BBC Two and BBC iPlayer welcomes The First Team on May 28th and features a stellar cast but just who plays the character of Olivia?

Thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 sporting calendar has been well and truly decimated.

This has left football fans without football to watch and when you’re stuck at home thanks to lockdown, that’s enough to drive anyone mad.

Luckily, BBC Two are coming to the rescue in a new football-themed comedy series from the creators of the much-loved The Inbetweeners.

While the series will undoubtedly prove to be an appetising treat for football fans looking for some laughs, The First Team will no doubt interest Inbetweeners fans, especially given the close ties between the two series.

One of the more obvious connections between the two series can be seen in the cast, most notably in the character of Olivia.

The First Team on BBC Two

The First Team arrives on BBC Two on May 28th, 2020.

The series, which is the latest brainchild from Iain Morris and Damon Beesley, the creators of The Inbetweeners, tells the story of a trio of young professional football players Mattie, Jack and Benji.

We join them as the wheels start to come off at their club which features a host of colourful characters, most notably hard-man Petey, fiery Italian manager Cesare and chairman Mark Crane.


Who plays Olivia Talbot in The First Team?

Olivia Talbot is the club’s press and public relations officer and has to bail out the team’s players when they find themselves in trouble. Unsurprisingly, this happens a lot.

  • Olivia is played by Tamla Kari.

Tamla Kari Cummins (known just as Tamla Kari) was born in Coventry on July 27th, 1988 and is 31 years old at the time of writing.

Tamla was inspired to go into acting during her A-levels and moved to London to study acting at university, earning a first-class degree in 2011, the same year she earned her first professional role, which we’ll get onto in a moment.

Away from acting, Tamla is highly active on social media and has accounts on both Twitter and Instagram, boasting a combined following of just over 35,000.

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Tamla Kari: Films and TV

If Tamla Kari is familiar to Inbetweeners fans, that’s because she played the character Lucy, the one attracted to Simon, in The Inbetweeners Movie and its 2014 sequel.

The 2011 Inbetweeners Movie was actually Tamla’s first-ever acting role and acted as the springboard to the 18 acting roles she’s had in the nine years since.

Aside from The Inbetweeners, Tamla Kari’s biggest acting roles have come in the likes of Cuckoo, The Musketeers and Britannia to name but a few.

The First Team, which stars Tamla Kari as Olivia Talbot, starts at 9:30pm on May 28th and continues weekly on BBC Two while all six episodes are slated to arrive on BBC iPlayer in one go.

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