Tamzin Merchant

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Tamzin Merchant
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Born (1987-03-04) 4 March 1987 (age 31)
Sussex, England, United Kingdom
Occupation Actress
Years active 2004–present

Tamzin Merchant (born 4 March 1987)[1] is an English actress. She is known for her role as Georgiana Darcy in the 2005 film Pride & Prejudice and for her role as Catherine Howard in The Tudors.

In 2014, Merchant starred as Anne Hale on the WGN America series Salem.

Early life

Merchant comes from Sussex, England and was educated at Windlesham House School and Brighton College,[2][3] although she has also lived in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. After twice deferring university places to concentrate on her acting career, she was a student at Homerton College, Cambridge.


Merchant's other credits include Margo Durrell in the 2005 BBC television film My Family and Other Animals. In 2006 she appeared in two more BBC dramas, as Sara Fox, the daughter of Alan Davies and Michelle Gomez, in the comedy The Good Housekeeping Guide, and as Probationer Eastwood in the historical drama Casualty 1906.

In 2007, while studying at the University of Cambridge, she performed in an audio production of Lady Windermere's Fan as Lady Agatha, while in 2008 she appeared in the ensemble drama Radio Cape Cod in which she plays a summer theatre camper.

She appears in the music video for Jamie T's "If You've Got The Money" and in Belle and Sebastian's "Nobody's Empire".

She was cast in the third season (2009) of The Tudors, playing Catherine Howard, the fifth wife of Henry VIII. She debuted in the part in the third season finale and features heavily in several episodes of the fourth (and final) season.

It was announced on 20 August 2009 that Merchant would star as Daenerys Targaryen in the HBO series Game of Thrones, based on George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series of fantasy novels.[4] On 29 April 2010, it was announced that Merchant was no longer part of the series, being replaced in her role as Daenerys by Emilia Clarke.[5] She has also starred in DCI Banks: 'Playing with Fire' as Miranda. In early 2012 Merchant played the 17-year-old Rosa Bud in the BBC adaptation of Dickens' The Mystery Of Edwin Drood, written by Gwyneth Hughes (Five Days, U Be Dead, Miss Austen Regrets and Blood Strangers).

Personal life

Merchant dated actor Freddie Fox for two years. Their relationship ended in 2013.[6]

Merchant is a patron of the international development charity Build Africa.[7] In March 2013 she gave a speech at an International Women's Day event at London's Hospital Club.

Merchant has written several poems, including "Where Does Revenge Stop?" and "Ode to a Toilet", for Platforms Magazine.



Year Film Role Notes
2005 Pride & Prejudice Georgiana Darcy
2005 My Family and Other Animals Margot Durrell Television movie
2006 The Good Housekeeping Guide Sara Fox Television movie
2006 Casualty 1906 Probationer Eastwood Television movie
2007 Surprise Engagement Anna Short
2008 Radio Cape Cod Anna
2009 Princess Ka'iulani Alice Davies
2011 Jane Eyre Mary Rivers
2011 Red Faction: Origins Lyra Television movie
2012 Downward Facing Anna Short
2014 Let Me Down Easy Adah Short
2014 Copenhagen Sandra
2015 Dragonheart 3: The Sorcerer's Curse Rhonu
2015 The Messenger Sarah


Year Film Role Notes
2008 Bonekickers Helena Episode: "Army of God"
2009–2010 The Tudors Catherine Howard 6 episodes
2010 Game of Thrones Daenerys Targaryen Episode: "Pilot"
2011 DCI Banks Miranda 2 episodes
2012 The Mystery of Edwin Drood Rosa Bud 2 episodes
2013 Murder on the Home Front Molly Cooper 2 episodes
2014–present Salem Anne Hale 26 episodes

Music videos

Year Title Artist
2006 If You Got the Money Jamie T
2007 Song 4 Mutya (Out of Control) Groove Armada feat Mutya Buena
2014 "Nobody's Empire" Belle and Sebastian


Year Title Role Notes
2008 Hay Fever Jackie Queens' College, Cambridge
2008 Dahling You Were Marvellous Sister 3, Hanger-on ADC Theatre
2009 Breakfast at Night Chorus ADC Theatre
2009 The 24hr Plays Group 1 Producer ADC Theatre
2010 Cigarettes and Chocolate Gemma ADC Theatre


  1. "A 'Tudors' tutorial". New York Daily News. 3 April 2009. Retrieved 15 January 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Merchant, Tamzin. "Tamzin Merchant". Huffington Post.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Record Oxbridge Success". Headlines. Brighton College. 28 June 2007. Retrieved 15 January 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Hibberd, James (20 August 2009). "HBO appoints subjects to 'Thrones'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 9 July 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "George R. R. Martin talks 'Game of Thrones' as the HBO show's 'Daenerys' departs". Chicago Tribune. 29 April 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Freddie Fox splits from actress girlfriend". hollywood.com. 1 September 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Tamzin Merchant becomes a Build Africa Patron". News. Build Africa. 4 January 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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