Tara starred in the film Brassed Off with Ewan McGregor and Sue Johnston. She now appears in the BBC drama Waking the Dead, which also stars Sue Johnston.
She was nominated for an Australian Film Institute Award (Best Actress in a Lead Role) for Sirens (1994).
Tara's West End debut was in 1992 as Peter O'Toole's co-star in Our Song at the Apollo Theatre, London. Her other stage roles include Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire at the Bristol Old Vic in 2000.
Tara has a fluffy white dog (a Coton de Tulear) called Donovan.
She has had two leading movie roles opposite Hugh Grant, in Sirens (1994) and The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain (1995).
A few days after her West End debut in Our Song, Tara was mugged in a London street by a man with a knife.
Shortly after Tara played Estella Campion in Sirens (1994), London's FHM magazine included her in its list of 'The One Hundred Sexiest Women in the World'.
Tara won a New York Drama Critics' Circle Award (Best Supporting Actress) for the part of Ophelia in a 1995 production of Hamlet. The Prince of Denmark was played by Ralph Fiennes.
She plays the part of Mrs Reed in a new production of Jane Eyre (2006).
Her first screen role was as Nancy Doyle in the movie Hear My Song (1991), but her first appearance was in the tv movie The Black Candle, filmed later the same year but released first.
Tara was married to the actor John Sharian (John Shahnazarian) from July 2001 to May 2003. He was her co-star in A Streetcar Named Desire.
Tara is half Irish (on her mother's side) and half Italian (on her father's).
Tara was educated at schools in London, Glasgow, Dublin, Stratford-upon-Avon, London again (Walsingham Comprehensive School, Clapham) and finally at the Drama Centre, London.
Tara's great-aunt Geraldine Fitzgerald was an Irish movie star from the 1930s, and Geraldine's son Michael Lindsay-Hogg is a well-known film director.
In Tara's last term at the Drama Centre, London, an agent set up an audition for a leading role in the movie Hear My Song (1991), so just days after graduating in July 1990, she was busy filming.
She suffers from acrophobia - the fear of heights.
Tara is a second cousin of the Anglo-Australian writer Nevil Shute, 1899-1960, who was the author of On the Beach, A Town Like Alice, and The Far Country.
Tara's step-father was the late Norman Rodway (1929-2001), an English actor.
She has a sister, Arabella Fitzgerald, and also a half-sister, Bianca Rodway.
Her height is 5 ft 5 inches (or 1.65 metres).
Although born in England, Tara spent several years of her childhood in the Bahamas, where her Irish grandfather lived.