Tamsin Greig

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Tamsin Greig
Tamsin Greig 2010.jpg
Greig in 2010
BornTamsin Margaret Mary Greig
(1966-07-12) 12 July 1966 (age 52)[1]
Maidstone, Kent, England
Other namesTamsin Leaf
Alma materUniversity of Birmingham
OccupationActress
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)Richard Leaf (m. 1997)
Children3
AwardsRoyal Television Society Programme Awards: Comedy Performance
2004 Green Wing
Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress
2007 Much Ado About Nothing
Whatsonstage.com Best Supporting Actress in a Play
2011 The Little Dog Laughed

Tamsin Margaret Mary Greig (/ˈtæmzɪn ˈɡrɛɡ/; born 12 July 1966) is an English actress. She played Fran Katzenjammer in Black Books, Dr Caroline Todd in Green Wing and Beverly Lincoln in the British-American sitcom Episodes. She currently stars as Jackie in the Channel 4 sitcom Friday Night Dinner. Other roles include Alice Chenery in BBC One's comedy drama Love Soup, Debbie Aldridge in BBC Radio 4's soap opera The Archers, Miss Bates in the 2009 BBC version of Jane Austen's Emma, and Beth Hardiment in the 2010 film version of Tamara Drewe. Greig is also an acclaimed stage actress; she won a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in 2007 for Much Ado About Nothing, and was nominated again in 2011 and 2015 for her roles in The Little Dog Laughed and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. She is married to the actor Richard Leaf and has three children.

Early life[edit]

Greig was born in Maidstone, Kent,[2] the second of three sisters. Her father, Eric, worked as a colour chemist creating dyes, and her mother, Ann, was enthusiastic about amateur dramatics.[3][4] Her grandfather was a Polish Jew. The family moved to Kilburn when she was three. She went to Malorees Junior School, followed by Camden School for Girls where she passed A-Levels in English, French and Mathematics, and graduated with a first in Drama and Theatre Arts from the University of Birmingham (BA in Drama and Theatre Arts 1988).[5][6] After graduating, she worked at the Family Planning Association and continued doing temporary work until 1996.[6] She also spent some time at a secretarial college.[7]

Career[edit]

Her career began in early 1990, Greig is known for both dramatic and comedic roles. Comedy roles generally pose problems for Greig, who has admitted that she has problems with corpsing.[8]

Radio[edit]

Greig has had a long-running part as Debbie Aldridge in the BBC Radio 4 soap opera The Archers since 1991. As her other work increased, her appearances in the show decreased and her character Debbie spends most of her time living in Hungary.[9][10]

Her other radio work includes narrating the Radio 4 comedy Warhorses of Letters,[11] and guest-starring in five episodes of the second series of the radio version of Absolute Power, playing Charles Prentiss's former lover Gayle Shand, who now runs a rival firm.

Television[edit]

Greig appeared in a number of supporting parts, notably as Lamia in Neverwhere (1996) and The Mother in an episode of People Like Us (2000).[12] Her first major role was Fran Katzenjammer in the sitcom Black Books, which ran for three series from 2000. Fran was a friend of the main character, Bernard, and originally owned a gift shop called "Nifty Gifty" next door to his bookshop.[13]

In 2004, she played constantly embarrassed surgical registrar Dr Caroline Todd, the lead character in the Channel 4 comedy drama series Green Wing. Her performance won her "Best Comedy Performance" in the 2005 Royal Television Society Awards.[14] She also appeared as Caroline in an appearance at The Secret Policeman's Ball.

She starred in the BBC comedy drama series Love Soup (2005), as Alice Chenery, a lovelorn woman working on a department store perfume counter, in a role specifically written for her by David Renwick, whom she met in 2003 when she appeared in an episode of Jonathan Creek.[15] In May 2005 she also appeared as a nurse in an episode of the BBC series Doctor Who, entitled "The Long Game".

Greig appeared in the role of Edith Frank in the BBC's January 2009 production of The Diary of Anne Frank.[16] Also in 2009, she appeared as Miss Bates in the BBC serial Jane Austen's Emma. In 2010, she played Sacharissa Cripslock in the two part mini-series Terry Pratchett's Going Postal.[17]

In 2011, she starred in the BBC/Showtime sitcom Episodes, alongside Matt LeBlanc and Green Wing co-star Stephen Mangan.[18] Greig and Mangan play a husband-and-wife writing duo who travel to America to work on an adaptation of their successful series. Greig also stars in the Channel 4 sitcom, Friday Night Dinner, as Jackie Goodman, the mother of a North London Jewish family.

She played Beth in the 2012 BBC series White Heat. She also is the lead in The Guilty in the 3 part series on ITV in 2013, playing DCI Maggie Brand investigating the death of a young child who went missing five years ago. [19] In 2014, she played Sally in the Inside No. 9 episode "Last Gasp".

In 2015 the fourth season of Episodes was aired, and in 2016 a seven-episode fifth season, still starring Greig alongside Stephen Mangan and Matt LeBlanc, was filmed in London.[20]

Theatre[edit]

During 2006 and early 2007, Greig played Beatrice in a much acclaimed production of Much Ado About Nothing for which she won a Laurence Olivier Award,[21] and Constance in King John, as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company's The Complete Works season. Whilst the win itself was a surprise,[22] her acceptance speech was received very well as being highly entertaining,[23] claiming that she was so excited that she had wet her dress. The speech was apparently completely improvised. Backstage, when told not to tell her mother about her wetting her dress, she told the host that her mum was dead before dedicating her award to her "dead mum".[24] She also won the Critics' Circle Theatre Award for "Best Shakespearean Performance" in Much Ado About Nothing, becoming the first woman to win the award,[25] and was nominated for "The FRANCO'S Best Actress in a Play" in the Whatsonstage Theatregoers' Choice Awards.[26][27]

At the Gielgud Theatre in March 2008, she co-starred with Ralph Fiennes, Janet McTeer and Ken Stott in the UK premiere of Yasmina Reza's The God of Carnage (Le Dieu du carnage) translated by Christopher Hampton and directed by Matthew Warchus.[28][29] The play won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 2009.[30] In 2008, she co-starred in the surreal sci-fi film Captain Eager and the Mark of Voth.

In November 2008, she made her National Theatre debut in Gethsemane, a new play by David Hare which toured the UK.[31] Greig was starring in The Little Dog Laughed by Douglas Carter Beane at the Garrick Theatre in London, which did run a limited season until 10 April 2010. She starred alongside Rupert Friend, Gemma Arterton and Harry Lloyd, and the play was directed by Jamie Lloyd. She won the 2011 WhatsOnStage Theatregoers Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress in a play for her portrayal.[32] Her performance as Diane in The Little Dog Laughed garnered her a second Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress.[33] In October 2011 she was Hilary, the central character, in Jumpy at the Royal Court, London.,[34] which later transferred to the Duke of York's Theatre in the West End. In March 2013 she played Varia in Longing, a new play by William Boyd based on two short stories by Chekov, at the Hampstead Theatre. Greig previously performed in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown at the Playhouse Theatre, London, until May 2015. In March 2015, she received a nomination for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical.

In October 2016, she returned to the Hampstead Theatre to play Empty in The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures by Tony Kushner. In February 2017 she returned to the Royal National Theatre to play Malvolia in a new production of Twelfth Night at the Olivier Theatre.[35] As a Labour constituency agent spanning a period of twenty-seven years, she gave a "polished…magnificent" performance in James Graham's Labour of Love at the Noel Coward Theatre, London, in October 2017.[36]

Film[edit]

Greig made a cameo appearance in the 2004 comedy Shaun of the Dead. She starred with Richard E. Grant in the 2009 film Cuckoo,[37] and with Roger Allam and Gemma Arterton in Tamara Drewe (2010). She co-starred in 2015's comedy-drama The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and in the 2016 release of Breaking the Bank, opposite Kelsey Grammer.

Personal life[edit]

Greig lives in a flat in Kensal Green, having moved back in 1996 to be with her dying father. She became a Christian at this time, having been brought up as an atheist.[10] Greig is also a vegetarian.[38] She has been married to actor Richard Leaf since 1997, whom she met on the set of Neil Gaiman's 1996 miniseries Neverwhere, and has three children.[39][40]

She is a supporter of the National Health Service, giving her backing to a rally organised by pro-NHS protest group NHS Together.[41] She also supports more practical teaching of Shakespeare in British schools, supporting the RSC's "Stand Up For Shakespeare" manifesto.[42] In August 2014, Greig was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian opposing Scottish independence in the run-up to September's referendum on that issue.[43]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 So This is Romance? Carmen
2002 Miranda Receptionist
2002 Pure Liaison Officer
2004 Shaun of the Dead Maggie
2008 Captain Eager and the Mark of Voth Jenny
2009 Cuckoo Simon
2010 Tamara Drewe Beth Hardiment
2014 Breaking the Bank Penelope
2015 The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Lavinia Beech

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1994 Blue Heaven Prof. Wiseman 1 episode
1996 Neverwhere Lamia 3 episodes
1996 Faith in the Future Emma 1 episode
1997 Wycliffe Dr. Hinkley 1 episode
1997–1998 Blind Men Valerie Marsden 6 episodes
1998 The Great Egyptians Cleopatra TV Miniseries documentary
1999–2001 People Like Us Jenny/Sarah 2 episodes
2000–2004 Black Books Fran Main Role
2001 High Stakes Delphina 1 episode
2001 Happiness Emma 3 episodes
2001 World of Pub Julia Robbins 1 episode
2002 Falling Apart Jackie TV Movie
2003 Jonathan Creek Pam 1 episode
2003 Ready When You Are, Mr. McGill Liane TV movie
2004 The Lenny Henry Show various 1 episode
2004 When I'm 64 Denny TV movies
2005 Doctor Who Nurse Episode: 'The Long Game'
2004–2006 Green Wing Dr. Caroline Todd Main role
2005–2008 Love Soup Alice Chenery Main role
2009 The Diary of Anne Frank Edith Frank Miniseries
2009 Emma Miss Bates TV serial
2010 Masterpiece Classic Edith Frank 1 episode
2010 Terry Pratchett's Going Postal Miss Cripslock TV miniseries
2011 White Heat Beth Pew TV miniseries, 6 episodes
2011–2017 Episodes Beverly Lincoln Main role
2011–present Friday Night Dinner Jackie Goodman Main Role
2013 The Guilty DCI Maggie Brand Main role
2014 Inside No. 9 Sally Episode: 'Last Gasp'

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