We’ve written before on Talk News Uk about how everyone from Claudia Winkelman to Benedict Cumberbatch has surprisingly famous parents.
But you might not know that Eleanor Tomlinson, best known for playing Jas in Angus, Thongs And Perfect Snogging, Demelza in Poldark and now Sylvie in Netflix’s adaptation of David Nicholls’ One Day, has a very famous father too.
His father, Malcolm Tomlinson, played Robert Tyrwhitt in Elizabeth I, Bruce Baines in Emmerdale and an MP in Peaky Blinders. Interestingly, he is also a horse racing commentator for Racing TV and Sky Sports Racing, ITV Racing and BBC Radio 5Live.
Meanwhile, her mother, Judith Hibbert, appeared on children’s show Rainbow and played Chantelle in The New Statesman.
Eleanor’s father helped her become an actorEleanor and Malcolm Tomlinson at Wimbledon together in 2019
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Malcolm previously recalled how he took young Eleanor to the set of The Bill because he “couldn’t get anyone to look after her”.
“I said ‘I hope you don’t mind that I have to take my daughter with me’,” he said.
“Sue Tully, who plays Michelle Fowler in EastEnders, was the director and she said it was OK so Eleanor sat on her knees all day.”
That apparently sparked something in the aspiring actor – “as we were driving home, Eleanor said, ‘Dad, I think I want to act,’” he said.
Later, he would ask his father’s agent to represent him when they stayed with his family for the weekend. “In the end my agent said ‘shut up, take some photos and I’ll see if anything comes up,’” Malcolm said.
“Within five or six weeks he got a small job for Yorkshire TV in a drama called Falling – with Michael Kitchen – and that was his first professional job.”
Then, he got The Illusionist, after which his agent’s phone got “hot,” Malcolm added.
He was then taken over by US agents before appearing in Angus, Thongs, And Perfect Snogging and Poldark.
You can watch One Day on Netflix now.