Tamzin Maria Outhwaite

Tamzin Outhwaite

Tamzin Outhwaite, a celebrated British actress, has made significant contributions to theatre, television, and cinema, and has also made her mark as a television host. Her career boasts more than 55 film and series credits. She gained fame in the United Kingdom for portraying Mel Healy in the BBC’s soap opera “EastEnders.” Tamzin’s performance in Woody Allen’s “Cassandra’s Dream,” acting alongside Colin Farrell and Ewan McGregor, brought her recognition in the United States.

What we know about this person

Full name:

Tamzin Maria Outhwaite

Date of birth:

November 5, 1970

Zodiac sign:



London, United Kingdom





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5' 8" (1.73 m)


123 lbs (56 kg)



Early life

Tamzin Maria Outhwaite entered the world on November 5, 1970, in London. Her heritage is a blend of British and Italian, with her father, Colin Frank Outhwaite, hailing from Britain and her mother, Anna Santi, originating from Italy. Raised alongside her two younger siblings, Kes and Jake, Tamzin’s upbringing was enriched with cultural diversity. She completed her secondary education at a Catholic High School in Woodford Green before pursuing further studies in acting and choreography at the London Studio Centre.

From a tender age of five, Tamzin embarked on her journey in music and dance, later venturing into the realm of drama where she showcased her talents in school productions. During her teenage years, she and her peers sought out opportunities in television, leading to her participation in television series and shows. This early exposure to the performing arts paved the way for her role as Liz Crane in “The Bill” and other television appearances.


A young Tamzin Outhwaite


Tamzin Outhwaite now


Tamzin Outhwaite first garnered recognition for her portrayal of Melanie in “EastEnders,” beginning her television career at the age of 18. After a four-year stint, she exited the series, along with Martin Kemp, her on-screen partner. Nevertheless, she made a notable return to “EastEnders” in 2017. Concurrently, Tamzin demonstrated her versatility in “The Bill” as a barmaid, the drama-musical “The Mystery of Dr. Martinu,” and “Silent Witness.”

The zenith of Tamzin’s acting journey arrived in the 2000s, with her role as Sergeant Jo McDonagh in the thriller “Red Cap” in 2001 significantly raising her profile. She also appeared in “Foyle’s War” as Brenda Stevens and in the serialized drama “Princess in Love” as a maid.

Taking on principal roles in “The Fixer” and the science fiction series “Paradox” for the BBC marked significant milestones in her career. Alongside screen roles, Tamzin has a passion for theatre, notably participating in the comedy “Boeing Boeing.” She also engaged actively in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s casting show “The Wizard of Oz” and contributed as a jury member in the television series “Don’t Stop Believing.”

Tamzin’s Hollywood endeavors include participation in “7 Seconds” (2005) and Woody Allen’s dramatic thriller “Cassandra’s Dream” (2007), sharing the screen with Colin Farrell, Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, and Sally Hawkins. After taking a short break, Outhwaite re-engaged with British television, joining the cast of “New Tricks” on BBC One as the team leader, Inspector Sasha Miller. Simultaneously, she took part in the introductory episodes of NBC’s Dateline’s “True Crime.”

Besides her on-screen ventures, Outhwaite has also made her mark on the stage, notably in Alan Ayckbourn’s “How the Other Half Loves.” Her extensive career also encompasses advertising roles, including her participation in the U2 music video “Mysterious Ways.” Tamzin Outhwaite has represented major brands like Avon and featured in commercials for the British department store chain Debenhams, showcasing her versatility and wide-ranging appeal in the entertainment industry.

Tamzin Maria Outhwaite Movies and TV Shows

  • 2020

    We Hunt Together

    Shannon McBride

  • 2012

    Great Expectations


  • 2011–...

    Death in Paradise (episode #11.2)

    Holly Faircroft

  • 2006–2009

    Hotel Babylon

    Rebecca Mitchell

  • 2005–...

    Doctor Who

    Captain Alice Ferrin

  • 2004–2013

    Agatha Christie's Marple (episode “Endless Night”)

    Mrs. Rogers

  • 2004–2012


    Katherine Winterborn

  • 1997

    Midsomer Murders (episode “The Lions of Causton”)

    Samantha Adler

  • 1985–2022


    Mel Owen


Tamzin Outhwaite in EastEnders

Tamzin Outhwaite’s personal life and family

Tamzin Outhwaite maintains a discreet approach regarding her private life, with details of her love life largely remaining undisclosed to the public eye. Nonetheless, it is publicly acknowledged that she was in a marriage with Tom Ellis, her fellow actor from “EastEnders,” between 2006 and 2014. Their marriage was blessed with two daughters: Florence Elsie and Marnie Mae. Additionally, Tamzin has played a significant role in the life of Ellis’s daughter, Nora, from a previous marriage, effectively stepping in as a maternal figure following their separation.


Tamzin Outhwaite with ex-husband Tom Ellis

Tamzin Outhwaite now

Tamzin Outhwaite currently calls London her home. She openly prioritizes motherhood as her main occupation at present. Besides her family commitments, she is active in the entertainment industry, taking roles as a talk show host and performing in the Royal Theatre. In 2021, Tamzin took on the role of Scarecrow in the television competition “The Masked Dancer,” where she was eventually revealed and concluded the show in 4th place. Concurrently, she took on the role of Sharon in the cinematic project “Bull.”

Published: March 20, 2024
Updated: July 22, 2024