Nigel Harman has been wowing fans on Strictly Come Dancing with his perfect partnership with Katya Jones.
Viewers may also have spotted his devoted wife Lucy Liemann supporting him in the audience most weeks. The couple have been together for 12 years after first meeting on the set of BBC drama Hotel Babylon back in 2006 – which they both starred in.
While his relationship with Lucy has stood the test, Nigel also had a brief relationship with another of his co-stars, actress Tamzin Outhwaite before settling down and starting a family.
While Nigel and Tamzin are both known for starring in BBC One soap EastEnders, the couple didn’t actually meet on Albert Square and never appeared on the show at the same time. Nigel played troubled Dennis Rickman for two years on the show between 2003 and 2005, before his character was brutally killed off.
While Tamzin found fame as Mel Healy – later Mel Owen – on the soap in 1998 where she stayed until 2002. Both Tamzin and Nigel’s time on in Walford was short-lived, but the pair both became central figures in many key storylines with their characters loved by viewers.
After leaving the soap, both stars went on to find fame in a variety of other roles in popular UK dramas. The duo actually crossed paths on BBC One series Red Cap, which followed exploits of the Special Investigation Branch, before Nigel joined EastEnders.
Much of filming for the drama took place in Germany with the cast adapting to a gruelling schedule. Speaking of the long days on set with her castmates, Tamzin recalled: “Red Cap took 17 weeks to film, I was being picked up at 5.30am and getting in quite late, and I had more scenes to learn for the morning. I was doing 18-hour days sometimes.”
It was during these weeks that Tamzin and Nigel hit it off and took their friendship to the next level. The pair started dating and despite trying to keep things under wraps, in 2003 were spotted having a steamy snog outside of Tamzin’s flat.
However, despite a promising beginning the romance proved short-lived with the pair calling it off before Nigel got the call to join the cast of EastEnders.
Nigel went on to find love with wife Lucy, who is a successful actor. in her own right. Fans may recognise Lucy from her roles in popular shows like The Bill, The IT Crowd, and Midsomer Murders. But it was her role in the Jason Bourne film series that truly catapulted her into the spotlight.
The couple tied the knot in 2011, and a year later Lucy gave birth to their daughter.
Things haven’t worked out as magically for Tamzin. She wed fellow actor Tom Ellis in 2006, and the couple welcomed their two daughters before sadly splitting in 2013. It was reported Tamzin and her husband parted ways after the Lucifer star was accused of having an affair.
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Earlier this year, Tamzin shocked fans when she took to X, formerly known as X, to say she was still uncovering ‘infidelities and lies.’ She penned: “Ten years since the father of my kids walked out on us for the final time. I still meet new people on jobs who reveal more infidelities and lies that he committed. But thankfully my heart and soul are clear and clean and I could not be happier right now.”
However, she soon deleted the post and apologised for “triggering” any of her followers who were going through similar heartache. “Thank you all for your messages re my now deleted tweet. I was marking the 10 year anniversary with pride, a feeling of triumph & genuine gratitude,” Tamzin explained.
“I understand it has triggered some people. For anyone struggling, the most important relationship you will ever have is with yourself,” she wrote. Tamzin previously addressed their split in 2015, and suggested the infidelity was a long-term relationship rather than a fling. I wouldn’t not be with my husband over a one-night stand is all I’ll say,” she told Essentials magazine.