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Tina McIntyre
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Tina in 2008.
Coronation Street
Portrayed by Michelle Keegan
Duration 2008—
First appearance 7 January 2008
Created by Steve Frost
Profile
Occupation Newsagent Assistant
Residence 12a Coronation Street

Tina McIntyre is a fictional character in the UK television ITV soap opera, Coronation Street. Portrayed by actress Michelle Keegan, the character first appeared onscreen during the episode airing on 7 January 2008.[1]

The character has gained a large fan base due to the her brash personality,[2][3] with the character being central to many key storylines such as perjury, abortion and a drawn out feud with the Windass family.

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Character creation

Background

Tina McIntyre was first cast into the soap opera to portray the short-term girlfriend of character David Platt, to help change his evil ways. As the character's introduction and personality was portrayed onscreen, soap bosses and viewers were impressed with the character and actress Michelle Keegan which resulted into her character becoming a more permanent fixture.[4] Giving the character more ties to Coronation Street it was announced that her onscreen family had been cast. She has worked in low skilled jobs and currently works at a newsagents. Her main links in Coronation Street are with the Platt family.

Casting

Auditions were held for the part of the character and Michelle Keegan eventually received a call from her agent telling her she had been offered the part, the initial audtition being only her second for any part.[5]. She was called to a meeting with Steve Frost who was the producer at the time, he was immediately happy with her and handed her the scripts.[6]

In an interview with The Mirror, actress Michelle Keegan spoke upon her character's success and permanent duration on the show stating that: "Tina came in to the show just to change David into a nice character, and then to get to the point where he pushed his mum down the stairs. I was supposed to be out of there after that. But they’ve kept me on. They needed a bit of a ballsy character, I think. She’s moved into the Platts’ now and she’s getting a family base around her, so hopefully she’s around for the long haul. I didn’t think I was staying, so I’m very lucky".[7]

Character development

During the character's first episode Tina clashed with various characters such as Betty Williams, Gail Platt and Becky Granger who initially had taken a dislike to her. This showed off her brash personality and her straight talking attitude from her first appearances. These personality trends have helped characterize and popularize Tina.

Describing Tina's personality after her arrival onscreen the official ITV website states: "Tina has never felt like she’s fitted in anywhere, but she’s not a pushover by any means. She thinks she knows everything, but doesn’t and would rather be friends with lads than girls, who usually hate her. Challenge her to an arm wrestle and she’ll probably win."[8] Also stating that she is feisty and fell into a common job rather than not being smart enough to do anything else, with Michelle saying during an interview: "She’s feisty but she’s essentially a good girl at the moment".[9] In another interview she reveals that her character dresses to appear sexy and confident on her sexuality.[10][11] and with another the ITV official website saying: "She can be very feisty but she's just a normal, vulnerable, 17-year-old girl and she's very confused."[12].

Storylines

2008—

David Platt

The character becomes the girlfriend of David Platt, and within a week, has sex with David, resulting in Tina becoming pregnant. When David has Tina's name tattooed on his arm, she becomes very angry and storms out.

The pregnancy is one of the character's first major storylines. After the weekend, she finds out that she is pregnant, revealing all to David's mother, Gail. First shocked, Gail decides to talk to Tina about what she is going to do. She then suggests maybe an abortion might be best, when Tina agrees she asks her to keep it a secret from David and she will pay for her to have a private abortion, as the NHS would take up to three weeks.[13][14]. Upon the teenage abortion storyline actress, Michelle Keegan (who knew about the storyline before taking the part) said: "It was such an emotional storyline to be involved in I was scared and wondered if I'd really be able to pull it off. But it's been a real challenge and good to get my teeth into something."[5].

Tina goes on to have an abortion; Gail goes along with her for support. When Tina has the procedure, she turns down David's trip to see a band. After David eventually notices something is not right about the way Tina is acting, he ends their relationship.

When David eventually finds out about the abortion, he pushes his mother down the stairs, leaving the scene quickly and fleeing to Tina's, making up with her while he is there. She later gives David an alibi when the police ask about David's whereabouts at the time of Gail's accident. Tina tells them he was with her. Tina tells David that she will help him if it goes to court and has to commit perjury. After David pushes Gail down the stairs, he convinces Tina to lie for him. When Gail's memory starts returning, Tina begins to worry under the pressure of lying and moves back to her own house. She also tells David they are finished but David refuses to give up. This hope eventually pays off as she decides to give him a second chance when she visits him in prison and seals it with a kiss, despite the fact it is against the rules of the institution.

She is planning on visiting the jailbird with a picture of his gay grandfather, but her mother goes to Gail's house and forbids her from seeing David. She moves into the Platts' and introduces her father Joe to David. The relationship soon begins to crumble - David begins to get suspicious of Tina and her emails as he hacks into her account. When she finds out, she is not happy. She packs her bags and goes home with her father. Tina gets revenge on David by getting him fired from his salon job at Peter and Paul's. Tina continues to avoid David, but he has gig tickets and after being refused by Tina, offers them to Amber Kalirai, who has a crush on David. Amber and David date briefly and Tina tells Darryl Morton, David's friend, that she doesn't care at all, but Darryl thinks she is secretly jealous. When Amber and David go on to another date at his house, Tina confronts them and Amber realises that David only wanted to make Tina jealous. David and Tina later reconcile on 31 August 2008. She then starts work at The Kabin for Rita Sullivan as well as the kebab shop.

Windass feud

In November 2008, Tina discovers that a dodgy family, the Windasses, are creating trouble for her father Joe after they refuse to pay for the kitchen which he has fitted for them. As revenge, Tina, David and their friend Graeme Proctor break into their house and rip out the kitchen and set fire to all the fittings. Both Tina and Joe are dismayed to subsequently discover that the Windasses have moved in next-door to the Platts. Gary Windass begins tormenting David and when he makes suggestive comments about Tina on Christmas Day 2008, David attacks him.

In January 2009, Gary is continuing to pester Tina which outrages David. Gary deliberately goads him on the street and when he sees Tina he makes David punch him in the face which leads to a violent brawl between the pair. David urges Tina to lie to the police by telling them that Gary threw the first punch which she reluctantly agrees to. Gary's uncle Len is furious when he hears about Tina's account of events and threatens her while they are both alone together in the kebab shop. Tina is frightened by the encounter but still agrees to testify that Gary started the fight. She begins to feel the mounting pressure upon seeing how distressed Anna Windass is at the prospect of Gary going to prison and confesses to Joe that she is lying about the fight.

Shortly before the trial, caught between David and Joe's wishes that she tell the truth, Tina leaves the Platts a note saying that she needs to get away. On 2 March 2009, the day of the trial, she shows up at the court much to David's delight. Before she takes the stand Joe urges her not to perjure herself but Tina refuses. However, when she is in the witness box she admits that she was lying about who started the fight, which leaves David furious. The jury then clear Gary of the assault charge. After the verdict, Tina ends her relationship with David after he accuses her of being attracted to Gary.

Jason Grimshaw

The character's next storyline was a relationship with Jason Grimshaw. The relationship featured in the shows official promotional campaign for the summer of 2009, titled 'Summer of Love'. The couple were featured on promotional posters, television commercials and online video content.[15] Media reporting website Digital Spy carred out a poll to see who the viewing public would rather the character to be romancing.[16] Jason topped the poll with 41.6%, proving their relationship to be more popular with viewers than her previous relationship with David Platt.[17]

Onscreen the plot began to play out when Jason plants a drunken kiss on Tina after humiliating himself with Minnie Chandra. Although at first clearly enjoying his attention, after the kiss, Tina angrily informs him that isn't the way to win her affections and leaves. Later, she and Jason go out for a drink together and return to Jason's house. Tina then asks Jason if he fancies her and, after he admits he does, she tells him the feeling is mutual and they kiss passionately. When Tina tells David that she and Jason are together, he takes the news badly and it sends him out of control, throwing building items at Jason in the middle of the street. The couple then move in to the flat above The Kabin after their bid to but it is accepted and they renovate it together. David later threatens Tina, which upsets Jason and in a turn of events which sees David be attacked by a mystery assailant, Jason is subsequently blamed and arrested but later no charges are brought against him.

In December 2009, after a blazing row with Jason over his estranged wife Sarah, Tina gets drunk and heads into town. She goes to a bar where she meets Nick Tilsley, David's half brother, and is unaware of who he is as she drinks with him. Tina subsequently kisses Nick and then leaves, feeling guilty over Jason. She is shocked to discover him at the Platts' house on Christmas Day as he is introduced to her. The pair agree to keep their indiscretion a secret from everybody.

On 12 February 2010, Jason gives Tina his divorce papers from Sarah as a Valentine's Day present to her and as she assumes that this is her only Valentine's Day gift, she goes out to get alcohol. When she is returns he proposes after she has seen the ring and she accepts.

Joe's death and Tina's struggle

In February 2010 after Gail returns from the Lake District without Joe, (whom she has recently married), after a breakaway, Tina becomes worried. Unknown to everybody, Joe has in fact drowned at the lake in a botched attempt to fake his own death in order for Gail to claim on his life insurance policy. Gail and David decide to keep Joe's underhand plans a secret from Tina and cover it up by saying that Joe has got a job near the Lakes. As Tina become increasingly more anxious, David tries to keep Tina calm by sending Tina flowers on her birthday, supposedly from Joe but Tina still knows something isn't right. Soon after the truth comes out as Joe's body is discovered and Tina is devastated when she finds out from Gail and David about Joe's death. Tina struggles with the death and is shocked to discover what Joe had been planning to do. She is livid that David sent her flowers, pretending to be her father and is frustrated with Gail for not reporting Joe's disappearance immediately.

Matters take an unforeseen direction in March 2010 when Gail is accused of murdering Joe. Tina then comes to suspect that Gail may be guilty and bans her from attending Joe's funeral. When Gail gives a eulogy at the funeral, Tina angrily storms back into the church, hurling accusations at Gail. She then tells the police that Gail told her to lie to the police. This leads to Gail being arrested at Joe's wake with Tina showing no guilt for having Gail wrongly arrested.

Reception

Ian Wylie of Manchester Evening News spoke upon the fact that Michelle Keegan was nominated for 'Best newcomer' at The British Soap Awards 2008 and her portrayal of the character saying: "Coronation Street’s Michelle Keegan is nominated as Best Newcomer, fully deserved even after just a few months on screen" and "Teen rebel Tina McIntyre, played by Michelle, reminds many of a young Suranne Jones as Karen McDonald."[18] Actress Michelle Keegan went onto win the 'Best Newcomer' award at the 2008 British Soap Awards for her portrayal of Tina,[19][20] which she was voted for by a panel.[21] One of the main reason's Michelle was given a longer contract with the soap was because the character had impressed the viewers and bosses so much[22] and Ian Wylie also commented on the win and big impression, an achievement because of the short amount of time the character has been onscreen.[23] Jon Wise of 'The People' observed her as bolder than Liz McDonald's make-up and brassier than Leanne Battersby.[24] Michelle has also been nominated at the National Television Awards for Best Newcomer.[25]. The Daily Mail commented how the character has gained a large male fan base after just 18 months within the show.[3] With fellow British tabloid, The Mirror commenting that she has gained a notable army of fans because of her character's personality and Keegan's natural acting style.[2]

References

  1. ^ Tvor (31 December 2007). "Hurricane Tina hits Weatherfield". Corrieblog. http://www.corrieblog.tv/2007/12/hurricane_tina.html/. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  2. ^ a b Claire Donnelly (27 July 2009). "Teenage agony of Coronation Street sexpot Michelle Keegan". The Mirror. http://www.mirror.co.uk/celebs/news/2009/07/24/teenage-agony-of-coronation-street-sexpot-michelle-keegan-115875-21543275/. Retrieved 2009-08-25. 
  3. ^ a b Online Reporter (17 August 2009). "Corrie pin-up Michelle Keegan shows off her amazing figure in a hot pink bikini". The Daily Mail. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1207059/Corrie-pin-Michelle-Keegan-shows-amazing-figure-hot-pink-bikini.html. Retrieved 2009-08-25. 
  4. ^ Soaps - News - Corrie chiefs reward newcomer Michelle - Digital Spy
  5. ^ a b Billy Sloan (16 March 2008). "Corrie's Michelle Keegan On Going From Shop Girl To Soap Star". Sunday Mail. http://www.sundaymail.co.uk/tv-showbiz-news/entertainment-news/2008/03/16/corrie-s-michelle-keegan-on-going-from-shop-girl-to-soap-star-78057-20352049/. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  6. ^ Jon Wise (25 May 2007). "CORRIE CHAV MICHELLE KEEGAN ON HER AMAZING RISE TO FAME". The People. http://www.people.co.uk/news/tm_headline=corrie-chav-michelle-keegan-on-her-amazing-rise-to-fame&method=full&objectid=20429551&siteid=93463-name_page.html/. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  7. ^ "Michelle Keegan: 'I want Corrie's Tina & David to be the new Bonnie & Clyde". themirror.co.uk. http://www.mirror.co.uk/celebs/celebs-on-sunday/the-big-interview/2008/06/13/michelle-keegan-i-want-corrie-s-tina-david-to-be-the-new-bonnie-clyde-115875-20606093/. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  8. ^ "Coronation Street Cast & Characters Tina McIntyre". itv.com. http://www.itv.com/Soaps/coronationstreet/castandcharacters/mtop/TinaMcIntyre/default.html. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  9. ^ "Michelle Keegan: 'I want Corrie's Tina & David to be the new Bonnie & Clyde". themirror.co.uk. http://www.mirror.co.uk/celebs/celebs-on-sunday/the-big-interview/2008/06/13/michelle-keegan-i-want-corrie-s-tina-david-to-be-the-new-bonnie-clyde-115875-20606093/. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  10. ^ Emma Cox (1 March 2007). "Michelle Keegan Coronation Street The Sun Showbiz". The Sun. http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/tv/article864194.ece. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  11. ^ Tvor (3 March 2008). "Michelle Keegan's future's so bright, she better wear shades". Corrieblog. http://www.corrieblog.tv/2008/03/michelle_keegan_4.html. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  12. ^ ITV (27 February 2008). "Michelle Keegan exclusive". ITV.com. http://www.itv.com/Soaps/coronationstreet/newsandgossip/MichelleKeeganexclusive/default.html. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  13. ^ Katie Begley (3 January 2008). "Bomb Chelle!". Daily Star. http://www.dailystar.co.uk/soaperstar/view/25534/Bomb-Chelle-/. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  14. ^ Will Parkhouse (3 January 2008). "Corrie pin-up to bed evil David". Orange. http://www.orange.co.uk/entertainment/television/33354.htm?linkfrom=%3C!--linkfromvariable--%3E&link=box_left_pos_3_2_link_2&article=entertainmenthubtelevisionsell. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  15. ^ Kris Green (10 July 2009). "Coronation Street - Soap Scoop - Corrie's 'Summer of Love': Jason and Tina". Digital Spy. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/soaps/a164561/corries-summer-of-love-jason-and-tina.html. Retrieved 2009-08-25. 
  16. ^ Kris Green (06 June 2009). "Coronation Street - Soap Scoop - Poll: Who should Corrie's Tina be with?". Digital Spy. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/soaps/a158443/poll-who-should-corries-tina-be-with.html. Retrieved 2009-08-25. 
  17. ^ Kris Green (13 June 2009). "EastEnders - Soap Scoop - Poll: Jack Branning's Women of Walford". Digital Spy. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/soaps/a159406/poll-jack-brannings-women-of-walford.html. Retrieved 2009-08-25. 
  18. ^ Ian Wylie (2 May 2008). "The Life of Wylie: Coronation Street: Michelle Keegan". Manchester Evening news. http://blogs.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/ianwylie/2008/05/coronation_street_michelle_kee.html. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  19. ^ "Michelle stunned by gong". metro.co.uk. http://www.metro.co.uk/fame/article.html?in_article_id=145971&in_page_id=7&in_a_source=. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  20. ^ "Soap Awards Winners". showbiz.sky.com. http://showbiz.sky.com/Soap-Awards-Winners. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  21. ^ Kris Green (4 May 2008). "The British Soap Awards 2008: The Winners". Digitalspy. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/soaps/a94815/the-british-soap-awards-2008-the-winners.html?rss. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  22. ^ Lisa McGarry (5 May 2008). "Coronation Street: Michelle Keegan (AKA Tina McIntyre) To Stay For At Least A Year". Unreality Primetime. http://primetime.unrealitytv.co.uk/coronation-street-michelle-keegan-aka-tina-mcintyre-to-stay-for-at-least-a-year/. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  23. ^ Ian Wylie (4 May 2008). "British Soap Awards: Michelle Keegan". Manchester Evening News. http://blogs.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/ianwylie/2008/05/british_soap_awards_michelle_k.html. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  24. ^ Jon Wise (25 May 2007). "CORRIE CHAV MICHELLE KEEGAN ON HER AMAZING RISE TO FAME". The People. http://www.people.co.uk/news/tm_headline=corrie-chav-michelle-keegan-on-her-amazing-rise-to-fame&method=full&objectid=20429551&siteid=93463-name_page.html/. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
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