Stephen Tomlin is a professional actor and drama practitioner. The founder of Demi-Paradise Productions Stephen now produces live audio events for The Border Readers. For acting credits & showreel visit Spotlight CV. Under his birth name of Stephen Allen he was the 1991 BBC Television Mastermind champion
Born and bred in the south-west of England, Stephen trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama (1969 – 72). He worked as an inner city secondary and special needs teacher in Manchester then as a drama workshops organiser in Cleveland. He joined the Lancaster Dukes Theatre-in-Education company in 1976 and the city became his base for the following four decades. In 2017 Stephen moved to live in Northumberland with his partner, the illustrator and children’s picture book author Kim Lewis (www.kimlewisart.co.uk)
Upcoming: On Thurs 26 November at 7pm Stephen will be reading H G Well’s The Magic Shop live for Hexhamtv (Length 30′) Tickets via Eventbrite on a ‘pay what you will’ basis. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/stephen-tomlin-reads-hg-wells-short-story-the-magic-shop-tickets-129848322829?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-source=strongmail&utm-term=listing
Recent work: Vocal workshop with trainee guides for Blue Badge Guides Association / Forum theatre roleplay sessions for staff and academics at Lancaster University / Live reading online of The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde for Hexhamtv
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!