Liza Tarbuck is an English actor and radio/TV presenter, best known for her association with ‘BBC Radio.’ Born and raised in Liverpool, she was interested in the entertainment industry ever since was a kid. Most of her interest in the industry is attributed to her father, Jimmy Tarbuck, who is a popular comedian. Interested in acting, she became a member of the ‘National Youth Theatre,’ following her high-school graduation. In order to further hone her skills as an actor, she joined the ‘Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.’ She began her full-fledged career in acting during the late 1980s and made her acting breakthrough with the 1987 comedy series ‘Watching.’ She played pivotal roles in series such as ‘Linda Green’ and ‘Tumbledown.’ Additionally, she had a successful career in radio, playing essential roles in the radio dramas ‘Clare in the Community’ and ‘Just a Minute.’ She presented TV shows such as ‘Pet Nation,’ ‘Supersize vs Superskinny,’ and ‘Win, Lose or Draw Late.’ She has also been a successful author and has written the book ‘I An Distracted by Everything.’
Childhood & Early Life
Liza Tarbuck was born on November 21, 1964, in Liverpool, England, to Jimmy Tarbuck. She was her parents’ middle child. She grew up with her older sister, Cheryl, and her younger brother, James. Her father was a famous comedian of his time and a huge local celebrity. Her sister is an interior designer, while her brother works as a DJ.
With a father who was a successful comedian, it was only natural that Liza would follow in his footsteps. She began showing her interest in different aspects of the entertainment industry since a tender age.
Being born in a rich family guaranteed an easy childhood for Liza. The family spent their holidays at famous seaside resorts of the country.
She attended a convent school in Liverpool and grew up as a shy kid. She also tolerated some bullying due to her father’s celebrity status. She visited her father’s TV studio quite often but did not talk about this to any of her classmates, afraid that she would be ridiculed. She, however, slowly became more interested in what her father did for a living.
During her teenage years, she was interested in becoming a professional painter. Although, her older sister joined an art school, Liza was not interested in being a painter anymore. She soon found out that acting was her forté.
Following her high-school graduation, she joined the ‘Royal Academy of Dramatic Art’ to learn acting. She also joined the ‘National Youth Theatre’ and participated in many plays, slowly becoming an experienced actor. She then began auditioning for TV and film roles.
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She made her acting debut in 1987, appearing in the comedy series titled ‘Watching.’ The series featured her in one of its key roles, ‘Pamela Wilson.’ It was a big success, both critically and commercially. She remained attached with the series during all its seven seasons. Liza was 23 years old back then and was expected to benefit from this successful debut.
However, over the next few years, she only made appearances in guest roles in series such as ‘Mr. Majeika,’ ‘Victoria Wood,’ and ‘Chimera.’
In 1993, she appeared as a presenter on the TV show titled ‘Entertainment UK.’ The show featured her reviewing the latest films. She then appeared as a presenter on the show titled ‘The Weekend Show.’ She appeared on many more TV shows in the 1990s, such as ‘Light Lunch,’ ‘Blankety Blank,’ and ‘Soap Fever.’
In the early 1990s, she appeared in guest roles in series such as ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ and ‘The League of Gentlemen.’ Following this, she made a longer appearance, on the show ‘Linda Green.’ It was also the first leading role of her acting career, as she played the titular role. The series ran for two seasons, spanning 20 episodes. Liza appeared in all 20 episodes of the series. The show was moderately successful.
In 2007, she played the supporting role of ‘Helen Barker’ in the series titled ‘Bonkers.’ Following this, she appeared in more supporting roles, in series such as ‘Extras’ and ‘Mount Pleasant.’
In the more recent years, she has appeared as the narrator in the series titled ‘Wussywat the Clumsy Cat.’ She has also played the supporting role of ‘Anne Shakespeare’ in the series titled ‘Upstart Crow.’
In addition to ‘Win, Lose or Draw Late,’ she has worked as a presenter on many TV shows, such as ‘Britain’s Top Dog with Liza Tarbuck,’ ‘Liza and Huey’s Pet Nation,’ and ‘Celebrity Game Night.’
She also has a flourishing career as a narrator, for TV shows such as ‘Eat Well for Less?,’ ‘The Boat That Guy Built,’ ‘Cutting Edge,’ and ‘Supersize vs Superskinny.’
Liza has had a long association with ‘BBC Radio.’ She has appeared on the ‘BBC Radio 4’ programs ‘Clare in the Community,’ ‘Just a Minute,’ and ‘Front Row.’ She has also been invited as a guest on shows such as ‘Great Lives.’
She has appeared on many ‘BBC Radio 2’ shows as a radio presenter. In 2007, she briefly appeared on the weekday-afternoon show with Mark Radcliffe. She has also appeared on ‘Radio 2’ shows such as ‘Fun Lovin’ Criminals’ and ‘Dawn Patrol Show.’
She has also been a successful author. In 2017, she wrote and published a book titled ‘I An Distracted by Everything.’
Family & Personal Life
Liza has always been private about her romantic life. She has recently thrashed all rumors about her being lesbian, by saying that she adores male company.