After being transported from her home city of Brasov, Alina was illegally employed by Rachel Healy at beauty salon Sparkle Lounge, where she lived in squalid conditions while Rachel, one of the trafficking leaders, kept hold of her passport. Thanks to intervention by an inquisitive Seb Franklin and undercover police informant Jan Lozinski, the trafficking ring was exposed, and Alina was able to go home.
Once rehabilitated, Alina returned to the UK to renew her friendship with Seb. She soon moved into 2a Coronation Street and got a job as a telesales agent at Underworld factory. In 2021, she became romantically involved with the much older Tyrone Dobbs, with Tyrone ending a nine-year relationship with Fiz Stape to be with her.
Shortly after the pair moved in together, they found out that Alina was pregnant with their son, however she lost the baby after Tyrone's daughter Hope started a fire at their flat. When Alina discovered that Tyrone had hid Hope's history of pyromania from her, she left him and went back to Romania.
In 2019, Alina worked as a nail technician employed at Sparkle Lounge, which was being used for human trafficking. Alina met Seb Franklin, who later became aware of the situation and promised to help her get out of it. Seb called the police, who went into the nail bar and arrested the human traffickers.
First and last lines
"Is something wrong?" (First line, to Seb Franklin)
"Um... no, thank you. Just, erm, tomato juice please." (Final line, to a waiter at an airport bar)