Tessa Wyatt

Tessa Wyatt (born 23 April 1948) is an English actress who first came to the public spotlight through her marriage to Tony Blackburn. She later starred in the sitcom Robin's Nest.


Tessa Wyatt was born in Woking, Surrey in 1948. She attended Elmhurst Ballet School and was encouraged to act by her maternal grandmother.[1] Wyatt got her first professional job aged 12 in Mr Pastry and soon after she got an agent.[1] Other early television appearances included parts in Z-Cars, The Wednesday Play, Callan, Dixon of Dock Green, Doctor at Large, Play for Today, UFO and The Goodies. In 1972, Tessa Wyatt and Tony Blackburn, a well known radio DJ, married.[1] They divorced after five years having had a son Simon.[1] Blackburn was left devastated by the breakup of their marriage, and would plead on air for her return (this was later parodied in Smashie and Nicey: The End of an Era).
From 1977 to 1981, Tessa Wyatt played Vicky Nicholls, later Tripp, in the ITV sitcom Robin's Nest, a spin-off the successful sitcom Man About the House. Her on-screen boyfriend and later husband Robin Tripp was played by Richard O'Sullivan. Wyatt and O'Sullivan were a couple for seven years from 1978 and had one son Jamie.[1] Following Robin's Nest, Wyatt appeared in Return of the Saint, Boon and 2point4 children.
Wyatt married property developer Bill Harkness at Hammersmith Register Office in 1986, and they have two children, Joanna and Jack.[1] Wyatt was part of the original cast of the Channel Five soap opera Family Affairs playing Samantha Cockerill.[1] Since 2000 she has also appeared in Casualty and Doctors.[1] She has also appeared in the fifth series of Peep Show as Jeremy's mother.

Tessa Wyatt

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