Tamsin Morwenna Banks
20 September 1961
|Alma mater||University of Cambridge|
Tamsin Morwenna Banks (born 20 September 1961) is a British comedy actress, writer and producer known for her roles as Mummy Pig, Madame Gazelle and Dr Hamster in the children's series Peppa Pig.
Banks attended Truro High School for Girls and Robinson College, Cambridge and was a member of the Cambridge Footlights from 1981 to 1983. She also acted with the Marlowe Society, notably in a brief but dominant comic cameo as the Widow in Ben Jonson's The Alchemist, alongside Tilda Swinton.
One of Banks’ early major television roles was as part of the team on the comedy sketch show Absolutely, broadcast on Channel 4 between 1989 and 1993. Her other television appearances include the BBC series The Thick of It, Red Dwarf, Ruddy Hell! It's Harry and Paul and the Steve Coogan comedy Saxondale, in which she played receptionist Vicky. She also appeared as Anthea Stonem in the E4 Teen drama Skins and was a cast member on NBC's Saturday Night Live, for four episodes of the show's twentieth season. She appeared as Carmen Kenaway in the first two episodes of the 9th series of Shameless.
Her voice roles include Claire Feeble in Stressed Eric; Mummy Pig in Peppa Pig; the ship's computer in the BBC TV series Hyperdrive; the witches in Meg and Mog, an animated children's series for CITV (2003); Ping Pong in Rupert Bear (Channel 5); Guinevere in King Arthur's Disasters (CITV). Banks won Best Voice Performance at the 2014 British Animation Awards for providing the voice for Queen Marigold in Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom.
She wrote, produced, and appeared in the British ensemble film The Announcement in 2001. She also appeared in season one, episode 13 of Sabrina the Teenage Witch as a 'rulebearer'. In 2004, she played the central role of Tess in the series Catterick with Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer.
In 2009, Banks made a series of web videos for BBC Comedy called Celebrities STFU, each video featuring her in costume impersonating Lady Gaga, Noel Gallagher, Susan Boyle, Pixie Lott, Jools Holland, and Duffy.
On 19 October 2013, BBC Radio 4 broadcast Banks' play Goodbye about a woman diagnosed with breast cancer. The play is an account of the path from first diagnosis to death of Lizzie, played by Olivia Colman); it deals with her relationships with her family and with her best friend Jen, played by Natascha McElhone, and their reactions to Jen's illness and death. The cast included Darren Boyd, John Simm, Alison Steadman, Ezra Banks-Baddiel Seren Deeks and the voice of Dolly Banks-Baddiel; it was produced by Heather Larmour. Banks received the 2015 Tinniswood Award for the play. She subsequently wrote the play's 2015 film adaptation, titled Miss You Already.
Her later voice work includes the roles of Betty and Sonia in the 2008 film version of Tales of the Riverbank; a translator at the trial of Adolf Eichmann in The Eichmann Show; and The Queen in the 2015 version of Danger Mouse.
- 2014 British Animation Award for Best Voice Performance in Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom: Nanny's Magic Test
- 2015 Tinniswood Award for the radio play Goodbye
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