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Tamzin Outhwaite

Tamzin Outhwaite

Nov. 5th, 1970
Born in
Ilford, Essex, England, UK
5' 8

Tamzin Outhwaite's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
New Tricks (UK) TV Show
New Tricks (UK)
Paradox (UK) TV Show
Paradox (UK)
Hotel Babylon (UK) TV Show
Hotel Babylon (UK)
The Fixer (UK) TV Show
The Fixer (UK)
Red Cap (UK) TV Show
Red Cap (UK)
Vital Signs (UK) TV Show
Vital Signs (UK)

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


Early career

Outhwaite attended the Stagestruck Theatre Company as a teenager, taking part in several productions during the mid 1980s. On leaving school in 1987,she studied at Sylvia Young Theatre School and she joined the London Studio Centre to study drama and dance, where one of her friends was television presenter Lucy Alexander.She went on to many stage roles including Grease, Oliver! and work at the Stephen Joseph Theatre before landing bit parts in The Bill and Men Behaving Badly.

Mainstream success

Outhwaite found 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, Outhwaite 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 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 began edging into the Hollywood film industry, starring with Wesley Snipes in the unsuccessful direct-to-video film 7 Seconds. Also in 2005, she played a part in the ITV drama Walk Away and I Stumble, in which her character was seen dying of a brain tumour.
In 2006, Outhwaite starred in the ITV series Vital Signs (as a frustrated mother who decides to leave her dreary job at the supermarket and enrol in medical school) and in the BBC series Hotel Babylon as hotel manager Rebecca Mitchell. A second series aired in Spring 2007. Outhwaite will 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 movie thriller Backwaters, set in India.
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 regularly incorrectly reported. She plays a VJ in the video.
She recently appeared in a revival of Boeing Boeing at the Comedy Theatre, the film Cassandra's Dream[3] and the ITV drama series, The Fixer, which was shown in March and April 2008.
Outhwaite and her husband were the winners of the ITV charity gameshow All Star Mr & Mrs Christmas Special on 20 December 2008.
In the award-winning feature film, Radio Cape Cod, she plays a radio interviewer who has a new love entering her life & whose daughter, played by Tamzin Merchant, is experiencing her first love.
In 2009, Outhwaite appeared as the lead in the sci-fi crime series for the BBC entitled Paradox,which first aired on BBC1 on 24th November 2009.
Outhwaite is currently starring in Sweet Charity which has recently moved to the Theatre Royal Haymarket after its successful run at the Menier Chocolate Factory.
Tamzin appeared in 'Over the Rainbow' the talent show currently casting for Andrew Lloyd Webber's new stage production of The Wizard of Oz.
More recently, in 2010 she was a member of the judging panel on the UK television programme Don't Stop Believing broadcast on Five. The other judges were Duncan James, Anastacia and Charles Klapow.

Personal life

Outhwaite is from Ilford, east London, and has two brothers, Kes and Jake. Her mother is Italian.
Tamzin attended Trinity Catholic High School, Woodford Green, along with other famous names such as Gary Lucy and Christine Ohuruogu.
She is married to former EastEnders actor Tom Ellis. They have a home in North London with their daughter Florence Elsie Ellis born on 25 June 2008.


Outhwaite is one of the very few English names that use all five vowels.

  • Daughter, Florence Elsie Ellis, was born in June 2008.
  • At 16, she left school to join the London Studio Centre, King's Cross, London, where she studied dance and drama. On graduation, Tamzin was awarded the Sheila O'Neal Cup, the trophy for best all-rounder.
  • Her last appearance on Eastenders was transmitted on April 12, 2002. "Mel" left the show in dramatic fashion.
  • Her favorite song is "River" by 'Joni Mitchell' (qv).
  • Left _"EastEnders" (1985)_ (qv) in December 2001 to pursue other roles, including her first post-Eastenders role in _"Red Cap" (2003)_ (qv).
  • Tamzin and 'Adam Woodyatt' (qv) (Ian Beale) were friends well before Eastenders.
  • Tamzin's parents sent her to Trinity High, a Catholic independent school in Woodford: she was not very academic, but good at sports.
  • (2007) Tamzin has stated in recent interviews that she left _"Hotel Babylon" (2006)_ (qv) because she has stayed long enough to make such an impression for her role as "Rebecca", the feisty boss, that she didn't want the viewers to "penalise" her for being the character more than Tamzin herself.

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