Tamzin Outhwaite

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Tamzin Outhwaite
Tamzin Outhwaite 2015.jpg
Outhwaite at the 2015 Oliver Awards, April 2015
Born Tamzin Maria Outhwaite
(1970-11-05) 5 November 1970 (age 47)
Ilford, London, England
Nationality British
Other names Tamsin Outhwaite
Occupation Actress
Years active 1989–present
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Spouse(s) Tom Ellis (m. 2006; div. 2014)
Children 2
Awards British Soap Award - Sexiest Female
2000 EastEnders - Mel
1999 EastEnders - Mel
National Television Award - Most Popular Newcomer
1999 EastEnders - Mel

Tamzin Maria Outhwaite (/ˈθwt/; born 5 November 1970) is a British actress from London. Since coming to national notice playing Mel Owen in the BBC One soap opera EastEnders from 1998 until 2002 and then from 2018 onwards, she has starred in a number of theatre and television productions, including army series Red Cap and crime drama New Tricks.[1]

Early life[edit]

The only daughter of Anna (née Santi) and Colin Frank Outhwaite, born in Ilford, 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.

Career[edit]

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 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[2] and her return was confirmed on 24 October 2017.[3]

She appeared in a revival of Boeing Boeing at the Comedy Theatre, the film Cassandra's Dream,[4] and the ITV drama series, The Fixer, which was shown in March and April 2008.[5]

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.[citation needed]

In 2009, she played the lead in the sci-fi crime series for the BBC entitled Paradox,[6] 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 Five.

From November 2009 to March 2010 Outhwaite starred in Sweet Charity which moved to the Theatre Royal, Haymarket after a successful run at the Menier Chocolate Factory.[citation needed]

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 has been cast to play Teresa Phillips in a revival of Alan Ayckbourn's How the Other Half Loves at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket in March 2016. [7]

Outhwaite has done introductory segments of true crime episodes of NBC's Dateline for British television audiences.[8]

Personal life[edit]

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).[9] It was announced in 2013 that the couple had separated and the following month Outhwaite had filed for divorce.[10][11][12]

Outhwaite was the subject of an episode of BBC TV series Who Do You Think You Are? shown on 21 August 2014.[13] Her mother is of Italian heritage.[14] 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.[15]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 7 Seconds Sgt. Kelly Anders Video
2006 Backwaters Lili Taylor
2008 Radio Cape Cod Jill Waters
2012 Great Expectations Molly
2014 MOTH (Man of the House) Mum Short

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1996 The Bill Liz Crane "Hers"
1998–2002, 2018– EastEnders Mel Owen Regular role
2000 Da Ali G Show Melanie "Gail Porter"
2002 Out of Control Shelley Richards TV film
2003 Final Demand Natalie Taylor TV film
2003–04 Red Cap Sgt. Jo McDonagh Main role
2004 Hustle Katherine Winterborn "A Touch of Class"
2004 When I'm 64 Caz TV film
2004 Frances Tuesday Frances West TV film
2005 Walk Away and I Stumble Claire Holmes TV film
2006 Vital Signs Rhoda Bradley Main role
2006–07 Hotel Babylon Rebecca Mitchell Main role (series 1–2)
2008–09 The Fixer Rose Chamberlain Main role
2009 Paradox D.I. Rebecca Flint TV miniseries
2011 Law & Order: UK Miriam Pescatore "Immune"
2011 Fast Freddie, the Widow and Me Patsy Morgan TV film
2012 Silent Witness Beth Gilston "Fear: Parts 1 & 2"
2012 New Tricks Victoria Kemp "Love Means Nothing in Tennis"
2013 Foyle's War Brenda Stevens "Sunflower"
2013 Doctor Who Captain "Nightmare in Silver"
2013 Agatha Christie's Marple Mrs. Rogers "Endless Night"
2013–2015 New Tricks DCI Sasha Miller Main role (series 10–12)
2016 Josh Valerie "Bed & Breakfast"
2017 Inside No. 9 Connie "Empty Orchestra"
2017 Murdoch Mysteries Penelope Marsh "Up from Ashes"
2018 Midsomer Murders "The Lions of Causton"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BBC One: New Tricks". BBC. Retrieved 2017-07-03. 
  2. ^ "Outhwaite won't rule out 'Enders return". 22 April 2006. 
  3. ^ "Tamzin Outhwaite returns to EastEnders". BBC News. 2017-10-24. Retrieved 2017-10-26. 
  4. ^ "Allen role for Tamzin Outhwaite". BBC News. 22 August 2006. Retrieved 8 April 2008. 
  5. ^ "Bees to buzz off". The Mirror. 5 October 2007. Retrieved 8 April 2008. 
  6. ^ "Outhwaite to star in sci-fi drama". BBC News. 22 May 2009. Retrieved 24 May 2010. 
  7. ^ "Casting announced for How the Other Half Loves". Retrieved 20 March 2016. 
  8. ^ "Dateline with Tamzin Outhwaite TV Guide from RadioTimes". Radio Times. 
  9. ^ "'We had a beautiful baby girl': Tamzin Outhwaite and husband Tom Ellis welcome second daughter Marnie Mae". 
  10. ^ Kelby McNally. "Tamzin Outhwaite 'files for divorce from Tom Ellis, citing adultery'", Express, 10 September 2013.
  11. ^ (No author.) "Tamzin Outhwaite 'Divorcing' Tom Ellis After He Reportedly Admits Cheating With One-Night Stand", Huffington Post UK, 9 October 2013.
  12. ^ Kelby McNally. "'We're all moving forward' Tom Ellis speaks out about Tamzin Outhwaite split", Express, 19 September 2013.
  13. ^ Watts, Halina (15 August 2014). "Tamzin Outhwaite left distraught after discovering great granddad was sent to WW2 prison camp". 
  14. ^ "Tamzin Outhwaite". RTÉ. Archived from the original on 17 October 2007. Retrieved 8 April 2008. 
  15. ^ "Tamzin Outhwaite - Who Do You Think You Are - Former Eastenders actress with true East End roots discovers more about her Italian ancestry". www.thegenealogist.co.uk. 

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