Tina O’Brien in July 2011
|Born||Tina Michelle O’Brien
(1983-08-07) 7 August 1983
Rusholme, Manchester, England
|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)
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. She has also won Best Newcomer at the National Television Awards, and the TV Quick Awards. O’Brien revealed in the British press in April 2007 that she would be leaving Coronation Street before the end of the year. 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, although after becoming pregnant, she decided to put her career on hold.
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. 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. Later in 2010, she appeared as a character in new television drama The Accused written by Jimmy McGovern, as well as starring in the 2010 series of Strictly Come Dancing. 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. Between 14 January and 13 February 2011, she participated in the 2011 Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour.
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. Their daughter, Scarlett Jacqueline Thomas was born at Manchester General Hospital on 26 October 2008. 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.
O’Brien is a patron of the charity Animals in Distress Sanctuary.
|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|
|2016||All Star Mr & Mrs||TV||Herself||Contestant, 1 episode|