Stephen Tomlin has been a professional actor for 47 years and is the founder of Demi-Paradise Productions For credits, samples and showreel visit his Spotlight CV Under his birth name of Stephen Allen he is also a former BBC Television Mastermind champion. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006mk1s
Born and bred in the south-west of England, Stephen trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama (1969 – 72). He worked as a secondary school teacher in inner city Manchester and as a drama workshops organiser in Cleveland before moving to Lancaster to work at the Dukes Theatre’s Theatre-in-Education company in 1976. He retains a permanent base in the city but now lives in the Northumberland National Park (See Country Diary) with his partner, the illustrator & children’s picture book author, Kim Lewis www.kimlewisart.co.uk
Recent Work: In association with Julia Rounthwaite, Stephen devised forum theatre training sessions for academics and administrators at Lancaster University and led a team of experienced actors to deliver a series of workshops between April – Sept 2018.
Forthcoming Work: An Evening with Susie White: Writing for The Guardian Country Diary, Hexham at Robinson-Gay Gallery on 23rd May. He will be reading a selection of Susie’s writing alongside the nature poems that have inspired her. Summer Hauntings: He will be giving readings of 20th Century ghost stories at the Lit & Phil, Newcastle on 27/06/19 in company with colleague Penelope McDonald. Forthcoming Autumn tour of eight regional cultural venues with Haunted: Ghost Story Readings for Halloween….. See Demi-Paradise for details of all these events.
My west country roots have defined certain key roles in different media during a long and varied career. Having a rural working class background and ‘default’ voice to match gave authenticity and depth to the characters I’ve played. Otherwise my normal everyday RP speech keeps me in ‘neutral’ ready to move into other voices and characters reflecting where I have lived and worked all around the UK. Being based in the north of England since 1973 has provided the other key component of my working practice. Dad was a Lancastrian – our family tree in the county goes back to the 17th Century – So I’m secure in having an understanding and pride in my northern heritage too. I was fortunate in getting a grant aided vocational training at Central; looking back on it as a kind of cultural SAS course that brought out the resourcefulness and adaptability essential to making a successful living in the arts. At age 67, embarking on a new and exciting phase in my life and career, I continue to seek out and develop creative opportunities.