‘I think women can’t survive without their female friends.
I’m really close to Julie Graham [who stars in the BBC series Shetland].
We didn’t have to screw it up and throw it away.’ This, she says, is her greatest life lesson and one she clearly wants her daughters to understand.
Her first big break came when she was spotted by the playwright Alan Ayckbourn, who then directed her in Absent Friends at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough in 1997.By her early 30s she had everything but the perfect relationship.I had months in a bad phase after I broke a bone in my foot in April and did a lot of sitting around.Friends and family would come over and either bring food or cook for me, and I could feel myself getting wider and wider in my big comfy armchair.‘Four months in, I thought, “I can’t carry on like this.” I called Jason Vale (aka the Juice Master) and asked if he had any space at any of his retreats.I don’t want to be moaning about getting older or being overweight.
I just want to focus on being happy and healthy.‘Right now I’m in a good phase.He said, “If you get on a plane to Portugal now, you can have my room.” Tom [Ellis, her ex-husband and father of their two daughters, Florence, nine, and five-year-old Marnie] was in town and had the girls, so I went straight to Heathrow and got a standby flight.I felt so great after that trip that I went back again with Amanda, Nicola and Angela. ’Tamzin’s early success in TV shows from East Enders to Red Cap and Hustle (as well as the Hollywood movie 7 Seconds) fulfilled every dream she had as a young dance and drama student going to weekend classes run by the Sylvia Young Theatre School near her home in East London, and later at the London Studio Centre, where she spent three years.Then in 2005 she met heartthrob Tom, who played Miranda’s eternal infatuation Gary in the award-winning BBC sitcom.The couple were introduced by the actor James Mc Avoy when he worked with Tamzin on Breathing Corpses at The Royal Court, a role that cemented her move from soap-star (she quit East Enders in 2002) to respected theatre actress.Within three years she and Tom were married and doting parents, with the birth of their first daughter in 2008.