Sharon Horgan

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Sharon Horgan
Born (1970-04-04) 4 April 1970 (age 45)
Hackney, London, England
Nationality Irish
Years active 2001–present
Relative(s) Shane Horgan (brother)
Notable works and roles The Pilot Show
Broken News
Annually Retentive
Free Agents
The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret
Dead Boss

Sharon Horgan (born 4 April 1970) is an Irish actress, writer and comedian. She is best known for her work on the television series Pulling that she both co-wrote and starred in, and which garnered a BAFTA nomination for best sitcom and a Best Actress win for Horgan herself at the British Comedy Awards.

Early life[edit]

Horgan was born in Hackney, London[1] to an Irish mother and a New Zealander father,[2] but the family moved back to Ireland when she was seven;[1][3] her Irish identity is very important to her.[4] She grew up on her parents' turkey farm in Bellewstown, County Meath and attended a convent school, the Sacred Heart Secondary School in Drogheda.[5][6] She is one of five siblings.[1]


At the age of 27, Horgan took an English degree at Brunel University where she studied creative writing. Together with writing partner Dennis Kelly, she began submitting sketches to the BBC. They won the 2001 BBC New Comedy award, which launched her comedy career.[7][1] Since then she has worked as an actress on television and in film, written and performed in her own shows, and appeared as a documentary-presenter.[2]

She made a cameo appearance on Extras before becoming a cast member on Rob Brydon's Annually Retentive.[7] Horgan's breakthrough series Pulling, a comedy about three single female flatmates which she acted in and co-wrote with Kelly, was first broadcast on BBC Three in 2006. The show was cancelled after two series despite receiving much critical acclaim, being nominated for a BAFTA and Horgan winning a British Comedy Award for her performance.[1][8][3]

Horgan has written and appeared in shows such as The Pilot Show and the first series of The Friday Night Project [1] while her acting credits include Absolute Power and Broken News.

She appeared in the feature film Imagine Me & You and provided a voice in the animated film Valiant.

She has written for many comedy shows, including the animated sketch show Monkey Dust. Angelo's, a six-part sitcom written by and starring Horgan, was broadcast on Five in late 2007.

She starred in Channel 4's Free Agents – originally a pilot for Comedy Showcase in 2007 – and then a six-episode series in 2009. On 25 February 2010, Horgan appeared on BBC Four comedy panel show We Need Answers and on the Channel 4 panel show You Have Been Watching on 22 April 2010. On 30 May 2010, she appeared on the BBC 6 Music radio show Adam's Big Mix Tape.[9] In October 2010, she appeared in the US/UK comedy The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret. Horgan hosted the comedy news quiz Have I Got News for You on 3 June 2011.[10]

Horgan also co-wrote and stars in Dead Boss, a British sitcom set in Broadmarsh Prison and also starring Jennifer Saunders. The first episode of this 6-part BBC series aired on 14 June 2012.[11] She made her directorial debut in a semi-autobiographical episode of Sky1's Little Crackers first broadcast on 20 December 2012.[5]

In 2015 Horgan and American comedian Rob Delaney co-wrote and co-star in Catastrophe, a six-part comedy series for Channel 4.[12] She also appeared on the BBC Radio 4 show "Chain Reaction", one week being interviewed by Olivia Colman and the next being the interviewer asking questions of Dennis Kelly.[4]

Personal life[edit]

As of 2007, Horgan lives in her birthplace of Hackney, London,[1] and is married to Jeremy Rainbird.[7] They have two daughters: Sadhbh (pronounced Sive, rhymes with Clive) and Amer.[2] Her younger brother Shane Horgan is a former Irish international rugby player;[13] her brother Mark Horgan is a producer for Second Captains.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Sophie Wilson (23 March 2008). "Sharon Horgan: late starter". The Telegraph. Retrieved 14 February 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Sharon Horgan: comedian with a keen eye and a sharp tongue". The Observer. 1 February 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c "Sharon Horgan: 'These days female comedy sells, and people want to watch it'". The Irish Times. 23 November 2014. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "The week in radio: The Media Show; Chain Reaction". The Observer. 22 March 2015. Retrieved 11 April 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Elizabeth Day (16 December 2012). "Sharon Horgan: 'There is a black streak in everything I've done'". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Local comedian Sharon setting UK scene alight". Drogheda Independent. 9 August 2006. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  7. ^ a b c "The funniest woman you've never heard of". The Guardian. 14 January 2007. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  8. ^ "Sharon Horgan: 'It's hard to stay in love when you've got kids'". The Telegraph. 19 January 2015. Retrieved 5 April 2015. 
  9. ^ James Stirling (6 Music) (30 May 2010). "Adam and Joe: MIXTAPE 9 – THE SPLITS". BBC. Retrieved 6 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "John Torode and Gregg Wallace to co-host Have I Got News For You". Press Office. BBC. 21 April 2011. Retrieved 31 May 2011. ; Radio Times, 28 May-4 June 2011.
  11. ^ "Dead Boss – BBC3 Sitcom". 14 June 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2012. ;, 14 June 2012.
  12. ^ "Catastrophe a new C4 comedy created by Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan". 
  13. ^ Cormac Murphy (25 March 2009). "Rugby star Shane's big sister Sharon tries for Bafta success". Retrieved 14 August 2012. 

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