Who is Tamsin Egerton?
Tamsin Olivia Egerton is a model and actress from England who has garnered fame for portraying Holly Goodfellow in the film ‘Keeping Mum’, Chelsea Parker in the film ‘St Trinian's’, and Guinevere in the TV series ‘Camelot’. As a model, she has been featured in ‘Vogue,’ ‘GQ,’ ‘InStyle Magazine,’ and ‘YOU,’ and appeared in the commercial campaigns for brands like Accessorize, Boden, and Lee Jeans. A Hampshire native, Egerton initially became interested in acting because her older sister was performing with a local youth theatre. She played Mary in Royal Shakespeare Company’s musical production of ‘The Secret Garden’ when she was seven years old. She did not enjoy her time at school, as she was bullied. As a result, she often truanted, choosing to go for modelling shoots instead. In 2001, she made her screen debut as the younger version of Morgaine in an episode of the television miniseries ‘The Mists of Avalon’. Her first cinematic appearance came in 2005 in the black comedy-drama film ‘Keeping Mum’. Recently, Egerton starred in the British-American drama film ‘Balance, Not Symmetry’.
While Tamsin Egerton started acting before she started modelling, she was first exposed to the world of glamour as a model. Elegant and effortlessly stylish, she has been featured in the commercial campaigns for brands like Accessorize, Boden, and Lee Jeans and photographed for ‘Vogue,’ ‘GQ,’ ‘InStyle Magazine,’ and ‘YOU.’
As a young teenager, Egerton appeared on the small screen for the first time in the TNT miniseries ‘The Mists of Avalon’ (2001), portraying the younger version of Morgaine. The series was based on Marion Zimmer Bradley’s 1983 novel of the same name. In 2002, she starred opposite Christian Clavier in the France 2 miniseries ‘Napoléon’. Later that year, she was cast as Princess Elenora in the CITV children’s comedy television series ‘Sir Gadabout: The Worst Knight in the Land’. She played Kate Dickens in the 2003 semi-biographical telefilm ‘Hans Christian Andersen: My Life as a Fairytale’. In the following year, she appeared as Miranda Helhoughton in the telefilm ‘Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking’.
In her first film, the 2005 black comedy-drama ‘Keeping Mum’, Egerton shared screen space with the likes of Rowan Atkinson, Maggie Smith, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Patrick Swayze. In the 2006 comedy-drama ‘Driving Lessons’, she worked with Rupert Grint. Egerton bagged the role of Chelsea Parker, the head of the Posh Totty tribe, in the 2007 comedy film ‘St Trinian's’. She reprised her role in the 2009 sequel, ‘St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold’.
In 2007, she acted with Morwenna Banks, Russell Brand, Omid Djalili, and Rasmus Hardiker in the ITV telefilm ‘The Abbey’, which was supposed to serve as the pilot for a show of the same name. Despite their initial interest, ITV later cancelled the show. Egerton was cast as Guinevere in ‘Camelot’, the Starz and Channel 4 historical fantasy series that aired for one season from February 25 to June 10, 2011. This was her second TV show based on the Arthurian legends after ‘The Mists of Avalon’. The show garnered considerable attention during its original run, particularly due to its ensemble cast, but Starz decided not to renew it for a second season as there were scheduling conflicts with some of the members of the same cast.
In ‘The Look of Love’, the 2013 biographical drama on British publisher and property developer Paul Raymond, she essayed the role of the glamour model and actress Amber St. George, aka Fiona Richmond. That year, she lent her voice to Lara, a vain and selfish girl and former crush of the titular character, in the English-language Spanish 3D computer-animated fantasy film ‘Justin and the Knights of Valour’.
She and her real-life partner Josh Hartnett worked together in the 2013 historical romance fantasy film ‘The Lovers’. In 2015, she appeared in the telefilm ‘Killing Jesus’ as Claudia, the fictional name for Pontius Pilate’s wife. Egerton portrayed Fiona Miller in Jamie Adams’ 2019 directorial venture ‘Balance, Not Symmetry’.
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Family & Personal Life
Tamsin Egerton was born on November 26, 1988, in Hampshire, England, to Nicola Egerton-Dick and Michael J. Dick. She started acting when she was six years old.
Following the footsteps of her older sister, Sophia, she joined a local youth theatre as a performer. A year later, she was cast as Mary in Royal Shakespeare Company’s musical production of ‘The Secret Garden’.
She studied at Ditcham Park School near Petersfield in Hampshire but does not recall her time there fondly as she experienced bullying. She has stated that she regularly truanted school to attend modelling shoots. When she was 16 years old, she completed school with nine A-grade GCSEs and subsequently decided to pursue an acting career instead of attending the sixth form and then university. According to Egerton, the teachers at drama school like to take students apart and rebuild them, and she did not want to change.
In the past, Egerton had lived together with theatre producer Jamie Hendry in Hampstead. In 2013, she and American actor Josh Hartnett confirmed that they had been dating for a while. On December 2, 2015, their representative revealed that Egerton had given birth to their first child. Their second child was born in August 2017. The family presently resides in UK.