Tina O’Brien has cemented her place in Corrie history since joining the show in 1999…

She made her Coronation Street debut nearly two decades ago, but there are still a few things that might surprise you about actress Tina O’Brien. We’ve done some digging to find out what life is like for the 35-year-old mum of two…

1. Tina O’Brien has got a hidden talent

You might think that Tina’s talent in life is acting, but she’s admitted that she’s actually really good at juggling! Now, we’re not talking seven balls at a time whilst dressed up as a clown, but she can apparently easily juggle three or four balls after teaching herself the skill one Christmas as a child after being given a set of juggling balls.

2. Strictly Come Dancing made her sick

Tina O'Brien at the Strictly Come Dancing launch show in 2010

Tina O’Brien at the Strictly Come Dancing launch show in 2010

It’s easy to think that being a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing is all glitz and glamour, but not in Tina’s experience. The actress took part in the dancing show back in 2010 and told The Express: “Being on live telly, knowing there were millions of people watching, was incredibly frightening. From the Friday morning through to the live show on Saturday evening I was constantly running to the loo to be sick, I was that scared!”

 3. She’s a tea addict

Just like the rest of the Great British public, Tina loves nothing more than settling down with a cuppa. In fact she revealed on her Instagram page recently that she has known best friend Esther since they met at school, and that their favourite thing to do is have a natter over a cuppa.

 4. She’s watched every episode of Friends hundreds of times

Once again proving that she’s just like the rest of us, Tina’s favourite way to relax is in front of the TV with a glass of wine. Throw an episode of Friends into the mix and you’ll have Tina’s perfect evening in. She once revealed that if she could only watch one TV show for the rest of her life it would definitely be Friends.

 5. She’s got a very odd shopping habit

While you might think most soap stars spend their hard-earned cash on designer handbags, it might surprise you to know that Tina likes to spend her money on something a little different. She once told The Express: “I can’t walk past a pound shop without going in. I’m such a sucker for them. There’s always something in there that I think I need, like nine jumbo rolls of kitchen towels!”

 6. She believes that leaving Corrie was one of the best decisions she’s made

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Tina O’Brien in her familiar role as Sarah Platt in Corrie

While most of us couldn’t ever imagine leaving a show like Corrie once getting your foot in the door, Tina believes that taking a break from playing alter ego Sarah Platt between 1999 and 2007 was the best thing she ever did.

After returning to the soap three years ago, she told The Sunday Post: “If I hadn’t decided to leave when I did, I don’t think I’d have appreciated everything since. I came to Coronation Street right from high school and hadn’t done anything else until I was 24. I didn’t feel like I had a life outside of the show. I needed to see the world and try different jobs, and now I’ve had those experiences I don’t have itchy feet.”

7. She’s obsessed with candles

As well as jumbo kitchen rolls, Tina’s house is full of candles! The actress once admitted that if she ever sees a nice candle, she just has to have it – apparently you can never have too many. She does put them to good use though, because one of her favourite ways to wind down is with a candle-lit bath with soothing music.

Main picture: MCPIX/REX/Shutterstock; Strictly pic: Jonathan Hordle/REX/Shutterstock