Leah Hackett

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Leah Hackett
Born Leah Stephany Bride Rigby Hackett
(1985-08-15) 15 August 1985 (age 29)
Bolton General Hospital, Greater Manchester
Years active 2006–present

Leah Hackett (born 15 August 1985), is an English actress, most notable for her role as Tina Reilly (née McQueen) in Hollyoaks.

Background and personal life[edit]

Hackett was born in Bolton, Greater Manchester and is mixed race ( her mother English and her fathers family coming from an African-American background ) . She used to work in Tyldesley Library as a teenager. She attended Tyldesley Primary School before moving to Fred Longworth High School. Hackett then attended Winstanley College and went on to get a place at Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.[1]

She appeared in Reemer's video for the single Maniac.[2]


Hackett played timid Tina Reilly (née McQueen) in Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks. She played the role for over two years between 3 August 2006, until her character's death in 17 October 2008, relinquishing the role voluntarily despite being offered a new contract .

Other appearances[edit]

She also appeared in the Liverpool Nativity on 16 December 2007 as a shepherd. In July 2008, Hackett was the face selected to launch the Polaroid PoGo.[3]

Hackett also appeared in a series of videos promoting the Year of Food and Farming where she milks a cow, shears sheep, collects eggs and makes an ice cream at Blaze Farm in Cheshire.[4][5] Leah has appeared in a pantomime, Dick Whittington, at Buxton Opera House and she played Alice Witzwarren. Leah also appeared as Clare Saunders in an episode of Doctors titled The Mathematics of Marriage which aired December 15, 2010.

TV appearances post Hollyoaks include ...

  • 2010 - DOCTORS (Clare Saunders) - ( BBC )
  • 2011 - THE CASE (Tamsin Hatfield) - Lime Pictures Ltd ( ITV )
  • 2012 - DOCTORS (Michaela Everett) - ( BBC )
  • 2012 - GOOD COP (Laura) - BBC Drama Productions
  • 2012/2013 - FOUR O'CLOCK CLUB - ( WPC Rowe ) CBBC

2014 - CORONATION STREET ( WPC Swanson )

Theatre appearances include ...

  • November 2010 - ' Pub ' ( musical drama ) Royal Exchange, Manchester
  • June to July 2013 - ' Manchester - The Massacre ' ( an innovative promenade performance drama splicing thePeterloo Massacre 1819 and Hacienda movement 1989 ) Library Theatre company



Year(s) Title Role Notes
2006–2008 Hollyoaks Tina Reilly (née McQueen) Channel 4
2013 4 O'Clock Club WPC Rowe Series 2 Episode 11
Coronation Street 1 episode, PC Stanley


  1. ^ "Interview with Leah Hackett". Wigan Leisure & Culture Trust. Retrieved 2009-04-05. 
  2. ^ "Leah Hackett stars in music video". Channel 4. 2008-04-30. Retrieved 2009-04-05. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Polaroid launches a wallet-sized printer that prints your mobile phone snaps in seconds". Daily Mail. 2008-07-04. Retrieved 2009-04-05. 
  4. ^ "Hollyoaks star takes to the farm". Think Food and Farming. 2008-07-04. Retrieved 2009-04-05. 
  5. ^ Kirby, Dean (2008-06-17). "Leah's a star on the farm". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 2009-04-05. [dead link]

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