Lynn Ferguson

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Lynn Ferguson
Born (1965-04-11) 11 April 1965 (age 49)
Glasgow, Scotland
Nationality Scottish
Education Cumbernauld High School
Alma mater Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama
Occupation Screenwriter, actress, comedian, presenter
Years active 1990–present
Spouse(s) Mark Tweddle
Website
www.lynnfergy.com/

Lynn Ferguson (born 11 April 1965) is a Scottish writer, actress, comedian and presenter. She is the sister of comedian Craig Ferguson and is known for voicing the character of Mac in the animated film, Chicken Run.

Early life[edit]

Ferguson grew up in Cumbernauld.[1] She was the youngest of four and, like her sister, was Senior Prefect at Cumbernauld High School. She left school at the age of 18 and worked one season as a Bluecoat for Pontin's. She was then accepted at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama where she gained a BA in Dramatic Studies in 1986.

To work as a professional actress, however, she required an Equity union card which was at that point only available through paid work, so with fellow student Carolyn Bonnyman she formed the Alexander Sisters – a comedy double act in honour of / parodying traditional Scottish variety styles typified by the Alexander Brothers. She was then side tracked into standup comedy doing her first paid gig on STV's Funny Farm. Before long she gained residence as compere at the Red Rose Comedy Club[2] in Finsbury Park, London and continued to perform at numerous gigs throughout the UK.

Though a comic at night, Ferguson was also writing and presenting for BBC Scotland's children's program Megamag.[3] She played a comedy character journalist Fergski who blundered through interviewing teen artists of that era – Ant & Dec, Aswad (band) and Michelle Gayle. In one episode a spritely Phill Jupitus dresses as a security guard stops Fergski interviewing East 17 at the now defunct Top of the Pops set.

In 1995, she was commissioned to write an hour of standup comedy for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival but instead wrote her first play, Heart and Sole. This solo show won her the Stage Award for Acting Excellence and transferred to the Hampstead Theatre before being toured to Hong Kong and Melbourne.

She is married to Mark Tweddle, a civil servant and previously a management consultant. The couple have two sons as of July 2008.[4][5]

Career[edit]

Writer[edit]

Ferguson has written extensively for BBC Radio 4: three series (18 episodes) of the popular sitcom Millport, various pieces for Woman's Hour including a series of updated fairy tales called After Happy Ever alongside afternoon plays and late night standup monologues.

For BBC Radio Scotland she wrote and presented a series exploring the minds of comedy writers, Laughed Off the Page,[6] interviewing Colin Bostock-Smith,[7] Galton and Simpson, Ian Pattison, Dick Vosburgh.

For TV, she has written half-hour pilots for BBC Two and BBC Scotland and a half-hour short film for Channel 4.

A regular contributor to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, eight of her plays have been produced there and she has won a Fringe First Award from The Scotsman.

As well as her performance pieces, she has written various columns for publications including The Scotsman, The Stage, Time Out, The Big Issue and The Herald.

She wrote for The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, her brother's American chat programme, from October 2008 till June 2011 and was a writing consultant for Pixar on Brave.

Actress[edit]

As well as winning the Stage Award for Acting Excellence she has been nominated twice. In addition to her own written works, she has performed in theatre extensively.

Ferguson toured with the Royal National Theatre in the lead part, Shen Te/ Shui Ta, of the Bertolt Brecht play The Good Person of Szechwan and played the lead in the Traverse Theatre production of Douglas Maxwell's Melody.

Vocally, she has numerous credits for radio works and notably played Mac in the film Chicken Run.

For TV she performed regular parts for the Channel 4, comedy drama No Angels and Ben Elton's BBC1 sitcom Blessed, as well as appearances in The Catherine Tate Show and The Bill amongst others.

Ferguson has film credits for Honest and Chicken Run.

As herself[edit]

Ferguson has presented a number of programs including, Doing the Festival for STV and XS, an arts program for the BBC.

In addition, she has been a contestant on the challenging BBC Radio 4 panel game shows Just a Minute, Loose Ends and Banter.

In April and September 2008, she made guest appearances on her brother Craig's talk show, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

Director / Producer[edit]

On 1 March 2012 Lynn started uploading videos to her TodayThis channel[8] on YouTube. This video project is called ThisDayToday [9] and is loosely based on Google Doodle, creating short comedy videos based on today in history. On 28 February 2013 Lynn and her husband had created a video for every day of the year; a collection that they continue to add to.

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