|Born||15 October 1965
Stephen Tompkinson is an English actor, born 15 October 1965 in Stockton-on-Tees but grew up in Lytham St. Annes, Lancashire, attending St. Bedes Catholic High School, Lytham Lancashire. He is best known for his roles in Wild at Heart and Ballykissangel. He trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama.
Tompkinson first came to prominence with the role of the courageous but unethical reporter Damien Day in the satirical comedy Drop The Dead Donkey from 1990 to 1998. He has since starred in the film Brassed Off, appeared in Chancer with Clive Owen, teamed up with Nick Berry in crime-solving drama In Deep and acted alongside Robson Green in two series of Grafters in 1998. As well as starring in other television dramas, such as All Quiet on the Preston Front he has also appeared regularly on stage. in 1999 he starred in the flint street nativity which aired in liverpool first
One of his most popular roles was that of Father Peter Clifford, alongside one-time fiancée Dervla Kirwan, in Ballykissangel. After leaving that show at the end of its third season, the two co-starred in the series Shades (2001).
In January 2006 he starred in a new ITV drama series Wild at Heart about a Bristol veterinarian relocating to Africa. The series has been a massive success, and it is now one of the roles Stephen is best known for. The series co-starred Amanda Holden as his wife and ex Coronation Street actress Lucy-Jo Hudson as his daughter. The series is currently in its fifth series.
At the beginning of 2009, he was busy with filming "Stephen Tompkinson's Great African Balloon Adventure", a three part documentary about his adventures in a hot air balloon travelling from Tanzania to Namibia*. Francis Hanly directing, with the logistics support of www.Prepare2go.com and Sam Rutherford. The series ran on ITV in the UK in June 2009.
Tompkinson was at one point engaged to Ballykissangel co-star Dervla Kirwan. He later got married to Nicci Taylor, and the couple had a daughter in 2001. In December 2006 it was announced that the couple had split while Tompkinson was filming Wild at Heart, and were divorcing.
Stephen gave up alcohol five years ago, stating that he likes having his energy back and doesn't miss it at all. He is engaged to Elaine Young, who has quit her job so she can go to Africa with Stephen whilst he is filming Wild at Heart. Stephen has said that Dawn Steele, his co-star on Wild at Heart, is a lovely lady and she is a delight to work with.
Stephen said," Dawn Steel is a lovely lady, and she is a delight to work with."