Heya this is Kirsten Cassidy! Tanya is known for being vocal on screen, but away from the cameras I prefer to stretch my voice more constructively...
DOB: 29/1/1990

STAR SIGN: Aquarius

Height: 5"

TV: Tanya Young in GRANGE HILL (Mersey TV 2003-)

THEATRE: I've been a Rabbit in WIND IN THE WILLOWS (Feelgood Theatre Productions); Debbie in TEACHERS (Laine Johnson); Charlotte in OUR DAY OUT (Laine Johnson); Brigitta in THE SOUND OF MUSIC; OLIVER! (both Ashton Youth Theatre). Also, in OLIVER! I played a "workhouse kid" and "maid", both with Ashton Operatics Society.

KIRSTEN ON TANYA: I love playing Tanya - she's feisty, really bright, a bit of a rebel, popular and confident - all rolled into one. But I don't think I am much like her. I believe in standing up for what you believe in but the ways in which Tanya goes about these things I find a bit extreme and she can sometimes take things too far which can backfire even if she means well. She's a bit too bossy and I think I'd get annoyed with her a lot! But she doesn't think she could be friends with Tanya in real life:

I think Tanya is a fantastic part to play and Iím incredibly grateful for the fantastic storylines I have been given! They have been a good challenge..

ON BEING IN GRANGE HILL: Itís great to be in such a well-loved show. I thoroughly enjoy my work and the mischievous ways of Tanya!! It has been an excellent opportunity for me and I have loved working with some truly amazing friends. Unfortunately, distance makes it hard for our friendships but if I could I would meet up with all the cast! They are all great! I have met up with Lauren Bunney (Annie) and Dani Fray (Emma) a few times.
Kirsten Cassidy
Kirsten with furry chum!
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HOBBIES: Shopping and going out with friends. I dance and sing also. Love most kinds of music. Dance, RnB, Drum n Bass and Garage especially. My favourite shows are Hollyoaks, Desperate Housewives, Footballers Wives (it's wicked!) and Bad Girls. Coronation Street is great too!

LIKES/DISLIKES: I love holidays especially very hot Caribbean Cruises! Also like Tanya I love makeup! So my Bobbi Brown and Dior makeup come a very close second! I hate rainy days and queues!

AFTER GRANGE HILL... I would love to carry on working on television because I genuinely love doing it. I hope to go on to bigger things if I can carry on being as lucky as I have been. I would like to do anything from presenting to films to soap operas.

ANYTHING ELSE? I am an accomplished singer with a Grade 3 soprano voice, and a keen dancer especially in disco dancing. I trained at the renowned Laine Johnson theatre school in Salford. So if nothing else works, Tanya could always get Togger's attention by serenading him!


Many thanks to Kirsten for her help!

John Alford
Rene Alperstein
Kacey Barnfield
Mark Baxter
Kate Bell
Alison Bettles
Paula-Ann Bland
Max Brown
Luisa Bradshaw-White
Clare Buckfield
Julie Buckfield
Brian Capron
Todd Carty
Kirsten Cassidy
Nadia Chambers
George Christopher
Chris Crookall
Aidan J. David
Oliver Elmidoro
Amanda Fahy
Joshua Fenton
Daniella Fray
Rochelle Gadd
Rebekah Gilgan
Tom Graham
John Hudson
Thomas Hudson
Simone Hyams
Martino Lazzeri
Samantha Lewis
Lee MacDonald
Tina Mahon
Holly Mai
Charlie McDonagh
Renee Montemayor
Peter Moran
Peter Morton
Sally Morton
Erkan Mustafa
Reece Noi
Sammy O'Grady
Nicholas Pandolfi
Terry Sue Patt
Chris Perry-Metcalf
John Pickard
Colin Ridgewell
Rachel Victoria Roberts
Laura Sadler
Sophie Shad
Michael Sheard
Amy Simcock
Joseph Slack
Lee Sparke
Adam Sopp
Jessica Staveley-Taylor
Susan Tully
Simon Vaughan
Fiona Wade
Emma Waters
Jade Williams
Rene Zagger