Trainee Window Cleaner
|Residence||5 Coronation Street|
|First appearance||5th August 2011|
|Duration||2011 to present|
|Number of appearances||99 (as of Episode 8586)|
|Played by||Colson Smith|
Craig's first appearance was when Beth was called after eleven years by Steve McDonald after he was trying to make his wife Becky jealous. Beth brought along Craig to Nick's Bistro where Becky worked after she was unable to find a babysitter. Beth and Becky rowed and Beth, Craig and Steve were thrown out of the bistro.
Beth and Craig moved into 13 Coronation Street which was rented to them by Steve, and lived with his estranged wife Tracy and her daughter Amy. Craig also brought his pet rat Darryl, who is named after his father, which Tracy didn't like. A few months later, Beth and Craig were evicted by Steve along with Tracy as Steve sold the house. They moved into 17a Tile Street but the flat was too dirty and they promptly moved into 9a Rosamund Street above Barlow's Bookies, rented out to them by Leanne Barlow.
During 2013 Craig began acting shifty, especially around Karl Munro. Craig later revealed to Karl that he had spotted him on the night of the fire at the Rovers as Craig was smoking but disposed of the cigarette and believed he had caused the fire and subsequently killed Toni Griffiths and Sunita Alahan (although Karl actually started the fire). Karl began to assure Craig it wasn't his fault, but Craig kept insisting it was him which annoyed Karl, who didn't want Craig revealing what he saw. Craig began bunking off school and keeping to himself and Karl attempted to buy him round by giving him money for a video game. However, when Beth found out and approached Karl about the matter, Karl threatened Craig to keep quiet. Craig later ran away after leaving a note for Beth and Kirk, asking them to apologise to widower Dev. Craig later owned up to Dev and Jason Grimshaw about witnessing Karl at the Rovers the night that Sunita died, and along with Beth they went to the police. Karl was later arrested and sentenced for his part in the Rovers fire and the death of Sunita and Toni.
Craig later began a friendship with Faye Windass and supported her when she was being bullied at school and when her family were experiencing financial difficulties. Craig befriended Faye's father Tim Metcalfe in January 2015 and started working for him as an apprentice window cleaner.
- Craig Tinker was originally brought in as a short-term character along with his mother Beth for two episodes in August 2011. After Beth proved popular with viewers she was brought back full-time in December that year, with Craig returning in February 2012.
- Craig's hobbies include pottery which is something his granddad had done. This impressed Tracy's mother Deirdre who is a fan of pottery herself.
- Craig doesn't like rap music.
- Craig has and loves a pet rat
"Tracy had a go at me because I ate all the cereal." (First line)