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 far 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. He joined the Dukes Theatre-in-Education company Lancaster in 1976 and the city became his base for the following four decades whilst working in all media around the UK. In 2017 Stephen moved to the Northumberland National Park to live with his partner, the illustrator & children’s picture book author Kim Lewis.(www.kimlewisart.co.uk). Stephen’s occasional country diary, This Other Eden is also published here.
Recent & Current: Stephen’s fellow Border Reader, Grace Kirby, narrated the classic feminist literary text The Yellow Wallpaper (1892) via Hexhamtv on Thurs 12th Feb. The 30′ story is now available to view, for free, on the Hexhamtv You Tube Channel. Here’s the link: https://youtu.be/DWndrcqrjCA
Stephen’s reading of the poem Saint Valentine’s Day by Edith Nesbit was the Queen’s Hall Hexham Art Centre’s choice for their 2021Valentine greetings. You scan the QR for a listen here: https://www.queenshall.co.uk/events/pocket-performance-st-valentines-day
Stephen gave a live reading of Oscar Wilde’s brilliantly funny & moving tale of The Canterville Ghost to help mark World Book Day on March 4th. One of a series of online lectures & events from the Lit & Phil, Newcastle to replace the scheduled programme of live events, due to the health emergency.
Stephen is delighted to join the team of readers for North-East Bylines – the region’s leading independent magazine covering politics, economics, culture & lifestyle. You can hear him voicing ‘Under the Spell of Mr Newcastle‘ a new appraisal of T Dan Smith by Stephen Lambert & ‘Part 6 of Teesside Airport: A Crock of Gold?‘ 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 69, engaged in a new phase of life and career, I continue to seek out and develop enjoyable creative opportunities!