21 November 1964|
Liverpool, Lancashire, England
|Occupation||Actress, television and radio presenter|
|Parent(s)||Jimmy Tarbuck (father)|
Liza Tarbuck was born in Liverpool. She is the daughter of comedian Jimmy Tarbuck, with an older sister, Cheryl, and a younger brother, James. She trained at the National Youth Theatre and RADA graduating in 1986 alongside Clive Owen, Rebecca Pidgeon and Mark Womack.
Her first big break came in 1987 when she landed a starring role in the new Granada Television comedy series Watching, playing a character called Pamela opposite Emma Wray. Liza stayed with Watching for its entire seven-year run. She also appeared as Angie in the 1988 Falklands War drama Tumbledown, which starred Colin Firth, Paul Rhys and David Calder. In 2001, she took the title role in Linda Green, which ran for two series, ending in 2002.
In more recent times, she has guest starred on the Ricky Gervais comedy Extras, and has appeared in The Inspector Lynley Mysteries as DI Fiona Knight. In 2004, Tarbuck appeared in Series 6 of the long-running BBC One comedy French & Saunders, as a fictionalised version of herself, where she had the role of Producer for "Saunders & French Productions" with Christopher Hague-Moody. In 2005, Tarbuck appeared as Mrs. Jellyby in the BBC One serial Bleak House., and in 2006 she appeared in episode six of the sitcom Saxondale, as a full-figured rock chick.
BBC Radio 4
Tarbuck played Helen Golightly in the BBC radio programme Clare in the Community from series 5 to series 9, taking over from Gemma Craven for BBC Radio 4. She has also appeared in other shows for BBC Radio 4, such as Just a Minute and a story about Jayne Mansfield. In December 2016 she presented "Remembering Ronnie Corbett", a tribute to the late comedy star. In October 2017 she appeared on Front Row with Harry Hill. In December 2017 she was a guest on Saturday Live. In January 2018 she was a guest on Great Lives , talking about the Serbian-American scientist Nikola Tesla.
After a seven-year break from television, she presented the fashion programme She's Gotta Have It in 1998. She presented The Big Breakfast with Johnny Vaughan, Sara Cox and Richard Bacon. In 2001, she teamed up with her father for a celebrity edition of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? In the early 2000s, she hosted the Sky One game show Blockbusters and has been a guest presenter on Have I Got News for You. In 2003, Tarbuck hosted Channel 4's Emmy Award winning panel-discussion/gameshow Without Prejudice?.
BBC Radio 2
During September 2007 Tarbuck co-presented the weekday afternoon show on BBC Radio 2 with Mark Radcliffe, whilst Steve Wright was on leave. In December 2007 (and again in January and March 2008), she once more hosted the show, this time as a solo presenter. In July 2008 she once again co-presented with Radcliffe. Tarbuck was a guest on the Steve Wright afternoon show, Monday 20 November 2017 promoting her new book. Other guests on the show were Sean Lock and Michelle Dockery
In December 2008 and January 2009 she presented the Saturday morning slot on BBC Radio 2 with Martin Freeman whilst Jonathan Ross was away from the station and again in August 2009 alongside her on the show was Huey Morgan of Fun Lovin' Criminals. The pair presented the show again in November 2009.
For a week in March 2009 Tarbuck stood in for Sarah Kennedy's popular Dawn Patrol show.
Tarbuck stood in for Simon Mayo on his BBC Radio 2 Drivetime Show for three weeks in July/August 2010 also covering the show on 18–22 April in 2011, 1–19 August in 2011, 4–8 June 2012, 14–18 February 2013, 15 July 2013, 26–30 May 2014, 6–10 April 2015 and 14 June 2016.
On Sunday 8 October 2017, Tarbuck stood in for Michael Ball on his 11 am – 1 pm show.
UK Radio Aid
UK Radio Aid was a charitable event in the United Kingdom held on Monday 17 January 2005 to raise money for the DEC appeal for the victims of the Asian tsunami. The event consisted of a twelve-hour radio show broadcast on 268 radio stations with an audience of over 20 million. Tarbuck presented the 16:00–18:00 slot with her former Big Breakfast co-host Johnny Vaughan.
I An Distracted By Everything [sic], written by Tarbuck, was published in November 2017. It's described as an annual for grown-ups.
Film and television appearances
- Taskmaster (Dave) (May 2018) series 6 contestant with Alice Levine, Tim Vine, Russell Howard, and Asim Chaudhry Tarbuck won the series
- The One Show (BBC One: October 2017) Herself
- Tipping Point: Lucky Stars (ITV: 2016) contestant
- Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled (Dave) (Series 4 Episode 4 2016): Herself
- Upstart Crow (BBC Two) (2016) as Anne Hathaway (Shakespeare's wife)
- Silent Witness (BBC One) (2016) drama as DI Pamela Rankin
- Let's Play Darts (BBC Two) (2015): herself/contestant
- Mel and Sue (ITV: 2015) herself
- Psychobitches (Sky Arts: 2014) TV comedy as Miss Muffet & Witch
- Eat Well For Less BBC One(2015—present): narrator
- Miranda BBC One (1 episode, New Year's Special 2015): Registrar
- Never Mind the Buzzcocks BBC Two(Series 26, Episode 11, 10 December 2012): presenter
- World's Most Dangerous Roads: Ho Chi Minh Trail BBC Two(Series 2, Episode 2, 2012): herself with Sue Perkins
- Skins (1 episode, 2012): Anita Hardbeck
- The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: Head Nurse Karen
- Mount Pleasant (8 episodes, 2011): Kate
- The Boat That Guy Built (2011): narrator
- Liza & Huey's Pet Nation co-presenter
- The Be All and End All (2009): Tina
- Queens of British Pop (2 episodes, 2009): narrator
- The Paul O'Grady Show (1 episode, 2007): herself
- 8 Out of 10 Cats (3 episodes, 2005, 2007, 2011): herself
- 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (1 episode, 2015): herself
- Britain's Top Dog with Liza Tarbuck (7 episodes, 2006): host
- QI (4 episodes, 2006, 2010, 2012 & 2017): herself
- Bonkers (6 episodes, 2007): Helen Barker
- Extras (4 episodes, 2006–07:) Rita
- Saxondale (1 episode, 2006): Rock Chick
- Airport (5 episodes, 2005): narrator
- French and Saunders (5 episodes, 2004): herself
- Win, Lose or Draw Late (20 episodes, 2004): presenter
- Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (1 episode, 2004): herself
- The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (Natural Causes): DI Fiona Knight
- Without Prejudice? (5 episodes, 2003–04): presenter
- The Hound of the Baskervilles (2002): Mrs Barrymore
- V Graham Norton (1 episode, 2002): herself
- Linda Green (20 episodes, 2001–02): Linda Green
- Parkinson (1 episode, 2001): herself
- Time Team (2 episodes, 2000–01): herself
- The League of Gentlemen (1 episode – Christmas Special, 2000): Donna
- Room 101 (1 episode, 2001): herself
- Have I Got News for You (3 episodes, 2000–06): herself
- Blockbusters (2000–01): presenter
- The Big Breakfast (1999–2000): presenter
- Blankety Blank (1 episode, 1998): herself
- Chimera (1991 TV mini-series): Girl on Coach
- Victoria Wood "Mens Sana in Thingummydoodah" (1 episode, 1989): Dana
- Tumbledown (1988, TV drama): Angie
- Watching (53 episodes, 1987–93): Pamela Lynch
- Tractor Tom (26 episodes, 2002): Farmer Fi (Voice)
- "Drama Faces – Liza Tarbuck". BBC. 21 November 1964. Archived from the original on 8 June 2009. Retrieved 4 August 2009.
- "Doctor Who – News – The Infinite Quest". BBC. 5 November 2007. Archived from the original on 27 February 2008. Retrieved 4 August 2009.
- "Bonkers | Primetime | What's on TV – Top TV listings guide, plus soaps, news, prizes and previews". Whatsontv.co.uk. 17 January 2008. Archived from the original on 18 February 2007. Retrieved 4 August 2009.
- "Liza Tarbuck gets Radio 2 Saturday nights". Radio Today. 8 March 2012. Archived from the original on 11 March 2012. Retrieved 8 March 2012.
- Millar, Paul (8 March 2012). "Liza Tarbuck to replace Alan Carr on BBC Radio 2 'Going Out' show – Media News". Digital Spy. Archived from the original on 9 March 2012. Retrieved 8 March 2012.
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