Tina O'Brien

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Tina O'Brien
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Tina O'Brien in July 2011
Born (1983-08-07) 7 August 1983 (age 31)
Rusholme, Manchester, England, UK
Occupation Actress
Years active 1997–
Height 5 ft 1 in (1.55 m)
Television Waterloo Road (2010-2011)
Coronation Street (1999–2007, 2015–)
Strictly Come Dancing (2010)
Partner(s) Ryan Thomas (2003–09)
Children Scarlett Jacqueline Thomas (born 2008)
Beau Lee Stephen (born 2014)

Tina O'Brien (born 7 August 1983) is an English actress. She is best known for her role as Sarah-Louise Platt in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street from 1999 until 2007 and is returning to the show in spring 2015.

Acting career[edit]

Born in Rusholme, Manchester, 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 in Coronation Street. At the age of sixteen, she joined Coronation Street in October 1999, taking over the role of Sarah-Louise Platt from Lynsay King (she was three years older than her character). Sarah's pregnancy with baby Bethany 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 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 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.

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][clarification needed]

Personal life[edit]

O'Brien is the godmother of Emily Walton, who played Bethany, her on-screen daughter. O'Brien was in a relationship with Ryan Thomas, who played Jason Grimshaw, her onscreen 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 boyfriend Adam Crofts. In October 2014, she gave birth to a son, who 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(s) Title Role Notes
1999–2007, 2015– Coronation Street Sarah-Louise Platt Series Regular
2014 Casualty Olivia Tindal
2014 Doctors Nikki Faulks
2012 Crime Stories Justine Peplow
2012 Call the Midwife Cathy Powell
2011 Casualty[18] Chloe Trent Regular
2011 McQueen Mel
2010 Accused Leanne Lang[19] Legal Drama
2010–11 Waterloo Road Bex Fisher Guest in 6x01 and 6x10, Regular from 6x11-6x20
2010 The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister Miss Browne TV Programme
2009 Blue Murder Amy Kirkland TV Programme
2005 Coronation Street Pantomime Sarah Louise Platt
2002 Dick Wittington Maid of Tonga TV Adaptation
2000 Clocking Off Adele Kolakowski
1998 The Cops Underage Girl
1997 Children's Ward Claire


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