Advocates: Tamzin Outhwaite

Tamzin Outhwaite is an actress who received her first major theatre break from Alan Ayckbourn when he cast her as Evelyn in his 1997 revival of Absent Friends. Shortly afterwards, she would go on to a major role in the television soap opera EastEnders and become a hugely successful actress.


"Alan took a risk with me. He made me realise that it didn't matter that I was from Essex and didn't speak as well as the others. He made me find the uninhibited person inside me."

“Alan gave me my first big break after drama school. I went up to Scarborough to the Stephen Joseph Theatre and he cast me in the musical They’re Playing Our Song. Then he cast me in Absent Friends, which was my first non-musical play.”
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