Isy Suttie

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Isy Suttie
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Birth name Isobel Jane Suttie
Born (1978-08-11) 11 August 1978 (age 36)
Kingston upon Hull, England, United Kingdom
Medium Stand up, Theatre, Radio, TV
Years active 2000–present
Partner(s) Elis James
Notable works and roles Stand-up, Peep Show, Pearl and Dave
British Comedy Awards

Nomination for Best Female Newcomer for Peep Show 2008

Nomination for Best Female Breakthrough for Peep Show 2010

Isobel "Isy" Jane Suttie (/ˈɪz/; born 11 August 1978) is an English stand-up comedian, actress, writer, composer and musician.

She is best known for playing the role of Dobby in the British sitcom Peep Show,[1][2] and in 2013 won the gold Sony Radio Academy Award for her radio show Pearl And Dave.[3]

Early life[edit]

Suttie was born in Hull to an English mother and Scottish father, and brought up in Matlock, Derbyshire. From an early age she expressed a desire to act and write. She began playing the guitar and writing songs at the age of twelve after she was refused saxophone lessons. She attended Highfields School in Matlock,[4] where her fellow pupils included Ben Ottewell, singer-songwriter from the Mercury Prize-winning indie-rock band Gomez.[5]

Career[edit]

Suttie trained as an actress at the Guildford School of Acting, graduating in 2000. In 2001 she composed and directed a score for Peter Weiss' play Marat/Sade at the Arcola Theatre in London.[6][7] Suttie began performing stand-up comedy in 2003,[citation needed] and her act normally consists of music, stand-up and stories, either as herself or under the guise of a character.

Suttie wrote for series 3 and 4 of the popular teenage drama Skins, under the guise of "comedy consultant".[8]

At the 2005 Edinburgh Fringe, Suttie was one of the acts in stand-up showcase The Comedy Zone. In 2006, she acted in Danielle Ward's Take-a-Break Tales at The Pleasance with Neil Edmond and Emma Fryer. In 2007, she performed her debut solo stand-up show, Love Lost in the British Retail Industry, which she took to Sydney Arts Festival and on a UK tour in 2010–11, and in 2008 her second solo Edinburgh show The Suttie Show. She played psycho killer Sorrow in the revival of Danielle Ward and Martin White's cult musical Gutted at the Leicester Square Theatre for two performances in February and March 2011. She took her third solo stand-up show, Pearl and Dave, to Edinburgh in August 2011. She appeared at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal in July 2012.

Suttie occasionally duets with folk musician Gavin Osborn and supported Jim Bob (previously of Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine) on tour in 2010.[9] She also appeared with Jim Bob for the fourth year of the "Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People" event at the Bloomsbury Theatre in December 2011.[10]

Suttie appeared in the short film that accompanied the song "God of Loneliness" by Emmy The Great, alongside Shazad Latif, directed by Chris Boyle.[11][12]

Suttie was nominated for Best Female Newcomer at the 2008 British Comedy Awards and Female Breakthrough Artist at the 2011 British Comedy Awards. She was nominated for Funniest Woman in the 2010 Loaded magazine's Lafta Awards, which she won in 2011. She was nominated again in 2012. She was regional winner of the Daily Telegraph Young Jazz Competition (1995) for composition, winner of the Julian Slade Songwriting Competition (1998) and Chortle Awards best newcomer nominee (2005).[citation needed] In 2013, the BBC Radio 4 version of Pearl and Dave won a Gold Sony Radio Academy Award.

She provides the voices for BBC One's Walk on the Wild Side in addition to voicing the character of Josie The Dog in Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler's Penelope Princess of Pets (Channel 4 Comedy Lab). She provides voices for children's series The Revolting World of Stanley Brown.[citation needed] Isy is also the voiceover of several TV commercials, including the current British Gas campaign.

Suttie played a waitress called Kiki alongside Alan Davies in BBC Two's Whites, which aired in autumn 2010.[13] She has also made TV appearances in Holby City, as Mary Shelley in The Trouble With Love (BBC Two), as various characters in The Incredible Will and Greg (Channel 4), as Lianne in Rab C. Nesbitt (BBC), as a judge in Genie in the House and as a nurse in two episodes of Skins (Channel 4).

She has been on the UK team for the monthly podcast "International Waters", hosted by Jesse Thorn of maximumfun.org. She appeared on episode 2 at the end of March 2012, alongside Dan Antopolski.[14]

In 2012, Suttie voice-acted in the CBBC show "The Cow that Almost Missed Christmas" alongside Johnny Vegas. The show was a one-off animation which gave a unique interpretation of the Christmas Nativity seen through the eyes of a cow called Majorie, who Suttie voiced.[15]

She played the regular character Esther in series 11 of "Shameless", broadcast in 2013. In January 2013, she appeared in the ITV comedy drama series Great Night Out as Bev.

She was cast as IT geek Dobby in Peep Show in 2008, a role that she continues to play.

Suttie has written and appeared in many shows on BBC radio, including her own BBC Radio 4 series, Isy Suttie's Love Letters, which began in 2013. She is also a regular presenter of The Comedy Club on BBC Radio 4 Extra and has acted in two of Tim Key's radio shows.[citation needed]

In August 2013, Suttie appeared in the one-off revival episode of the television series Knightmare as Treguard's assistant Veruca/Daisy. The 26-minute episode was aired as part of YouTube's "Geek Week" celebrations.[16]

Suttie appeared in the S4C Welsh learners programme Hwb as a Welsh learner (which she is in real life) in a regular sketch called "Y Wers Gymraeg" ("The Welsh Lesson"), starring her partner Elis James.[17]

In 2014 she wrote and starred in a short film, The Best Night of Roxy's Life, alongside Philip Jackson and JJ Burnel of The Stranglers. The film tells the story of Roxy, a Stranglers superfan who meets JJ, her hero.

In February and March 2014 she starred as Phyllis Pearsall, the creator of the A-Z map, in the musical The A-Z of Mrs P, which ran at Southwark Playhouse.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Suttie is in a relationship with Welsh comedian Elis James.[19] The couple live in London.[20]

Filmography[edit]

TV[edit]

Year Title Character Production Notes
2008 Love Soup Researcher BBC One Season 2, Episode 7
2008 The Incredible Will and Greg Various sketches Channel 4 TV movie
2008 Genie in the House Audition Judge Nickelodeon 1 episode
2008 Peep Show Dobby Channel 4 Series 5 – present
2009 Holby City Nancy Colcano BBC One 1 Episode
2009 Walk on the Wild Side Various Voice Overs BBC One (Series 1, 2), CBBC (Series 3) Series 1, 2, and 3.
2010 Whites Kiki BBC Two Series 1
2010 Penelope Princess of Pets Josie The Dog Channel 4 TV movie
2011 Rab C. Nesbitt Leanne Curruth BBC Two Series 10, Episode 5
2012 Skins Nurse Pauline Channel 4 2 Episodes
2012 White Van Man Tash BBC Three Season 2, Episode 5
2012 The Cow That Almost Missed Christmas Marjorie (voice) BBC Two TV movie
2013 Great Night Out Bev ITV Series 1
2013 Shameless Esther Blanco Channel 4 Series 11
2013 Love Matters Bella Wright Sky Living Series 1, Episode 3
2013 Would I Lie To You? Herself BBC One Series 7, Episode 2
2013 Never Mind the Buzzcocks Herself BBC Two Series 27, Episode 2
2013 QI Herself BBC Two Series K, Episode 8
2013 Father Figure BBC One Series 1, Episode 6
2013 Comedy Blaps ACMS Presents A Board Meeting Isy, Vicky Channel 4 Episodes 1-3
2014 Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled Herself Dave Series 1, Episode 4

Discography[edit]

The A-Z of Mrs P Original London Cast[edit]

Album Release date Label Notes
The A-Z of Mrs P 24 March 2014[21][22] SimG Productions Suttie sings in the role of Phyllis Pearsall

References[edit]

  1. ^ "No peeping – Isy Suttie interview". Scotland on Sunday. 3 August 2008. 
  2. ^ "Isy Suttie: The Suttie Show". Metro. 3 August 2008. 
  3. ^ "Suttie wins radio gold". Chortle. 14 May 2013. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  4. ^ How Isy made her mark in the tough world of comedy. This Is Derbyshire. 1 June 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2012.
  5. ^ Ben's finally bringing it on. This Is Derbyshire. 18 June 2010. Retrieved 14 September 2012.
  6. ^ '''Comedy Central:''' Isy Suttie. Comedycentral.co.uk. Retrieved on 7 April 2013
  7. ^ "Isy Suttie". The Guardian. 2006. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Isy Suttie". London: The Guardian. 23 July 2008. Retrieved 10 July 2009. 
  9. ^ "Wednesday 19 May 2010 Jim Bob". Songkick. Songkick. 19 May 2010. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People". Bloomsbury Theatre. The Bloomsbury Theatre. December 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "THE GOD OF LONELINESS: THE NEW SINGLE FROM EMMY THE GREAT". Lost at E Minor. Lost at E Minor. 25 May 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  12. ^ "Emmy The Great – 'God of Loneliness'" (Video upload). Chris Boyle at Vimeo. Vimeo LLC. June 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  13. ^ "Whites". BBC. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  14. ^ "International Waters Episode 2: And the Prince of Thieves". 29 March 2012. 
  15. ^ "CBBC – The Cow That Almost Missed Christmas". BBC. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  16. ^ Rob Leigh (5 August 2013). "Treguard's back to take on The Opposition with Isy Suttie! Watch new Knightmare episode, part of YouTube's Geek Week". Mirror. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  17. ^ "Hwb — "Y Wers Gymraeg" Pennod 1 / Episode 1 (11/03/12)". S4C Youtube. 8 March 2012. 
  18. ^ "The A-Z of Mrs P". Southwark Playhouse. 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  19. ^ "Why Isy Suttie – Peep Show's Dobby – is learning Welsh". BBC News. 6 October 2011. 
  20. ^ 2013 Interview from The Guardian.
  21. ^ "The A-Z of Mrs P Original London Cast Recording". Records. SimG Productions. 24 March 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  22. ^ Jenny Antill (16 March 2014). "BWW Reviews: THE A-Z OF MRS P Original London Cast Recording". Broadway World. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 

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