Hannah Tointon: everything you need to know about Kara’s little sister

What does Hannah share with her famous sister Kara (other than some seriously strong genes)?

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by Tara Lepore |
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Hannah Tointon - who followed in the acting footsteps of her older sister, Kara Tointon (herself best known for her four-year stint in EastEnders in the mid-’00s) – has had plenty of scene-stealing roles as Katy Fox in Hollyoaks and Tara Brown in The Inbetweeners (remember THAT awkward bedroom scene?).

Oh, and she also happens to be engaged to her Inbetweeners co-star Joe Thomas (who played seriously awkward Simon Cooper), who she’s been dating for over seven years.

Intrigued to know more? Well here’s everything you need to know about the lovely Hannah Tointon…

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What TV shows has Hannah Tointon been in?

Most recently, Hannah starred in the film The Festival alongside her fiancé Joe, as well as TV dramas like Mr Selfridge and Penny Dreadful.

Although she's got all sorts of great acting credits to her name, Hannah is probably best known for her year-long stint on Hollyoaks playing Katy Fox from 2007 - 2008, and her Inbetweeners appearance as Tara Brown - Simon’s girlfriend - in 2012.

Who did Hannah Tointon play on The Inbetweeners?

Hannah joined The Inbetweeners in the second series as Simon Cooper's girlfriend Tara Brown.

It soon became a case of life imitating art as Hannah and Joe Thomas, the actor who plays Simon, embarked on a real life romance and have been together ever since. They got engaged in early 2017.

Who did Hannah Tointon play in Hollyoaks?

Hannah had some mega storylines in Hollyoaks as Katy Fox, the sister of village bad boy Warren, and will be especially remembered for the scene when Clare Devine drove her off a cliff, which won the award for Spectacular Scene of the Year at The British Soap Awards.

Hannah left Hollyoaks in 2008 and eights years later, it was revealed that her character had died of a drugs overdose off-screen.

How old is Hannah Tointon?

Hannah was born on 28 December 1987, so she's currently 33 years old. She first stepped onto our screens back in 2003, at the young age of 15.

Where is Hannah Tointon from?

Hannah is from Southend-on-Sea in Essex.

Is Hannah Tointon related to Kara Tointon?

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Hannah Tointon, Kara Tointon ©Getty

Yes! Hannah is Kara’s younger sister, duh! For those who don't know, Kara played Dawn Swann in Eastenders for four years. She was also crowned the winner of Strictly Come Dancing in 2010. She went on to date her professional dance partner Anton Chigvintstev, but the couple sadly split three years later.

Kara is currently engaged to Marius Jensen, a chiropractor originally from Norway, and they share two sons, Frey and Helly.

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Hannah and Kara acted together in ITV's Mr Selfridge ©ITV

Hannah played an elephant in the A-list studded remake of The Jungle Book

Yep, you read that right. Hannah voiced a minor role as the bolshy elephant Winnifred in the 2016 Disney CGI remake of The Jungle Book, starring Bill Murray as Baloo and Scarlett Johansson as Kaa.

Didn’t I see Hannah Tointon in Mr Selfridge too?

Yes! Real-life sisters Hannah and Kara Tointon played Violette and Rosalie Selfridge, the glamorous daughters of Mr Selfridge in series three of the ITV show. It was the first time the sisters had acted together, and Hannah told the Radio Times, "We kept on looking at each other and laughing because we couldn't take each other seriously."

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Hannah Tointon was in Kerching! (that CBBC show from the early ‘00s). Yes, really.

Hannah first stepped on to our screens as a teenager in CBBC show Kerching!, playing the love interest of teenage wheeler dealer Taj Lewis.

Was Hannah Tointon in Eastenders?

Nope, that was her sister Kara, but we'll let you off - they do look pretty alike!

Is Hannah Tointon engaged to Joe Thomas?

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Yep. Hannah got engaged to fellow Inbetweeners actor Joe Thomas - aka dorky Simon Cooper - in January 2017. Joe played her on-screen crush-to-boyfriend in the three Inbetweeners episodes she appeared on in 2010. The loved-up couple met on the set of the show and have been together since (we're sure their on-screen romance will be something to embarrass the kids with, anyway...)

Did Hannah Tointon go out with McFly's Dougie Poynter?

Indeed she did. The couple dated from 2003-2006, a couple of years before the McFly bassist got together with Frankie Bridge (née Sandford) from The Saturdays.

Does Hannah Tointon have Twitter?

You can follow Hannah on Instagram at @h_tointon, although she's not very active and hasn't posted in almost two years. Her sister Kara is much more active at @kara_tointon, so why not give her a follow instead?

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