Outhwaite at the 2015 Oliver Awards, April 2015
|Born||Tamzin Maria Outhwaite
5 November 1970
Ilford, London, England, UK
|Other names||Tamsin Outhwaite|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Spouse(s)||Tom Ellis (m. 2006; div. 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 (//; born 5 November 1970) is a British actress from London. Since coming to national notice playing Melanie Owen in the BBC One soap opera EastEnders from 1998 until 2002, she has since starred in both theatre and television productions, including army series Red Cap and crime drama New Tricks.
The daughter of Anna (née Santi) and Colin Frank Outhwaite, born in Ilford, London, Tamzin has two younger brothers, Kes and Jake Outhwaite. She was educated at Trinity Catholic High School, Woodford Green.
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.
On graduation from the London Studio Centre she started her career in the theatre, taking roles in productions including Grease and Oliver!, and work at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, before landing bit parts in television series The Bill and Men Behaving Badly.
She found national 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.
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.
In 2005 Outhwaite starred opposite 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.
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.
Outhwaite and her ex-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 and whose daughter, played by Tamzin Merchant, is experiencing her first love.
In 2010, she appeared in Over the Rainbow, a talent show casting for Andrew Lloyd Webber's stage production of The Wizard of Oz. In the same year, she was a member of the judging panel on the UK television programme Don't Stop Believing broadcast on Five.
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 joined the cast of the popular BBC TV comedy-drama series New Tricks as DCI Sasha Miller, replacing Amanda Redman as head of the team in the show. Outhwaite had earlier appeared in series 9, episode 6 of the show, guest-starring as a different character who is brought to justice at the end of the episode.
Outhwaite lives in London. From 2006 to 2014 she was married to actor Tom Ellis. They have two daughters Florence Elsie Ellis (born 2008) and Marnie Mae Ellis (born 2012). It was announced in 2013 that the couple had separated and the following month, Outhwaite filed for divorce, citing Ellis's infidelity as the grounds for dissolution of the marriage.
Outhwaite was the subject of an episode of BBC TV series Who Do You Think You Are? shown on 21 August 2014. Her mother is of Italian heritage. Her maternal great grandfather Adelmo Santi and his eldest son Pietro Santi were born in Barga, Italy, and became naturalised British citizens in 1957, living first in Glasgow, Scotland, and then settling in Fishburn, England, with a thriving ice cream business.
- "EastEnders' Tamzin Outhwaite makes a stunning bridesmaid at the wedding of TV presenter Lucy Alexander and footballer Stewart Castledine"
- "Outhwaite won't rule out 'Enders return"
- "Allen role for Tamzin Outhwaite". BBC News. 22 August 2006. Retrieved 8 April 2008.
- "Bees to buzz off". The Mirror. 5 October 2007. Retrieved 8 April 2008.
- "Outhwaite to star in sci-fi drama". BBC News. 22 May 2009. Retrieved 24 May 2010.
- "Casting announced for How the Other Half Loves". Retrieved 20 March 2016.
- 'We had a beautiful baby girl': Tamzin Outhwaite and husband Tom Ellis welcome second daughter Marnie Mae!
- Kelby McNally. "Tamzin Outhwaite 'files for divorce from Tom Ellis, citing adultery'", Express, 10 September 2013.
- (No author.) "Tamzin Outhwaite 'Divorcing' Tom Ellis After He Reportedly Admits Cheating With One-Night Stand", Huffington Post UK, 9 October 2013.
- Kelby McNally. "'We're all moving forward' Tom Ellis speaks out about Tamzin Outhwaite split", Express, 19 September 2013.
- "Tamzin Outhwaite". RTÉ. Retrieved 8 April 2008.