Tamzin Outhwaite says the menopause inspired huge changes to her ‘chaotic life’

Tamzin Outhwaite says the menopause inspired huge changes to her ‘chaotic life’

Hi Tamzin! You’ve been very vocal about the menopause and have recently switched to a plant-based diet. Why was that?

I’m in the process of trying everything I can to deal with the symptoms. I feel as if I’m going a bit crazy right now, but I have to realise it’s because of a hormone imbalance. So I’m juggling the correct medication doses with lifestyle changes. The menopause makes you question things about your life.

What kind of things?

I can’t do what I used to do in my everyday life. My life used to be so chaotic. There’s also a very nurturing and calm side to me and I’m struggling to find that side of myself again. I’m hoping yoga will help. It’s very strange for a woman to get to a stage of her life and think, “Who am I?” But I’m trying to look for the positive in all this. It’s not easy.

You lost your mum very suddenly in 2018. That must have been so hard…

Yes, she didn’t realise she was ill so it was a complete shock. The whole living with grief thing has been hard. In fact, I’ve finally decided to have grief counselling because I feel that losing Mum may be a part of why I’m feeling so unsettled at the moment. I mustn’t be hard on myself, though, and grief counselling is another way to ask for help. Because, in my head, my mum is still alive and living in Spain. It feels that real.

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You recently celebrated four years with your partner Tom Child. Did the lockdowns bring you closer?

Lockdown had some wonderful moments but also some horrific ones. Tom and I were very OK before lockdown – we don’t do drama. But I don’t believe you’re supposed to spend that much time together, whether it’s with your partner or your parents! Once we
came out of lockdown I just wanted to go out with my girlfriends, so I did.

It’s been almost three years since you left EastEnders. Do you miss being in a soap?

Not really, but I do miss being on the set daily. It’s that whole camaraderie. But since I left EastEnders, I’ve been lucky to be offered some really meaty roles. Death In Paradise is a fine example.

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Are you excited about playing Holly Faircroft in the new series?

I’ve been offered it before but never had the opportunity to take it on. Flying to Guadeloupe takes a little bit of planning so I’m so happy this time I could finally say yes. Filming every day in the sun was amazing. I felt like Shirley Valentine!

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