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steve spotlight photos - 07Stephen Tomlin is a professional actor, role player, producer and educationalist with a media career spanning 45 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 & career to date.

Born and bred in the south-west of England, Stephen trained as a teacher at the Central School of Speech and Drama between1969 – 72. He left for Manchester to successfully complete a probationary year’s teaching in inner city schools. Stephen’s main base as a freelance artist for the last 40 years has been in Lancaster but he now spends more time living in the Northumberland National Park at the house he shares with his partner, the artist & children’s picture book author Kim Lewis (www.kimlewisart.co.uk). Stephen has family bases elsewhere in the UK including London, Sussex, Scottish Borders, Manchester, Dorset & Devon.

Recent Work. Voiceovers. Stephen can be heard reading a selection of the diaries & letters of Roger 10th Earl of Stamford in the study at Dunham Massey, Cheshire. (Dir: Andy Barry at Fuzzy Duck for The National Trust). He can also shortly be heard on line in an awareness raising animation for Disability Rights UK voicing a 90 year old WW2 veteran! Roleplay: Lead interviewer in best practice scenarios for Lancaster University Staff PDRs (Dir: Terrance Mann at Motion Loco) Also recently delivered live bespoke forum theatre training for heads of departments. (Demi-paradise Assocs/HR Dept Lancaster University).

Back on Dartmoor 2011

Back on Dartmoor

” My west country roots are at the heart of who I am. They define certain key roles played in different media during a long career. Having a rural working class background and authentic ‘default’ voice to match gives authenticity and depth to those characters. Otherwise my normal 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 core element to my work. My dad was a native Lancastrian and our family lines here go back to the 17th Century so I am proud to be associated with a region rich in talent and resources with access to all fields of work. I was fortunate in getting such a high powered comprehensive 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 65, I continue to seek out interesting creative opportunities best suited to my talents & abilities”.