Hey guys! I have added new pictures from “Murder on the Home Front”!
How would you describe your style?
Tamzin: Chameleon-like. I love dressing up in feminine, girlie styles as much as dressing down in grunge.
Which colours and shapes suit you best?
T: My favourite colour is red but I also like jewel tones and monochrome, while my preferred shapes include a-line skirts and skinny trousers.
What is your favourite fashion era?
T: I fell in love with the 40s filming Murder on the Home Front – i discovered pencil skirts, girlie blouses and suits with nipped-in waists.
Who is your style icon?
T: Apart from my mother, who is incredibly stylish, I’d have to say Vivienne Westwood. Her clothes are timeless yet cutting-edge.
Who is your favourite designer?
T: I’m a fan of quirky but high-quality British design, so that’s Vivienne again.
What is your best beauty secret?
T: Power naps. days are long when you’re filming, so I catch up on sleep during breaks to avoid looking tired.
Are you a hoarder or do you clear out your wardrobe each season?
T: I do have clear-outs from time to time, but i’m a hoarder in between.
What is your best piece of fashion advice?
T: Don’t shop when you’re hungry or in a grumpy mood. You need to feel happy and confident to make the best decisions.
What is your favourite outfit?
T: My All Saints leather jacket and biker boots with a T-shirt and skinny jeans. It’s so comfortable.
Are you a fan of vintage?
T: Yes, I love clothes that have a story to them. Also vintage clothes tend to be beautifully made out of lovely natural fabrics.
What is the one item of clothing you couldn’t live without?
T: My biker boots. The more battered they get, the more I love them.
Have you ever made a fashion faux pas?
T: All of my fashion choices until the age of 20 – I was quite experimental!
What is the most crushing remark anyone has made about your clothes?
T: I have a friend who has a tendency to give Tyra Banks-style fashion critiques when we go out. I did change my outfit when he said “That’s so last year.”
What item of clothing would you save from a burning house?
T: Only the rare and precious clothes I’ve been lucky enough to inherit – everything else is replaceable.
All of us here at Tamzin Merchant Fan want to wish you a Happy 26th Birthday!
May you have continued success in your career and much happiness. We wish you all the best! Have a great day! <3
Tamzin Merchant and Vanessa Kirby departed after the press night performance of “The Judas Kiss”, Duke of York’s Theatre, St Martin’s Lane, London, England on January 22nd, 2013.
“The Judas Kiss” is a play starring Freddie Fox (Tamzin’s boyfriend).
Unfortunately, there’s only tagged pics ):
Tamzin Merchant and Freddie Fox attended the InStyle Best Of British Talent Party at Shoreditch House on January 30, 2013 in London.
“British actress Tamzin Merchant is just as at home starring in lavish period dramas as she is trying on some of our favourite pastel party pieces from the holiday season. But really, who couldn’t have fun in this much lace, satin, and chiffon?
By Wendy Douglas. Photographed by Valerie Phillips. Styled by Jeanie Annan-Lewin
When Tamzin Merchant arrives at the Aritzia shoot at a stunning private residence in West London one cold but sunny day at the end of November, she has no idea that at some point in the afternoon she’ll find herself in the middle of an outdoor swimming pool, perched precariously on an inflatable swan. But when just that scenario plays out, the 25-year-old British actress takes to it like, well, a swan to water. This, despite being dressed in a lace skirt, coral sweater, and sky-high stripper heels. At one point, Merchant poses with her foot balanced daintily on the swan’s neck, while seductively trailing one hand in the freezing-cold water, giggling all the while.
So to say Merchant is game would be an understatement. Which stands to reason: She’s best known for playing Henry VIII’s nubile fifth wife, Katherine Howard, on the raunchy Showtime series The Tudors, and she’s becoming ever more in-demand as a model. ‘I’ve got more into fashion shoots in the last few years,’ says Merchant, who’s represented by legendary agency Storm, home of British supermodels Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne, and Lily Donaldson. ‘I love dressing up—it’s why I got into acting.’
Although she was born in the U.K., Merchant lived with her family in Dubai until she was 13, when they moved back to Sussex in the south of England. ‘Dubai was complete paradise,’ she recalls. ‘It was a bit of a contrast coming to England, especially when I discovered what winter was for the first time!’ It was while studying at East Sussex’s Brighton College, where she performed in school plays, that she caught the acting bug. Upon hearing that a movie was being made of Pride and Prejudice—coincidentally the book she was reading at the time—the plucky 17-year-old called the film’s casting director and requested an audition. To her surprise, the director agreed, and to her even greater surprise, two months later Merchant was cast in the pivotal role of Mr. Darcy’s sister Georgiana. ‘They announced it in my school assembly, and it was the most embarrassing thing ever,’ she says, still cringing at the memory.
Merchant’s roles in both Pride and Prejudice and The Tudors meant she could indulge her love of period costumes, but that’s not to say dressing up was entirely pleasant. ‘There’s nothing like wearing a corset for 14 hours straight,’ she says of her days on The Tudors. ‘After about six hours you run out of steam completely. Your body’s not giving you all the oxygen you need.’
She had never actually seen an episode of the show before walking on set for the first time—she made her debut in the last episode of season three—but found her own naivety a useful tool for tapping into her teenage character’s childlike qualities. ‘It was good to come into it almost anonymously,’ she muses, ‘Because Katherine Howard didn’t really have an idea of what she was coming into when she married Henry VIII. It was amazing and wondrous for me to be on set, and Katherine found it amazing and wondrous to come to court.’
She’d also never done a sex scene before The Tudors, but it was with that same sense of openness that Merchant embraced being naked, in numerous onscreen couplings. ‘This guy I was dating at the time was super-jealous, which made it easier for me because I thought, OK if he’s going to be that way, then I’m going to show him I don’t care,’ she recounts. ‘It helped me go, ‘You know what? Fuck it. I’m doing this.’ And I had some quite fun people to do it with.’ She pauses to consider how that might sound, before exclaiming, ‘Not literally!’
Whether in or out of clothes, Merchant is ethereally beautiful: The delicate pastel shades of the pieces she models for Aritzia are the perfect complement to her pale skin and blonde hair. But the holiday-appropriate clothes are a far cry from her more bohemian sense of style. ‘I like a bit of grunge,’ the actress says post-shoot, as she plays with the laces on her battered military boots. ‘A bit of boyishness.’
Even with her burgeoning acting and modeling careers, Merchant somehow finds time to continue learning in a variety of disciplines. She studied Education and English Literature at Cambridge University, completed the Royal Court Theatre’s Young Writers Programme, has recently begun a garden-design course, and plans to take a cooking class over Christmas. She’s also passionate about increasing educational opportunities for the less fortunate, serving as a patron of the Build Africa charity. Merchant raises both money and awareness for the cause, and in the New Year she’ll be visiting Uganda to see for herself the work the charity is doing.
This March, fans in the U.K. will be able to see her next television project, Murder on the Home Front, a two-part crime drama set in 1940s London during the Blitz. In the ITV network thriller, made by the team behind the worldwide phenomenon that is Downton Abbey, Merchant is the feisty sidekick to a pathologist played by Boardwalk Empire’s Patrick Kennedy. The show is loosely based on the real-life memoirs of Molly Lefebure, secretary to Keith Simpson, the pioneering British pathologist.
‘She’s a character who doesn’t take any crap, and I really love her,’ the actress says of Molly. ‘I’m used to playing posh, innocent girls, but she’s a really normal London girl. And, it’s a period drama, but it’s a different period.’ Best of all, Merchant is excited to announce, she was able to breathe like a normal human being while on set: ‘No corsets!’“
Tamzin and Freddie Fox attended the 24 Hour Musicals gala performance at The Old Vic Theatre on December 9, 2012 in London.
TODAY the BBC Radio 4 at 2:15pm – 3pm will transmit “The Trenches Trip” (An episode of “Afternoon Drama”) featuring Tamzin! She will play Laura.
You can listen here.
About The Trenches Trip:
In Jonathan Smith’s play, unexpected conflicts emerge within a group of teachers and sixth-formers as they walk through the WWI trenches, tunnels and cemeteries of Flanders, trying to step into the boots of those who died there.
I have great news! Tamzin has filmed two productions: “In Copenhagen” and “Murder on the Home Front”.
Here’s what we know about these productions so far:
“Murder on the Home Front”:
Patrick Kennedy (Boardwalk Empire) and Tamzin Merchant (The Tudors) will lead the cast of new ITV drama Murder on the Home Front.
ITV has ordered a new two-part drama set during World War II titled Murder On The Home Front. The drama is loosely based on the memoires of Molly Lefebure, the secretary to Home Office pathologist Keith Simpson during World War II, and is being produced by NBCUniversal’s Carnival Fims. The script was written by Davy Kane, Geoffrey Sax is directing with Gareth Neame and Sally Woodward Gentle serving as executive producers. Production is currently underway with ITV1 eyeing a 2013 premiere.
Murder On The Home Front is set in the 1940?s during the London Blitz and tell the untold story of crime in London during the Second World War.As the Luftwaffe drop their bombs, below people are literally getting away with murder. Dr Lennox Collins, a pathologist new to murder cases, is paired with Molly Cooper (Tamzin Merchant), the very first female secretary to a pathologist. When together they discover a serial killer at large under cover of the Blitz, Lennoxhas his work cut out convincing his unsympathetic boss to have faith in his methods and theories. The novel approach of preserving a crime scene, treating every bit of physical evidence as the key to a break-through and not just relying on intuition, may help Lennox and Molly convince DI Freddie Wilkins that they are about to hang the wrong man. The two-part drama stars Patrick Kennedy (Boardwalk Empire), Tamzin Merchant (The Tudors), James Fleet (The Vicar of Dibley), Emerald Fennell (Any Human Heart) and David Sturzaker (Doctors).
Speaking of Murder On The Hone Front, Laura Mackie, ITV’s Director of Drama, said: “We’re delighted to commission Murder on the Homefront to add to ITV’s portfolio of new drama. Davy Kane’s script shines a compelling light on early forensic investigations set against the backdrop of the Blitz.”
While executive producer Sally Woodward Gentle added, “With Geoffrey Sax directing Davy Kane’s witty and fast paced script we hope to depict London in the Blitz as a city living life on the edge.”
- Release: 2013
- Role: Sandra
- Genre: Adventure, Drama and Romance
- Synopsis: After weeks of travelling through Europe together with his friends, the immature William finds himself at crossroads in Copenhagen. His break from a recent girlfriend has turned what was supposed to be a couple’s vacation into a toxic situation. William’s newfound freedom has him spiraling out of control into a juvenile hunt for good bars, cheap beer and hot women. With his ways having completely alienated himself from his friends, William wakes up in his hotel to find himself in a familiar position: alone.
Copenhagen is not just another European city for William; it is also the city of his father’s birth. As he seeks out old relatives, he has no idea that his arrival in Copenhagen coincides with “Praktik”, a Danish tradition where school children in grade eight and nine do an internship at a real job for one week. The story is propelled forward when fourteen-year-old Effy, working in William’s hotel as part of the internship program, befriends the thirty-year-old William. “Praktik” is the perfect metaphor for Effy’s life experience; she is a kid who has been living with the expectations and responsibilities of an adult. While her charm and sense of adventure is very adolescent, her life at home and her responsibility has her mature beyond her years.
Having no idea of her real age, the two visit William’s distant family together, where they learn the truth about William’s real grandfather. William’s grandfather was a Nazi general stationed in Copenhagen during the Second World War and his grandmother was severely beaten and ridiculed for her indiscretion. As the war ended, she fled to America to burry the past. Now almost 60 years later, William and Effy set off on an adventure to uncover his family’s sordid past. With an old address and a handful of photos from his father’s youth, the two travel through Copenhagen looking for any clues that will help them understand more about his family lineage.
Effy’s mix of youthful exuberance and wisdom challenges William unlike any woman ever has. As the attraction builds and William truly connects with someone for the first time in his life, he must deal with the startling news that the love of his life and the only person who understands him is, unfortunately for everyone, less than half his age.
In order for William to accept his past, the mature beyond her years Effy must learn to be a kid again, and William, a man whose growth was stunted with his father’s death as a child, must learn to finally grow up.
- Cast: Gethin Anthony, Frederikke Dahl Hansen, Sebastian Armesto, Tamzin Merchant, Olivia Grant, Mille Dinesen, Martin Hestbæk, Helene Kuhn, Baard Owe
- Company: Fidelio Films
- Director and Screenwriter: Mark Raso