Miranda Hart is a comedy writer and actress whose BBC 2 sitcom Miranda has recently earned her four BAFTA nominations, three RTS awards and three Comedy Awards. The sitcoms third series averaged viewers of 9.8 million. She also earned a BAFTA nomination for her much loved role, Chummy, in the hit drama Call the Midwife; has finished her first movie role alongside Melissa Mcarthy and Jude Law in Spy which comes out May 2015 and recently completed a sell out stand-up arena tour.
Before her own series was commissioned Miranda played Barbara in BBC 1’s Not Going Out with Lee Mack, and earned a British Comedy Award nomination for her role in sci-fi sitcom Hyperdrive alongside Nick Frost. She has also popped up in Nighty Night, Smack the Pony, Ab Fab, Vicar of Dibley and Jack Dee’s Lead Balloon. She also played a cameo in David Baddiel’s feature film The Infidel.
She earned her reputation as a comedian from her stand-up and sketch shows at the Edinburgh Festival and on the London circuit. She first went up to Edinburgh in 1994 and it wasn’t until 2005 when she did her last show at the Festival she was able to give up temping. Her role as a stand-up has earned a place as a regular on the panel show circuit, including regular appearances on Would I Lie To You and Have I Got News For You.
Miranda’s last office job was as a PA at Comic Relief and she is a staunch supporter of the charity. For Sport Relief she was part of the seven strong team that made up the Million Pound Bike Ride – racing from John O’Groats to Lands End. For Comic Relief she took part in Fame Academy in 2007 and promises never to sing on television again.
Miranda is also patron of Spear, an employment initiative to get disadvantage kids in to work. Miranda is passionate about young people feeling encouraged and supported to achieve their ambitions. Find out more at www.spearcourse.org.
Some other tit-bits:
- Miranda was born in Torquay but was brought up in Petersfield, Hampshire.
- She went to Bristol Poly/U.W.E. and got a 2:1 in Politics.
- She did a PostGrad Acting course at ALRA in London.
- Miranda wanted to be a comedian since she could remember but is not giving up on her other dream to be Ladies Wimbledon Champion.
- Animals are a big passion for Miranda and she has a dog called Peggy who is starting to become a celebrity in her own right.
- Miranda went to school at Downe House in Berkshire and Clare Balding was her head girl.
- Her comedy influences and heroes are Eric Morecambe, Tony Hancock, Joyce Grenfell and French and Saunders.