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, alongside extensive work on screen.
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 Shakespearean Performance, becoming the first woman to ever win the award. She later starred in God of Carnage alongside Ralph Fiennes and Ken Scott, which won the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 2009. She then appeared in David Hare's Gethsemane before starring and receiving her second Olivier nomination in The Little Dog Laughed at the Garrick Theatre.
In 2011 she took on the role of Hilary in Jumpy, which first premiered at the Royal Court and then transferred to the West End’s Duke of York’s Theatre. Following this she played Varia in Longing at Hampstead Theatre, then later appeared 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 alongside Richard E Grant and later in Tamara Drewe.
In 2017 Greig returned to the National Theatre in Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare as Malvolia. She then starred in Labour of Love at the Noel Coward Theatre, replacing Sarah Lancashire. Greig's latest theatre credit is Peggy For You at the Hampstead Theatre.