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Tina Hobley
Tina Ellen Hobley

(1971-05-20) 20 May 1971 (age 47)
Mill Hill, London, England Planet Earth
OccupationActress and radio presenter
Years active1993–present
TelevisionHolby City
Spouse(s)Steve Wallington (m. 1998–2001)
Oliver Wheeler (m. 2006—)
WebsiteOfficial website

Tina Ellen Hobley (born 20 May 1971 in Hampstead[1]) is an English actress and radio presenter, best known for her long-running role as Chrissie Williams in the BBC One medical drama series Holby City. Hobley left Holby City in November 2013 after 12 years.


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
    • 2.1 Television
    • 2.2 Radio
    • 2.3 Theatre
  • 3 Personal life
  • 4 Filmography
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Early life[edit]

Hobley was very shy as a child, and was sent to speech and drama classes in an attempt to counter her introversion. She grew up in the London suburb of Mill Hill and attended Bishop Douglass School in East Finchley. Hobley later transferred to the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.[2]



After graduating from the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, where she trained from 1990 to 1993, Hobley had a number of roles in a variety of television dramas, including Coronation Street as Samantha Failsworth, Harbour Lights as WPC Melanie Rush and The Bill as Sue Booker.

Hobley is best known for her role as ward sister Chrissie Williams in BBC medical drama Holby City.[3]


On 3 October 2013, Smooth Radio announced that Hobley would become a presenter on the network, fronting a programme on Sunday mornings.[4]

Hobley started presenting the Weekday Smooth Drive Home in the London region in January 2017. [5]


From January to July 2015 Hobley co-starred with Jamie Lomas, Rik Makarem, Michael McKell and Gray O'Brien in a touring production of Peter James's "Dead Simple".

Personal life[edit]

Hobley's first marriage was to graphic designer Steve Wallington in 1998. Their daughter Isabella, 'Bella', was born in April 1999; the couple divorced in 2001.

On 22 April 2006, Hobley announced her engagement to Oliver Wheeler, and they married later that year.[6] Hobley gave birth to their daughter Olivia on 18 April 2008,[7] and on 1 March 2010 to son, Orson.

Hobley is a supporter of the Starlight Foundation. She is also an Ambassador for Barnardo's, and supports the Terrence Higgins Trust and White Hat Rally.

In February 2016 she withdrew from competing in the reality show The Jump after dislocating her shoulder, breaking her arm and rupturing her anterior cruciate ligament. Seven months after sustaining these injuries she still had not fully recovered. The damage to her body had limited her movement to the point where she has been unable to perform basic daily tasks by herself.[8]


Year Title Role Other notes
1994 The Knock Estate Agent Episode No. 1.2
1995 Pie in the Sky Theresa Collins Episode 'Hard Cheese'
Bliss Nurse Valerie Mini-series
Ghostbusters of East Finchley Woman on doorstep Episode No. 1.5
1996 The Bill Sue Booker Episode 'Judgment Call'
Coronation Street Samantha Failsworth 1996–1998 (225 episodes)
1997 The Ruth Rendell Mysteries Woman on train Episode May and June Part 1
Another Audience with Freddie Starr On-screen Participant
1998 Noel's House Party Episode No. 7.18
The National Lottery Big Ticket Episode No. 1.2
Celebrity Ready Steady Cook Episode dated 7 January
Friday Night's All Wright Episode No. 1.1
1999 Harbour Lights WPC Melanie Rush
2001–2013 Holby City Chrissie Williams Series 3 - 16 (406 episodes)
2001 GMTV Episode dated 9 October
Richard & Judy Guest Episode dated 3 December
2003 Today with Des and Mel Episode dated 11 March
The Terry and Gaby Show Episode dated 20 October
GMTV Episode dated 13 October
2004 The Afternoon Play Gracie Leigh Episode 'Venus and Mars'
Making It at Holby
2014 Celebrity MasterChef Contestant
2016 The Jump Contestant
Guest appearances
  • 2003 TV Moments (2003) - Audience member
  • This Morning (18 May 2004, 16 November 2010, 14 February 2012)
  • Hell's Kitchen (2004) - Episode No. 1.10
  • The Paul O'Grady Show (2004) - Episode No. 1.22
  • The Xtra Factor (13 November 2004)
  • GMTV (22 October 2004)
  • Comic Relief Does Fame Academy (2005)
  • Test the Nation: The Big Entertainment Test (2005)
  • School's Out (2007) - Episode No. 2.3
  • The One Show (11 February 2009) - Guest
  • All Star Mr & Mrs (23 May 2009) - Contestant with husband, Oli
  • Lorraine (27 January 2012) - Guest
  • Daybreak (28 January, 8 August 2013) - Guest
  • Big Star's Little Star (2 October 2013) - Contestant with daughter, Olivia
  • The Paul O'Grady Show (19 November 2013)
  • Loose Women (30 April 2014)