4 March 1987 |
Sussex, England, United Kingdom
Merchant comes from Sussex, England and was educated at Windlesham House School and Brighton College, 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'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 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. 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. 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 has written several poems, including "Where Does Revenge Stop?" and "Ode to a Toilet", for Platforms Magazine.
|2005||Pride & Prejudice||Georgiana Darcy|
|2005||My Family and Other Animals||Margot Durrell||Television movie|
|2006||The Good Housekeeping Guide||Sara Fox||Television movie|
|2006||Casualty 1906||Probationer Eastwood||Television movie|
|2008||Radio Cape Cod||Anna|
|2009||Princess Ka'iulani||Alice Davies|
|2011||Jane Eyre||Mary Rivers|
|2011||Red Faction: Origins||Lyra||Television movie|
|2013||Murder on the Home Front||Molly Cooper||Television movie|
|2015||Dragonheart 3: The Sorcerer's Curse||Rhonu||Direct to DVD|
|2008||Bonekickers||Helena||Episode: "Army of God"|
|2009–2010||The Tudors||Catherine Howard||6 episodes|
|2010||Game of Thrones||Daenerys Targaryen||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2011||DCI Banks||Miranda||2 episodes|
|2012||The Mystery of Edwin Drood||Rosa Bud||2 episodes|
|2014–present||Salem||Anne Hale||15 episodes|
- "A 'Tudors' tutorial". New York Daily News. 3 April 2009. Retrieved 15 January 2009.
- "Record Oxbridge Success". Headlines. Brighton College. 28 June 2007. Retrieved 15 January 2009.
- Hibberd, James (20 August 2009). "HBO appoints subjects to 'Thrones'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 9 July 2014.
- "George R. R. Martin talks 'Game of Thrones' as the HBO show's 'Daenerys' departs". Chicago Tribune. 29 April 2010.
- "Freddie Fox splits from actress girlfriend". hollywood.com. 1 September 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
- "Tamzin Merchant becomes a Build Africa Patron". News. Build Africa. 4 January 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2012.