|“||All those years I've had adults go on at me and now suddenly, I'm one myself. Responsibility is really lonely.||”|
—Chrissy to Justine when she talks about teenage motherhood
|Nicknames|| Chrissy |
|Year Group|| First Year (1988) |
Second Year (1989)
Third Year (1990)
Fourth Year (1991)
Fifth Year (1992)
|Age|| 11-12 (Series 11) |
12-13 (Series 12)
13-14 (Series 13)
14-15 (Series 14)
15-16 (Series 15)
|Parents|| Ken Mainwaring (Father) |
Mrs Mainwaring (Mother)
|Siblings|| Freddie Mainwaring (Brother) |
Paula Mainwaring (Sister)
|Children||Jay Mainwaring-Fisk (Son)|
|Relatives|| Unnamed Grandfather |
|Friends|| Justine Dean |
|First Episode||Series 11 (Episode 1)|
|Last Episode||Series 15 (Episode 20)|
|Series|| Series 11 (1988) |
Series 12 (1989)
Series 13 (1990)
Series 14 (1991)
Series 15 (1992)
|Number of Episodes||73|
|Played By||Sonya Kearns|
Christine "Chrissy" Mainwaring was a student at Grange Hill from 1988 to 1992, played by Sonya Kearns. She made her first appearance in episode 1 of series 11 and made her final appearance in episode 20 of series 15.
Chrissy is the daughter of Ken Mainwaring and Mrs Mainwaring, the younger sister of Freddie and Paula Mainwaring and the mother of Jay Mainwaring-Fisk. Chrissy's best friend is Justine Dean and her friends are Matthew Pearson, Tegs Ratcliffe, Susi Young, Clarke Trent, Natalie Stevens, Maria Watts, Richard, Fran Williams, Natasha Stevens, Ray Haynes, Nick, Calley Donnington, Ronnie Birtles, Georgina Hayes and Ted Fisk. Her relationships include Ted.
Series 11 (1988)Edit
Chrissy arrives at school with her older sister and brother, Paula and Freddie. She is placed in G1 with her friend Susi Young whilst their other friend, Justine Dean, is in another form.
Chrissy and Susi make badges with fruit and vegetables, which become a craze around the school. Chrissy and Susi tease Justine and Tegs by sticking a blue and pink badges on their blazer with pea pods.
Justine asks Chrissy to ask her brother Freddie, who is dating Laura Reagan to ask her mum, Mrs Reagan to help Tegs reading. Chrissy later tells Justine that the 5th former are planning something, so Laura wouldn't be the ideal person to ask.
Series 12 (1989)Edit
Chrissy and Susi start sending for clothes from Susi's mum's catalogue. When she, Susi and Justine order some skirts and tops, they are ruined by the 5th formers with paint. A fellow classmate, Carol, tells her mum works in a laundrette and she can get the stains out. However, Chrissy and Susi cannot return the clothes after the colours faded, the buttons weren't shiny anymore and one item shrunk.
Chrissy designs a mosaque for the swimming pool. When Danny Kendall dies, Chrissy incorporates some of his design. Chrissy fears the designers are going to mess up the design when they picked the wrong coloured tiles. Chrissy tells Miss Booth whats happened and they negotiate with the designers.
Series 13 (1990)Edit
Series 14 (1991)Edit
Chrissy is dating lower 6th pupil, Ted Fisk. Chrissy thinks Miss Booth has left now as they are down to have a Mrs Farrington for Art, so she and Ted go for a cup of tea.
Chrissy and Natalie Stevens find Mr Van Der Groot a flat above a shop and they offer to help decorate his new flat to make the place look nice. Mr Hargreaves accuses Chrissy of defacing the advertisments out of spite because her design wasn't selected.
When Chrissy and Natalie are due to go and help Mr Van Der Groot, Natalie is unable to go when her uncle visits, so Chrissy goes by herself. Ted comes to collect Chrissy later with chips.
Chrissy is blamed by Mr Hargreaves for swapping one piece of advertisment for another, reading 'all the filling you've dreamed off', for the local sweet shop, Byatt's. Miss Booth and Mr Robson defend Chrissy.
During Art, Natalie asks Chrissy how things were at Mr Van Der Groot's and she gives Natalie the impression that it was great picking colours and furniture. However, Chrissy snaps at her and ruins her painting before storming out. Chrissy is scared when she thinks she could be pregnant and confides in Fran Williams. Overheard by Becky Stevens and Alice Rowe, the rumour spreads and they say Mr Van Der Groot is the father.
Chrissy goes to Miss Booth's house, who comforts Chrissy and tells her to arrange a proper test at the doctors. Chrissy tells Miss Booth that it was a false alarm, to the relief of Miss Booth and Mrs McClusky.
On the Dartmoor trip, Chrissy is scared about rock climbing and Justine susses out that Chrissy lied about the test and she is pregnant after all.
On the first day back, Chrissy faints in assembly. Miss Booth asks Chrissy if she is pregnant and Chrissy finally says she is. Mrs McClusky is scared of telling her mum, who arrives at the school when Mrs McClusky phones her. Unknown to Chrissy, Miss Booth and Mrs McClusky, Becky and Alice overhear and spread it around their class.
After some thinking, Chrissy decides to keep her baby, which doesn't please Ted Fisk, who wants things to go back to normal.
Series 15 (1992)Edit
Chrissy recieves hassle about her being pregnant off some students on her way to school. However, best friend Justine Dean uses her boyfriend, Liam, who attends St Joseph's, as a diversion. Chrissy is shocked when she believes Natalie Stevens calls her a slag, when in fact it was Natalie's twin sister Natasha.
Ted wants Chrissy to move to Southampton with him, but Chrissy doesn't want to as they have no money and no where to live. Despite giving Chrissy the impression he'd dropped the idea about Southampton, Ted tells Justine he has an interview for a job there.
Chrissy's mum has to go to her grandparents after her mum's mum has had a stroke. Chrissy comes to school to give Justine some drawings. Justine is concerned when Chrissy doesn't come back after seeing Mrs Monroe. First year pupil, Diane Richmond, tells Justine and Fran that she was in the toilets. Along with Justine and Mr Hankin, she goes to hospital and her baby is on the way. Justine is unable to get hold of Ted and whilst Chrissy is in labour, Ted is out partying in Southampton. Chrissy gives birth to a baby boy named Jay.
Chrissy rows with Ted when she finds out he got the job in Southampton and tells him to turn down the job. Ted says that he will and that he packed in the temporary job. When Justine comes round, she gets her to tell Ted not to turn down the job. Justine collects Ted's post and finds a postcard from the woman, Emma, in Southampton. Later, Justine shows it to Chrissy and she and Ted decide to split up and Ted goes to Southampton.
Justine invites Chrissy into the school so she can do an article on teenage mothers, without permission. Mrs Keele isn't impressed when she hears the questions Chrissy is asked and the awkward position Chrissy has been put in. Chrissy stays at school and helps Mr Brisley with the upcoming fashion show and Chrissy has a chat with Mr Brisley's friend, Marty, who owns a clothes stall, who reveals she was a teenage mother too.
Chrissy hopes she can go back to school the following year after a friend offered to look after Jay part time and hoped her mum would look after him the rest of the time. Mrs Mainwaring tells Chrissy she can't go part time as they need the cash, especially since Ted couldn't send anything. Chrissy tells Mrs Monroe that she can't return next year.
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