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EXCLUSIVE ‘I can’t imagine it’s going to be forever’: Coronation Street star Tina O’Brien doubts she’ll be on a soap for as long as Bill Roach and ‘dreams’ of more period dramas
Coronation Street star Tina O’Brien doubts she will be in the soap for as long as veteran Bill Roach – and admits she “dreams” of appearing in more historical dramas.
The 39-year-old actress told MailOnline that she will change her look for her next role by dying and cutting her hair for the chance to appear in shows such as Netflix’s The Crown.
Mum-of-two Tina has warned her 13-year-old daughter Scarlett, who appears in Waterloo Road, that screen life isn’t as ‘glamorous’ as she might think and to be ‘nice’ to everyone on set regardless from their position.
‘I just want to be in a corset’: Coronation Street star Tina O’Brien doubts she’ll be in a soap for as long as veteran Bill Roach – and admits she ‘dreams’ of more historical dramas
Speaking at the Football For Change fundraising gala, held in partnership with MailOnline on Thursday, Tina said: ‘I really love the fact that Coronation Street can feel like coming home. There is something about that that is comforting. Even the theme tune… it’s like a little blanket.
“It’s weird because I’ve never seen myself being on Coronation Street for that long, I love it but I can’t imagine it being forever. I’m not sure I’ll be as lucky as William Roach. This is a very specific character and a very specific person. He is amazing and we all admire him.
“Chances are it probably won’t happen to me. I love my job – I love it. The atmosphere on the set is amazing. I have a real love for period dramas. When I left the show I did The Secret Diaries of Miss Ann Lister.
“I love period dramas, so for me this is my heart. I would dye my hair brown, cut it off, I just want to be in a corset. Get me into a period drama and I’ll be happy. I recently started watching The Crown from the beginning and I love it.’
In action: The actress told MailOnline she would change her look for her next role, dying and cutting her hair for the chance to appear on shows like The Crown
Tina, who played Sarah Platt from 1999 to 2008 and returned to the Cobbles in 2015, is now watching her daughter Scarlett follow in her footsteps.
She shares Scarlett with her former partner Ryan Thomas, who played her on-screen husband and advised the teenager on the dos and don’ts of an aspiring actress.
She said: “My daughter is working on a TV show at the moment, she’s doing Waterloo Road for a year. It’s so weird.
“We have a lot of chats and I told her it’s not as glamorous as you think it’s going to be, the hours are very long, make sure you know your lines, be nice to everyone, it doesn’t matter what rank – and that’s the most good advice. Or the better version, don’t be an ad***.’
‘Be kind’: Tina shares Scarlett (pictured) with ex-partner Ryan Thomas, who played her on-screen husband and has advised the teenager on dos and don’ts as an aspiring actress
Gorgeous: Tina looked stunning in a thigh-splitting fuchsia pink dress as she attended the Football For Change fundraising gala in Manchester on Thursday
Tina, who is also mum to seven-year-old son Bo from her marriage to husband Adam Crofts, says she has no plans to have any more children – and has taken up climbing to keep fit.
She said: “Family life is great – my husband Adam, my two children, everything is very good. Two children are more than enough. Scarlett is 13 and Bo is seven, so they are old enough.
“Recently I tried to do fitness. I’m not very good at going to the gym because I find it boring, but now I go swimming a lot and I’ve also started rock climbing, which sounds really weird but I like it.
“I take my son and sometimes my husband. It’s a way for me to use my own body weight and do something that’s good for me without being in the gym.
Tina was joined by Corrie co-star Samia Longchambon at Manchester’s Old Trafford Cricket Ground to raise money for Jamie Carragher’s Football for Change charity on Thursday.
Celebrity guests were treated to intimate performances from Spice Girls star Mel C and former Oasis rocker Noel Gallagher, who wowed the crowd with renditions of Wonderwall and Don’t Look Back in Anger.
Stunning: The soap star smiled for the cameras at the glitzy gala, where guests were treated to performances from Spice Girl Mel C and former Oasis rocker Noel Gallagher