Tamsin Greig grew up in Kent, England, and took a drama degree from the University of Birmingham. After working as an administrative assistant at the Family Planning Association, she moved to London to take care of her dying father, and eventually pursued a performing career.
After a long-running stint as Debbie Aldridge in the BBC radio drama The Archers, Greig began appearing as a supporting player in several British TV comedies. Her breakout role was in the Channel 4 series Black Books, where she played the neurotic owner of a gift shop. She is best known, however, for her role in another Channel 4 comedy, Green Wing. Her portrayal of the lead, surgical registrar Caroline Todd, earned her an RTS Television Award. This led to a special role in a BBC comedy, Love Soup.
Greig also found success in theater, winning a Laurence Olivier Award for her appearance as Beatrice in the acclaimed 2006 staging of Much Ado About Nothing. She also won a Critics' Circle Theatre Award for the same performance. Greig also appeared in several films, including a cameo in Simon Pegg's comedy Shaun of the Dead.
Recently Greig appeared in two BBC dramas, The Diary of Anne Frank and the acclaimed Emma. She is also making her American television debut alongside Matt LeBlanc in the comedy series Episodes.
- This Is The Sea (voice, 1997)
- So This Is Romance? (1997)
- Miranda (2002)
- Pure (2002)
- Cheese Makes You Dream (2004)
- Shaun of the Dead (2004)
- Captain Eager and the Mark of Voth (2008)
- Cuckoo (2009)
- Tamara Drewe (2010)
- Neverwhere (recurring, 1996)
- Blind Men (recurring, 1997-1998)
- Black Books (regular, 2000-2004)
- Happiness (recurring, 2001)
- Green Wing (regular, 2004-2006)
- Love Soup (regular, 2005-2008)
- The Diary of Anne Frank (regular, 2009)
- Emma (regular, 2009)
- Episodes (regular, 2011)