The Other Side interview

From The Other Side
November 25

The lovely Tamsin Greig took some time out to chat about trains, books and Tommy Cooper. Tamsin has been in everything from the Archers to the recent British film, Tamara Drew, as well as Green Wing, Black Books (get the DVDs) and recently Episodes with Matt Le Blanc. She has just completed a sting of a play with Doon Mackichan at the Royal Court Theatre.

Where’s your favourite place in London? The Whispering Gallery in St Paul’s cathedral.

Can you keep a secret? Tell me one and find out. Hemingway said, “If you want to know if you can trust someone, trust them.”

Where do you take your husband for a treat? oh, probably Barnsley House in Gloucestershire, it is beautiful.

Which fictional character do you think you would be? Marge Simpson.

Which show are you most proud of performing in? The Diary of Anne frank for the bbc, in which I played her mother, Edith.

What, if anything, are you reading at the moment? Just finished TheHand that first Held Mine by Maggie o’farrell, just started Living Dolls by Natasha Walters. Both brilliant.

What’s your ideal dinner party line-up? Bob Dylan, Rowan Williams, Sir Ken Robinson, Jo Brand, David Hare, Karen Armstrong, and Dylan Moran.

How do you get to work? By tube. Unlike most Londoners I love the tube! And I love reading on trains.

Stage or tv? Both! And movies please.

What is your favourite theatre venue in London? The Swan Theatre in Stratford is amazing.

What are you enjoying on tv at the moment? Field of Blood recently. It is fantastic. Grimey, beautifully performed, well told, authentically 80’s.

What inspired you to get into acting in comedies? It was a graceful accident. The inspiration was somebody else’s. I’m a very serious actor.

Do you have a comedy hero? Tommy Cooper.

Were you always the class clown at school? Not at all. I was the class nerd. Swotty, obedient, terrified, and never picked for team sports involving balls.

How the hell did itv win tv channel of the year? Downton Abbey.


Tamsin Greig, Actor, 41

The Observer, Sunday 22 February 2009

1. Are you healthy?
I'm a pendulum swing of rationality: I know what's right but I also know what I secretly like.

2. How much sleep do you need?
I need loads, I love sleep. I normally get about six-and-a-half hours, but I find myself taking a sad little old lady's nap in the afternoon. The Europeans have got it right: I'm all for the siesta - it should be enforced. If it were, of course, I'd spend all my time fighting it in illegal wakefulness.

3. How much do you drink?
I don't really. I don't drink at functions because it all goes a bit soft focus and I really love talking to people so if you feel a bit woolly-headed it's a waste. I love a very cold glass of champagne but I only really drink the top third because once it warms up a bit I'm not interested.

4. Attitude to smoking?
I smoked roll-ups for about eight years, mostly because I like being with people but not always having eye contact. At home we've covered the whole kitchen table with paper and put loads of pens out so when you're eating or having a cup of tea you can do a bit of scribbling, there can be a bit of silence and you can chat a bit. There's something more natural about it - when you have to have eye contact those moments can feel slightly awkward. I had a cigarette addiction because I liked looking down, that doesn't sound right does it?

5. Attitude to drugs?
That's a tricky one. They're incredibly harmful and incredibly non-harmful and they say so much about our need to alter reality.

6. Ever spent a night in hospital?
When I had the babies. With my first I didn't know I could leave him so I would take him every time I went to the loo. The midwife was saying, "What are you doing? Put the baby down." I didn't listen; he's a baby - are you insane? It's like saying, "Just leave your arm in the bed."

7. Are you happy?
Oh yes. I look around and just see all these incredible blessings. We can have a tendency to respond in a glass-half-full way but happiness lies in the grace that we use to respond to things - with kindness or warmth.

8. Have you ever had therapy?
Yes, after my mum died. It really helped me to deal with the fact that death is an utter reality and that loss and grief is an absolute and necessary part of what it is to be human. I learned to grieve properly; not subvert it, deny it or wish it away.

9. How do you feel about cosmetic surgery?
I look at my body sometimes and there is a level of disappointment about how life has treated these old bones. In my more awkward moments I've thought, "I'd better go and get that sorted," but in my saner moments I always know I never will. I want to be able to grow old and go, "Yep, this is how I look: this is it."
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In Conversation with Tamsin Greig

Hi guys, just saw this on the tubes

@ National Theatre
Currently appearing in Gethsemane, Tamsin Greig talks about her career, including her Olivier award-winning performance as Beatrice in the RSC's Much Ado About Nothing, and on television in Green Wing and Love Soup.

Tickets £5 (£4 concessions)

Running time 1 hour

Monday 8 December 2008
3:00 pm
The Doctor Donna

love soup and a fan forum

just thought I may as well post about my forum
it's basically a Tamsin Greig Forum, it's a bit small but it would be great to get more members especially as love soup has just started


did anyone watch it on Saturday? what did people think of the new series? i miss Gill, I'm not sure it quite works without his story but I'm delighted Alice is back and she's still as funny as ever
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