Brand hosts the 2017 Freedom of Expression Awards
Katherine Frances Brand
1979 (age 41–42) England
|Alma mater||Keble College, Oxford|
|Occupation||Actress, comedian, television writer|
|Television|| Big Ass Show |
Katherine Frances Brand (born 1979)[ citation needed ] is an English actress, comedian and writer, known for her ITV2 series Katy Brand's Big Ass Show and for Comedy Lab Slap on Channel 4.
Brand attended St Clement Danes School. Following a summer holiday at 13 with friends who were evangelical Christians she embraced their faith and attended church five times a week.
Motivated to read theology at Keble College, Oxford,she then lost her religious beliefs while a student. Interviewed for the Evening Standard in 2007, she commented: "After about a year, I realised it was mostly rubbish and that things are never as simple as they seem when you are 13."
After graduation, Brand did not work as a performer, gaining employment in television production instead, but her social encounters with university contemporaries ultimately convinced her to try working as a comedian.
In 2008, she collaborated with Katherine Parkinson, one of her friends from university,on a BBC Radio 4 series called Mouth Trap.
Brand performed in Katy Brand's Big Ass Tour 2010. [ citation needed ] Also in 2010, she made a guest appearance on the song "Stop Giving Me Verses" by The Hoosiers, which was an attempt to break the world record for longest single ever released.[ citation needed ]She also competed on Let's Dance for Sport Relief in 2010, in which she danced to Beyoncé's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)".
In 2011, Brand took part in the BBC Learning project "Off By Heart Shakespeare", where she played the role of Titania from A Midsummer Night’s Dream and delivered a performance of the speech "Out of this wood do not desire to go".
In 2011 she also guest hosted a Children in Need special episode of Never Mind the Buzzcocks .[ citation needed ] In December 2012 she participated in the 2012 Christmas Special of the dance show, Strictly Come Dancing . Her partner was Anton du Beke; they came second to last.
Katy currently[ when? ] presents the Penguin Podcast for Penguin Books, recently interviewing authors such as Sir Michael Morpurgo (War Horse), Markus Zusak (The Book Thief) and Gabourey Sidibe. Katy published her debut novel Brenda Monk is Funny in 2014. Her debut play 3Women starring Anita Dobson opened at Trafalgar Studios 2 in May 2018 and is published by Samuel French. Her latest book I Carried a Watermelon was published by HaperCollins Publishers in October 2019.
In March 2020, she took the role of Miss Hedge in the West End musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.
In 2008 she won "Best Female Newcomer" in the 2008 British Comedy Awards.and was also nominated for a Royal Television Society Award the same year.
|2006||Comedy Lab: Slap (TV)||Channel 4|
|Tittybangbang (TV)||Various||BBC Three|
|Hyperdrive (TV)||Alien 2||BBC Two|
|Casualty (TV)||Jill Grainger||BBC One|
|Comedy Cuts (TV)||Various||ITV2|
|Under One Roof (TV)||Various||Writer, alongside James Bachman|
|Touch Me, I'm Karen Taylor||Various||BBC Three|
|2007||Peep Show (TV)||Lucy||Channel 4|
|Katy Brand's Big Ass Show (TV)||Various||ITV2|
|Rob Brydon's Annually Retentive||Debbie||BBC Three|
|Placebo (TV)||BBC Three|
|2009||Good Arrows||Big Sheila|
|2010||Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang||Miss Turvey|
|Let's Dance for Sport Relief (TV)||Herself||Danced to "Single Ladies" by Beyoncé|
|Argumental (TV)||Herself||Dave (TV Channel)|
|The Bubble (TV)||Herself||BBC Two|
|Mongrels (TV)||Kali||BBC Three|
|Katy Brand vs...||Herself||ITV2|
|Never Mind the Buzzcocks (TV)||Herself||BBC Two|
|Ask Rhod Gilbert (TV)||Herself||BBC One|
|2011||Alexander Armstrong's Big Ask||Herself||Dave|
|2014||Walking on Sunshine||Lil||Vertigo Films|
|2015||Mapp and Lucia (TV)||Hermione Pillson||BBC One|
|2016||Hank Zipzer (TV)||Kathleen Murray||CBBC, one episode "Zipzers and Aliens"|
|2019||Midsomer Murders (TV)||Jemima Starling||ITV, one episode "The Miniature Murders "|
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