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Occupation  Actress
Role  Actress
Name  Tessa Wyatt
Years active  1960–present

Tessa Wyatt smiling with blonde shoulder-length hair while wearing earrings and black long sleeve blouse

Born  23 April 1948 (age 73) (1948-04-23) Woking, Surrey, England
Partner(s)  Richard O'Sullivan (1978–1985)
Spouse  Bill Harkness (m. 1986), Robin Tripp (m. 1978), Tony Blackburn (m. 1972–1977)
Children  Jamie O'Sullivan, Joanna Harkness, Jack Harkness
Movies and TV shows  Robin's Nest, The Beast in the Cellar, England Made Me, I Can't I Can't, Spy Story
Similar People  Richard O'Sullivan, Tony Blackburn, Tony Britton, Sally Thomsett, Paula Wilcox

Education  Elmhurst School for Dance


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.


On the left, Tessa Wyatt looking at something while holding a flower and wearing a white and beige blouse. On the right, Tessa smiling and lying on the couch with blonde hair and wearing a purple dress and black sandals

Tessa Wyatt Wedding

Early life

Tessa Wyatt with a tight-lipped smile while looking at the right side with blonde shoulder-length hair and wearing a black blouse

Wyatt was born in Woking, Surrey, in 1948 and attended Elmhurst Ballet School and was encouraged to act by her maternal grandmother. She got her first professional job, aged 12, in a television programme featuring Richard Hearne's Mr Pastry character and soon after she gained an agent. Other early television appearances included parts in Z-Cars, The Wednesday Play, Public Eye, Callan, Dixon of Dock Green, Doctor at Large, Play for Today, UFO and The Goodies. Her few film appearances included Wedding Night (1970), the cult horror film The Beast in the Cellar (1970), England Made Me (1973) opposite Peter Finch, and Spy Story (1976).

Tessa Wyatt and Tony Blackburn are smiling while Tessa's hand is on Tony's shoulder. Tessa is wearing a coat with a flower while Tony is wearing a long sleeve under a necktie and a coat

In 1972 Tessa Wyatt married Tony Blackburn, the radio DJ, but the couple divorced after five years having had a son. 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). By curious coincidence, Wyatt had played a character called Judy Blackburn in the episode The Comedian's Graveyard in the 1969 series of Public Eye.

Television success

Tony Blackburn and Tessa Wyatt are smiling on their wedding day at Caxton Hall, London, on 2nd March 1972. Tony is wearing a long sleeve under a necktie and a coat while Tessa is wearing a coat with a flower on the left side

From 1977 to 1981, Tessa Wyatt played Vicky Nicholls, later Tripp, in the ITV sitcom Robin's Nest, a spin-off from 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. Following Robin's Nest, Wyatt appeared in Return of the Saint, Boon and 2point4 Children.

Later career

Wyatt married property developer Bill Harkness at Hammersmith Register Office in 1986, and they have two children. Wyatt was part of the original cast of the Channel Five soap opera Family Affairs playing Samantha Cockerill. Since 2000 she has also appeared in Casualty and Doctors. She appeared in the fifth series of Peep Show as Jeremy's mother and recently was Tom's love interest in one episode of The Old Guys opposite Roger Lloyd-Pack and Clive Swift. In 2013, she joined the cast of EastEnders, playing Betty Spragg.Tessa made a second appearance in the BBC series Doctors on 19 May 2015 alongside George Layton another sitcom stalwart from the 1970s.


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