Tamsin Greig

Tamsin Greig

Infobox actor
name = Tamsin Greig

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birthdate = Birth date and age|1967|2|23|df=y
location = Camden, London, England
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birthname = Tamsin Greig
othername = Tamsin Leaf
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occupation = Actress
spouse = Richard Leaf
notable role = Dr. Caroline Todd in "Green Wing"
Fran Katzenjammer in "Black Books"
Alice Chenery in "Love Soup"
Debbie Aldridge in "The Archers"
laurenceolivierawards = Best Actress
2007 "Much Ado About Nothing"

Tamsin Greig (pronounced|ˈtæmzɪn ˈgrεg) (born 23 February 1967) [ [http://www.screenonline.org.uk/people/id/1221090/ "Screen Online"] Biography of Tamsin Greig, written by Alexander Larman. Accessed 17 June, 2007.] is an Olivier Award-winning British stage and screen actress. She is probably best known for two Channel 4 television comedy parts: Fran Katzenjammer in "Black Books" and Dr. Caroline Todd in "Green Wing".

Other notable roles include Alice Chenery in BBC One's comedy drama "Love Soup" and Debbie Aldridge in BBC Radio 4's soap opera "The Archers". In a "Radio Times" poll in 2005, Greig was voted the 19th most powerful person working in UK comedy. [ [http://www.thecustard.tv/linksandlists/tvpolls.html#com Radio Times most powerful people in TV comedy] thecustard.tv. Accessed 17 June, 2007.]


Greig has had a long-running part as Debbie Aldridge in the BBC Radio 4 soap opera "The Archers" since 1991. Due to her other work she is not in the show all the time and her character Debbie spends most of her time living in Hungary. One of her first television appearances was in an insurance advert three weeks before giving birth to her first son. [ [http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/archers/whos_who/actors/tamsingreig.shtml "The Archers"] Tamsin Greig's biography. Accessed 17 July, 2007.]

Greig is more known for her comedy roles. She later guest-starred in five episodes of the second series in the radio version of "Absolute Power", playing Gayle Shand, a rival to Prentiss McCabe and Charles Prentiss's former lover. Her comedy roles do pose problems for Greig, who has admitted that she has problems with corpsing. [ [http://www.channel4.com/entertainment/tv/microsites/G/greenwing/tamsin2.html Channel 4 "Green Wing" microsite, Tamsin Greig interview, Page 2.] Accessed 17 June, 2007.]

She made a guest appearance on "Woman's Hour" on 28 September 2005, presented a "BRIT Award in 2006", and also appeared on "Friday Night with Jonathan Ross" on 31 March 2006. Greig appears in the role of Edith Frank in the BBC's forthcoming "The Diary of Anne Frank", [cite web | url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7045585.stm|title=Anne Frank TV drama heads to BBC | publisher=BBC | date=2007-10-15 | accessdate=2007-10-16] and recently starred with Richard E. Grant in the film "Cuckoo". [cite web|url=http://new.edp24.co.uk/content/news/story.aspx?brand=EDPOnline&category=News&tBrand=edponline&tCategory=news&itemid=NOED11%20Dec%202007%2021%3A37%3A27%3A343|title=Star on Yarmouth movie set|publisher=Norfolk Daily Evening Press|date=2007-12-12|accessdate=2007-12-12]

ignificant roles

On television, Greig appeared in a number of supporting parts, notably as Lamia in Neverwhere (1996). Her first major role was Fran Katzenjammer in the sitcom "Black Books" in 2000, a neurotic who owned "Nifty Gifty", a sort of new-age gift shop, in the first series, but became unemployed, and eventually became worse at everything she tried as the series went on. Several later roles depict similar characters. In 2004, she had a small part in the movie "Shaun of the Dead" with Dylan Moran, who also appeared in "Black Books". In 2005 she appeared as a nurse in an episode of the BBC science fiction television series "Doctor Who" entitled "The Long Game", which also featured Simon Pegg, the writer and star of "Shaun of the Dead".

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. [ [http://www.rts.org.uk/awards.asp?sec_id=725&from=section RTS Winners and Nominations list 2005] Accessed 17 June, 2007.] 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, who she met in 2003 when she appeared in an episode of "Jonathan Creek". [ [http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/womanshour/2005_39_wed_02.shtml "Woman's Hour"] Interview with Tamsin Greig on February 2005, Accessed 17 June, 2007.]

During 2006 and early 2007 she played Beatrice in the much acclaimed "Much Ado About Nothing" for which she won a Laurence Olivier Award, [BBC News (2007-02-18) [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/6373839.stm "Sondheim show wins theatre awards"] . Retrieved 2007-02-18)] and Constance in "King John", as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company's "The Complete Works" season. Her acceptance speech was received very well as being highly entertaining, claiming that she was so excited that she had wet her dress. To make it worse, the dress was hired. 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, [ [http://www.albemarle-london.com/awards/AwardWinners.php?Award_Type=Critics%20Circle%20Awards&Year=2006 Critics Circle Awards for 2006] Albemarle of London. Accessed 17 June, 2007.] and was nominated for "The FRANCO'S Best Actress in a Play" in the Whatsonstage Theatregoers' Choice Awards. [cite web|url=http://www.whatsonstage.com/index.php?pg=207&story=E8821196963180&title=WOS+Theatregoers'+Choice+Nominees+Announced|title=WOS Theatregoers' Choice Nominees Announced
publisher=What's On Stage|date=2007-12-07|accessdate=2007-12-10
] [cite web|url=http://www.whatsonstage.com/index.php?pg=207&story=E8821203624757&title=Full+List%3A+Your+Theatregoers%92+Choice+Award+Winners|title=Full List: Your Theatregoers’ Choice Award Winners|publisher=What's On Stage|date=2008-02-22|accessdate=2008-02-22]

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.cite news|last=Wheatley|first=Jane|url=http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/stage/theatre/article3575819.ece|title=Tamsin Greig: from Ambridge to the West End stage in God of Carnage|publisher="The Times"|date=2008-03-19|accessdate=2008-03-19] [cite web|last=Paddock|first=Terri|url=http://www.whatsonstage.com/index.php?pg=207&story=E8821198247213&title=Greig%2C+McTeer+%26+Stott+Join+Fiennes+God+of+Carnage|title=Greig, McTeer & Stott Join Fiennes God of Carnage|publisher=What's on Stage|date=2007-12-24|accessdate=2007-12-24]

In November 2008 she will make her National Theatre debut in "Gethsemane", a new play by David Hare.

Personal life

Greig grew up in Camden, London, England and is of Scottish and Jewish ethnicity. She moved to Kilburn when she was three with her two sisters. She went to Malorees Junior School, then graduated with a first class honours degree in Drama and Theatre Arts from the University of Birmingham. [http://www.brent.gov.uk/news.nsf/24878f4b00d4f0f68025663c006c7944/127b7c4910e37643802570de0050fdb4!OpenDocument "Brent People" "Drama Queen".] Written by Anna MacArthur, January 2006, Accessed 17 June, 2007.] After that she spent some time working at the Family Planning Association in an administrative role, and also spent some time at a secretarial college. [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml;jsessionid=FGGPKTKORPO3DQFIQMGSFFWAVCBQWIV0?xml=/arts/2006/07/29/btgreig29.xml&sSheet=/arts/2006/07/30/ixartleft.html "Seriously funny", an interview with "The Telegraph"] with Tamsin Greig. Written by Jasper Rees, 29 July, 2006. Accessed 17 June 2007.] She never planned to move back to London, but she did in 1996, because her father was dying and she wanted to comfort him. She now lives in a flat in Kensal Green. She converted to Christianity at this time, having been raised an atheist.Nemone, BBC 6 Music, 20 December 2006, radio interview.]

She is married to actor Richard Leaf, whom she met on the set of the 1996 adaptation of Neil Gaiman's "Neverwhere", and has three children (two sons aged nine and seven, and a three-year-old daughter). It is unknown what the children's names are, but their middle names all begin with "Z", and are sometimes comically referred to as "Leaflets". She has previously admitted that she is somewhat embarrassed by the marriage because, "It suddenly hit me one day: after we're married I'll be called Mrs T Leaf!" [ [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0340067/bio Internet Movie Database Biography of Tamsin Greig] Accessed 17 June, 2007.] Before she became a mother, she was keen on parachuting and trampolining. [ [http://www.bbc.co.uk/drama/faces/tamsin_greig.shtml Drama Faces - Tamsin Greig] Accessed 23 February 2007.] [ [http://news.independent.co.uk/people/profiles/article361701.ece Independent Online Edition - Tamsin Greig: Green Goddess] Written by Nick Duerden, on 6 May, 2006. Accessed 17 June 2007.] She has stated that she is often mistaken for Sharleen Spiteri, the lead singer of the band Texas, for the impressionist Ronni Ancona, for comedian Sue Perkins and is even sometimes mistaken for a man.

Not much is known about her political views; however, when one review by Charlie Spencer in "The Telegraph" described her (in her role as Beatrice in "Much Ado About Nothing") as "not exactly beautiful, a little like Edwina Currie", she refused to read on. [ [http://www.thestage.co.uk/shenton/2007/01/a_bumper_west_end_year_the_critics.php The Stage] A bumper West End year, the Critics’ Circle and a critical think-tank…. Written by Mark Shenton, 31 January, 2007. Accessed 17 June, 2007.] [ [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2006/05/22/btcs22.xml The Telegraph] Bursting with life, wit and feeling. Written by Charles Spencer, 22 May, 2006. Accessed 17 June, 2007.] It is known that she is a supporter of the National Health Service, giving her backing to a rally organised by pro-NHS protest group NHS Together. [cite news|last=Haynes|first=Alex|url=http://www.harrowtimes.co.uk/news/localnews/display.var.1800578.0.rally_backs_health_service.php|title=Rally backs health service|publisher=Harrow Times|date=2007-11-01|accessdate=2007-11-01] She also supports more practical teaching of Shakespeare in British schools, supporting the RSC's "Stand Up For Shakespeare" manifesto. [cite web|url=http://www.officiallondontheatre.co.uk/news/display/cm/contentId/98323|title=RSC Stands Up For Shakespeare|publisher=Official London Theatre Guide|date=2008-03-03|accessdate=2008-03-03]


External links

*imdb name|id=0340067|name=Tamsin Greig
* [http://www.tv.com/tamsin-greig/person/57963/summary.html tv.com] Tamsin Greig biography.
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/drama/faces/tamsin_greig.shtml Tamsin Greig - Drama Faces] Biography of Tamsin Greig on the BBC Drama Faces website.

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