Stephen Tomlin is a professional actor and producer with a career spanning 46 years. For acting credits, audio samples & television showreel visit his Spotlight CV The founder of Demi-Paradise Productions he was also the 1991 BBC TV Mastermind champion. This website is a summary of Stephen’s work and career to date. Born and bred in the south-west of England, he trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama (1969 – 72). After three years as a teacher and drama workshops organiser in Manchester and Teeside Stephen moved to Lancaster, where he lived from 1976 – 2017. He retains a base in that city but otherwise now lives happily in the Northumberland National Park (See Country Diary) with his partner, the artist & children’s picture book author Kim Lewis www.kimlewisart.co.uk
Current Work: Roleplay Since 2015 Stephen has delivered, with colleague Julia Rounthwaite, forum theatre training sessions for academics & administrators at Lancaster University. They recently headed up a small team delivering a well received university wide development project between April – Sept 2018.
Readings ‘Haunted – Ghost Stories for Halloween’ runs 26 Oct – 3 Nov in venues across the North East and Scotland. Haunted Flyer Stephen reads a selection of classic and modern stories in company with colleagues Grace Kirby, Sue McCormick and Janine Birkett. See Demi-Paradise for full tour and project details.
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 those characters, whatever the media. 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 and our family tree in the county goes back to the 17th Century so I am secure in having an understanding and pride in that northern heritage. How fortunate I was too 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 best suited to my talents and abilities.