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Soap star Tina O’Brien has been on our screens for over two decades and she’s spent a large chunk of that time playing Coronation Street favourite, Sarah Platt – now Barlow.
She won multiple awards for her portrayal of the character including Most Popular Newcomer at the 2000 NTAs and Best Storyline at the British Soap Awards the same year.
It’d be easy to assume that such a high flier doesn’t have many down days. However, the mother of two recently opened up saying that she doesn’t always feel tip top and actually felt like “a constant failure” during the early stages of lockdown.
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“In the end I liked homeschooling,” she said. But that wasn’t always the case.
“I’ll be honest, in the beginning I didn’t. I really struggled. I just felt like a constant failure really because I didn’t know how to do it,” Tina explained honestly.
She continued: “It’s hard because you want to be the best mum you can be, but you can’t do it all. You don’t know how to be a teacher. That’s why teachers are so incredible at what they do.”
Tina admitted that things got better when she stopped putting so much pressure on herself. “Basically when I started giving myself a bit of an easier time, it was great I just loved it!” she said.
Tina has two children. Scarlett, 12, and Beau, 6. She had Scarlett during her six year relationship with Coronation Street co-star and former on-screen hubby Ryan Thomas.
Ryan is now engaged to former TOWIE star, Lucy Mecklenburgh and the pair have a one year old son called Roman. Beau is Tina’s youngest child with her husband Adam Crofts. The pair married in 2018 but had been dating since 2011.
Tina also revealed that the family were in the throes of moving when the first lockdown hit.
Although it may sound stressful, Tina confirmed that it was a positive time for them all – describing it as a “complete reset.”
She said: “During the very first lockdown we’d just sold our house and we’d gone into rented accommodation in January in a new area we didn’t know anyone. It was a really weird time but actually it was incredible. It was like a complete reset for me. I loved the time with the kids.”
Now, with lockdown becoming a more distant memory as each days go by, Tina (like many of us) is looking towards the future with cautious optimism.
“We had booked Croatia a couple of years ago. We were meant to go last year and had to move it to this year. If we get to go that would be incredible but I think it’s one of those where we’re not pinning everything on it.”
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