Outhwaite at the 2015 Oliver Awards
Tamzin Maria Outhwaite
5 November 1970
(m. 2006; div. 2014)
Tamzin Maria Outhwaite (//; born 5 November 1970) is an English actress, presenter and narrator. Since coming to national notice for portraying the role of Mel Owen in the BBC soap opera EastEnders (1998–2002, 2018–2019), she has starred in a number of theatre and television productions, including army series Red Cap and crime drama New Tricks.
The only daughter of Anna (née Santi) and Colin Frank Outhwaite, born in Ilford, East London, Tamzin has two younger brothers, Kes and Jake. 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.
Early career and EastEnders
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 Mel Healy in the popular BBC soap opera EastEnders. Her first appearance was aired in October 1998 and her final one was in April 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 and her return was confirmed on 24 October 2017. Outhwaite departed the soap for a second and final time in November 2019, when Mel was killed off.
She appeared in a revival of Boeing Boeing at the Comedy Theatre, the film Cassandra's Dream, and the ITV drama series, The Fixer, which was shown in March and April 2008. In 2009, she played the lead in the sci-fi crime series for the BBC entitled Paradox, which first aired on BBC1 on 24 November 2009. 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 Channel 5.
She joined the cast of the popular BBC 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. In March 2016, Outhwaite was cast to play Teresa Phillips in a revival of Alan Ayckbourn's How the Other Half Loves at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket. Outhwaite has done introductory segments of true crime episodes of NBC's Dateline for British television audiences. In May 2020, Outhwaite played Indie Hendricks in Dun Breedin, a project by Julie Graham about women who are going through the menopause during lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of this, her scenes were filmed at her own house. The episodes were uploaded to YouTube weekly.
Outhwaite lives in London. From 2006 to 2014, she was married to actor Tom Ellis. They have two daughters together. It was announced in 2013 that the couple had separated and the following month Outhwaite had filed for divorce.
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.
|2005||7 Seconds||Sgt. Kelly Anders||Video|
|2008||Radio Cape Cod||Jill Waters|
|2014||MOTH (Man of the House)||Mum||Short film|
|2020||The Haunting of Alice Bowles||Alice|
|1993||The Mystery of Dr Martinu||Girlfriend||Television film|
|1995||Men Behaving Badly||Girl in Pub||1 episode|
|1996||The Bill||Liz Crane||Episode: "Hers"|
|1998–2002, 2018–2019||EastEnders||Mel Owen||Regular role; 617 episodes|
|2000||Da Ali G Show||Melanie||Episode: "Gail Porter"|
|2001||Tamzin Outhwaite Goes Wild with Dolphins||Presenter||BBC One documentary|
|2002||Out of Control||Shelley Richards||Television film|
|2003||Final Demand||Natalie Taylor|
|2003–2004||Red Cap||Sgt. Jo McDonagh||Main role|
|2004||Hustle||Katherine Winterborn||Episode: "A Touch of Class"|
|When I'm 64||Caz||Television film|
|Frances Tuesday||Frances West|
|2005||Walk Away and I Stumble||Claire Holmes|
|2006||Vital Signs||Rhoda Bradley||Main role|
|2006–2007||Hotel Babylon||Rebecca Mitchell||Main role (series 1–2)|
|2007||The Catherine Tate Show||Shelley||2007 Christmas special|
|2008–2009||The Fixer||Rose Chamberlain||Main role|
|Paradox||D.I. Rebecca Flint||TV mini-series|
|2011||Law & Order: UK||Miriam Pescatore||Episode: "Immune"|
|Fast Freddie, The Widow and Me||Patsy Morgan||Television film|
|2012||Silent Witness||Beth Gilston||Episodes: "Fear: Parts 1 & 2"|
|New Tricks||Victoria Kemp||Episode: "Love Means Nothing in Tennis"|
|2013||Foyle's War||Brenda Stevens||Episode: "Sunflower"|
|Doctor Who||Captain||Series 7, Episode 12: "Nightmare in Silver"|
|Agatha Christie's Marple||Mrs. Rogers||Episode: "Endless Night"|
|2013–2015||New Tricks||DCI Sasha Miller||Main role (series 10–12)|
|2016||Josh||Valerie||Episode: "Bed & Breakfast"|
|2016–2017||Dateline with Tamzin Outhwaite||Presenter|
|2017||Inside No. 9||Connie||Episode: "Empty Orchestra"|
|Murdoch Mysteries||Penelope Marsh||Episode: "Up from Ashes"|
|2018||Midsomer Murders||Samantha Adler||Episode: "The Lions of Causton"|
|Meghan Markle: Movies, Marriage & Motherhood||Television special|
|2020||Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private Investigators||Jessica Duke||Episode: "Teach Me, Dear Creature"|
|2020–present||Dun Breedin||Indie Hendricks||Online series; main cast member|
|2020||Martin & Roman Kemp's Sunday Best||Herself||Episode 20|
|2021||Saturday Kitchen||Herself||1 episode|
- "Outhwaite won't rule out 'Enders return". 22 April 2006.
- "Tamzin Outhwaite returns to EastEnders". BBC News. 24 October 2017. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
- "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.
- "Dateline with Tamzin Outhwaite TV Guide from RadioTimes". Radio Times.
- 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.
- Watts, Halina (15 August 2014). "Tamzin Outhwaite left distraught after discovering great granddad was sent to WW2 prison camp".
- "Tamzin Outhwaite". RTÉ. Archived from the original on 17 October 2007. Retrieved 8 April 2008.
- "Tamzin Outhwaite - Who Do You Think You Are - Former Eastenders actress with true East End roots discovers more about her Italian ancestry". thegenealogist.co.uk.
- "Saturday Kitchen". BBC. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
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