Jack and Tina teamed up in Clocking Off!
They’ve worked together on Coronation Street for nineteen years, playing siblings David and Sarah Platt. But Corrie isn’t the only programme in which actors Jack P Shepherd and Tina O’ Brien have played brother and sister.
And Jack couldn’t resist reminding fans of this very fact, by posting a rather adorable picture of him and Tina on Instagram from way back in 1999, when they starred together in an episode of the BBC1 drama Clocking Off.
Jack and Tina were 11 and 16 respectively when they played Charlie and Adele Kolakowski, two of three children of factory worker Yvonne – played by iconic TV actress Sarah Lancashire. The episode in question, called “Yvonne’s story,” followed the turn of events when Yvonne and her children were thrown out by her boyfriend, and featured Tina’s character, Adele, being trapped in a house fire.
The episode also featured a number of other high-profile TV stars, including Happy Valley’s Siobhan Finneran, former Doctor Christopher Eccleston, Ashes to Ashes star Philip Glenister, and EastEnders actress Diane Parish.
Jack captioned the pic “Flashback to me and @tinaob83 I’m Clocking Off 1999” and his Corrie co-star Samia Longchambon, who plays Maria Connor, couldn’t help noticing the young Jack’s uncanny resemblance to his four year old son, Reuben. “You’re so like Reuben on that pic Jack” replied Samia.
Tina O’ Brien joined the Corrie cast as Gail Platt’s only daughter shortly after filming her Clocking Off role, replacing youngster Lynsay King. Jack then joined as Gail’s younger son, David, in 2000, taking over from Thomas Ormson.
Eighteen years later, and the stars remain at the centre of the soap. Tina’s character, Sarah, recently got engaged to boyfriend Gary Windass (Mikey North) whilst Jack’s character, David, is currently spiralling out of control after being raped by mechanic Josh Tucker (Ryan Clayton).
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