Corrie star Tina OBriens life – co-star romance, lads mags past and soap exit

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    Coronation Street actress Tina O'Brien has played Sarah Platt in the ITV soap for over two decades.

    The 39-year-old soap star made her debut as Gail Platt and Brian Tilsley's daughter on October 21 1999.

    Teenage tearaway Sarah was originally played by twins Leah and Lynsay King from 1987 until 1999.

    The character has been at the centre of some of the show's biggest storylines including teenage pregnancy, internet grooming, murder and her relationship with two brothers.

    Sarah is set to find herself involved in more drama in upcoming scenes as she visits a hotel solo after a row with husband Adam.

    After a row, Sarah headed off to the hotel Adam booked for them by herself, but she soon finds company at the bar as she's chatted up by Damon.

    When Sarah invites Damon up to her room for a drink and one bad turn could be the end for her relationship with Adam, Daily Star has taken a look into Tina's life away from the cameras.

    Soap star romances

    Tina's love life has been eerily similar to her Corrie character at times.

    In Coronation Street, Sarah dated Todd Grimshaw (Bruno Langley) before they split and she moved on with his brother Jason (Ryan Thomas).

    Tina has also dated both Grimshaw brothers in real life as well as on the soap.

    When she was 17, the actress mirrored her character's on-screen romance when she started dating Bruno.

    The pair enjoyed a one-year romance before Tina found a spark with Bruno's on-screen brother, Ryan.

    In 2007 she told the Mirror: "It was five months later when I got together with Ryan and I was worried about it as he's a friend of Bruno.

    "But we worked hard to make sure there wasn't any tension between the three of us."

    Tina and Ryan went on to have a daughter, Scarlett, together but the pair split before her first birthday.

    Co-star bond

    Tina is the real-life godmother of Emily Walton, who played the original Bethany Platt.

    Emily played Sarah's on-screen daughter from 2000 until 2007 before the role was taken over by Lucy Fallon in 2015.

    Sarah's teenager pregnancy storylingwith baby Bethany won Tina Best Storyline at the British Soap Awards.

    She has also won Best Newcomer at the National Television Awards and TV Quick Awards.

    Bethany was kidnapped just hours after her birth by another mother whose baby had tragically died.

    The youngster was also involved in the iconic Richard Hillman storyline where he got most of the Platt family in his car and drove them into a canal.

    Racy lads mags' past

    Tina is not just known for appearing in Coronation Street.

    The actress has twice been voted into the annual FHM Top 100 Sexiest Women in the World.

    In 2005, she was voted 28th place. The following year she landed in 53rd plane.

    Tina isn't afraid to show off her wild side and was snapped with a sex toy strapped to her head back in 2018.

    Bethany Platt actress Lucy shared a photograph of the pair playing a rude game.

    Lucy wrote under the snap that was posted on social media: "The way we spend our Fridays???????"

    Tina clearly enjoyed her wild weekend with pals and said there were more pics and videos that weren't suitable for social media.

    Soap exit

    Soapland was rocked back in 2007 when Tina announced that she'd quit her role as Sarah.

    Speaking of her reason for her quitting at the time, she said: "This has been an extremely difficult decision to make.

    "I love playing Sarah and have had an amazing seven-and-a-half years in Coronation Street but I feel that the time has come to see what else is out there for me as an actress".

    She also thanked the producers and the writers for giving her fantastic storylines during her stint on the show.

    Seven years later, Tina confirmed that she'd be returning to the cobbles as Sarah.

    Since returning to Weatherfield, Sarah has been involved in some hard-hitting storylines including the cover-up of Callum Logan's murder.

    Love life

    Tina is happily married to Adam Crofts.

    The couple have been together for 10 years and in that time have welcomed a child together said "I do" at a star-studded wedding ceremony.

    Compared to Sarah's dramatic relationships with the likes of Gary Windass, Jason Grimshaw and Adam Barlow, in real life Tina's romance with Adam is picture perfect.

    Adam does not have a career in showbiz and works as a business developer and trainer for personal training company Ultimate Performance.

    The couple first met back in 2011, thanks to Tina's daughter 12-year-old Scarlett, who was only two at the time.

    Tina says her daughter set the wheels in motion when she walked over to Adam while they were in a cafe and said hello to him.

    The TV personality came over to get her, introduced herself to Adam and the rest is history.

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    They share share son Beau, who was born in October 2014.

    Adam and Tina tied the knot on New Year's Eve in 2018.

    Among the Corrie cast invited were Helen Worth and Jack P Shepherd, who play Gail and David Platt respectively on the ITV soap.

    Coronation Street airs Monday, Wednesday and Friday on ITV

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