Sharon Horgan

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Sharon Horgan
Born (1970-04-04) 4 April 1970 (age 44)
Hackney, London, England, United Kingdom
Nationality Irish
Years active 2001–present
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.[1] 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[2] to an Irish mother and New Zealand father[citation needed] and moved to Dublin at age seven.[2] She grew up in Bellewstown, County Meath, Ireland. She went to school in the Sacred Heart Secondary School in Drogheda. Later, she took an English degree at Brunel University.[2]


Horgan began her comedy career when she jointly won the BBC New Comedy award for sketch-writing in 2001 with her writing partner Dennis Kelly.[3]

She has written and appeared in shows such as The Pilot Show and the first series of The Friday Night Project [2] while her acting credits include Absolute Power, Broken News and Rob Brydon's Annually Retentive.

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. Horgan's own BBC comedy show, Pulling, which she co-wrote with Dennis Kelly, was first broadcast in 2006 and was nominated for the BAFTA for Best Sitcom.[2] Angelo's, a six-part sitcom written by and starring Horgan, was broadcast on Five in late 2007. The second series of Pulling aired on BBC Three in March 2008 with Horgan's performance winning the award for Best Television Comedy Actress at the British Comedy Awards on 6 December 2008.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7] She made her directorial debut in an episode of Sky1's Little Crackers first broadcast on 20 December 2012.[8]

In 2015 Horgan and American comedian Rob Delaney co-wrote and co-star in Catastrophe, a six-part comedy series for the British Channel 4.[9]

Personal life[edit]

As of 2007, Horgan lives in her birthplace of Hackney, London,[2] and is married to Jeremy Rainbird,[10] CEO of advertising agency Addiction Worldwide. They have two daughters: Sadhbh[2] (born January 2004 [pronounced Sive, rhymes with Clive]) and Amer (born June 2008).[citation needed]

She is one of five siblings.[2] Her younger brother Shane Horgan is an Irish international rugby player.[11]


  1. ^ "Sharon Horgan". IMDB. Retrieved 12 January 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Sophie Wilson (23 March 2008). "Sharon Horgan: late starter". The Telegraph. Retrieved 14 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Sharon Horgan Interview – Pulling – British Comedy Guide". Retrieved 6 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "The British Comedy Awards Past Winners – 2008". The British Comedy Awards. Retrieved 6 September 2013. 
  5. ^ James Stirling (6 Music) (30 May 2010). "Adam and Joe: MIXTAPE 9 – THE SPLITS". BBC. Retrieved 6 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ "Dead Boss – BBC3 Sitcom". 14 June 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2012. ;, 14 June 2012.
  8. ^ Elizabeth Day (16 December 2012). "Sharon Horgan: 'There is a black streak in everything I've done' | The Observer". Retrieved 6 September 2013. 
  9. ^ Catastrophe a new C4 comedy created by Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan
  10. ^ The funniest woman you've never heard of The Guardian, January 2007.
  11. ^ Cormac Murphy (25 March 2009). "Rugby star Shane's big sister Sharon tries for Bafta success". Retrieved 14 August 2012. 

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