Tamsin Greig

Tamsin Greig was born in 1966 in Kent and then moved to Kilburn at a young age. She later studied at the University of Birmingham, graduating with a first in Drama and Theatre Arts. She has since established herself as a comedian and an actress on stage, as well as on camera.

Greig won her first Laurence Olivier Award for her role of Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, also winning the Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Best Shakespearian Performance, being the first woman to ever win the award. She later starred in The God of Carnage alongside Ralph Fiennes, and Ken Scott, which won the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 2009. She then appeared in the touring production of Gethsemane before starring in The Little Dog Laughed at the Garrick Theatre, a performance, which won her the WhatsOnStage Theatregoers Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Play in 2011. She also received her second Laurence Olivier Award nomination.

In 2011 she took on the role of Hilary in Jumpy, first premiered at the Royal Court and then transferred to the West End’s Duke of York’s Theatre. Following this she played Varia at the Hampstead Theatre’s Longing and later in Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown at the Playhouse Theatre. For this performance she received another Olivier Award nomination.

Outside the theatre Greig has appeared in many television shows including Friday Night Dinner as Jackie, in BBC’s Love Soup as Alice Chenery, as Fran Katzenjammer in Black Books and Dr Caroline Todd in Green Wing. She also starred in Cuckoo (2009) film alongside Richard E Grant and later in Tamara Drewe (2010) comedy feature film.

In 2017 Greig will return to the National Theatre in Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare. She will play the role of Malvolia at the Olivier Theatre.

Selected London & West End Stage Appearances

Show Role Theatre Year Link
Twelfth Night Malvolia Olivier 2017 News
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Pepa Playhouse 2014 Review
Jumpy Hilary Duke of York 2012 Review
The Little Dog Laughed Diane Garrick 2010 Review
Gethsemane   Cottesloe 2008 Review
God of Carnage Annette Reille Gielgud 2008 Review
Much Ado About Nothing Beatrice Novello 2006  


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