Christina Alessi Gayle
Christina 'Chrissie' Robinson (née Alessi) 1990-1992, 2019
Parents: Frank and Margaret Alessi
Marital Status: Paul Robinson
Family Tree: Alessi
Occupation: Lassiter's Gift Shop Manager
The younger of the Alessi twins by twenty five minutes, Christina Alessi
at times grew up in the shadow of sister Caroline, who was
much more career-minded and academically successful than Christina.
Where Caroline was socially confident and outgoing, Christina
was always more reserved and awkward under pressure. This
didn't ruin the twins' close friendship, however, as they
played the typical twin pranks like fooling teachers and boyfriends
as they grew up.
the twins witnessed a murder in 1990, they were placed under
the witness protection programme and sent to live at 22 Ramsay
Street. The police advised Christina and Caroline to act as
the one person, for added protection, and they 'became' Linda
Giles. Caroline took a job as Paul Robinson's number two at
The Robinson Corporation, and proved to be a great success
at her job. However, Paul became confused when 'Linda' would
sometimes prove useless and inept around the office. It was
on those occasions that Christina was posing as Linda, and
Paul uncovered their secret one day when Caroline walked in
on him and Christina in the office. They told Paul everything,
and he agreed to keep their secret. When the police eventually
caught the murderer after he tracked the Alessi twins down
to Ramsay Street, the girls were able to rid themselves of
the Linda Giles act and resume their normal lives. For extra
company around the house, the girls invited Paul to move into
their spare bedroom, and he agreed. The move made sense anyway,
considering Paul was the owner of No. 22. As the girls spent
more time with Paul, they both started to fancy him. After
initially battling for his affections, Christina and Caroline
decided to make a pact that neither should pursue him.
decided to prove that she was good at something, by managing
the gift shop at Lassiter's Hotel, and surprised both Paul
and Caroline by making a success of it. When Caroline began
seeing medical student Adam Willis,
Christina set her sights on Paul again, and was delighted
when he announced to her over dinner at No. 22 one night that
he had finally found love. Chrissie thought he was referring
to her, but Paul was actually talking about Isabella Lopez,
a woman he had become engaged to while in Argentina on business.
Chrissie was devastated by Paul's engagement, and when Isabella
arrived in Erinsborough to stay at No.22, Chrissie took an
instant dislike to her. On top of the fact that she was jealous
of the relationship between Paul and Isabella, Christina was
also suspicious of Isabella's true intentions with Paul, and
suspected her of only being interested in Paul's money and
gaining Australian citizenship. After much digging, Christina
eventually exposed Isabella to Paul and he sent her packing.
Chrissie then thought the path was clear for her and Paul
to get together, but she was forced to give up on her dreams
when he announced he was finished with women for good after
the heartbreak Isabella had caused him.
when Paul and the twins went on holiday to the Gold Coast
with Adam and his friend Rory Marsden, Chrissie began to flirt
with Rory in a bid to make Paul jealous. It worked, and Paul
finally admitted to Christina that he was in love with her.
After a short engagement, they married in a lavish wedding
ceremony followed by a reception on a cruise ship, which Paul
and Christina were then to set sail on for their honeymoon.
However, their honeymoon was interrupted by bridesmaid Melanie
Pearson, who had fallen asleep on the ship and only woke up
after it had left port.
Christina believed she was pregnant, Paul was thrilled by
the news and since his other children all lived away from
Erinsborough, excitedly looked forward to finally being able
to raise one of his children himself. But when Chrissie was
told by the doctor that she wasn't actually pregnant, she
felt so guilty about getting Paul's hopes up that she decided
not to tell him and instead, slept with Paul at every available
moment in the hope of getting pregnant for real. Her efforts
finally paid off, and in late 1991, Chrissie gave birth to
lead up to Andrew's birth proved full of drama, however. First,
Paul started making plans to enrol their child in a specialised
school catering for extremely intelligent children. But after
they met a young child from the programme one afternoon and
saw how starved of a real childhood he was, Paul and Christina
opted to raise their child as normally as possible. A failure
to agree on baby names followed, and Christina also experienced
a period of severe nerves in anticipation of giving birth.
After Christina had a false alarm at Melanie and Joe Mangel's
wedding reception, Paul was so panicked by the ordeal that
he vowed to have everything perfect for the real thing and
started mapping out the best route to the hospital. When Christina
finally went into labour for real, Paul confidently drove
her through back-roads to get her to the hospital in the quickest
possible time - but failed to notice the petrol tank was almost
empty beforehand, and the car came to an abrupt halt along
the way. As Christina's contractions intensified, Paul managed
to persuade an ice cream van driver who had stopped nearby
to bring them to the hospital in the back of his van.
months following Andrew's arrival proved to be some of the
toughest the couple would ever face. After severe financial
difficulties with the business, Paul suffered a nervous breakdown,
and Christina was forced to look after Andrew on her own for
several weeks after Paul took off without saying where he
was going. On his eventual return, Christina was shocked to
find Paul had his estranged seven-year-old daughter Amy in
tow. At first, Chrissie and Amy bickered incessantly and failed
to get on, but they made up before Amy returned to her mother
in New Zealand.
Caroline packed up suddenly and left Erinsborough to run a
hotel in Milan, Christina was totally surprised by her sister's
decision. But Christina realised the real reason behind Caroline's
departure when she overheard Paul and his grandmother, Helen
Daniels, discussing a brief affair Paul had had with Caroline.
A disgusted Christina threw Paul out of No. 22 and flew to
Milan to confront Caroline. After much arguing and soul-searching,
the twins made their peace and Christina returned to Erinsborough.
However, she wasn't to be so understanding with Paul, and
as soon as she got back, filed for divorce and full custody
of Andrew. Paul desperately tried to convince Christina that
she was the only one he loved, and that she and Andrew were
the most important things in his life. Christina slowly started
to come round, and after the tragic death of Paul's cousin,
Todd, she realised how precious
life is, and agreed to give her marriage to Paul another chance.
After renewing their marriage vows in a surprise ceremony
at No. 22 organised by Paul, they left Ramsay Street for a
fresh start running a major hotel complex in Hawaii.
But the family didn’t remain there long as within a year, Paul was forced to go on the run after framing his brother-in-law
Phil Martin for fraud. Christina
and Andrew joined him in exile in Brazil for a time, but after a few years, Paul returned to Australia to face a stretch in prison. Christina, meanwhile,
found a career for herself, spending time living in Scotland and Malaysia, before she resettled in Sydney where Andrew grew into his teenage years in
considerably less dramatic circumstances than in the first few years of his life. As Paul had settled back in Erinsborough, Andrew decided that he wanted
to get to know his dad, ending up spending a few years living with him before going travelling.
With the only contact between Paul and Chrissie being about, and through, their son, it came as a huge shock to Paul when he came face to face with his
third wife during a trip to Queensland - where he was planning to marry sixth wife, Terese. For a number of weeks, Paul had been haunted by his exes as
he and Terese planned their wedding, with Gail,
Rebecca and Lyn all turning up in Erinsborough at the same time, and even a photo of Paul’s dead first
wife Terry turning up. Though they all claimed that it was just a coincidence, as they all had reasons to be in town, Paul and Terese decided that they
had to get away, as the ex-wives were all making Terese have second thoughts about the man she was marrying. So when Christina, along with Caroline,
appeared at the very same resort where Paul and Terese were hoping to marry, he began to think that it was all an omen, and that he shouldn’t be marrying
Terese at all.
The whole things had been orchestrated by Paul’s daughter, Elle, who wanted to stop her father from making another
mistake, and hurting Terese further
down the line. Having learnt about the plan, and having failed to talk Christina out of it, Caroline had followed her and revealed everything to a stunned
Paul and Terese, who had been ready to call off the wedding. Though Christina was still unhappy with Paul, she agreed to act as witness as the wedding
went ahead. Later, she admitted to Caroline that she’d been holding on to a lot of resentment towards her for years, feeling that she could have been as
successful as her sister, but Caroline’s affair with Paul had been the catalyst for everything going wrong in her life. Having finally let go of those
feelings, Christina and Caroline decided to stay in Queensland for a few more days and make up for some of the sisterly bonding they’d missed out on for
so many years.