Anna Crilly

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Anna Crilly
Birth nameAnna Crilly
Born (1975-11-28) 28 November 1975 (age 42)
Pembury, Kent, England
EducationKent College, Pembury
Alma materMiddlesex University
Years active1996-present
SpouseWilliam Andrews
Relative(s)Robert Crilly (brother)

Anna Crilly (born 28 November 1975) is an English actress and comedian.


Crilly was educated at Kent College, Pembury and attended Middlesex University where she studied performing arts.


She was a finalist in the "So You Think You're Funny" competition at the Gilded Balloon in 2003 and performed two shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in the following year.[1] [2] From 2006 to 2011 she played the role of Magda, an Eastern European housekeeper, in the BBC sitcom Lead Balloon. Her deadpan performance has been described as "scene-stealing".[3] In 2013 she and regular comedy partner Katy Wix began starring in their own sketch show Anna and Katy on Channel 4, having originated the show as a Comedy Lab episode the previous year.

She stars in the BBC children's comedy series, Sorry I've Got No Head, alongside William Andrews, James Bachman, Marcus Brigstocke, Mel Giedroyc, Marek Larwood and Nick Mohammed. In December 2008 Crilly was nominated for a British Comedy Award as Best Female Newcomer for her portrayal of Magda in Lead Balloon, but lost out to Katy Brand. In 2007 she appeared in episode 78, "Susan of Troy", of My Family as an assistant on The Weakest Link. She also appears as "woman" in Ricky Gervais' comedy Extras as an extra herself (series 2, episode 5).[citation needed] She has also starred in Pixelface, a comedy for children, as a waitress zombie slayer called Claire Parker.

In 2011, she appeared in an episode of the sitcom Not Going Out, playing the role of a drug misuse counsellor.

Crilly plays the lead role as "Coma Girl" in Channel 4's Comedy Showcase, again alongside Katy Wix. She and Wix also appeared together in the Harvey's Furniture Store sponsorship bumpers for Coronation Street until the sponsorship deal ended in 2012.

She plays Mel Gatwick in Tom Basden's sitcom Party for BBC Radio 4.[4]

On 22 June 2012, she played Gertrude Wermers in the third episode of BBC series Dead Boss.

In 2016, she appeared in an episode of BBC Three's comedy series Witless.[5]

In 2017, she appeared in Death in Paradise episode "Man Overboard".



Year Title Character Production Notes
2006-2011 Lead Balloon Magda BBC Two TV Series
2008-2011 Sorry, I've Got No Head Various CBBC TV Series
2011-2012 Pixelface Claireparker CBBC TV Series
2013 Anna & Katy Herself Channel 4 TV Series

Personal life[edit]

Crilly is married to British comedian William Andrews. Crilly's brother is journalist and author Robert Crilly.


  1. ^ "Anna Crilly". Comedy CV. Archived from the original on 18 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-13.
  2. ^ "Edinburgh 2004: Anna Crilly". Retrieved 2007-12-11.
  3. ^ Johns, Ian (2006-11-02). "Programme times they are a-changin'". The Times. London. Retrieved 2007-12-11.
  4. ^ "Party". BBC. Retrieved 2011-05-11.
  5. ^ "Witless, episode 4". BBC. Retrieved 2016-07-03.

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