Stephen Tomlin is a professional actor with a career spanning 47 years. For credits, samples & 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 in Manchester and drama workshops organiser in Cleveland Stephen moved to Lancaster, his home until 2017. He retains a base there but otherwise 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 colleague Julia Rounthwaite, Stephen has devised forum theatre roleplay training sessions for academics & administrators at Lancaster University. They recruited and led a small team of experienced actors to deliver a series of university wide workshops between April – Sept 2018. (Ongoing during 2019).
Recent Work: ‘Haunted – Ghost Stories for Halloween’ ran 26 Oct – 3 Nov in venues across the North East. Haunted Flyer Stephen read a selection of classic and modern stories in company with colleagues Grace Kirby, Sue McCormick and Janine Birkett. ‘A Winter Warmer’ is a words & music celebration of Christmas that played Theatre Royal Dumfries in December 2018. See Demi-Paradise for 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 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 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.