Tamsin Greig

Last updated on the 26 March 2024 by Evandrus

Tamsin Greig

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Born: 12 July 1966, Maidstone, Kent, England. 

Tamsin Greig’s passion for the stage ignited during her school days at the Camden School for Girls, where she actively participated in theatrical productions. This early exposure to acting fueled her desire to pursue a career in the performing arts.

Armed with a Bachelor of Arts in Drama and Theatre Studies from the University of Birmingham, Greig embarked on her professional acting journey in the early 1990s. Her breakthrough came in 2000 when she landed the role of the eccentric bookshop owner, Fanny Price, in the Channel 4 sitcom “Black Books.” The series catapulted her to fame and resulted in critical acclaim for her impeccable comic timing and nuanced portrayal of the character.

Greig’s comedic prowess extended beyond television, as she graced the stage with her captivating performances in plays like “The Little Dog Laughed” and “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.” Her versatility shone through as she seamlessly transitioned between genres, delivering powerful performances in dramas such as “Doctor Who” and “Emma.”

In recognition of her exceptional talent, Greig was bestowed with the prestigious Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in 2007 for her role in Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.” This accolade solidified her position as a leading actress in the British entertainment industry.

Beyond her professional achievements, Greig’s personal life is equally fulfilling. She is married to Richard Leaf, a television producer, and the couple have three children.


Suggested viewing


Belgravia (2020 )

Belgravia (2020)

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 7.9

In the opulent London district of Belgravia, the Trenchard family, newly ascended to wealth, navigates the complex world of the upper class. Their secrets and ambitions intertwine with the established elite, leading to a web of intrigue and hidden truths. As the past threatens to unravel their carefully constructed façade, the Trenchards must confront the consequences of their choices and the true meaning of success.

Top cast: Tamsin Greig, Philip Glenister, Harriet Walter, Alice Eve, Tom Wilkinson, Tara Fitzgerald, Ella Purnell, Richard Goulding, James Fleet, Adam James.

Black Books (2000)

Black Books poster

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 8.5

Set in a secondhand bookstore, “Black Books” follows the misanthropic Bernard Black, his eccentric assistant Manny, and their neurotic neighbour Fran. Their lives are a whirlwind of witty banter, bizarre escapades, and a shared love for alcohol. Despite their differences, they form an unlikely bond that navigates life’s absurdities with humour and heart.

Top cast: Dylan Moran, Bill Bailey, Tamsin Greig.

Green Wing (2004)

Green Wing poster

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 8.3

“Green Wing” , a medical sitcom, delves into the chaotic world of a bustling hospital, where the eccentric staff members traverse the highs and lows of their personal and professional lives. Amidst the medical emergencies and bureaucratic hurdles, their quirky personalities and unconventional approaches to patient care create a hilarious and heartwarming portrayal of the hospital’s inner workings.

Top cast: Oliver Chris, Olivia Colman, Tamsin Greig, Stephen Mangan, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Pippa Haywood, Mark Heap, Michelle Gomez.

Friday Night Dinner (2011)

Friday Night Dinner poster

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 8.1

Friday Night Dinner depicts the Shabbat dinners of the Goodman family, a middle-class Jewish household in suburban London. The series revolves around the dysfunctional dynamics of the Goodmans, with each family member bringing their unique eccentricities to the weekly gatherings. Despite their mishaps and misunderstandings, the Goodmans’ love for each other shines through.

Top cast: Tamsin Greig, Simon Bird, Paul Ritter, Tom Rosenthal, Mark Heap, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Rosalind Knight, Frances Cuka.

Love Soup (2005)

Love Soup poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.6

Love Soup is a sitcom centered on Alice Chenery and Gil Raymond, two individuals who are perfect for each other but seem perpetually out of sync. Their paths cross repeatedly, yet they remain frustratingly unaware of each other’s existence. The series follows their near-misses and humorous encounters, hinting at the possibility of love amidst the chaos of their daily lives.

Top cast: Tamsin Greig, Michael Landes, Sheridan Smith, Owen Brenman, Montserrat Lombard, Ed Speleers, Niky Wardley, Peter Serafinowicz.

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