Tina Hobley

Tina Ellen Hobley (born 20 May 1971[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.

Tina Hobley
Tina Ellen Hobley

(1971-05-20) 20 May 1971 (age 49)
Mill Hill, London, England, UK
OccupationActress and radio presenter
Years active1993–present
TelevisionHolby City
Spouse(s)Steve Wallington (m. 1998–2001)
Oliver Wheeler (m. 2006—)
WebsiteOfficial website

Early lifeEdit

Hobley was born in Hampstead. She 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]

Hobly presented The Smooth Drive Home on Smooth London from January 2017 until July 2019.[5][6]


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 lifeEdit

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.[7] Hobley gave birth to their daughter Olivia on 18 April 2008,[8] 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.[9]


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


  1. ^ "Hobley, Tina Ellen". Find My Past. 2015. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Holby City - Tina Hobley". Holby.tv Database. Retrieved 6 September 2007.
  3. ^ "BBC - Holby City - Characters". BBC.co.uk. Archived from the original on 18 February 2006. Retrieved 29 August 2007.
  4. ^ "Global welcomes Smooth Radio to London HQ". Radio Today. 3 October 2013. Retrieved 3 October 2013.
  5. ^ "Tina Hobley to host the Smooth Drive Home". Radio Today. 20 December 2016. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  6. ^ Tina Hobley leaves Smooth Radio’s London drive show Stuart Clarkson, Radio Today, 25 May 2019
  7. ^ "Tina Hobley Engaged". lovetripper.com. Retrieved 6 September 2007.
  8. ^ "Tina announces pregnancy". Metro. 23 October 2007. Retrieved 26 October 2007.
  9. ^ "Tina Hobley: The Jump injuries have had 'a huge impact'". 5 September 2016.
  10. ^ "Tina Hobley". IMDb. Retrieved 5 September 2007.
  11. ^ "BFI Films & TV Database HOBLEY, Tina". British Film Institute. Archived from the original on 9 April 2008. Retrieved 5 September 2007.

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