Corrie star Tina O'Brien reveals her crush is 'Roman Kemp but he's a bit young'

TINA O’Brien, 37, has played Sarah Platt in Coronation Street since 1999.

The TV soap star reveals all – from her crush being Roman Kemp, her best way for relaxing being a bath and her husband being the love of her life – get to know Tina in this candid Q&A.

What scares you?

Dying – I know it comes to all of us, but I’ve got a real fear of it.

What’s your favourite word?

Satisfying. It sounds quite… satisfying!

What is your worst habit?

I am really tired and grumpy in the morning. The make-up ladies on Corrie can get the wrong end of me!

Who or what is the love of your life?
My children [Scarlett, 12, and Beau, six] and my husband [Adam Crofts, 35]. He really is my best friend.

Who would you invite to a dinner party?

Freddie Mercury. I wish I could have met him – I absolutely adore his music.

What is your experience of grief?

My grandma Marge sadly passed away in February. She was 94 and towards the end I would just get in bed and cuddle with her.

Who makes you laugh the most?

My Platt family – Jack P Shepherd and Ben Price who play David and Nick. If I’m in a scene with them I’m guaranteed to have the best day.

All-time top movie?

The Goonies.

What was your favourite kids’ TV show?

Fraggle Rock.

What’s your earliest memory?

I remember being in a make-up room on the Granada Studios Tour when I was about five and being dazzled by the lights.

Which public figure do you most admire?

I’m listening to Michelle Obama’s Becoming and I’m obsessed with her. And Andy Burnham, our Manchester mayor, bit controversial… but at least he’s trying, bless him.

What possession would you rescue from a burning building?

My painting of a woman swimming naked in the sea. It reminds me of someone being really free and happy.

What is your biggest regret?

I had an audition for a play in 2010. I thought the part would be perfect for me, but I held back and I didn’t get it.

How do you relax?

A nice bath with candles, listening to Adele.

How will you remember 2020?

The year I was able to press pause and spend time with my family. It’s also made me realise how much I miss being tactile with other humans.

What are your best and worst qualities?

I make things happen. My husband says: “If you want something done, you get it done.” But I don’t have much patience.

What song would you have played at your funeral?

The Beatles’ Here Comes The Sun.

What is the worst pain you’ve experienced?

When I was 20, I had a cyst on my ovaries that burst. I was in so much pain that I blacked out on the way to hospital.

Tea or coffee?

Tea, every day of the week.

Neat freak or messy?

Messy. The cleaner comes and I have to shove all of my clothes in the wardrobe!

Who is your celebrity crush?

Roman Kemp. He’s a bit young for me, and my daughter will kill me because she thinks he’s cute, too.

Most famous person on your phone?

Can we say Beyoncé and pretend? No? Then, the Corrie cast. They’re alright…

● ITV is celebrating Coronation Street’s 60th anniversary from December 7.

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