Coronation Street star Tina O’Brien doubts she’ll be on the soap for as long as Bill Roache

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EXCLUSIVE ‘I Can’t See It’s Forever’: Coronation Street star Tina O’Brien doubts she’ll stay on the soap as long as Bill Roache and ‘dreams’ to star in more period dramas

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Coronation Street star Tina O’Brien doubts she’ll stay on the soap as long as veteran Bill Roache – and admits she “dreams” to star in more period dramas.

The actress, 39, told MailOnline that she would change her appearance for her next role, dying and cutting her hair for the chance to appear on a show such as Netflix series The Crown.

Mother of two, Tina, has warned her 13-year-old daughter Scarlett, who can be seen in Waterloo Road, that life on screen isn’t as ‘glamorous’ as she might think and that she should be ‘friendly’ to everyone on set, regardless of their job title.

'I just want to be in a corset': Coronation Street star Tina O'Brien doubts she'll stay on the soap as long as veteran Bill Roache - and admits she 'dreams' to star in more period dramas

‘I just want to be in a corset’: Coronation Street star Tina O’Brien doubts she’ll stay on the soap as long as veteran Bill Roache – and admits she ‘dreams’ to star in more period dramas

Speaking at the Football For Change Fundraising Gala, held Thursday in conjunction with MailOnline, Tina said: “I love that Coronation Street can feel like going home. There’s something comforting about it. Even the theme tune… it’s like a blanket.

“It’s weird because I’ve never seen myself sitting in Coronation Street that long, I love it, but I can’t see it’s forever. I’m not sure I’ll be as lucky as William Roache. That is a very specific character and a very specific person. He is amazing and we are all in awe of him.

“There’s a good chance it won’t happen to me. I love my job – I love it. It’s a great atmosphere on set. I have a real love for period dramas. When I left the show, I was doing The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister.

“I like period dramas, so for me that’s my heart. I’d dye my hair brown, I’d cut it, I just want to wear a corset. Put me in a menstrual drama and I’ll be happy. I recently started going to The Crown from scratch and I love it.”

In action: The actress told MailOnline that she would change her look for her next role, dying and cutting her hair for the chance to appear on a show like The Crown

In action: The actress told MailOnline that she would change her look for her next role, dying and cutting her hair for the chance to appear on a show like The Crown

In action: The actress told MailOnline that she would change her look for her next role, dying and cutting her hair for the chance to appear on a show like The Crown

Tina, who played Sarah Platt from 1999 to 2008 and returned to the Cobbles in 2015, now sees her daughter Scarlett follow in her footsteps.

She shares Scarlett with former partner Ryan Thomas, who played her on-screen husband, and has advised the teen on the do’s and don’ts as an aspiring actress.

She said: ‘My daughter is currently working on a TV show, she’s been doing Waterloo Road for a year now. It’s so weird.

“We have a lot of chats and I told her it’s not as glamorous as you think it will be, the hours are very long, make sure you know your rules, be nice to everyone, it doesn’t matter what rank – and that’s the best advice. Or the better version, don’t be ad***.’

'Be nice': Tina shares Scarlett (pictured) with former partner Ryan Thomas, who played her on-screen husband, and advised the teen on the do's and don'ts as an aspiring actress

'Be nice': Tina shares Scarlett (pictured) with former partner Ryan Thomas, who played her on-screen husband, and advised the teen on the do's and don'ts as an aspiring actress

‘Be nice’: Tina shares Scarlett (pictured) with former partner Ryan Thomas, who played her on-screen husband, and advised the teen on the do’s and don’ts as an aspiring actress

Stunning: Tina looked stunning in a fuchsia pink dress that splits her thighs while attending the Football For Change Fundraising Gala in Manchester on Thursday

Stunning: Tina looked stunning in a fuchsia pink dress that splits her thighs while attending the Football For Change Fundraising Gala in Manchester on Thursday

Stunning: Tina looked stunning in a fuchsia pink dress that splits her thighs while attending the Football For Change Fundraising Gala in Manchester on Thursday

Tina, who is also a mother to son Beau, seven, from her marriage to husband Adam Crofts, says she has no plans to have any more children – and has started wall climbing to stay in shape.

She said: ‘Family life is great – my husband Adam, my two children, it’s all very good. Two children are more than enough. Scarlett is 13 and Beau is seven, so they are now in old age.

‘I’ve been trying to work out lately. I’m not very good at going to the gym because I think it’s boring, but now I’m swimming a lot and I’ve also started climbing, which sounds really weird, but I love it.

“I take my son with me and sometimes with 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 on Thursday by her Corrie colleague Samia Longchambon at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester to raise money for Jamie Carragher’s charity Football For Change.

Celebrity guests were treated to intimate performances by Spice Girls star Mel C and former Oasis rocker Noel Gallagher, who delighted audiences with renditions of Wonderwall and Don’t Look Back in Anger.

Smasher: The soap star smiled for the cameras at the glitzy gala, where guests were treated to performances by Spice Girl Mel C and former Oasis rocker Noel Gallagher

Smasher: The soap star smiled for the cameras at the glitzy gala, where guests were treated to performances by Spice Girl Mel C and former Oasis rocker Noel Gallagher

Smasher: The soap star smiled for the cameras at the glitzy gala, where guests were treated to performances by Spice Girl Mel C and former Oasis rocker Noel Gallagher

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