Alice Lowe

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Alice Lowe
Born
Alice Eva Lowe

(1977-04-03) 3 April 1977 (age 41)
OccupationComedian, actress, writer
Children1

Alice Eva Lowe (born 3 April 1977)[1] is an English actress and writer, mainly in comedy. She is best known for her roles as Dr. Haynes in Black Mirror: Bandersnatch as well as Madeline Wool/Liz Asher in Garth Marenghi's Darkplace. She wrote, directed and starred in the 2016 movie Prevenge and starred in and co-wrote the 2012 film Sightseers. She also starred in the educational childrens television series Horrible Histories.

Early life[edit]

Lowe was born in Coventry, West Midlands, England.[2] She attended Kenilworth School and graduated from King's College, Cambridge.[3]

Career[edit]

Lowe began her career co-devising and performing in surreal experimental theatre shows such as City Haunts, Snowbound and Progress in Flying Machines with David Mitchell and Robert Webb under the directorship of Paul King, who has since directed her in The Mighty Boosh and Garth Marenghi's Darkplace. She was part of the cast in Garth Marenghi's Fright Knight alongside fellow Cambridge graduates Richard Ayoade and Matt Holness and they were nominated for the Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2000. In 2001, she won that award for performing in the sequel to Fright Knight, Garth Marenghi's Netherhead. In 2005 she returned to the Fringe with MoonJourney, a sci-fi themed Kate Bush spoof. In 2009, Lowe appeared with Steve Coogan on his Alan Partridge and Other Less Successful Characters tour. She played one of the supporting actors, filling in between Coogan's character changes and playing some of the support characters in sketches.

Her television credits include Channel 4's spoof horror comedy Garth Marenghi's Darkplace, Beth in the BBC comedy series My Life in Film, David Bowie in the BBC series Snuff Box, and a recurring role in Rob Brydon's Annually Retentive. She was part of the all female comedy show Beehive along with Sarah Kendall, Barunka O'Shaughnessy and Clare Thomson which was aired on E4, and was a regular cast member of the CBBC show Horrible Histories during the second and third seasons. Her BBC Three pilot "LifeSpam: My Child Is French" was broadcast in 2009,[4] and she co-wrote and starred in Channel 4's Orcadia. In February 2010, she appeared in and script-edited the pilot for a "sort-of-sketch-show" called Missing Scene.[5]

She has also guest starred in a number of television shows including as Monkey in "The Priest and the Beast" episode of The Mighty Boosh, as Patricia in the "Fifty-Fifty" episode of The IT Crowd, a solicitor in the "Travel Writer" episode of Black Books, Madonna in an episode of Channel 4's Star Stories, as well as episodes of Little Britain, Come Fly with Me, Ruddy Hell! It's Harry and Paul, Beautiful People and This is Jinsy. She appeared in the music video for "Bastardo" by Charlotte Hatherley, directed by Edgar Wright.

Lowe co-wrote and starred in the short film Stiffy, directed by Jacqueline Wright, which premiered at Cannes in 2005 as part of the Kodak Straight 8 competition. Her self-penned short film Sticks and Balls was screened at Cannes in 2007. In 2010 together with Wright she founded the production company Jackal Films, making a short film each month of that year.[6]

Lowe appeared in the action comedy film Hot Fuzz, and took a lead role in the 2012 film Sightseers, the third production from director Ben Wheatley. Sightseers was written by Lowe with Steve Oram, with additional material by Amy Jump.[7] Lowe had a role in the Edgar Wright-directed film The World's End.

On BBC Radio 4 she has written three series of 'Alice's Wunderland' a dark, surreal comedy.

In 2016, she made her directorial debut on the critically acclaimed [8] dark comedy Prevenge, which she directed while pregnant [9].

In 2018 Lowe appeared as Dr. Haynes on Netflix's first adult-targeted interactive film Black Mirror: Bandersnatch[10].

Personal life[edit]

Lowe was pregnant while filming Prevenge and later gave birth to her daughter, Della.[11]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Hot Fuzz Tina
2011 Kill List Radio Reporter
2012 Sightseers Tina Also writer
2013 The World's End Young Lady
2014 Locke Sister Margaret Voice
2014 Paddington Geographer's Receptionist
2014 Electricity Sylvia
2015 Aaaaaaaah! Sitcom Eudora
2015 Burn Burn Burn Davina
2016 Adult Life Skills Alice
2016 Stoner Express Roxy
2016 Prevenge Ruth Also writer and director
2016 Chubby Funny Susan
2016 The Ghoul Kathleen
2018 Wild Honey Pie Gerry
2018 Solis Commander Roberts Voice
2018 Sometimes Always Never Sue
2018 The Fight Heather
2018 Black Mirror: Bandersnatch Dr. Haynes
2019 Eternal Beauty

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001–2002
2006
Comedy Lab Various characters 3 episodes; also writer of Orcadia
2004 Garth Marenghi's Darkplace Liz Asher / Madeleine Wool 6 episodes
2004 Black Books Solicitor Episode: "Travel Writer"
2004 My Life in Film Beth 6 episodes
2005 The Mighty Boosh Monkey Episode: "The Priest & the Beast"
2005 Little Britain Mother on Bench / Woman on Bench 2 episodes
2006 The IT Crowd Patricia Episode: "Fifty-Fifty"
2006 Snuff Box David Bowie Episode: "Matt's Diary"
2006 Star Stories Madonna Episode: "The Wife's Life"
2006 Man to Man with Dean Learner Various roles Episode: "Merriman Weir"
2006 Pulling Alice Episode #1.6
2006–2007 Annually Retentive Various role 3 episodes
2007 Angelo's Alicia 6 episodes
2008 Beehive Various roles 5 episodes; also writer
2008–2012 Ruddy Hell! It's Harry and Paul Various characters 12 episodes
2009 LifeSpam: My Child Is French Various characters Television film; also writer
2009 Beautiful People Stacey Bile Episode: "How I Got My Turner"
2010 Come Fly with Me Young Mum Episode #1.1
2010 Horrible Histories Various characters 12 episodes
2011, 2014 This is Jinsy Soosan Noop 16 episodes
2012 Skins Jemima Episode: "Franky"
2014 Sherlock Tessa Episode: "The Sign of Three"
2015 Inside No. 9 Amanda Episode: "Séance Time"
2017 Carters Get Rich Sue Golding Episode: "Co-Creator"
2018 Flowers Paula Episode #2.4
2018 Hang Ups Celia Cain 3 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ England & Wales births 1837 – 2006
  2. ^ "Coventry-born creator Alice Lowe brings Prevenge preview to Warwick Arts Centre". www.whatsonlive.co.uk. Retrieved 2019-01-10.
  3. ^ "Reporter 7/7/99: Congregations of the Regent House on 25 and 26 June 1999". cam.ac.uk. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  4. ^ Bruce Dessau, Alice Lowe's LifeSpam presents new face of female comedy Alice Lowe's sharp comedy features in all the best shows, but don't compare her with Catherine Tate. The Times, 17 January 2009.
  5. ^ 'Missing Scene' - taster pilot. Vimeo. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Jackal Films". Archived from the original on 23 February 2015.
  7. ^ Godfrey, Alex (23 November 2012). "Sightseers: Alice Lowe and the secret terrors of caravanning". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 December 2012.
  8. ^ https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/prevenge
  9. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/feb/14/alice-lowe-on-violent-british-horror-comedy-prevenge
  10. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9495224/characters/nm1546686?ref_=tt_cl_t3
  11. ^ Dean, Rosamund. "Alice Lowe Talks Pregnancy, Murder And Prevenge". Red Online.

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