Miranda Hart is a comedy writer and actress hailed recently as the ‘Queen of Comedy’, a role she thinks should be officially appointed by the Queen and means you get to go out once a week with Prince Harry.
She is best known for her hugely successful sitcom Miranda which ran for four series on the BBC and earned her three RTS Awards, four British Comedy Awards, plus four BAFTA nominations.
Her status as one of the UK’s leading actresses was consolidated when she graced the screens with her much loved role, Chummy, in the hit BBC 1 drama series Call the Midwife. She earned a BAFTA nomination for her performance and won an NTA Award and two TV Choice Awards.
In 2015 she starred in her first Hollywood movie Spy alongside Melissa McCarthy directed by Paul Feig. It was No 1 at the Box Office for three weeks when it came out. Miranda made her West End Debut in 2017 playing Miss Hannigan in Annie in a triumphant revival at the Piccadilly Theatre.
As a stand-up comedian, in 2014, Miranda completed a sell out stand-up arena tour My, What I Call, Live Show culminating in five shows at the London’s 02 (the accompanying DVD was the second highest selling stand-up DVD of that year).
She earned her reputation as one of Britain’s top comedians from her stand-up and sketch shows at the Edinburgh Festival and on the London circuit. She first went up to Edinburgh in 1994 when she was at University in Bristol (trying to distract herself from the Politics degree she was doing) and it wasn’t until 2005 when she did her last show there that she was able to give up her office temping jobs. After her post-grad drama degree at A.L.R.A in London, she worked as a PA in the charity sector from 1997 to 2005, most notably at Macmillan Cancer Support and Comic Relief.
Before her own sitcom was commissioned in 2009, 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 also had roles in Nighty Night, Smack the Pony, Absolutely Fabulous and The Vicar of Dibley.
Miranda is also an author and her first book, Is It Just Me?, was the biggest selling non-fiction hardback of 2013, staying at No.1 for 13 weeks, occupying the highly-coveted Christmas number one spot and also winning Non-Fiction Book of the Year at The National Book Awards. In 2014, Miranda had her second book published, titled The Best Of Miranda to a similar success. Her second book Peggy and Me came out in October 2016 and her first children’s book The Girl With The Lost Smile in October 2017.
FUN (mostly unnecessary) FACTS
Miranda’s comedy hero is Eric Morecambe. Other inspirational comedians include Joyce Grenfell, Tony Hancock, Tommy Cooper, The Two Ronnies, French and Saunders, Victoria Wood and Ellen.
Miranda’s nickname at school was Merm the Sperm because as a very long and lanky teenager she was teased for looking like a sperm when on a trampoline (it was an all girls boarding school, they knew nothing of sperms).
Her favourite meal would be a good old British fayre – roast chicken and all the trimmings with an obscene amount of bread sauce, with apple crumble and custard for pud.
I Want Candy
Tales Of The River Bank
My, What I Call, Live Show
Come Out Eli
Not Going Out
My Family And Other Animals
Vicar Of Dibley
Smack The Pony
William And Mary
PANEL SHOWS / RADIO
PANEL SHOWS / RADIO
Would I Lie To You
Back Chat With Jack Whitehall
Big Fat Quiz Of The Year
Chris Evans Breakfast Show (guest Host)
Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive
Miranda Hart's Joke Shop
Miranda Hart's House Party
At Home With The Snails
CHAT SHOWS N' STUFF
CHAT SHOWS N' STUFF
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
When Miranda Met Bruce
Bear Grylls Wild Weekend
The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert
Strictly Come Dancing
My Hero - Documentary On Eric Morecambe
Jonathan Ross Show
Alan Carr Show
The One Show