Tamzin Outhwaite

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Tamzin Outhwaite
Born Tamzin Maria Outhwaite
(1970-11-05) 5 November 1970 (age 43)
Ilford, London, England, UK
Other names Tamsin Outhwaite
Occupation Actress
Years active 1989-present
Height 1.73m
Spouse(s) Tom Ellis (2006-2014)
Awards British Soap Award - Sexiest Female
2000 EastEnders - Mel
1999 EastEnders - Mel
National Television Award - Most Popular Newcomer
1999 EastEnders - Mel

Tamzin Maria Outhwaite (/ˈθwt/; born 5 November 1970) is an English actress. She became known for her role as Melanie Owen in the British soap opera EastEnders, whom she portrayed from 1998 until 2002. In 2012 she appeared in the BBC crime drama New Tricks as Victoria Kemp - as of 2013, she currently serves as the lead role, DCI Sasha Miller, replacing Amanda Redman who played DSI Sandra Pullman.

Early career[edit]

The daughter of Anna (née Santi) and Colin Frank Outhwaite, Tamzin has two younger brothers, Kes and Jake Outhwaite. Outhwaite attended the Stagestruck Theatre Company as a teenager, taking part in several productions during the mid-1980s. While at school, she studied part-time at Sylvia Young Theatre School and on leaving school in 1987, she joined the London Studio Centre to study drama and dance, where one of her friends was television presenter Lucy Alexander.[1] She went on to many stage roles including Grease, Oliver! and work at the Stephen Joseph Theatre before landing bit parts in The Bill and Men Behaving Badly.

Mainstream success[edit]

She found fame in 1998 when she was cast as Melanie Healy in the popular BBC soap opera EastEnders. Her first appearance was aired in October 1998 and her final one was in March 2002. During nearly four years in Walford, Outhwaite's feisty character was central to many explosive storylines. Outhwaite left EastEnders in 2002, shortly after the departure from the soap of co-star Martin Kemp, who had played her on-screen husband Steve Owen. She stated in 2006 that she wouldn't rule out returning to EastEnders.[2]

Since quitting the serial, she has starred in leading roles in Out of Control, and the BBC army drama Red Cap, which she played until the series ended in 2004. After this she went on to star in a number of television dramas, including Hustle, Final Demand, Walk Away and I Stumble and Frances Tuesday. She fronted an advertising campaign as part of a one million pound contract with cosmetics company Avon; she also modelled the Spirit range at Debenhams in 2004.[citation needed]

In 2005 Outhwaite began edging into the Hollywood film industry, starring with Wesley Snipes in the unsuccessful direct-to-video film 7 Seconds. In 2006, she starred in the ITV series Vital Signs (as a frustrated mother who decides to leave her dreary job at the supermarket and enroll in medical school) and in the BBC series Hotel Babylon as hotel manager Rebecca Mitchell. A second series aired in spring 2007. Outhwaite did not appear in the third series of Hotel Babylon in order to focus on other projects.[citation needed]

In October 2006 she had a starring role in the film thriller Backwaters, set in India; the film has yet to be released in the UK, but is available on DVD in America under the title Betrayed by Passion. On 12 January 2007, she guest-hosted episode two of the fourth series of The Friday Night Project on Channel 4. She can also be seen in U2's music video for their song "Even Better Than the Real Thing"; not "Mysterious Ways" as has been incorrectly reported. She plays a VJ in the video.[citation needed]

She recently appeared in a revival of Boeing Boeing at the Comedy Theatre, the film Cassandra's Dream,[3] and the ITV drama series, The Fixer, which was shown in March and April 2008.[4]

Outhwaite and her husband were the winners of the ITV charity gameshow All Star Mr & Mrs Christmas Special on 20 December 2008. In the feature film, Radio Cape Cod, she plays a radio interviewer who has a new love entering her life & whose daughter, played by Tamzin Merchant, is experiencing her first love.

In 2009, she played the lead in the sci-fi crime series for the BBC entitled Paradox,[5] which first aired on BBC1 on 24 November 2009.

She appeared in Over the Rainbow the talent show currently casting for Andrew Lloyd Webber's new stage production of The Wizard of Oz. More recently, in 2010 she was a member of the judging panel on the UK television programme Don't Stop Believing broadcast on Five.

From November 2009 to March 2010 Outhwaite starred in Sweet Charity which has recently moved to the Theatre Royal, Haymarket after its successful run at the Menier Chocolate Factory.

Outhwaite appeared in the ITV 2011 Christmas special Fast Freddie, The Widow and Me as fraudster Patsy Morgan.

In 2012, Outhwaite appeared in the film Great Expectations as Molly.

In May 2013, Outhwaite appeared as Captain Alice in "Nightmare in Silver", an episode of the seventh series of Doctor Who. She also appeared as Esther in "Endless Night", an episode of "Agatha Christie's Marple".

She has now joined the cast of the popular BBC TV comedy-drama series New Tricks as DCI Sasha Miller, replacing Amanda Redman (Sandra Pullman) as head of the team in the show.

Outhwaite is in the process of filming for BBC TV series Who do you think you are?

Personal life[edit]

Outhwaite is from Ilford and has two brothers. Her mother is Italian.[6] She attended Trinity Catholic High School, Woodford Green.

She was married to actor Tom Ellis. They have two daughters Florence Elsie Ellis (born 2008) and Marnie Mae Ellis (born 2012).[7] It was announced on 29 August 2013 that Outhwaite and Ellis were separating . Their spokesperson stated "Tamzin Outhwaite and Tom Ellis are sad to confirm they have separated. They continue to support each other as parents and will remain friends. They ask for sensitivity at this difficult time." The following month, Outhwaite filed for divorce, citing Ellis' infidelity as the grounds for dissolution of the marriage.[8][9][10]

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