Stephen Tomlin is a professional actor and producer of Demi-Paradise Productions, who now produces and performs live & recorded audio events for The Border Readers. For full acting credits and showreel please visit his Spotlight CV. Under his birth name of Stephen Allen he was the 1991 BBC Television Mastermind champion.
Born and bred in the far south-west of England, Stephen trained as a specialist teacher at the Central School of Speech and Drama from 1969 – 72. After acting in London fringe he moved to Manchester, working as a secondary and special needs teacher, then for two years as a drama workshops organiser and actor for Billingham Forum’s Young Peoples Theatre. Stephen joined the Dukes Theatre-in-Education company Lancaster in 1976 and the city subsequently became his home for the following four decades whilst working in all media nationwide. He moved to rural Northumberland in 2017 to live with his partner, the artist and children’s picture book author, Kim Lewis (www.kimlewisart.co.uk). The couple married in August 2021. (See Wedding Page under ‘Other’) Stephen’s occasional country diary This Other Eden is also published here.
The Border Readers – Stephen , Grace Kirby and Janine Birkett – successfully presented Haunted: Ghost Stories for Halloween at two community venues not previously performed at. Humshaugh Village Hall on Thursday 28th October & on Saturday 30th at Felton, in the village’s community arts centre GalleryForty5. Visit The Border Readers page for more about the readers, writers and three stories in this year’s line up.
Stephen is a regular reader for North-East Bylines – the free to view independent regional online magazine covering politics, economics, culture and lifestyle. https://northeastbylines.co.uk/
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 70, engaged in a new phase of life and career, I continue to seek out and develop enjoyable creative opportunities!