999 to 2007 and 2015 onwards and her role as Bex Fisher in the BBC school drama Waterloo Road from 2010 to 2011.


Born in Rusholme, Manchester, England, O'Brien left Trinity C.E. High School with nine GCSEs. She starred in the drama Children's Ward in 1997, The Cops in 1998 and Clocking Off in 2000, playing the on-screen half sister of actor Jack P. Shepherd who later became her on-screen brother David Platt in Coronation Street. At the age of sixteen, she joined Coronation Street in October 1999, taking over the role of Sarah-Louise Platt from actress Lynsay King (she was three years older than her character). Sarah's pregnancy with baby Bethany Platt won O'Brien Best Storyline at the British Soap Awards.[1] She has also won Best Newcomer at the National Television Awards,[1] and the TV Quick Awards.[2] O'Brien revealed in the British press in April 2007 that she would be leaving Coronation Street before the end of the year.[1] Her first role after leaving Coronation Street was in the 2007 pantomime at Manchester Opera House, where she played the title character of Cinderella. Her first television role post-Coronation Street was in the ITV police television drama Blue Murder, filmed whilst four months pregnant, in which she played a character called Amy Kirkland. O'Brien expressed interest in doing televised dramas and theatre work,[3] although after becoming pregnant, she decided to put her career on hold.[4]

In 2010, O'Brien starred in the sixth series of the BBC school drama Waterloo Road as Bex Fisher, the eldest daughter of the new headmistress Karen Fisher.[5] In 2010, she also appeared in The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister, in which she played the character of Miss Browne, a role which required her first on-screen lesbian kiss.[6] Later in 2010, she appeared as a character in new television drama The Accused written by Jimmy McGovern,[6] as well as starring in the 2010 series of Strictly Come Dancing.[7] Her partner was Jared Murillo and she was unable to perform in the 3rd week due to illness. She was eliminated in the 5th week of the competition after failing to impress the viewers with her Argentine Tango. She fell into the bottom two alongside Felicity Kendal who was saved thanks to the public vote.

In 2010, she also appeared in an advert for Homepride Sauces "Tasty Tip".

From 4 December 2010 to 3 January 2011, she played Snow White in Manchester Opera House's 2010/11 pantomime.[8] Between 14 January and 13 February 2011, she participated in the 2011 Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour.[9]

In October 2014, O'Brien announced that she will be reprising her role of Sarah Platt in Coronation Street in early 2015. The character returned on an episode broadcast on 30 March 2015.

Personal life

O'Brien is the godmother of Emily Walton, who played the original Bethany Platt, her on-screen daughter. O'Brien was in a relationship with Ryan Thomas, who played Jason Grimshaw, her on-screen ex-husband, from 2003 to 2009.[10][11] Their daughter, Scarlett Jacqueline Thomas was born at Manchester General Hospital on 26 October 2008.[12][13] In March 2014 she announced that she was pregnant with her second child with her partner Adam Crofts. On 10 October 2014 she gave birth to a son, whom she named Beau Lee Stephen.[14]

O'Brien has twice been voted into the annual FHM Top 100 Sexiest Women in the World. In 2005, she was voted 28th.[15] In 2006, she was voted 53rd.[16]

O'Brien is a patron of the charity Animals in Distress Sanctuary.[17]


Year Title Type Role Notes
1997 Children's Ward TV Claire Regular Role
1998 The Cops TV Underage Girl 1 Episode, Episode: "1.3"
1999–2007, 2015– Coronation Street TV Sarah-Louise Platt 579 Episodes (so far), Series Regular
2000 Clocking Off TV Adele Kolakowski 1 Episode, Episode Titled: "Yvonne's Story"
2002 Dick Whittington TV Maid of Tonga TV Adaptation Movie
2004, 2007 This Morning TV Herself Guest, 3 Episodes
2004, 2007 Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway TV Herself Guest, 2 Episodes
2005 Coronation Street: Pantomime TV Sarah-Louise Platt TV Special
2005 GMTV with Lorraine TV Herself Guest, 1 Episode
2009 Blue Murder TV Amy Kirkland 1 Episode, Episode Titled: "This Charming Man"
2009, 2010 Loose Women TV Herself Guest, 3 Episodes
2009 Xposé TV Herself Guest, 1 Episode
2010 The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister TV Miss Browne TV Mini Series
2010 The Alan Titchmarsh Show TV Herself Guest, 1 Episode
2010 BBC Breakfast TV Herself Guest, 1 Episode
2010–2011 Waterloo Road TV Bex Fisher Regular Role, 9 Episodes
2010 Accused TV Leanne Lang 1 Episode, Episode Titled: "Helen's Story"
2010 Strictly Come Dancing TV Herself Contestant/Participant
2010 Blink Short Film Bride Short Film Role
2011 Casualty TV Chloe Trent Regular Role, 3 Episodes
2012 Call the Midwife TV Cathy Powell 1 Episode, Episode: "1.6"
2012 Crime Stories TV Justine Peplow 1 Episode, Episode: "1.3"
2012 The Corrie Years TV Herself 3 Episodes
2014 Casualty TV Olivia Tindal 1 Episode, Episode Titled: "Valves to Vagrants"
2014 Doctors TV Nikki Faulks 1 Episode, Episode Titled: "About the Boy"
2014 Gail & Me: 40 Years on Coronation Street TV Herself TV Documentary Special
2015 This Morning TV Herself Guest, 1 episode


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