4 July 1968 |
Troon, Ayrshire, Scotland
|Occupation||Actress, impressionist, author|
Ronni Ancona (born 4 July 1968, Troon, Ayrshire) is a British actress, impressionist and author. Ancona won the Best TV Comedy Actress award at the 2003 British Comedy Awards for her work in The Big Impression.
Ancona made a one-off appearance on Blue Peter in 1986 while she was still at school, but only became a household name as a result of appearing in the BBC's Big Impression alongside Alistair McGowan.
Her comedy career started on the comedy circuit and she won the Time Out Hackney Empire New Act of the Year in 1993. She worked extensively in radio and television before becoming a household name in the BAFTA award winning The Big Impression for which she won a British Comedy Award and Variety Club Award.
She has appeared five times on the BBC celebrity panel show QI. She won episode four of series four ('Dictionaries') in October 2006, won again in the first episode of series six in November 2008 ('Family'), won on the women's team with Sandi Toksvig in January 2010, and came last in November 2011 ('Infantile'). In November 2006 she was a guest presenter of Have I Got News For You. She has also appeared on the Channel 4 comedy show TV Heaven, Telly Hell discussing her preferences in television shows.
In 2007, following a successfully received pilot, the BBC commissioned a new comedy sketch series titled Ronni Ancona & Co consisting of her own material and co-starring Phil Cornwell, Jan Ravens and John Sessions. The show initially aired on 25 May 2007 and had three episodes.
In 2008 Ancona appeared in the film Penelope as Wanda.
In 2009 Ancona appeared in Hope Springs on BBC 1. She was one of eight main cast members.
In April 2010, Ancona appeared on A Comedy Roast, celebrating Sharon Osbourne's life.
2012 appearing in Last Tango in Halifax (2012) on BBC TV
|Last Tango in Halifax (Series I)||BBC||2012|
|QI (Series I, Episode 11)||BBC||2011|
|Shooting Stars (Series 8)||BBC 2||2011|
|Loose Women (Series 16)||ITV 1||2011|
|Midsomer Murders (Series 13, Episode 8)||ITV 1||2011|
|QI (Series H, Episode 15)||BBC||2011|
|QI (Series G, Episode 7)||BBC||2010|
|Skins||Channel 4 / E4||2009/2010|
|Bremner, Bird & Fortune||Channel 4||2009|
|QI (Series F, Episode 1)||BBC||2008|
|Ronni Ancona & Co.||BBC||2007|
|Agatha Christie's Marple||ITV||2007|
|QI (Series D, Episode 4)||BBCFour||2006|
|The Secret Policeman's Ball||BBC||2006|
|Gideon's Daughter||BBC Stephen Poliakoff||2005|
|Sven and Nancy's Big Impression||BBC|
|Posh and Becks' Big Impression (Christmas Special)||BBC|
|The Big Impression (4 series, 3 specials)||BBC||1999–2005 (BAFTA, British Comedy Award, Royal Variety Club Award)|
|The Key||Key Films Ltd / BBC||2003|
|The Big Impression Christmas Special||BBC|
|The Sketch Show||Baby Cow / Avalon||2001 (BAFTA)|
|Dr Terrible's House of Horrible||BBC / Baby Cow Productions||2001|
|Mark Lamarr Leaving 20th Century||BBC||1999|
|Space Cadets||Channel 4||1997|
|Pulp Video||BBC Scotland||1995|
|Rory Bremner, Who Else?||Vera / Channel 4||1993|
|Fist of Fun||BBC||1995–1996|
|Scratchy and Co.||Carlton||1995|
|The Imaginatively Titled Punt and Dennis Show||BBC||1994|
|Ben Elton: The Man from Auntie||BBC||1994|
|The Full Monty||Granada|
|Standing Room Only||BBC||1991|
|The Comedy Store||BBC|
|Live at Jongleurs||ITV|
|The Staggering Stories of Ferdinand de Bargos||BBC2||1989|
|Penelope||2008||Dir: Mark Polansky|
|A Cock and Bull Story||2005||Dir: Michael Winterbottom|
|Stella Street- The Movie||2004||Absolutely Productions|
|The Calcium Kid||2004||Calcium Films Ltd|
|The Debt Collector||1999||Channel 4 Films|
|Life, Death & Sex With Mike & Sue||Radio 4|
|The Alan Davies Show||Radio 4|
|The Museum of Curiosity||Radio 4|
|The Hypocondriac||Almeida Theatre|
|Singin In The Rain||Sadlers Wells, London|
|Miss Conceptions||Edinburgh Festival|
|Mixed Doubles||Rowntree Theatre, York|
Ancona was born in Troon, Ayrshire, Scotland and is of Italian and Jewish descent. In the programme "Comedy Map of Britain", she returned to her old school in Troon and talked about her earliest comedy performing experience as part of an improvisation group called "Pots People". She had a seven-year relationship with Alistair McGowan which ended shortly before they started working together professionally. Ancona is married with two daughters and lives in west London.
- BBC 1, 2007, Comedy Map of Britain, episode 1.6
- Television Awards Categories – Television – Awards – The BAFTA site. Static.bafta.org (2005-07-07). Retrieved on 2011-05-07.
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- "Book Champions". The Big Read. bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2007-10-13.
- Faber & Faber : Ronni Ancona. Faber.co.uk. Retrieved on 2011-05-07.
- Ronni Ancona, IMDB.com
- Ellen, Barbara (2004-12-19). "'They don't think I'm the thinking man's crumpet'". London: Guardian Unlimited. Retrieved 2006-12-13.
- "Episode 6 Belfast to Glasgow". The Comedy Map of Britain. bbc.co.uk.
- "How We Met: Ronni Ancona & Alistair McGowan". The Independent (London). 20 July 2008.
- "Ronni Ancona". Comedy guide. BBC.
- Ronni Ancona at the Internet Movie Database
- Ronni Ancona on Twitter