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Hannah Marie Tointon (born 28 December 1987[2][3]) is an English actress. She is best known for playing Katy Fox in the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks and Tara Brown in sitcom The Inbetweeners.

Hannah Tointon
Born (1987-12-28) 28 December 1987 (age 31)
Years active2003–present
Partner(s)Joe Thomas[1] (2010–present) (engaged)
RelativesKara Tointon (sister)


Early lifeEdit

Tointon was born to parents Ken and Carol[4] in Southend-on-Sea, Essex.[3] She and her actress sister Kara (born 1983) were brought up in Leigh-on-Sea and attended St Michael's School, Leigh, and St Hilda's School in Westcliff-on-Sea.[4]


Tointon's first appearance on television was in the CBBC hit sitcom Kerching!, where she played Tamsin, the love interest of the main character Taj Lewis. Her next role was in the series Star 2003 where she played the character Billie. Following this, she played Celina Johnson in the British police drama series The Bill. She also portrayed Casey in the horror film The Children.

In 2006, she appeared in the television series Murder City, where she played Bethany Williams in the episode "Just Seventeen". She also appeared in Dream Team as Savannah Caskey.[5] She then went on to appear in New Tricks, and had an uncredited part in the film Just My Luck as a concert goer, along with sister Kara. In early 2007, she appeared as Annabelle in Genie in the House, and also played Maxine Brogan in Doctors.


Tointon is best known for her appearance on the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks. She made her first appearance on 30 April 2007, playing Katy Fox, younger sister of Warren Fox. Outside of Hollyoaks, she is close friends with Jamie Lomas (Warren Fox), Chris Fountain (Justin Burton), Roxanne McKee (Louise Summers) and Kent Riley (Zak Ramsey).[6]

It was announced on 3 November 2007 that Tointon had quit Hollyoaks to try new things, and that she will have played the character of Katy Fox for a year.[7] She said that her intention was always to stay just for a year.[6]

After HollyoaksEdit

On 11 November 2008, she appeared in the role of an agoraphobic student named Emma Lewis in Doctors, a separate character to her previous Doctors stint.[8]

She also starred in The Children, a horror film which co-starred Jeremy Sheffield; it was released in November 2008.[9]

In April 2010, Tointon appeared in the Cornetto Enigma TV advertisement. She appeared as Simon's girlfriend Tara, in Series 3 of the Channel 4 sitcom The Inbetweeners.[10] Filming in Spring 2010, she appeared from the second episode to the fourth.

In March 2012, it was announced that Tointon would star in the forthcoming ITV2 supernatural drama Switch.[11][12]

In July 2012, she played a character called Frog in an episode of the E4 series The Midnight Beast, where she was Dru's girlfriend. She played Kuji in the Sinbad episode titled Kuji. Also in 2012, she played the role of Kiki Delaine in The Hour.[13] Since 2014, Tointon has appeared as Maud Gunneson in the British-American horror series Penny Dreadful.[14][failed verification]

In September 2017 it was announced that she will be appearing in a new production of Strangers on a Train. The production is expected to tour from 5 January to 31 March 2018.[15]

Personal lifeEdit

Tointon moved in with The Inbetweeners co-star Joe Thomas in 2012, after they met earlier working on the show. The couple became engaged in 2017 and are currently living in London.[16]


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2006 Just My Luck Concert Goer Uncredited[citation needed]
2008 The Children Casey
2010 The Lost Future Giselle
2013 Young, High and Dead Katy
2014 Walking with the Enemy Hannah Schoen
2015 Captain Webb Madeline Chaddock
2018 The Festival Caitlin
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Star Billie
2003–2006 Kerching! Tamsin Main role (20 episodes)
2005 The Bill Celina Johnson Episode: "335"
2005–2006 Dream Team Savannah Caskey Recurring role (8 episodes)
2006 Murder City Bethany Williams Episode: "Just Seventeen"
2006 New Tricks Young Anita Walsh Episode: "Dockers"
2006 Genie in the House Annabelle Scott Episodes: "Teacher Adil", "Rock Me Amadeus", "I Love Adil"
2007 Doctors Maxine Brogan Episode: "Heart of the Matter"
2007–2008, 2017 Hollyoaks Katy Fox Regular role (27 episodes)
2008 Doctors Emma Lewis Episode: "Safe Haven"
2010 The Inbetweeners Tara Brown Episodes: "The Gig and the Girlfriend", "Will's Dilemma", "Trip to Warwick"
2012 Sinbad Kuji Episode: "Kuji"
2012 The Midnight Beast Frog Episode: "Hey Ladies"
2012 Switch Hannah Bright Main role (6 episodes)
2012 The Hour Kiki Delaine Recurring role (6 episodes)
2013 Love Matters Donna
2013 Midsomer Murders Pippa Fergus-Johnson Episode: "The Christmas Haunting"
2014 Death in Paradise Susie Jenkins Episode: 3.2
2015 Mr Selfridge Violette Selfridge Main role (series 3)

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Work Result Refs
2008 The British Soap Awards Most Spectacular Scene of the Year: Justin Run Over
shared with Chris Fountain (Justin Burton)
Katy Fox in Hollyoaks Nominated [17]
Most Spectacular Scene of the Year: Car over the Cliff
shared with Chris Fountain (Justin Burton), Jamie Lomas (Warren Fox), Matt Littler (Max Cunningham) and Gemma Bissix (Clare Cunningham)
Katy Fox in Hollyoaks Won [18]


  1. ^ "HubMesh – Hannah Tointon and Joe Thomas to marry". Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Hannah Tointon: Sexy Sibling". FHM. Archived from the original on 26 June 2012.
  3. ^ a b "All the buzz on...". The Sun. 2 October 2010. p. 62.
  4. ^ a b "Dad's pride in his two TV star daughters". Echo.
  5. ^ "Savannah Caskey played by Hannah Tointon". HARCHESTER.NET. Archived from the original on 20 October 2007. Retrieved 24 December 2007.
  6. ^ a b "Exclusive Hannah Tointon interview". Channel 4. 7 April 2008. Archived from the original on 11 April 2008. Retrieved 8 April 2008.
  7. ^ "'Hollyoaks' actress quits after a year". Digital Spy. 3 November 2007. Retrieved 24 December 2007.
  8. ^ "BBC One Programmes – Doctors". BBC One. 11 November 2008. Retrieved 11 November 2008.
  9. ^ Robins, Derek (22 July 2008). "From Hollyoaks to horror flicks". The Sun. Retrieved 31 July 2008.
  10. ^ "The Inbetweeners is back tonight! And guess who they'll be drooling over this series..."
  11. ^ "Lacey Turner to star in ITV2 witch drama 'Switch' – TV News". Digital Spy. 29 March 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2012.
  12. ^ "ITV Press Centre – Switch". ITV. 28 September 2012. Archived from the original on 3 December 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
  13. ^ "The Hour – Characters – Kiki Delaine". BBC. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
  14. ^ MrDisgusting (12 January 2015). "[TV] "Penny Dreadful" Trailer a Literal Bloodbath". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  15. ^ "Strangers on a Train". The Stage. Retrieved 29 September 2017.
  16. ^ "The Inbetweeners' Simon and Tara are engaged in real life". Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  17. ^ "Coronation Street | Weekly round-up | BSA Panel voted categories". ITV Soaps. Archived from the original on 11 May 2009. Retrieved 26 September 2012.
  18. ^ "British Soap Awards 2008 – The winners". MSN TV UK. 4 May 2008. Retrieved 26 September 2012.

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