Stephen Tomlin is a professional actor and producer. The founder of Demi-Paradise Productions at Lancaster Castle, Stephen now produces audio events for The Border Readers touring rural venues. For acting credits and showreel visit his Spotlight CV. Under his birth name of Stephen Allen he was also the 1991 BBC Television Mastermind champion
Born and bred in the south-west of England, Stephen trained as a specialist teacher at the Central School of Speech and Drama from 1969 – 72. After a spell acting in London fringe he moved to Manchester, working as an inner city secondary and special needs teacher, then for a further two years as a drama workshops organiser and actor for Billingham Forum’s Young Peoples Theatre on Teeside. He joined the Dukes Theatre-in-Education company Lancaster in 1976 and the city subsequently became his base for the following four decades when he worked in all media over the whole of the UK. In 2017 Stephen moved to the Northumberland National Park to live with with his partner, the illustrator and children’s picture book author Kim Lewis. (www.kimlewisart.co.uk) This Other Eden has Stephen’s country diary blog.
Upcoming: Stephen returns to present the 2021 ‘England and The English Countryside’ online quiz specifically set for the Northumberland branch of CPRE, the countryside charity, on Thursday 18th February….More details to follow.
Recent work: Vocal workshop with graduating trainees (Blue Badge Guides Association) Forum theatre roleplay sessions for support staff and academics at Lancaster University. ‘Live readings for Lockdown’, in association with community TV channel Hexhamtv: The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtleRIGMFRk The Magic Shop by H G Wells https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJehdi8IK4Y The Tractate Middoth by M R James https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N580wqS5QqA
Artist’s Statement: 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 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 69, engaged in a new phase of life and career, I continue to seek out and develop enjoyable creative opportunities!