Tina Hobley on Holby City, The Killing and doing I’m A Celebrity… without the cameras

"People are forever asking for medical advice in the street"

You’ve been playing Chrissie Williams in Holby City for more than a decade now – do people turn to you for medical advice?


People are forever asking for help in the street. The problem is I can never be sure they’re not serious.

Ever helped out at an accident?

No, thank goodness. I’m pretty squeamish even with my own children. But if it came to it, I think I could put a drip in.

For your role in the show, are you taught basic medical procedures?

Yes, we shadow professionals and have brilliant advisers on set. The problem is, I immediately forget it.

Who do you wake up to?

I have to leave the house at 6.15am so I listen to Radio 4 first thing to catch up on what’s going on in the world. Then I switch over to Radio 2 for Chris Evans and a bit of entertainment.

What TV show do you never miss?

Top Gear. I love everything about it, including Jeremy Clarkson. He’s a one-off and very entertaining. Top Gear and a curry is my perfect Sunday night.

Your favourite box set?

It’s a dead heat between The Wire and The Killing. I love watching dramas in one hit so I’m definitely a box set lady.

Are you a soap fan?

I used to watch Coronation Street all the time before I was in it. But being in a show spoils the illusion so I’ve never watched it since I left.

Name your price for going into the jungle on I’m a Celebrity…

No cameras! I’d love to do the jungle experience and I think I’d be good at the challenges and trials because I’m really up for those outdoor activities. But I can’t bear the way they edit you to create storylines. You leave yourself wide open if you go on there, so I’d only do it without cameras.

Who or what makes you laugh?

Have I Got News for You never fails. Paul Merton’s train of thought is incredible. I’ve always liked Eddie Izzard and everything James Corden does. But I much prefer someone like Frankie Boyle to Michael McIntyre, who’s just too posh for me.

What’s your TV snack of choice?

We’re partial to butter popcorn in our house. I also love fun-size chocolate bars as I convince myself they’re not so bad for me. Then I blow it by eating the whole packet…

If you could resurrect one show, which would it be?

Roald Dahl’s Tales of the Unexpected from the 1980s. It would be brilliant to be in one of those – though I’m a bit too old to do the dancing in the opening titles!

Finally, have you ever been tempted to wear your Holby nurse’s uniform to a fancy-dress party – just for a laugh?

I haven’t, but my 13-year- old won “best dressed” at a Halloween party after I borrowed some stuff from the show and dressed her up as a bloodied doctor.


1. Countdown or Pointless? Pointless

2. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall or Gordon Ramsay? Gordon Ramsay

3. Come Dine With Me or MasterChef? MasterChef

4. Graham Norton or Alan Carr? Alan Carr, please.

5. House or Embarrassing Bodies? House


Tina Hobley stars in Holby City. Tuesdays at 8:00pm on BBC1.