Arabella Weir

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Arabella Weir
Born (1957-12-06) 6 December 1957 (age 60)
San Francisco, United States
OccupationComedian, actress, writer.
Spouse(s)Dr Jeremy Norton

Arabella Weir (born 6 December 1957) is a British comedian, actress and writer.

The daughter of former British ambassador Sir Michael Weir,[1] she is best known for her roles in The Fast Show and Posh Nosh, and for writing several books including the international best seller Does My Bum Look Big in This? (a catchphrase of one of her characters in The Fast Show).[2] She is also well known for her books Onwards and Upwards and Cupid for which she also wrote the screenplay now owned by Working Title Films. Weir has written for The Independent magazine, which is included with the Saturday edition and for The Guardian newspaper and its Weekend magazine. She continues to contribute regularly to both newspapers.[citation needed]

Early life and education[edit]

Weir attended nursery school in Washington D.C., where her father was posted as a member of the British diplomatic corps; she later attended the Sacre Coeur convent in Cairo, and the French Lycee in London.[3] After her parents divorced she moved to Bahrain with her father, returning to London after passing the eleven-plus.[3] She was a pupil at the Camden School for Girls,[4] where her mother was a member of staff, and then studied drama at Middlesex Polytechnic.[3] She was once a backing singer in the British pub rock band Bazooka Joe.[5][6]


In 2001 Weir took part in the Weakest Link Comedians Special.[7]

Weir voiced the female incarnation of the Doctor in the Doctor Who Unbound Big Finish episode Exile.[8] American alternative weekly Houston Press's Jef Rouner described her portrayal as "one of the most melancholy of all the Doctors."[9]

Weir appeared in the Doctor Who 2011 Christmas Special 2011 "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe".[10]

Weir performed with the original cast from The Fast Show (with the exception of Mark Williams) in six online-only episodes sponsored by the Fosters brand.[11]

From 2013 until 2016 she starred as Jenny in Drifters.

In 2015 she joined the team of presenters for BBC Two's Food and Drink programme.[12]

Since 2016, she has starred in the [13][14] BBC sitcom Two Doors Down. Weir's performance was criticised by Ben Arnold, writing in The Guardian, who commented "her Scottish accent [is] still a work in progress, it would seem."[15]

Personal life[edit]

She is married to Dr Jeremy Norton; the couple have two children.[16] The actor David Tennant is a close friend and is godfather to her youngest child. When Tennant first moved to London in the early 1990s, he lodged with Weir at her house in Crouch End for five years; they had met on the set of the BBC Television series Takin' Over the Asylum.[17]



  • Does My Bum Look Big in This?: the Diary of an Insecure Woman (1998)
  • Onwards and Upwards (2000)
  • Stupid Cupid (2002)
  • The Rise and Rise of Tabitha Baird (2014)


  • The Real Me is Thin: or Why All Women Think They're Fat (2011)[18]


  1. ^ Adel Darwish Obituary: Sir Michael Weir, The Independent, 28 June 2006
  2. ^ Weir, Arabella (24 January 2015). "After ridiculing vanity in The Fast Show, 'Does My Bum Look Big In This?' comedian Arabella Weir asks: Have I let down the sisterhood by fixing the bags under my eyes?". Mail on Sunday. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Sale, Jonathan (22 January 1998). "Education: Passed/failed: Arabella Weir". The Independent. London. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
  4. ^ Davidson, Max (6 September 2008). "Town vs gown: north London". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Education: Passed/failed: Arabella Weir". 22 January 1998. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  6. ^ Reed, John (30 August 2014). "House of Fun: The Story of Madness". Omnibus Press. Retrieved 2 June 2017 – via Google Books.
  7. ^ "The Weakest Link (UK) Season 3 Episode 7 Comedians Special". Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  8. ^ Peck, Matthew Wace (August 3, 2013). "Op-Ed: Is the new Doctor Who a woman?". Digital Journal. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  9. ^ Rouner, Jef (September 20, 2013). "Doctor Who: The 10 Best Alternative Universe Doctors". Houston Press. Voice Media Group. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  10. ^ Frost, Vicky (21 September 2011). "Cast for Doctor Who Christmas special unwrapped". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 September 2011.
  11. ^ "Foster's – The Fast Show". Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  12. ^ Weir, Arabella (26 June 2015). "Arabella Weir: The kebabs, the vodkas, and the lock-ins that help keep a show on the road". The Independent. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  13. ^ "Monday's best TV: The Last Miners; Back in Time for Brixton; Our Guy in China". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  14. ^ "Two Doors Down, BBC Two". The Arts Desk. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  15. ^ "Friday's best TV: Easter 1916: The Enemy Files, Billy Connolly's Tracks Across America and Boomers". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  16. ^ Ross, Deborah (12 December 2013). "Arabella Weir: Someone up there likes me". The Independent. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  17. ^ Weir, Arabella (6 April 2008). "It's ok to think Doctor Who is gay, says David Tennant". The Times. London. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
  18. ^ Weir, Arabella (3 July 2011). "Once Upon A Life: Arabella Weir" (The Guardian). Retrieved 22 November 2015.

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