Tamzin Merchant becomes a Build Africa Patron
4 January 2012
We are delighted to announce that Tamzin Merchant, star of 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood' airing on BBC Two, has become a Patron of Build Africa.
She said “I am thrilled to become a Patron of this fantastic charity. Build Africa's work in Kenyan and Ugandan communities continues to transform the lives of children through education and empowerment. It is inspirational work and I am honoured to be a part of the campaign”.
Oliver Kemp, CEO of Build Africa, said he was delighted that Build Africa would be associated with such a rising star; “Tamzin has been involved with us for some time now, so we are overjoyed that she has decided to become formally associated with supporting and promoting Build Africa’s work.”
Tamzin will be starring in a BBC adaptation and completion of Charles Dickens last novel, Edwin Drood in January. The novel was left unfinished at the halfway mark at his death on June 9th 1870. The Mystery of Edwin Drood, a two part drama for BBC Two by writer Gwyneth Hughes, is a psychological thriller about a provincial choirmaster’s obsession with 17 year-old Rosa Bud (Tamzin Merchant) and the lengths he will go to attain her.
Tamzin'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 student 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 2008 she appeared in the ensemble drama Radio Cape Cod in which she plays a summer theatre camper dealing with issues of friendship and romance. She was cast in the third season (2009) of The Tudors, playing Catherine Howard. She made her debut in the third season finale and features heavily in several episodes of the fourth (and final) season. She has also recently starred in DCI Banks as Miranda.
The Mystery of Edwin Drood is due to air at 9pm on Tuesday and Wednesday the 10th and 11th of January.
Some quick facts and figures on Build Africa
- Since 2004, we have worked with 115 schools and benefited more than 150,000 children in rural areas of Kenya and Uganda through our Build a School programme.
- Our Build an Income programme is currently reaching more than 30,000 individuals living in the communities surrounding its partner schools.
- Build Africa was named the UK’s Best Charity to Work For at the Charity Times Awards 2011 and was also shortlisted along with six other charities for the Charity of the Year award. Build Africa has also been a finalist in the Third Sector Awards and The Charity Awards 2009.