Tamzin Merchant

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Tamzin Merchant
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Born (1987-03-04) 4 March 1987 (age 27)
Sussex, England, United Kingdom
Occupation Actress
Years active 2004–present

Tamzin Merchant (born 4 March 1987)[1] is an English actress. She is known for her role as Georgiana Darcy in the 2005 film Pride & Prejudice and for her role as Catherine Howard in The Tudors.


Merchant's other credits include Margo Durrell in the 2005 BBC television film My Family and Other Animals. In 2006 she appeared in two more BBC dramas, as Sara Fox, the daughter of Alan Davies and Michelle Gomez, in the comedy The Good Housekeeping Guide, and as Probationer Eastwood in the historical drama Casualty 1906.

In 2007, while studying at the University of Cambridge, she performed in an audio production of Lady Windermere's Fan as Lady Agatha, while in 2008 she appeared in the ensemble drama Radio Cape Cod in which she plays a summer theatre camper.

She appears in the music video for Jamie T's "If You've Got The Money".

She was cast in the third season (2009) of The Tudors, playing Catherine Howard, the fifth wife of Henry VIII. She debuted in the part in the third season finale and features heavily in several episodes of the fourth (and final) season.

It was announced on 20 August 2009 that Merchant would star as Daenerys Targaryen in the HBO series Game of Thrones, based on George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series of fantasy novels.[2] On 29 April 2010, it was announced that Merchant was no longer part of the series, being replaced in her role as Daenerys by Emilia Clarke.[3] She has also starred in DCI Banks: 'Playing with Fire' as Miranda. In early 2012 Merchant played the 17-year-old Rosa Bud in the BBC adaptation of Dickens' The Mystery Of Edwin Drood, written by Gwyneth Hughes (Five Days, U Be Dead, Miss Austen Regrets and Blood Strangers).


Merchant comes from Sussex, England and attended Brighton College,[4] although she has also lived in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. After twice deferring university places to concentrate on her acting career, she was a student at Homerton College, Cambridge.

Merchant has written several poems, including "Where Does Revenge Stop?" and "Ode to a Toilet", for Platforms Magazine.

Charity work[edit]

Merchant is a patron of the international development charity Build Africa.[5]

Personal life[edit]

In March 2013 she gave a speech at an International Women's Day event at London's Hospital Club.


Year Film Role Notes
2005 Pride & Prejudice Georgiana Darcy
My Family and Other Animals Margot Durrell TV movie
2006 The Good Housekeeping Guide Sara Fox TV movie
Casualty 1906 Probationer Eastwood TV movie
2008 Radio Cape Cod Anna
Bonekickers Helena TV series (1 episode: "Army of God")
2009 Princess Ka'iulani Alice Davies
The Tudors Catherine Howard TV series (6 episodes: 2009–2010)
2011 Jane Eyre Mary Rivers
DCI Banks Miranda TV series
Red Faction: Origins Lyra TV movie
2012 The Mystery of Edwin Drood Rosa Bud TV Mini-series
2013 Murder on the Home Front Molly Cooper TV Mini-series
2014 Copenhagen Sandra Post-Production
2014 Salem Anne Hale Series regular


  1. ^ "A 'Tudors' tutorial". New York Daily News. 3 April 2009. Retrieved 15 January 2009. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "George R. R. Martin talks 'Game of Thrones' as the HBO show's 'Daenerys' departs". Chicago Tribune. 29 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "Record Oxbridge Success". Headlines. Brighton College. 28 June 2007. Retrieved 15 January 2009. 
  5. ^ "Tamzin Merchant becomes a Build Africa Patron". News. Build Africa. 4 January 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 

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