Finlay has not had much of a start in life. She is bright
and intelligent and has a burning ambition to be a doctor. She has a cheeky
smile and is always ready to crack a joke in the face of adversity.
Finlay is the only girl in a family of seven children,
and by her virtue of her sex, inherited all the duties that would normally
have fallen to her mother. Her mother was not around much, spending most
of her time drinking. Her father is a hopeless drunk who split after staying
around to father seven children he had no intention of providing for.
Fin lamented the lack of opportunity for her and her brothers.
She realised she would never achieve her ambition of being a doctor if
she stayed at home - she even had to repeat Year 10 when things got really
bad. At the age of seventeen, Fin decided to leave and move somewhere
where she could continue her schooling.
Finlay's meagre money supply ran out at Summer Bay. She
had arrived from the city with her schoolbooks and a few clothes in a
dusty old backpack. But she was determined to get a part-time job, enrol
in Year 11 and find somewhere to live.
Finlay hid in a boat which Nick and Lou rented. They found
her hiding there. Finlay was put in the care of the Rosses, and later
became a foster sister.
Her brother, Damien, arrived in the Bay, looking for her.
He begged her to return, but she refused. She persuaded Damien to leave
Irene turned up in the Bay and one evening, fell down
the stairs (episode 1000). She accused Damien and Finlay of pushing her
Irene returned to the Bay in 1993, for good and without
alcohol. She hoped to get her family back together eventually but never
got her wish.
She left the Bay in 1994.
Tina Thomsen was born in Frederikavaerk, Denmark, on 17
She went to school at Kregme Public School, until migrating to Australia
in 1982, at the age of 7 years.
Tina resided in Brisbane, where she continued her education at the Clontaf
Primary and High Schools. During this period, she became very interested
in becoming an actress. After joining a casting agency, she began an acting
course with Michael Rogers.
The agency procured some photographic and some TV commercial assignments,
including a lead role in a Queensland Government Drug and Alcohol Abuse
film, which was shown to the public school children of Queensland.
By the time Tina was 15, she had done numerous commercials and decide
to concentrate her acting efforts towards television. She took further
private acting lessons from teacher John Dommet, then had new photographs
done by her manager and photographer, Geoff Dauth.
Geoff presented her to Channel 7, Sydney, for the role of Finlay Roberts
in Home and Away. Tina successfully acquired that role and enjoyed
Tina's parents supported her career by moving to Sydney to ensure her
She undertook a Correspondence school course to complete her junior certificate
and attain an educational standard, whilst preceding with her chosen career.
Tina has one older sister named Sussi.