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Who is Tamsin Greig?

Tamsin Greig's longest standing role is as Debbie Aldridge (née Travers-Macy, formerly Gerrard) in Radio 4's The Archers, whom she started playing in 1991. The part led in the following year to a nomination for Best Newcomer in Radio in the Independent Radio Awards.

According to the BBC's The Archers website Tamsin Greig worked as a Family Planning Association administrator. She also used to be a parachutist.

Tamsin Greig's recent TV roles include playing Alice Chenery in BBC1's drama Love Soup. Alison Graham in The Radio Times wrote:

"David Renwick's Love Soup was a mellow, melancholy delight that marked out Tamsin Greig as a truly fine comic actress."

Love Soup, originally broadcast in 2005, started its second series in March 2008.

Tamsin Greig's previous television credits include playing Fran in the excellent comedy Black Books and her role as Dr Caroline Todd in Green Wing.

A role which led to Tamsin winning the Royal Television Society (RTS) Award 2004 for best comedy performance beating out strong competition in the form of Peter Kay for Max & Paddy's Road to Nowhere and Matt Lucas and David Walliams for Little Britain.

Tamsin Greig has also appeared in the film Shaun Of The Dead.

Tamsin is married to actor Richard Leaf, and they have three children and the whole family gather at six o'clock to watch The Simpsons.

Tamsin Greig met her husband at the wrap party of the science fiction drama, Neverwhere, written by Lenny Henry.

Tamsin told the BBC:

"I was 29 when I met my husband and I thought I'd never meet anybody and suddenly there he was."

Tamsin Greig narrated the BBC2 series, Monty Don - Growing Out Of Trouble.

In February 2007, Tamsin Greig won the best actress award at the Laurence Olivier theatre awards for her role in Much Ado About Nothing.

In October 2007 the BBC announced that Tamsin Greig was cast as Anne Frank's mother Edith in a drama based on The Diary Of Anne Frank, broadcast in January 2009.

In February 2010, Channel Four commissioned Friday Night Dinner starring Tamsin Greig. She ended up playing the mother (Jackie) in several series.

In 2011, Tamsin Greig was cast in April de Angelis's play, Jumpy, at London's Royal Court Theatre.

Tamsin Greig has also played Beverly Lincoln in the long-running Channel Four comedy drama Episodes.

In 2018, she was cast in Landscape and A Kind of Alaska as part of the Pinter season at the Harold Pinter Theatre.

In 2020, she was cast as Rosemary in Nights In The Gardens Of Spain in Alan Bennett's Talking Heads on BBC One.

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