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|Coronation Street character|
|Portrayed by||Michelle Keegan|
|First appearance||7 January 2008|
|Last appearance||2 June 2014|
|Introduced by||Steve Frost|
|Out of Africa (2008)|
|Occupation||Shop Assistant (2008–10)
Tina McIntyre is a fictional character from the British ITV soap opera Coronation Street. Portrayed by actress Michelle Keegan, the character first appeared on-screen during the episode that was shown 7 January 2008. The character was central to many key storylines relating to issues such as perjury, abortion and surrogacy, and had relationships with male characters such as David Platt (Jack P. Shepherd), Graeme Proctor (Craig Gazey), Tommy Duckworth (Chris Fountain), Dr. Matt Carter (Oliver Mellor) and Jason Grimshaw (Ryan Thomas), and had an affair with married man Peter Barlow (Chris Gascoyne). Tina has also engaged in feuds with Kylie Platt (Paula Lane), Tracy Barlow (Kate Ford) and Kirsty Soames (Natalie Gumede).
In April 2013, it was announced that Keegan would be leaving the show, and in October 2013 it was announced that her character would be murdered. Tina was pushed from the balcony and beaten with a lead pipe by Rob Donovan (Marc Baylis) and died of her injuries on 2 June 2014, which was her final appearance. Tina's funeral took place on 23 June 2014.
Tina is first seen trying to book a doctors' appointment at the Medical Centre because she is suffering from tennis elbow. She argues with Gail Platt (Helen Worth), the receptionist. Tina starts dating Gail's son, David (Jack P. Shepherd), and shortly afterwards learns that she is pregnant. Unable to tell her own parents, she confides in Gail, who is pleased to hear that she wants an abortion. Gail pays for Tina to go to a private clinic, worried that David is too unstable to be a father. When David finds out, he ends the relationship and is furious with Gail for interfering. Their argument results in Gail falling down the stairs after she tries to stop him leaving the house. Shocked, David visits Tina and they reconcile. Tina gives David an alibi but Gail's memory returns, although she refuses to press charges against David. Feeling guilty and wanting to be punished, David goes on a violent rampage, smashing windows in the street and attacking Ken Barlow (William Roache). He is subsequently imprisoned.
The couple reconcile when David is released and things become complicated when Gail embarks on a relationship with Tina's father, Joe (Reece Dinsdale), who gives David a job. Later in the year, David and Joe start a feud with the Windass family, who owe Joe money. In January 2009, David gets into a fight with Gary Windass (Mikey North) and is badly beaten. David persuades Tina to tell the police that Gary started the fight. However, Tina cannot bring herself to commit perjury and tells the truth. Gary is acquitted and Tina and David split up as she is no longer able to cope with his erratic behaviour. Tina gets a job at The Kabin newsagents and develops a strong friendship with her boss Rita Sullivan (Barbara Knox).
In July 2009, Tina shares a drunken kiss with Jason Grimshaw (Ryan Thomas) after he humiliates himself with Minnie Chandra (Poppy Jhakra). Eventually Tina and Jason start dating and buy the flat above The Kabin, renovating it together, assisted by her father. In February 2010, Gail, now married to Joe, returns from a short break in the Lake District alone, claiming that Joe got a job refitting a yacht there. Tina is worried about her father as she hasn't heard from him and David and Gail are forced to tell Tina that Joe is missing, having planned to fake his own death in a boating accident in order to use his life insurance to pay off debts he owes to a loan shark. Joe is later found dead and Tina is devastated, identifying her father's body. The police wrongly suspect that Gail murdered Joe and Tina starts to believes this, banning Gail from Joe's funeral. On learning that Gail is planning to go abroad, Tina tells the police of her suspicions and Gail is arrested and charged with murder. Tina sinks into a deep depression and ends her relationship with Jason after he proposes.
David's friend, Graeme Proctor (Craig Gazey), tries to help her and when he learns Tina has stopped eating, he moves in to look after her. Gail is acquitted of murder, and eventually convinces Tina of her innocence. Tina falls in love with Graeme, despite reconciling with Jason. Realising that she is being unfair to Jason, she ends their relationship and starts dating Graeme. Jason evicts them from the flat and they initially stay with Rita, before moving into the flat above the corner shop. In September, Tina leaves her job at The Kabin after Norris Cole (Malcolm Hebden) accuses her and Graeme of credit card fraud and gets a new job as a barmaid at The Rovers Return Inn pub in December. On her first night, a gas explosion at The Joinery bar causes a tram to derail and crash on to the Street. Tina helps with the rescue effort as residents seek shelter at The Rovers.
In February 2011, during a Valentine's Day meal with Graeme, Tina discovers one of the restaurant waitresses is an old friend, Xin Chiang (Elizabeth Tan), and sees that she is upset. Xin explains that she is struggling financially so Tina suggests that Xin move in with her and Graeme. Their landlord, Dev Alahan (Jimmi Harkishin), puts the rent up. In March, Tina and Graeme's flat, destroyed in the tram crash, is repaired and ready for them to move back into, but Xin is being threatened with deportation so Tina suggests that Xin and Graeme get married illegally so Xin can stay. Tina and Graeme stage a break-up and Tina moves out so Xin can move in. Despite an investigation by the UK Border Agency, Xin gets her visa but, after twisting her ankle when she falls from a ladder, she has to stay with them for longer. Graeme takes the marriage seriously and subsequently falls in love with Xin. Tina is devastated when she finds out and when David's wife, Kylie Platt (Paula Lane), tells Tina that she should have expected it, Tina attacks her in the pub. Feeling betrayed, Tina threatens to report Graeme and Xin to the authorities, but Gail persuades her not to. Graeme and Xin move to London; but before Graeme leaves, Tina tells him that she could never hate him despite him breaking her heart, and they part on good terms.
Tommy Duckworth (Chris Fountain) later pursues Tina after she moves in with him and Tyrone Dobbs (Alan Halsall) as a lodger, after Dev evicts her from the flat. Tommy accepts Tina's offer of dinner together, despite him having previously arranged a date with Amber Kalirai (Nikki Patel). Tommy leaves Amber to be with Tina, claiming that Tyrone is in hospital, but Amber learns the truth and confronts him. Tina is furious, trashes the dinner and shoves the desert in Tommy's face. She starts dating Dr. Matt Carter (Oliver Mellor). Tina soon realises that Matt is embarrassed by the fact she is a barmaid after he gets her an interview at Nick's bistro; she suggests they split up but he insists he just wants her to do better for herself. Tina throws a pint over Matt and dumps him. In March 2012, Tina tells her colleague Sean Tully (Antony Cotton) that she has feelings for Tommy and Sean tells her that Tommy reciprocates, but Tina still has doubts. Tommy plans a night out on the town and Sean warns Tina that he could meet someone else and forget her, so she asks him out. The evening is successful until Tommy finds a list of "pros and cons" she wrote while making up her mind whether to go out with him, and is upset to see that she describes him as immature. After an argument, Tina storms out. However, her feelings for Tommy grow and she declares her love for him. She and Tommy move into Jason's flat and sleep together, starting a relationship.
In April, Tommy is devastated to learn that his grandfather Geoff Horton (Dicken Ashworth) has died from a heart attack. Tina supports him and encourages him to go to the funeral. Afterwards, they talk about Geoff and Tina tells Tommy about her father's death. Tommy tells Tina that Geoff would have liked her and Tina responds by saying Joe would have approved of him. The following week, Tommy's father, Terry Duckworth (Nigel Pivaro), returns to the street. Despite Terry having sold him as a baby to his maternal grandparents after his mother's death, Tina initially encourages Tommy to attempt to bond with Terry, but she later has second thoughts about Terry when Tommy starts working with him at his new lap dancing club. When she learns Terry is in debt to Rick Neelan (Greg Wood), the loan shark her father was also in debt to when he died, Tina is outraged; she discovers that Terry and Tommy plan to burn down the club for the insurance money but Tina convinces Tommy not to go ahead with it so Terry intends to do it himself. When Tina tries to stop him, a struggle breaks out and Tina is knocked unconscious. She is rushed to hospital and spends three days in a coma. On regaining consciousness, she tells Tommy that Terry caused her injuries. Tommy confronts Terry, who leaves with Tommy's money, but Tommy does not tell Tina this, lying that he had paid Rick the money. In desperation, Tommy is forced by Rick to pack drugs into cars at the garage to pay off Terry's debt; when Tina finds out, she tells Tommy to stop and gets him to refuse to participate in Rick's criminal activities. Rick has Tommy beaten up in front of her. He then demands Tommy drive a car packed with cocaine to Amsterdam but Tina takes the drugs on the day of Rita's wedding to Dennis Tanner (Philip Lowrie). In revenge, Rick kidnaps Rita and threatens to push her into the canal if Tina doesn't return the merchandise, so she does so. However, as he tries to leave, he is arrested by the police, whom Tina had tipped off. Tina dumps Tommy but they soon reconcile.
In August, Tina is stunned to learn that Tyrone is being subjected to domestic violence by his partner, Kirsty Soames (Natalie Gumede), whom Tina dislikes, when she finds him treating his injuries in the garage. When Kirsty leaves Tyrone, Tina tries to support him but unintentionally angers him by suggesting that he is better off without Kirsty. Beth Tinker (Lisa George), speculates that Kirsty left because Tina and Tyrone were having an affair. Tina tells Tommy the truth and he confronts Kirsty in front of Tyrone. Kirsty pressurizes Tyrone into demanding his money that he had lent Tommy to pay off Terry's debt, back and he has to take two extra jobs in order to pay the money back. In September 2012, Tommy is injured in a road accident when he crashes a pizza delivery van he had been driving after falling asleep at the wheel due to exhaustion. Kirsty also convinces Jason to evict Tommy and Tina from the flat so he can sell it to his aunt Julie Carp (Katy Cavanagh), leaving Tommy and Tina homeless. After Kirsty taunts her in The Rovers, Tina attacks her, pushing her into a table which results in a pregnant Kirsty going into labour. Tina is then shunned by the community, who believe she has a vendetta against Kirsty.
Tina agrees to become a surrogate mother for Gary and his disabled girlfriend Izzy Armstrong (Cherylee Houston), in return for payment from Izzy's father Owen (Ian Puleston-Davies). Tommy is unhappy with the plan but Tina insists, explaining that they need the money to pay off Tommy's debts. Tina goes through with the embryo transfer, despite concerns from Rita and Tommy's opposition. Unable to cope with Tina being pregnant with Izzy and Gary's baby, Tommy ends their relationship. In January 2013, Tina helps Tyrone and Fiz run away with Tyrone's daughter Ruby after Kirsty falsely accuses Tyrone of domestic abuse on her. Tina begins to feel suffocated by the Windass family as her pregnancy progresses and is shocked when Gary tries to kiss her. Outraged, she threatens to tell Izzy. Izzy's sister, Katy Armstrong (Georgia May Foote), finds out and lets slip the truth to Izzy, who confronts Gary after finding him with Tina. Tina tells Izzy what happened but goes into labour soon afterwards labour. Tina is rushed to hospital and gives birth to a baby boy with Tommy and Izzy present. Tommy and Tina reconcile during this time. Disgusted with Izzy's refusal to allow Gary to see the baby, Tina allows Gary to see his son, causing Gary and Izzy to argue in the special care baby unit. Tina reprimands them for their behaviour and throws them out. They reconcile and decide to name the baby Jake. Tina starts to have doubts about giving him to Izzy and Gary. When the baby is strong enough to come out of the incubator, Izzy and Gary are shocked to find Tina holding him and Gary suggests Izzy should be left to bond with him. Tina then tells them that she has decided to keep the baby. Izzy and Gary are outraged and she promises to repay the surrogacy money; leading to another row and Tina stops them from visiting the baby. They learn that they cannot force Tina to sign the adoption papers. Tina moves in with Rita. Anna, Gary and Izzy are further angered when Tina changes the baby's name to Joe, after her father. After Gary tells Anna that there is nothing they can do to stop Tina, Anna storms into the pub and slaps her in front of customers. Tina asks Tommy, Rita and Dennis if she is doing the right thing. Tommy tells Tina that he will support her regardless but she must think about how Jake will feel when he is older. Izzy and Gary reluctantly decide not to fight Tina and let her raise Jake as her child. However, after she witnesses Izzy say goodbye to the baby, Tina changes her mind and decides to give the baby back to Gary and Izzy, and they change his name back to Jake. Tina is devastated by this, but Gary and Izzy let her continue to be part of Jake's life.
There are further shocks for Tina when David tells her that Kylie and his half-brother Nick Tilsley (Ben Price), had a one-night stand on Christmas Day 2012. Tina is disgusted when she learns that David has started a vendetta against Nick and his wife, Leanne (Jane Danson). This comes to a head when David causes a road accident which leaves Nick badly injured and in a coma. Tina then tells David that she wants nothing more to do with his problems but she later supports him after he has a DNA test done on Kylie's baby daughter, Lily, which proves that David is her father. Kylie later becomes suspicious of David and Tina, wrongly believing they are having an affair and they have a catfight in The Rovers. The next day, Kylie apologises to Tina and begs Tina to tell her what is going on; Kylie later gets the truth from Nick. When Kylie throws David out, Tina offers him a place to stay, which infuriates Tommy, who accuses Tina of never putting him first, and leaves for the Canary Islands. A few weeks later, Tommy rings Tina and tells her he is not coming back and ends their relationship. Tina then gets into a feud with Tracy, after Dennis carelessly pawns Rita's engagement ring at Tracy's new shop, culminating in Tina throwing a brick through the shop window. Tina also becomes friendly with Tracy's stepbrother Peter Barlow (Chris Gascoyne) who warns her not to antagonise Tracy. Tina later starts babysitting Peter's son Simon (Alex Bain), taking him to and from school. When Peter rows with Rob Donovan (Marc Baylis) at the pub at his stag night, Tina helps calm him down. Peter tells her that his fiancée Carla Connor (Alison King), Rob's sister, has taken over planning their wedding and he isn't sure he wants to get married. The pair then almost kiss, but are interrupted by Liz McDonald (Beverley Callard). Peter marries Carla and after the wedding, when Carla is taken back to her hotel room drunk, Tina goes to see Peter to confront him about the previous night, and they end up kissing. Peter leaves for his honeymoon with Carla and returns a few weeks later, telling Tina their kiss was a mistake and that he wants to make his marriage work. Wanting to make Peter jealous, Tina kisses Rob and they are caught by Carla. When Peter finds out, he attacks Rob. On Christmas Day 2013, a drunk Kylie antagonizes Tina in the pub and Rob escorts her out. Tina follows them, and when she insults Kylie for sleeping with Nick, Kylie punches her. Another catfight breaks out between the two women, and the police arrive and arrest Kylie for assault. The following week, after Rob gives Tina a lift into Weatherfield, Tina kisses him on the cheek to say thank you. A jealous Peter witnesses this and confronts Tina and later that day, Peter and Tina have sex in Peter's flat. They are nearly discovered by Roy Cropper (David Neilson). Tina later visits Peter asking him to leave Carla but he refuses. After learning she has no future with Peter, Tina packs her bags and leaves Weatherfield to stay with a friend in London.
Tina returns to the street in February to collect some of her belongings before returning to London permanently. She catches up with Carla, and they talk about Tina's kiss with Rob, unaware that Norris has overheard them. When Tracy and Rob begin taunting Norris and Mary Taylor (Patti Clare), Norris tells Tracy about Rob and Tina's kiss. Tracy storms into The Rovers and attacks Tina, and Rob pulls her off. Tracy returns home and throws Rob out. The following day, Carla invites Tina to a meal with her, unaware that she is actually bringing Rob and Peter along, too with the intention of setting Tina and Rob up for a date. Whilst they are eating in the Bistro, Tracy and her mother Deirdre Barlow (Anne Kirkbride) arrive and when they spot Tina and Rob sitting next to each other, Tracy walks over to them and shouts at them both. Tina decides to stay in Weatherfield and gets her job at The Rovers back. On Valentine's Day, she has sex with Peter again and he gives her the keys to his flat.
Tina and Peter embark on a full-blown affair. However, Tina becomes angry with Peter, feeling she is just his "bit on the side" and gives Peter an ultimatum, demanding that he tells Carla about their relationship and leaves her or ends the affair. Tina confides in her new flatmate Steph Britton (Tisha Merry), claiming that 'a friend' of hers is seeing a married man. Steph soon realises that Tina is talking about herself. Steph nearly catches Tina and Peter when she returns to the flat one day, to get her mobile phone. Peter promises Tina that he will tell Carla that their marriage is over, and they can be a proper couple. However, he fails to follow through with the promise, claiming that he walked in on Carla crying and felt it was an inappropriate time to tell her. Tina thinks he is making excuses and was never intent on telling Carla and she slaps him. However after he starts to worry about Rob finding out about the affair, Peter later agrees to run away with Tina, and after packing her bags, she goes to say goodbye to Rita. She reveals that she has been having an affair with Peter much to Rita's disgust, and when Tina makes hurtful comments about the number of times that Rita has been married, she slaps her. Tina is later heartbroken when she walks into the pub in time to hear Peter announcing Carla's pregnancy.
Tina threatens to tell Carla about the affair and has a confrontation with Peter in her flat, scratching him on the face. After he leaves, Rob visits her at the flat and begs her not to tell Carla, as he does not want to see his sister unhappy. Tina refuses and reveals that she has witnessed Rob and Tracy selling illegal stock at their shop, and threatens to report them to the police. Rob tries to reason with her, and she runs out of the flat onto the balcony of the building yard next door. As they row, Rob pushes Tina away after she tries to barge past him, and she loses her balance, plummeting onto the cobbles below. Thinking she is dead, Rob stages a burglary in the flat, stealing several items of value but as he leaves, he discovers that Tina is still alive. He offers to call an ambulance, but she taunts him by threatening to tell the police that he pushed her deliberately, in an attempt to kill her. She gets to her feet and taunts Rob, saying that she will inform Carla of her affair with Peter. In order to silence her, Rob picks up a nearby metal pipe and repeatedly beats her with it. Tina is later discovered by Carla, who has learnt of the affair from Peter, Leanne and Kal Nazir (Jimi Mistry) who call an ambulance and Tina is rushed to hospital where she undergoes an operation, to remove parts of her skull to allow room for the swelling on her brain to reduce. After initially recovering from her operation, Tina goes into cardiac arrest. A crash team try to resuscitate her, but they fail to resuscitate her, so they were forced to switch off her life-support machine. A doctor informs Rita, David and Steph of her death, and Rita breaks down. Rita and David visit Tina's body to say goodbye and Rita says that she will miss her for the rest of her life.
Tina's funeral is held on the 23 June 2014. The same day, Steph, her brother Luke (Dean Fagan) and Katy, watch a video of Tina dancing and messing around on Steph's mobile phone in reminiscence.
Tina McIntyre was cast in the soap to portray a short-term girlfriend of character David Platt, to help change his evil ways. As the character's personality was portrayed on screen, soap bosses and viewers were impressed with the character and actress Michelle Keegan which resulted in her character becoming a permanent fixture. Giving the character more ties to Coronation Street it was announced that her onscreen family had been cast. She has worked in low-skilled jobs such as the Kabin and as a barmaid. Her main links in Coronation Street were initially with the Platt family.
Auditions were held for the part of the character and Michelle Keegan received a call from her agent telling her she had been offered the part, the initial audition being only her second for any part. She was called to a meeting with producer Steve Frost, he was immediately happy with her and handed her the scripts.
In an interview with the Daily Mirror, Keegan spoke about her character's success in the show stating that: "Tina came in to the show just to change David into a nice character, and then to get to the point where he pushed his mum down the stairs. I was supposed to be out of there after that. But they’ve kept me on. They needed a bit of a ballsy character, I think. She’s moved into the Platts’ now and she’s getting a family base around her, so hopefully she’s around for the long haul. I didn’t think I was staying, so I’m very lucky".
Describing Tina's personality after her arrival on screen, the official ITV website states: "Tina has never felt like she’s fitted in anywhere, but she’s not a pushover by any means. She thinks she knows everything, but doesn’t and would rather be friends with lads than girls, who usually hate her. Challenge her to an arm wrestle and she’ll probably win." Also stating that she is feisty and fell into a common job rather than not being smart enough to do anything else, with Michelle saying during an interview: "She’s feisty but she’s essentially a good girl at the moment". In another interview she reveals that her character dresses to appear sexy and confident. and with another the ITV official website saying: "She can be very feisty but she's just a normal, vulnerable, 17-year-old girl and she's very confused.".
On the teenage abortion storyline actress, Keegan (who knew about the storyline before taking the part) said: "It was such an emotional storyline to be involved in I was scared and wondered if I'd really be able to pull it off. But it's been a real challenge and good to get my teeth into something.".
On 20 April 2013, Keegan confirmed that she had quit Coronation Street. The actress stated "I have had the most amazing six years at Coronation Street and it was such a difficult decision to leave. But I felt it was the right time for me to make the next step in my career. I will miss Tina and will always be grateful to ITV and Coronation Street for giving me such an amazing role to play for my first ever acting job." Keegan added that she was excited to see what the coming months would hold for Tina, while series producer Stuart Blackburn commented that plans were being made for her "powerful and gripping" exit storyline. Keegan was planning to leave when her contract expired in November, but was persuaded to stay until May 2014.
Ian Wylie of Manchester Evening News commented on Keegan's nomination as best newcomer at The British Soap Awards 2008 and her portrayal of the character saying: Coronation Street’s Michelle Keegan is nominated as Best Newcomer, fully deserved even after just a few months on screen" and "teen rebel Tina McIntyre, played by Michelle, reminds many of a young Suranne Jones as Karen McDonald." Keegan went on to win the award. which she was voted for by a panel. One of the main reasons Michelle was given a longer contract with the soap was because the character had impressed the viewers and bosses so much and Ian Wylie also commented on the win and big impression, an achievement because of the short amount of time the character has been on screen. Jon Wise of 'The People' observed her as bolder than Liz McDonald's make-up and brassier than Leanne Battersby. Michelle has also been nominated at the National Television Awards for Best Newcomer. The Daily Mail commented how the character has gained a large male fan base after just 18 months within the show. The Daily Mirror added that she had gained a notable army of fans because of her character's personality and Keegan's natural acting style. On Digital Spy's 2012 end of year reader poll, Keegan was nominated for "Best Female Soap Actor" and came second with 14.2% of the vote. Keegan was voted 'Sexiest Female' at the British Soap Awards in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 for her portrayal as Tina.
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